M. Kelly Nicholas, MD PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology & Surgery
Director, NeuroOncology Service
Medical Director, The Brain Tumor Center

Assistant: Debbie Greusel
Telephone: 773-834-9026
Patient Calls: 773-702-6222
Fax: 773-702-7485
Email: Direct: mnichola@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
Assistant: dgreusel@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu

Dr. Martin Kelly Nicholas is an expert neuro-oncologist. He provides comprehensive care for brain tumor patients in both the neurology and hematology/oncology clinics. Dr. Nicholas and his colleagues offer a multidisciplinary, clinical trials-based program for patients with malignant gliomas and brain metastases. He also diagnoses and treats neurological complications of systemic cancer.

Dr. Nicholas's basic and clinical research focuses on the biology of brain tumors and the mechanisms of metastasis to the brain. He is exploring a novel vaccine strategy for brain tumors in laboratory models.

A devoted teacher, Dr. Nicholas trains medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Chicago. He is also active in brain tumor patient advocacy groups.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco
  • Residency: University of Chicago
  • Internship: Evanston Hospital
  • Ph.D.: The University of Chicago Medicine
  • M.D.: The University of Chicago Medicine
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • NeuroOncology, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
Clinical Interests
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Brain tumors
Research Interests
  • Dr. Nicholas completed a combined MD-PhD program at the University of Chicago, receiving his doctorate from the Committee on Immunology. Following residency training in neurology, again at the University of Chicago, he completed fellowship training in neuro-oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Nicholas has since served on the faculty of both institutions where he received training. He is currently Director of the Neuro-Oncology Service in the Brain Tumor Center and a member of both the Neurology and Medicine (Hematology-Oncology) Departments at the University. Dr. Nicholas coordinates the care of brain tumor patients and assists in managing the neurological complications of cancer through his activities in several clinics and a formal neuro-oncology consult service. He oversees a weekly multi-disciplinary neuro-oncology seminar. Dr. Nicholas develops and supervises brain tumor clinical trials and interacts with several research laboratories in an effort to advance the field of neuro-oncology. Residents in the Department of Neurology are offered elective rotations in neuro-oncology during their training. They are also closely involved in the in-patient management of brain tumor patients. Dr. Nicholas also directs a Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program, described in the Education sectdion of this website.
  • Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
Society Memberships
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology
Selected Publications