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Samuel Chao, MD, obtained his Bachelor's degree in chemistry with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and stayed in Cleveland to specialize in radiation oncology at Cleveland Clinic, where he is currently on Staff. His appointment is under the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center and the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Chao is also Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
His clinical interests include adult and pediatric brain tumors, brain metastases, heterotopic ossification, stereotactic radiosurgery of the brain and spine, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. His research interests include improving quality of life following treatment, and outcomes following radiation to the brain and spine. He is actively involved in research studies for brain and spine tumors.
Dr. Chao has been invited nationally and internationally to give lectures on the management of brain and spine tumors using radiation. He is a lecturer for the Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife course. He has authored numerous papers and book chapters regarding radiation for benign disease and malignant tumors.
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