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Brain Tumors

A brain tumor diagnosis is a difficult experience for patients and their families. Each year, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center gives hope to more than a thousand families. With confidence and compassion, we help patients and their loved ones navigate the journey from comprehensive diagnosis to personalized treatment. Our team of multidisciplinary experts is here for you with state-of-the-art care, guidance and support.

The center has two main locations. One is in the heart of Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center, which is the flagship of Atlantic Health System’s neuroscience program. Overlook Medical Center's program has been named among the top 5% in the nation eight years in a row. We are also located at Morristown Medical Center, which was named the number one hospital in New Jersey for major neurosurgery - patient safety.

The staff, including the surgeons, are unbelievably compassionate. They go above and beyond and literally give you as much time as you need to make you feel comfortable.

Tim M., patient
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Expert Treatment for Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors

Benign brain tumors grow slowly, tend to not spread to other areas of the body and have defined borders. Malignant tumors, in contrast, grow quickly and are more invasive. Both may be considered life threatening, depending upon their location and if they interfere with vital bodily functions.

Our brain tumor center, which is part of Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, is well-equipped to care for both benign and malignant brain tumors, as well as those affecting the skull base, spine and spinal cord. Our surgeons use the latest, state-of-the-art techniques, like CyberKnife and fluorescent imaging.

We have a multidisciplinary team of experts specializing in:

Infographic showing our program from personalized therapies and care plans, expert tumor board, patient navigator, neuro imaging and advanced surgery to dedicated neuro-pathology, NJ's leading cyberknife program and clinical trials.
  • Neurosurgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Neuro-radiology
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-pathology
  • Physical medicine
  • Social work
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Supportive care
  • Pain management

We participate in clinical trials that help discover the next generation of brain tumor treatments. In addition, many of our specialists offer telehealth appointments.


Neuroradiology focuses on diagnosing and treating nervous system problems.

Brain Tumors and Related Conditions Treated

Support Services

Getting the best medical care for a brain tumor is just part of the process that drives the healthiest outcomes for patients. Getting the best support services is the other. At the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center, our multidisciplinary team – including our social work navigator – works closely with patients and their families. We provide appointment scheduling, referrals and other support as well as the counseling that enables emotional and mental well-being.

Research and Clinical Trials

Investigational clinical trials are at the heart of innovation in brain tumor treatment. The Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center offers patients hope through a robust clinical trial research program. 

Our patients have access to groundbreaking, evolving therapies through our membership in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cooperative Group System and partnerships with several biotech/pharmaceutical companies and the Translational Genomics Research Institute.


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I am very grateful; I am extremely blessed. Dr. Moshel, all the nurses, the other doctors, the staff - it was like a miracle. I had a miracle in my life.

James C., patient

Ed B. with his daughter

Edward's Story

“You are disease-free in the brain.” Hearing these words nearly a year after discovering kidney cancer had spread to his brain brought 56-year-old Edward B. to tears. This triumph was his latest victory in a cancer journey that spans more than a decade.

Ray trusted the removal of his complex brain tumor entirely to the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center.

Ray's Story

When Operation Iraqi Freedom launched in early 2003, Ray A. of Jersey City was one of the first Marines to deploy to the Middle Eastern country. Yet he says he has never been more terrified than he was after learning he had a malignant brain tumor.  A neurologist recommended Ray to consult Yaron A. Moshel, MD, PhD, co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center. Dr. Moshel was able to determine the safest way to remove the tumor and preserve critical brain tissue.

Mark B. is back to surfing after brain tumor surgery.

Mark B.'s Story

With a high-powered legal career, hobbies like waterskiing and paddle boarding, and an equally active family at home, it was hard for Mark B. to fathom slowing down. That started to change when he began experiencing seizures and other difficulties. When he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, specifically a frontal lobe meningioma, Mark connected with the experts at the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center. His surgeon successfully removed the tumor, including unwrapping parts of the tumor from around Mark’s optical and olfactory nerves.

John shares his story at the podium

John's Story

When John E. learned he had a rare brain tumor, he chose to fight, but knowing he couldn't win this battle alone, he enlisted the help of the neurosurgeons at Overlook Medical Center. 

"I knew that I could trust Overlook with my life," says John. 

After surgical removal of the tumor and radiation treatments, John made a full recovery and today spreads his message of faith with others.

Tim does yard work after brain tumor surgery

Tim's Story

Diagnosed with a brain tumor as large as a grapefruit, Tim Mertz turned to the neurosurgical experts at Overlook Medical Center. They used cutting-edge technology to create a "road map" of his brain, which increased the chances of successfully removing the cancer, followed by CyberKnife treatment. Within just five days, he was out of the hospital recovering and today shares his experience to help others coping with difficult medical decisions.

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