Mary Ellen Maher, RN, MSN, APN, CNRN, is an IBTA Senior Advisor and lives in Chicago, United States.

Mary Ellen is an advanced practice nurse in neurosurgical oncology at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute in Chicago.

She has been working with neurosurgical patients for over thirty years. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Olivet Nazarene University, then her Masters of Science with a clinical speciality in medical surgical nursing at Loyola University, also in Chicago.

Currently, Mary Ellen is coordinating the pre- and post-operative care of all of the patients for Dr James Chandler. This follows the continuum of care from initial presentation to yearly follow-up or end of life.

She has been facilitating the Northwestern Brain Tumor Support Group for over twenty-one years. The group, which consists of patients and their caregivers, meets monthly and covers a variety of topics.

Mary Ellen has lectured locally and nationally on various brain tumor topics. She has participated in numerous research studies from quality of life to vaccine trials. In addition, she has been past president of her local chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and group facilitator for the special focus group of neuro oncology nurses for AANN.

Mary Ellen also assists the IBTA at its booth during the annual ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) meeting.