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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
- Brain tumours
My clinical practice focuses on surgical treatment of patients with brain tumours. As the management or most brain tumours require more than just surgery I work in close collaboration with radiologists, oncologists, psychologists, physiologists and pathologists.
Whilst I am here to help each individual patient with her or his brain tumour, I spend considerable amount of time and effort on research to understand the underlying 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 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=santarius+t).
I believe that ones surgical techniques can always be improved through better understanding of anatomy and sharing experience with other surgeons. Hence, in 2005 I co-founded and have since directed Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy. Since 2015, we also run Southeast Asia editions. I also serve as a regular or ad hoc faculty on neurosurgical techniques courses in the UK and abroad. A proportion of these courses are the activity of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Anatomy and Neuro-oncology, of which I am a member.
Areas of interest
Adult and paediatric brain tumour surgery; surgical treatment of cavernous malformations (cavernomas) in any location in brain, if indicated.
Most common specific tumours: brain metastases from other cancers in the body (secondary tumour); meningioma; glioma (low-grade glioma, oligodendroglioma; astrocytoma; glioblastoma multiforme, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma); pituitary gland tumour; craniopharyngioma; dermoid, epidermoid; pineal gland and region tumour; pineal gland cyst; colloid cyst; epidermoid tumour; epidermoid cyst; intraventricular tumours; brainstem tumours and cavernomas; pilocytic astrocytoma; ependymoma; medulloblastoma.
Asleep or awake surgeries, as required, to maximise safety and the degree of resection. Endoscopic operations, where appropriate.
Anaesthetists worked with
- Cambridge Anaesthesia Associates Fee Assured
- Dr Derek Duane Not Fee Assured
- British-Irish Meningioma Society
- BBC Between life and Death - documentary
- NCRI Brain Tumour Clinical Studies Group
- Our intraoperative brain mapping research
- World Academy of Neurological Surgery
- World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee
- Publications by Thomas Santarius, MD, PhD, FRCS
- Cambridge Cancer Centre
- Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy
- Joint International Neuro-ENT Skull Base Course
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 (clna.org.uk), UK and Southeast Asia Editions, founded in 2005 'to make the work of the neurosurgeon more accurate, gentle, and safe'.
Membership of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery
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.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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- FRCS(SN) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010
- PhD University of Cambridge 2009
- MD Universita Palackeho, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia 1994
Reference number 5187445
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Society of British Neurological Surgeons
European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
British-Irish Meningioma Society
International Meningioma Society
European Low-Grade Glioma Group
Society of Neuro-Oncology
World Academy of Neurological Surgery
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.