Brain, Spine and Skull Base Cancer Program

Our Team

The Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program team includes medical specialists and supportive care services.

Medical Specialists

The Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program team includes physicians and nurse practitioners:

  • Neuro-oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Neurosurgeons

Neuro-oncologists
A neuro-oncologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating brain tumors. They are either an oncologist who received specific training in brain and central nervous system tumors or a neurologist who specializes in oncology.

After a diagnosis is made the neuro-oncologist will work with the patient to map out a treatment plan. This may include chemotherapy, surgery performed by a neurosurgeon, radiation treatment given by a radiation oncologist, or a combination of these treatments.

Adam Cohen, MD

Howard Colman, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncologists
A radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in oncology, the physics of radiation, and the treatment of cancer through the use of radiation.

The main types of radiation treatments for patients with brain, spine, and skull base tumors are whole brain radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery, and stereotactic radiotherapy.

Dennis Shrieve, MD, PhD

Neurosurgeons
A neurosurgeon specializes in surgeries of the central nervous system. This includes the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Our neurosurgeons specialize in malignant tumors and non-malignant tumors called meningiomas. In addition, they work in conjunction with radiation oncologists in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy treatments.

Meic H. Schmidt, MD

Randy Lynn Jensen, MD, PhD

Daniel Fults III, MD

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD

Supportive Care

The Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program's ancillary support is comprised of kind and compassionate professionals concerned about the psychosocial needs of patients.

Patient and Family Support
Clinical social workers can answer questions, seek out resources, and help relieve the psychosocial impact associated with cancer. To learn more about this service, visit their website.

Financial Counselors
Financial counselors help patients understand medical bills and insurance benefits, and can assist in finding financial resources that may help reduce the cost of care. Call 801-587-4036 to speak with a financial counselor at HCI. To learn more about the counselors, visit their website.

Wellness-Survivorship Center
The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center promotes physical and emotional well-being and a sense of balance for people diagnosed with cancer. To learn more about this service, visit their website.