Ascension Seton’s brain tumor treatment program is the only comprehensive neuro-oncology program in Austin serving all of Central Texas.

Our team has specialized expertise in treating people with cancer with both primary and metastatic brain tumors. Primary brain tumors develop directly in the brain, while metastatic brain tumors start elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain. We also treat spinal tumors as well as those people with tumors in the pituitary gland. With our comprehensive program and state-of-the-art technology such as CyberKnife and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) available on site, recovery can start with peace of mind.

Our expert neurosurgeons and specialized nursing staff have the most operating experience and post-surgical care expertise in the region. They have completed advanced and subspecialized training in the treatment of tumors of the brain and spine. They also have the most advanced surgical suites specifically designed and built for those people being treated for brain or spine tumors.

Providers Offering Brain Tumor Treatment

Dr. Mateo Ziu

Dr Mateo ZiuDr. Ziu is an experienced neurosurgeon-oncologist and the director of our Brain and Spine Tumor program. He completed a fellowship training in Neurosurgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and has advance training in the latest techniques for treatment of brain, spine, pituitary and skull base tumors.

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Dr. Ramsey Ashour

Dr. Ashour, a UT Austin alum, completed his residency at the University of Miami and then fellowships in neurointerventional radiology at Harvard and in complex cranial surgery at Tampa General Hospital. He hopes to help fulfill Austin’s burgeoning need for complex cerebrovascular / endovascular care.

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Success Stories

Dr. Ziu Gets a Marathon Runner Back on Her Feet

Sara Ferniza
Ascension Seton brain tumor surgeon Dr. Mateo Ziu removed a brain tumor from marathon runner Sara Ferniza, helping her get back to running races in record time.

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How Brain Tumor Surgery Returned a Piano Player to His Passion

Dr. Mateo Ziu
Austin neurosurgeon Dr. Mateo Ziu performed a sophisticated awake craniotomy to remove a patient’s brain tumor while preserving his master-level piano playing skills.

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