Glioblastoma tumors are some of the most common and most difficult to treat cancerous brain tumors. Mr. William Rhodes, a Life Trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), recently took a big step toward helping those facing this deadly disease. He and NewYork-Presbyterian have joined forces to create the new William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma.
The Center will provide a state-of-the-art facility for conducting research and providing cutting-edge treatments for glioblastoma. It will focus on providing research-driven care for standard glioblastoma treatment, but also for innovative treatments like immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Patients at the center will have greater access to clinical trials for new treatments.
Columbia neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Bruce will be one of four physicians directing the work done at the center. Dr. Bruce is currently Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Director of the Bartoli Brain Tumor Research Laboratory and the Edgar M. Housepian Professor of Neurological Surgery Research. He has done extensive research and clinical work on glioblastoma tumors.
Alongside Dr. Bruce, Columbia Neurosurgery Chair and neurosurgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Dr. Robert Solomon will be one of four departmental leaders from Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine guiding the Center.
Mr. Rhodes launched the Center with an initial $5 million gift and has also issued a challenge grant program to jump-start fundraising. With the funding from Mr. Rhodes’ gift, Dr. Solomon, Dr. Bruce and their colleagues will be able to collaborate across the Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, sharing information and pioneering new treatments in the search for a cure for glioblastoma.
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