The pediatric neuro-oncology program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital provides expert and comprehensive care to children, adolescents and young adults who have brain and spine tumors. Our program provides cutting-edge care that incorporates precision medicine, refined diagnostics, genomic sequencing and methylation profiling of central nervous system tumors to personalize treatment protocols for each patient. 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is the only place in Tampa Bay that offers pediatric neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery and radiation oncology under one roof. We offer personalized care based on innovative new therapies including modern chemotherapeutic agents and targeted drugs to provide the best possible treatment options. Our active, long-term follow-up efforts help identify and treat the late side effects of disease in childhood brain tumors. 

Our team is made up of experts from a variety of specialties to provide a multidisciplinary approach:

  • Audiology
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Palliative care
  • Pathology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Social work
  • Spiritual care
  • Therapies: Occupational, physical, speech, feeding

Clinical Trials

Our team collaborates with researchers around the world to offer innovative clinical trials that enhance the rate of survival while reducing treatment-related morbidities for children who have central nervous system tumors. We offer early-phase clinical trials through the nation’s leading pediatric cancer consortiums including the Children’s Oncology Group, Beat Childhood Cancer and the Sunshine Project. 

Using the latest FDA-approved therapies, our team treats patients who have neurocutaneous disorders including neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1) and type II (NF-2), tuberous sclerosis complex and other cancer predisposition syndromes associated with central nervous system tumors. 

Advanced Imaging

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital offers advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and is home to an intraoperative MRI system that lets neurosurgeons take images of the brain during surgery. This enables the team to determine, in real time, the difference between healthy brain tissue and abnormal brain tissue, allowing for more accurate tumor resection. We also offer a virtual reality theatre in which surgeons use innovative technology to create a 360-degree reconstruction of a patient’s anatomy to see inside children’s brains like never before. 

In conjunction with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Radiation Therapy Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital offers cutting-edge options for pediatric patients. Using the most advanced technologies, we’re able to treat almost all pediatric conditions that require radiation therapy. For our youngest patients who may have trouble completing treatment without being sedated, we offer specialized anesthesia services. 


To make an appointment with a pediatric neuro-oncology specialist, call (813) 321-6820.