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Benjamin  W.  Purow,  M.D.


Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800394, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0394
Phone: 434.982.4415 Fax: 434.982.0049

Training & Certification


Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center


Neuro-oncology, National Institutes of Health; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, National Institutes of Health

  • Pediatrics

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Acoustic neuroma, Astrocytoma (Brain Tumor), Avastin, Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Brainstem Glioma, Chemotherapy, Ependymoma, Glioblastoma, Hemangioblastoma, Medulloblastoma, Meningioma, Neurofibroma, Oligoastrocytoma, Oligodendroglioma, Pituitary Cyst, Prolactinoma, Radiation Therapy, Temodar, TSH Secreting Tumor, Uveal Melanomas



Benjamin Purow received his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1996. From 1994-1995, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Student Fellow in the laboratory of Hyam Levitsky at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Purow completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology and in neuro-oncology at the NIH.

Dr. Purow spent several years pursuing brain tumor research in the laboratory of Howard Fine at the NIH, during which he was the first to show a role for the Notch pathway in gliomas. He obtained his first independent position in 2006 as an assistant professor in neuro-oncology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Dr. Purow spends 75-80 percent of his time leading his laboratory and 20-25 percent in clinical care of patients with brain tumors. His laboratory focuses on the diacylglycerol kinases as targets in cancer, on microRNAs in glioblastoma, and on novel ways to target the underlying molecular circuitry in brain tumors. The Purow laboratory is supported by grant awards from the NIH and from generous private donors.

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