Upcoming Speakers in NF for 2022

Spring 2022


Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, MD

Professor, Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN

The research interests of Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, M.D., include overgrowth syndromes, as well as various genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders. Her research involves several collaborative basic research studies in the field of neurofibromatosis, in conjunction with Mayo’s Neuro-Oncology Program and departments of Radiology and Neurologic Surgery.

Focus areas

  • Neurofibromatosis. Dr. Babovic-Vuksanovic holds a leadership role in collaborative studies looking at children, adolescents and young adults with neurofibromatosis 1 and progressive plexiform neurofibromas as well as adult patients with neurofibromatosis 1 and extensive plexiform and paraspinal neurofibromas.
  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Dr. Babovic-Vuksanovic is part of a multidisciplinary team carrying out patient-initiated research regarding SCAD, a nonatherosclerotic abnormality of the heart artery in which obstruction of blood flow to the heart occurs due to splitting of the vessel walls.



fisher-michaelMichael J. Fisher, MD

Chief  Neuro-Oncology

Director of the Neurofibromatosis Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Michael J. Fisher, MD, is chief of the Section of Neuro-Oncology in the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and director of the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program. He has a special interest in brain tumors and neurofibromatosis. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, he did his pediatric training at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He then did fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric neuro-oncology at CHOP, and has been on staff at CHOP since that time.

Focuses  areas:

  •  Identifying new treatments and novel biomarkers (particularly using new imaging modalities)
  • Exploring functional outcomes for children with tumors associated with NF1 and for brain tumors.