Heather E. Leeper, M.D., M.S.

Heather E. Leeper, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Research Physician

Dr. Leeper is a board-certified neuro-oncologist and neurologist who also completed an additional fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine. Her research is based in the clinic and is focused on improving symptom management and communication to positively impact patient and caregiver quality of life across the disease trajectory for the wide spectrum of primary central nervous system cancer.

Areas of Expertise

1) neuro-oncology, 2) neurology,3) primary brain and spine tumors, 4) survivorship care,
5) palliative medicine

Contact Info

Heather E. Leeper, M.D., M.S.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 82, Room 243
Bethesda, MD 20892
Ph: 240-760-7998

Dr. Leeper is a neuro-oncologist in the Neuro-Oncology Branch who also completed additional fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine. Her research focuses on survivorship issues, improving symptom management and quality of life for patients and their caregivers and optimizing communication in healthcare settings.

NIH Scientific Focus Areas:
Clinical Research, Neuroscience, Social and Behavioral Sciences
View Dr. Leeper's PubMed Summary.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Survivorship and Caregiver Issues in Neuro-Oncology.
    Leeper, HE
    Current Treatment Options. 2019. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Brown CB, Leeper HE.
    Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 34(5): 547-552, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Leeper H, Milbury K
    Neuro-Oncology . 20(supplement 7): vii40-vii46, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Leeper HE, Acquaye AA, Bell S, Clarke JL, Forst D, Laack NN, Link MJ, Taylor JW, Armstrong TS.
    Neuro-Oncology Practice. 5(1): 3-9, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Leeper HE, Caron AA, Decker PA, Jenkins RB, Lachance DH, Giannini C.
    Oncotarget. 6(30): 30295-30305, 2015. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Leeper earned her Masters of Science in Applied Physiology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (North Chicago, IL) followed by her medical degree at the Chicago Medical School. She completed her neurology residency training at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) and her neuro-oncology fellowship training at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). She then completed an additional fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Leeper is certified both by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Neurology and United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) in Neuro-Oncology.