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Rimas V. Lukas, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Lukas specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic central nervous system tumors. He works as part of a multidisciplinary team that focuses on the management of patients with cancers affecting the nervous system.

Dr. Lukas is also actively involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. His research interests include the development of clinical trials evaluating new techniques for brain tumor treatment.

Practice Location

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification


Medical School

Rush University, Chicago


John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago

Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Society for Neuro-Oncology
The American Society of Clinical Oncology

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-9026

Office Fax

(773) 702-7485

Office Postal Address

Rimas Lukas, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Primary and metastatic tumors of the nervous system
  • Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, including administration of intrathecal chemotherapy
  • Neurological complications of cancer and cancer treatment, including seizures and neuropathy
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Von Hippel-Lindau disease
  • Lymphoma

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Learn More about Dr. Lukas

Dr. Lukas worked with a multidisciplinary team of specialists to diagnose and treat Leo Galati's primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), a rare tumor that occurs when cancerous lymphocytes are found in the brain, spinal cord or cerebrospinal fluid. » Read Leo's story.

Bruce Davis came to the University of Chicago Medicine after learning he could have a tumor on his brain stem. Learn how Dr. Lukas and his colleagues diagnosed and treated the glioma. » Read Bruce's story.

Dr. Lukas answered a series of questions about a case study on primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the central nervous system in The ASCO Post. » Read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Lukas' publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

Book Chapters
Nicholas MK, Lukas R. The Brain and Host Defense. Neuroimmune Biology. Volume 9. Immunologic privilege and the brain. Elsevier. 2010.

Nicholas MK, Lukas R, van Besein K. Youmans Textbook of Neurological Surgery, 6th Edition. Section II: General Neurosurgery. Chapter 46. AIDS. 2011.

Lukas RV, Chmura S, Nicholas MK. Management of central nervous system metastases from renal cancer.
Emerging Cancer Therapeutics. 2011;2(1):157-168.

Lukas RV, Gabikian P, Chmura S. Expert Clinical Perspective on the Diagnosis & Management of Cancers. Chapter: Secondary CNS Tumors. Wiley-Blackwell Healthsciences. 2013. (in press)