Eric St. Clair, MD – Director of Neurosurgery
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University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Internship / Residency
Neurosurgery - New York University Medical Center, New York
Neurosurgical Oncology - New York University Medical Center
Neurosurgical Oncology - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
"At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, teams of specialists from many disciplines work together to provide outstanding, highly individualized care for each patient."
Dr. Eric St. Clair
Director of Neurosurgery
Dr. Eric St. Clair leads the neurosurgical oncology program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia. He is able to address the neurosurgical issues that can arise in a cancer patient, including both primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors. By preserving neurological function and relieving pain, neurosurgical procedures can dramatically improve a cancer patient’s quality of life.
Some of the types of tumors Dr. St. Clair treats include:
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Metastatic brain tumors
- Metastatic spinal tumors
Originally from Chicago, Dr. St. Clair earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He then completed a residency, chief residency and neurosurgical oncology fellowship at New York University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. St. Clair then completed a second neurosurgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Dr. St. Clair believes strongly in the importance of communication. He notes, “Excellent communication amongst care providers, patients and their families is essential. When discussing the goals and risks of surgical treatment options, I make certain that the patient and his or her family members have a strong understanding of the situation at hand. We review all of the imaging tests at length. We make sure all of the patient’s and family members’ questions are answered. Lastly, we ensure the patient and his or her family understand all of their treatment options—both surgical and non-surgical.”
In July 2012, Dr. St. Clair joined our integrated team of cancer experts at CTCA on a full-time basis. In addition to his role at CTCA, Dr. St. Clair continues to serve as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Temple University Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he teaches medical students and trains future neurosurgeons.
Dr. St. Clair has presented on neurosurgical topics and served on expert panels at regional and national clinical conferences. He has also published on neurosurgical oncology topics in neurosurgical textbooks and journals such as Neurosurgery, Contemporary Neurosurgery and Youmans Neurological Surgery.
Dr. St. Clair is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society for Neuro-Oncology.