Benjamin W Purow

Benjamin W Purow, MD

Division:
General Neurology Appointment
Department:
Neurology
Call 434.924.9333
Primary Location:

PO Box 800394

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0394

Directions
Phone:
434.924.9333
Expertise
ABMS Certification:
Pediatrics
Clinical Practice:
Acoustic Neuroma, Astrocytoma, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), Meningioma, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Neurofibromatosis Type 2, Brain Tumors, Chemotherapy, Hemangioblastomas, Metastatic Tumors, Radiation Therapy, Uveal Melanoma, Neurocutaneous Disorders, NICO BrainPath: New Brain Surgery, Primary CNS Lymphoma, Optic Nerve Gliomas, Ependymomas, Oligodendrogliomas, Neurology Services, Pediatric Neurology
About
Title:
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Biography

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.

Awards
  • 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
Education
Primary:
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1996
Residency:
Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center
Fellowships:
Neuro-oncology, National Institutes of Health; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, National Institutes of Health
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