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

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

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
Neuro-Oncology Branch


Dr. Leeper is a neuro-oncologist with a special interest in understanding the ways in which patients, caregivers and their healthcare providers can collaborate together to better manage the symptoms and therapy-related side-effects experienced by brain and spinal cord tumor patients. Her primary research goals are to identify symptom management methods to optimize each individual’s care, as well as effective coping strategies to maintain and possibly improve quality of life for both patients and their caregivers.   

Areas of Expertise

1) primary brain tumors 2) spinal cord tumors 3) neuro-oncology 4) survivorship care 5) supportive care 6) palliative medicine

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Selected Recent Publications

Survivorship and Caregiver Issues in Neuro-Oncology

Leeper, HE
Current Treatment Options. 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Survivorship care planning and implementation in neuro-oncology

Leeper H, Milbury K
Neuro-Oncology . 20(supplement 7): vii40-vii46, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

Survivorship care planning in neuro-oncology

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 ]

Recent Advances in the Classification and Treatment of Ependymomas.

Leeper H, Felicella M, Walbert T.
Current Treatment Options in Oncology. 18(9): 55, 2017. [ Journal Article ]

Socioeconomic status predicts survival in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma.

Leeper H.E. and Johnson D.R.
Neuro-Oncology. 16: 2014. [ Journal Article ]