Our Treatment Team
At The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, you are an important part of the treatment team. We care deeply about each of our patients, and believe you have an important role to play in shaping your treatment plan.
Other members of your multidisciplinary treatment team may include neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and a specialized nursing staff.
Ivy Center Physicians
Charles Cobbs, M.D., is the medical director of the Ivy Center. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in brain tumors with a combination of hands-on neurosurgery and high-level laboratory research. Prior to coming to Swedish, Dr. Cobbs served as Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, Staff Neurosurgeon at California Pacific Medical Center and Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.
John Henson IV, M.D., FAAN, is a neuro-oncologist at the Ivy Center and Vice President of Medical Affairs at the Swedish Medical Center. He strives to provide brain cancer patients with appropriate treatment plans soon after diagnosis so that comprehensive treatment can begin immediately. For information about Dr. Henson, read his physician biography. Click here to learn more.
Tara Benkers, M.D., is the medical director of neuro-oncology at the Ivy Center. She is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in neuro-oncology. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed her internship in internal medicine and her residency in neurology at the University of Washington. She completed a fellowship with Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here to learn more.
Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment550 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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Affiliated clinic: Cranial, Spine and Joint Clinic at Providence Everett
Diagnosed with a Brain tumor?
The Ivy Center has a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and social workers who specialize in treating people with benign and malignant brain tumors.
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How you can help
Swedish is constantly working to ensure patients with debilitating neurological disorders have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.
At the Ivy Center, patients and their families have access to a wide range of support services provided by the Integrative Clinical Social Worker.