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- Brain tumours
My clinical practice focuses on surgical treatment of brain tumour. As the management or most brain tumours require more than surgery I work in close collaboration with neuro-radiologists, neuro- and general (metastatic cancer) oncologists, neuro-psychologists, neuro-physiologists and neuro-pathologist.
Whilst I want to help an individual patient with their brain tumour, I spend considerable amount of time and effort on research to understand the biology of brain tumours and development of more effective treatments for patients with brain tumours. Most of my scientific papers can be accessed via PubMed.
I believe that there is always room to improve ones surgical techniques through better understanding of anatomy and sharing experience with other surgeons. Hence, I have co-founded Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy in 2005, with its Cambridge and Southeast Asia editions, teach regularly or ad hoc on neurosurgical techniques courses in the UK and abroad. A proportion of these courses are the activity of the Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, of which I am a member.
Areas of interest
Adult and paediatric brain tumour surgery; resection of cavernous malformations (cavernomas) in any location in brain, when/where appropriate.
Most common specific tumours: brain metastases from other cancers in the body (secondary tumour); meningioma; glioma (low-grade glioma, glioblastoma multiforme, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma); pituitary gland tumour; craniopharyngioma; dermoid, epidermoid; pineal gland and region tumour; pineal gland cyst; colloid cyst; intraventricular tumours; brainstem tumours and cavernous; pilocytic astrocytoma; ependymoma; medulloblastoma.
Asleep or awake surgeries, as required, to maximise the degree of resection and safety. Endoscopic operations, where appropriate.
- Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy
- Joint International Neuro-ENT Skull Base Course
- Cambridge Cancer Centre
- Publications by Thomas Santarius, MD, PhD, FRCS
- World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee
- World Academy of Neurological Surgery
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital/Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), Cambridge
Brain tumour research - to elucidate mechanisms underlying brain tumour formation, growth and biological behaviour to find treatments where surgery alone is not enough to cure or control the tumour
Neurosurgical anatomy and techniques - see Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy (clan.org.uk), UK and Southeast Asia Editions, founded in 2005 'to make the work of the neurosurgeon more accurate, gentle, and safe'.
(Additional) Languages spoken
Book chapters in:
- Schmidek and Sweet: Operative Neurosurgical Techniques
- Youmans Neurological Surgery
- Oxford Textbook of Neurosurgery
- Landmark papers in neurosurgery
- Challenging Concepts in Neurosurgery: Cases with Expert Commentary
Courses offered to GPs
Faculty and lecturer on courses and meetings in the UK and abroad.
Reference number 5187445
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Society of British Neurological Surgeons
European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
International Meningioma Society
European Low-Grade Glioma Group
Society of Neuro-Oncology
World Academy of Neurological Surgery