Central nervous system care

The largest and most advanced comprehensive Brain and Spine Oncology Program in Canada



What we treat

We specialize in the treatment of:


Our clinics & services

Multidisplinary Neuro-oncology Clinic: Led by Dr. James Perry, an international expert in the field and leader in clinical trials research, this clinic focuses on the management of primary brain and spinal cord tumours with chemotherapy or other systemic agents, and the neurological side effects of both tumours and the treatments required.

SCORS Radiosurgery Clinic: The Sunnybrook CNS Oncology Radiosurgery Clinic (SCORS) led by Dr. Arjun Sahgal is a multidisciplinary neurosurgical, medical oncology, and radiation oncology clinic that can rapidly see patients with metastatic lesions in the brain or spine as well as benign tumours such as meningioma or schwannomas and functional disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia. Radiosurgery is highly precise, high-dose radiation treatment often administered in a single day that can fully ablate tumours while minimizing the side effects of treatment.

Advanced surgical management of spinal metastases with image-guided surgery. Dr. Victor Yang has developed technology that allows for unprecedented precision in the treatment of tumours that have spread to the spine.

MR-guided focused ultrasound to enhance the delivery of chemotherapy to the brain. Led by Dr. Nir Lipsman and Dr. Todd Mainprize, Sunnybrook is exploring ways to deliver chemotherapy past the blood-brain barrier.

Comprehensive treatment of arteriovenous malformations (AVMS) AVMs are a tangle of poorly formed blood vessels that are prone to bleeding, which can be catastrophic when they occur in the brain. Diagnosis and treatment of AVMs requires highly specialized imaging tests as well as a multi-disciplinary approach as each AVM is unique and may be best treated by either one of or a combination of embolization, surgery, and radiotherapy. This program is led by Drs. Michael Schwartz and Leo Da Costa as neurosurgeons and Drs. Hany Soliman and Eric Tseng as radiation oncologists.


Our Team

We are leading the way to find new and better ways to treat and manage brain and spine tumours.
Our team includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists, specialized oncology nurses and other health professionals to support you.
Specialty programs within the central nervous system (CNS) care group include:


Research & trials

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Advanced surgical management of spinal metastases with image-guided surgery. has developed technology that allows for unprecedented precision in the treatment of tumours that have spread to the spine.