Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, IN


The Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health Comprehensive Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program is the only dedicated, multidisciplinary program serving children and young adults with brain cancer in the state of Indiana. Our multidisciplinary program provides a strong connection with neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, radiation oncology, rehab, adult neuro-oncology, and other partners across the institution. Our multidisciplinary team dedicate time to discuss new and established patients via tumor board meetings, as well as provide a monthly multidisciplinary clinic offering numerous services for patients. As part of a National Comprehensive Cancer Center, our clinical program is supported by a robust clinical research program offering new therapeutic interventions for brain tumors. Our other research efforts  include neurofibromatosis, nutrition, spirituality, supportive care and global neuro-oncology.

Contact information


705 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Principal Investigator
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Scott L. Coven is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. He received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Baylor Scott & White Health. He then completed his fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Additionally, Dr. Coven earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from The Ohio State University and completed a fourth year dedicated Neuro-Oncology Fellowship under the mentorship of Jonathan L. Finlay. Dr. Coven’s clinical interest is caring for children with brain and spinal cord tumors, along with long-term survivors of childhood cancer. His research efforts include investigation of disparities in care for children with central nervous system tumors. Furthermore, Dr. Coven is passionate about global medicine and is utilizing his expertise to expand Neuro-Oncology services in Kenya.
Co-Principal Investigator
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Daniel Runco is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He attended Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed residency in pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Medicine. He served as Chief Resident and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children before completing fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Runco also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Emory University Laney Graduate School before joining the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty. His clinical focus is caring for children with tumors of the brain and spine with research interests in nutrition, feeding dysfunction, and supportive care in children undergoing cancer treatment. Dr. Runco was recognized as a Children’s Oncology Group Young Investigator at the State-of-the-Science Nutrition Meeting in 2018 and continues to be active in several national professional societies. He has published on nutritional support and exercise interventions in children with brain tumors as well as risk factors for weight loss during treatment. Dr. Runco continues to be passionate about educating patients, families, and physicians on pediatric brain tumors and nutritional support complementing medical therapies.
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist