Marc C. Chamberlain, MD
Marc Chamberlain became the first doctor in his family in 1977 after graduating from Columbia University.
“I had thought about becoming a surgeon,” Dr. Chamberlain says, “however during medical school CT scans became available that permitted remarkable visualization of the brain and the beginning of modern neurology. ”
The science of the brain was very compelling to Dr. Chamberlain and with the help of wonderful mentors and role models in neurology at Columbia University, he decided to specialize his medical training in neurology.
Dr. Chamberlain’s “second discovery as a medical student was that I enjoyed caring for children,” he says. Chamberlain trained in pediatrics followed by neurology, finally deciding to sub-specialize in neuro-oncology. “At the University of California-San Francisco, I was the first-ever person accepted in the training program with a pediatric background,” Chamberlain says. “I did however enjoy working with adults and children, and eventually shifted over to adult neuro-oncology because of my interest in metastatic complications.” Today, Dr. Chamberlain is primarily focused on developing clinical trials to treat primary brain tumors hoping to achieve new and better therapies.
In his off hours, Dr. Chamberlain and his wife, Michelle, enjoy being outdoors. They’re fond of hiking and are avid SCUBA divers. Chamberlain is also an accomplished outdoor photographer and his work has been published in national magazines including “National Geographic,” “Natural History,” and “Audubon.”
“As a cancer doctor, I think of myself as a patient advocate, and as such, try to provide patients and families with a sense of autonomy and control over their cancer. It’s important to educate patients and families about their cancer to make this frightening and complicated disease more understandable,” says Dr. Chamberlain. “Oncologists I believe are meant to provide clarity to patients and families in how we manage and treat cancer.”
For more information on Dr. Chamberlain’s education, background, and published works, go to the faculty site for UW School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, or his profile on the UW Medicine site.
Marc C. Chamberlain, MDDr. Chamberlain treats primary brain tumors and is doing research to achieve new and better therapies.
Patient Care Philosophy:
As a cancer doctor, I think of myself as a patient advocate, and as such, try to provide patients and families with a sense of autonomy and control over their cancer. It’s important to educate patients and families about their cancer to make this frightening and complicated disease more understandable. Oncologists are meant to provide clarity to patients and families in how we manage and treat cancer. Importantly, I believe that participation by patients with cancer in clinical trials provides an opportunity for novel and hopefully more effective therapy. Consequently, I try whenever available to offer patients and their family investigational clinical trials as part of their choice for cancer treatment.
- Professor, Neurology and Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine
Education And Training
- UCSF, Department of Neurological Surgery, Neuro-Oncology
- Fellowship UCLA, Department of Neurology,
- Fellowship Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics,
- Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics,
- Internship and Residency California State University, Dominguez Hills, Oceanography Columbia University,
- Medical school education University of California, Berkeley, BS Biochemistry, BA Zoology
- Dr. Chamberlain was recognized as a 2012 "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met's 2012 annual survey.
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