Meet Dr. Tu Dan

Tu Dan, M.D., is a member of the team devoted to treating central nervous system (CNS) malignancies such as brain tumors and cancers of the spinal cord. He is also a committed physician-scientist, devoting a significant portion of his professional time to the study of radiation resistance and strategies to improve the efficacy of radiation.

"When I began studying to become a doctor, I encountered so many uncertainties and shortcomings in our current understanding of cancer,” Dr. Dan says. “I was always questioning why we couldn’t explain why certain tumors behave differently than others. This is what motivated me to pursue a research career – to improve our understanding of cancer so that better treatments for patients can be developed.”

With advanced tools such as CyberKnife and Gamma Knife, Dr. Dan works closely with UT Southwestern’s neurosurgery team to treat both primary and metastatic cancers in the brain and spine. He also has specialized training and experience in treating pediatric patients with cancer.

“Cancer can be a very scary diagnosis; there’s a lot of anxiety involved,” Dr. Dan says. “Cancer is also very complex. It’s important for doctors to use their experience and expertise to distill the information as best as possible so that patients can understand what their treatment options are and best formulate their goals of care.

“My role is to be an advocate and information source so that patients can make the best decisions for themselves.”

Dr. Tu Dan’s clinical interests include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Central nervous system (CNS) malignancies
  • Pediatric cancer