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Rimas V. Lukas, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Director, Medical Neuro-Oncology

Dr. Lukas specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic central nervous system (CNS) tumors. As part of a multidisciplinary team that focuses on the management of patients with cancers affecting the nervous system, he coordinates comprehensive clinical care for patients in the Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Center.

Dr. Lukas' research interests include the development of clinical trials evaluating new techniques for brain tumor treatment. He is actively involved in the use of novel therapies within the context of clinical trials for patients with primary and metastatic CNS tumors. He is also actively involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows.

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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Learn More about Dr. Lukas

Dr. Lukas is featured in this CBS 2 Chicago news story about Rick Ledesma's glioblastoma treatment with tumor treating fields (TTF or TTFields).

Read a CBS 2 Chicago news story featuring Donna Van Ryn, one of Dr. Lukas' glioblastoma patients, who remains in remission years after treatment involving scorpion venom and radiation.

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.

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.

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
Lukas RV. Practical Neurology. 5th Edition. Nervous System Complications of Cancer. 2017. [In
Nicholas MK, Collins J, Lukas RV. Youmans Textbook of Neurological Surgery, 7th Edition.
Section II: General Neurosurgery. AIDS. 2016. [In Press]
Lukas RV. Pocket: Expert Oncology Essentials. Primary CNS Lymphoma. Clinical Oncology
News. 2016. [In Press]
Lukas RV. Pocket: Expert Oncology Essentials. Metastatic Brain Tumors and Malignant
Meningitis. Clinical Oncology News. 2016. [In Press]
Lukas RV, Gabikian P, Chmura S. Cancer Consult: Expertise for Clinical Practice. Secondary
CNS Tumors. Wiley-Blackwell Healthsciences. 2014.
Lukas RV, Chmura S, Nicholas MK. Management of central nervous system metastases from
renal cancer. Emerging Cancer Therapeutics. 2011;2(1):157-168.
Nicholas MK, Lukas R, van Besein K. Youmans Textbook of Neurological Surgery, 6th Edition.
Section II: General Neurosurgery. AIDS. 2011.
Nicholas MK, Lukas R. The Brain and Host Defense. Neuroimmune Biology. Volume 9.
Immunologic privilege and the brain. Elsevier. 2010.