Dr. Clark Chen to lead University of Minnesota neurosurgery department — 9 things to know Featured

Written by  Megan Wood | Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:50
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Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota Medical School appointed Clark Chen, MD, PhD, head of the neurosurgery department.

Here are nine things to know:


1. Dr. Chen will also serve as the Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery.


2. His expertise lies in brain tumor research, with a specialized interest in understanding how glioblastomas acquire resistance to radiation and chemotherapy.


3. Equipped with a National Institutes of Health Research Project grant, Dr. Chen is developing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for brain tumor patients.


4. Dr. Chen is also heading a study on brain tumor DNA repair and gene therapy.


5. He currently works at University of California San Diego, where he serves as the chief of stereotactic and radiosurgery, the vice chairman of neurosurgery and a neurosurgery professor.


6. Dr. Chen has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on neuro-oncology.


7. He has received the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award; Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award; Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award in Medical Sciences; Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award; Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Scientist Award; and Forbeck Scholar Award.


8. The Taiwan president honored Dr. Chen with the Presidential Award of Achievement in 2015. The award is presented to those of Taiwanese heritage who made exceptional contributions to their profession.


9. Dr. Chen completed his radiosurgery fellowship and stereotactic neurosurgery fellowship at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital.


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