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Claudio E. Tatsui, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Claudio Tatsui, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson. Dr. Tatsui, originally from Brazil, came to MD Anderson from the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. His areas of expertise include surgery ofspine tumors and primary and metastatic brain tumors and technologies to treat brain and spine tumors.  Dr. Tatsui isworking on ground-breaking research as MD Anderson, such as creating an animal model that can reproduce the symptoms of spine tumors in humans, so he can test treatment interventions. The goal is to help individualize a patient'streatment plan. His research interest will also help advance the understanding of how tumors invade the spine and what mechanisms of spread might provide novel therapeutic targets.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1999 Federal University of Parana, Curitiba-PR, Brazil, MD, Medical Doctor

Postgraduate Training

2006-2008 Clinical Fellowship, Neurosurgical Oncology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2004-2005 Clinical Fellowship, Neurosurgery Spine, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
1/2004-6/2004 Research Fellowship, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1999-2004 Clinical Residency, Neurosurgery, Hospital Nossa Senhora das Gracas, Curitiba-PR, Brazil

Board Certifications

2004 Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/2012-8/2016
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery - Research, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 6/2010-10/2012
Staff Neurosurgeon, Michael E. DeBakey, VA Medical Center, Houston, TX, 3/2009-10/2012
Staff Neurosurgeon, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX, 3/2009-10/2012

Honors and Awards

2008 AMGEN Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2006 Ruth B. Miller Memorial Fellowship for Clinical Trainees, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1999 Best Oral Presentation in The Brazilian Congress of Headache

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Affiliate Membership, 9/2013-present
American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
Member, 5/2014-present
Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery, Brazil
Member, 2004-present
Brazillian Academy of Neurosurgeons, Brazil
Member, 2009-present
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Member, 1/2013-present
Harris County Medical Society
Member, 2/2013-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2/2013-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ho JC, Tang C, Deegan BJ, Allen PK, Jonasch E, Amini B, Wang XA, Li J, Tatsui CE, Rhines LD, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. The use of spine stereotactic radiosurgery for oligometastatic disease. J Neurosurg Spine 25(2):1-9, 8/2016. e-Pub 4/1/2016. PMID: 27035507.
2. Bernstein MB, Chang EL, Amini B, Pan H, Cabanillas M, Wang XA, Allen PK, Rhines LD, Tatsui C, Li J, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. SPINE STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY FOR PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC THYROID CANCER - Secondary analysis of Phase I/II trials. Thyroid. e-Pub 6/2016. PMID: 27334245.
3. Ghia AJ, Rebueno NC, Li J, Brown PD, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE. The use of image guided laser interstitial thermotherapy to supplement spine stereotactic radiosurgery to manage metastatic epidural spinal cord compression: Proof of concept and dosimetric analysis. Pract Radiat Oncol 6(2):e35-8, Mar-Apr, 3/2016. e-Pub 11/2015. PMID: 26577007.
4. Lee SH, Tatsui CE, Ghia AJ, Amini B, Li J, Zavarella SM, Tannir NM, Brown PD, Rhines LD. Can the spinal instability neoplastic score prior to spinal radiosurgery predict compression fractures following stereotactic spinal radiosurgery for metastatic spinal tumor?: a post hoc analysis of prospective phase II single-institution trials. J Neurooncol 126(3):509-17, 2/2016. e-Pub 12/2015. PMID: 26643804.
5. Amini B, Beaman CB, Madewell JE, Allen PK, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE, Tannir NM, Li J, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. Osseous Pseudoprogression in Vertebral Bodies Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery: A Secondary Analysis of Prospective Phase I/II Clinical Trials. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 37(2):387-92, 2/2016. e-Pub 10/2015. PMCID: PMC4752915.
6. Ghia AJ, Chang EL, Bishop AJ, Pan HY, Boehling NS, Amini B, Allen PK, Li J, Rhines LD, Tannir NM, Tatsui CE, Brown PD, Yang JN. Single-fraction versus multifraction spinal stereotactic radiosurgery for spinal metastases from renal cell carcinoma: secondary analysis of Phase I/II trials. J Neurosurg Spine. e-Pub 1/2016. PMID: 26799117.
7. Sellin JN, Suki D, Harsh V, Elder BD, Fahim DK, McCutcheon IE, Rao G, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE. Factors affecting survival in 43 consecutive patients after surgery for spinal metastases from thyroid carcinoma. J Neurosurg Spine 23(4):1-10, 10/2015. e-Pub 7/2015. PMID: 26140400.
8. Tatsui CE, Stafford RJ, Li J, Sellin JN, Amini B, Rao G, Suki D, Ghia AJ, Brown P, Lee SH, Cowles CE, Weinberg JS, Rhines LD. Utilization of laser interstitial thermotherapy guided by real-time thermal MRI as an alternative to separation surgery in the management of spinal metastasis. J Neurosurg Spine 23(4):1-12, 10/2015. e-Pub 7/2015. PMID: 26140398.
9. Sellin JN, Gressot LV, Suki D, St Clair EG, Chern J, Rhines LD, McCutcheon IE, Rao G, Tatsui CE. Prognostic Factors Influencing the Outcome of 64 Consecutive Patients Undergoing Surgery for Metastatic Melanoma of the Spine. Neurosurgery 77(3):386-93; discussion 393, 9/2015. e-Pub 4/2015. PMID: 25933368.
10. Li Y, Adamek P, Zhang H, Tatsui CE, Rhines LD, Mrozkova P, Li Q, Kosturakis AK, Cassidy RM, Harrison DS, Cata JP, Sapire K, Zhang H, Kennamer-Chapman RM, Jawad AB, Ghetti A, Yan J, Palecek J, Dougherty PM. The Cancer Chemotherapeutic Paclitaxel Increases Human and Rodent Sensory Neuron Responses to TRPV1 by Activation of TLR4. J Neurosci 35(39):13487-500, 9/2015. PMCID: PMC4588613.
11. Bishop AJ, Tao R, Rebueno NC, Christensen EN, Allen PK, Wang XA, Amini B, Tannir NM, Tatsui CE, Rhines LD, Li J, Chang EL, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. Outcomes for Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and an Analysis of Predictors of Local Recurrence. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 92(5):1016-26, 8/2015. e-Pub 4/2015. PMID: 26025777.
12. Sellin JN, Reichardt W, Bishop AJ, Suki D, Rhines LD, Settle SH, Brown PD, Li J, Rao G, Chang EL, Tatsui CE. Factors affecting survival in 37 consecutive patients undergoing de novo stereotactic radiosurgery for contiguous sites of vertebral body metastasis from renal cell carcinoma. J Neurosurg Spine 22(1):1-8, 1/2015. e-Pub 10/2014. PMID: 25360530.
13. Pan HY, Allen PK, Wang XS, Chang EL, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE, Amini B, Wang XA, Tannir NM, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. Incidence and Predictive Factors of Pain Flare After Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Secondary Analysis of Phase 1/2 Trials. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 90(4):870-6, 11/2014. e-Pub 9/2014. PMID: 25227497.
14. Fahim DK, Tatsui CE, Suki D, Gumin J, Lang FF, Rhines LD. Orthotopic murine model of a primary malignant bone tumor in the spine: functional, bioluminescence, and histological correlations. J Neurosurg Spine 21(3):1-8, 9/2014. e-Pub 6/2014. PMID: 24971476.
15. Tsai CJ, Wang Y, Allen PK, Mahajan A, McCutcheon IE, Rao G, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE, Armstrong TS, Maor MH, Chang EL, Brown PD, Li J. Outcomes After Surgery and Radiotherapy for Spinal Myxopapillary Ependymoma: Update of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Experience. Neurosurgery 75(3):205-14; discussion 213-4, 9/2014. e-Pub 5/2014. PMID: 24818785.
16. Tatsui CE, Suki D, Rao G, Kim SS, Salaskar A, Hatiboglu MA, Gokaslan ZL, McCutcheon IE, Rhines LD. Factors affecting survival in 267 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for spinal metastasis from renal cell carcinoma. J Neurosurg Spine 20(1):108-16, 1/2014. e-Pub 11/2013. PMID: 24206037.
17. Kamiya-Matsuoka C, Shroff S, Tatsui CE, Tremont-Lukats IW, Gilbert MR. Sinking skin flap syndrome in glioblastoma. BMJ Case Rep 2014, 2014. e-Pub 11/2014. PMID: 25398923.
18. Patel AJ, Sellin J, Ehni BL, Tatsui CE. Spontaneous resolution of spinal epidural lipomatosis. J Clin Neurosci 20(11):1595-7, 11/2013. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23726369.
19. Sahni D, Jea A, Mata JA, Marcano DC, Sivaganesan A, Berlin JM, Tatsui CE, Sun Z, Luerssen TG, Meng S, Kent TA, Tour JM. Biocompatibility of Pristine Graphene for Neuronal Interface. J Neurosurg Pediatr 11(5):575-83, 5/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23473006.
20. Gressot LV, Hassaneen W, Fox BD, Mitchell BD, Tatsui CE, Ehni BL, Omeis I. Surgical treatment for combined hemifacial spasm and atypical trigeminal neuralgia caused by a tortuous basilar artery. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg Sci 56(2):151-4, 6/2012. PMID: 22617178.
21. Fox BD, Mitchell BD, Patel AJ, Relyea K, Gopinath SP, Tatsui C, Ehni BL. Vacuum-assisted en bloc resection of large convexity meningiomas. Technical note. J Neurosurg 114(3):727-30, 3/2011. e-Pub 7/2010. PMID: 20672892.
22. Smitherman SM, Tatsui CE, Rao G, Walsh G, Rhines LD. Image-guided multilevel vertebral osteotomies for en bloc resection of giant cell tumor of the thoracic spine: case report and description of operative technique. Eur Spine J 19(6):1021-8, 6/2010. e-Pub 1/2010. PMCID: PMC2899984.
23. Tatsui CE, Lang FF, Gumin J, Suki D, Shinojima N, Rhines LD. An orthotopic murine model of human spinal metastasis: histological and functional correlations. J Neurosurg Spine 10(6):501-12, 6/2009. PMID: 19558282.
24. Tatsui CE, Rao G, Rhines LD. Radiotherapy for a destructive cervicothoracic lesion from multiple myeloma. Case illustration. J Neurosurg Spine 6(5):493, 5/2007. PMID: 17542520.
25. Jea A, Tatsui C, Farhat H, Vanni S, Levi AD. Vertically unstable type III odontoid fractures: case report. Neurosurgery 58(4):E797; discussion E797, 4/2006. PMID: 16575303.
26. Tatsui CE, Martinez G, Li X, Pattany P, Levi AD. Evaluation of DuraGen in preventing peridural fibrosis in rabbits. Invited submission from the Joint Section Meeting on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, March 2005. J Neurosurg Spine 4(1):51-9, 1/2006. PMID: 16506466.
27. Tatsui CE, Prevedello DM, Koerbel A, Cordeiro JG, Ditzel LF, Araujo JC. Raeder's syndrome after embolization of a giant intracavernous carotid artery aneurysm: pathophysiological considerations. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 63(3A):676-80, 9/2005. e-Pub 9/2005. PMID: 16172723.
28. Prevedello DM, Tatsui CE, Koerbel A, Grande CV, Cordeiro JG, Araújo JC. Ventral extradural spinal meningeal cyst causing cord compression: neurosurgical treatment. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 63(3B):855-8, 9/2005. e-Pub 10/2005. PMID: 16258670.
29. Prevedello DM, Koerbel A, Tatsui CE, Truite L, Grande CV, Ditzel LF, Araújo JC. [Prognostic factors in the treatment of the intradural extramedullary tumors: a study of 44 cases]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 61(2A):241-7, 6/2003. e-Pub 6/2003. PMID: 12806503.
30. Koerbel A, Prevedello DM, Tatsui CE, Pellegrino LN, Pellegrino L, Hanel RA, Bleggi-Torres LF, Araújo JC. Posterior fossa gangliocytoma with facial nerve invasion: case report. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 61(2A):274-6, 6/2003. e-Pub 6/2003. PMID: 12806511.
31. Pope LZ, Tatsui CE, Moro MS, Neto AC, Bleggi-Torres LF. Meningioma with extensive noncalcifying collagenous whorls and glial fibrillary acidic protein expression: new variant of meningioma diagnosed by smear preparation. Diagn Cytopathol 28(5):274-7, 5/2003. PMID: 12722124.
32. Tatsui CE, Koerbel A, Prevedello DM, Hanel RA, Grande CV, Moro MS, Araújo JC. [Magnetic resonance imaging of the intraventricular cavernomas: diagnostic aspects]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 61(1):79-82, 3/2003. e-Pub 4/2003. PMID: 12715024.
33. Tatsui CE, Koerbel A, Prevedello DM, Araújo JC, Ditzel LF, Bleggi-Torres LF. [Central nervous system granulocytic sarcoma after bone marrow transplant: case report]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 60(3-B):852-5, 9/2002. PMID: 12364961.
34. Koerbel A, Tatsui CE, Prevedello DM, Hanel RA, Grande CV, Ditzel LF, Araujo JC, Antoniuk A. [Prognostic factors in the treatment of intramedullary spinal cord tumors]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 60(3-B):818-22, 9/2002. PMID: 12364954.
35. Kowacs PA, Piovesan EJ, Lange MC, Werneck LC, Tatsui CE, Ribas LC, Scapucin L, Marques LE, Moreira AT. Prevalence and clinical features of migraine in a population of visually impaired subjects in Curitiba, Brazil. Cephalalgia 21(9):900-5, 11/2001. PMID: 11903284.
36. Kowacs PA, Piovesan EJ, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Werneck LC, Vincent M. Symptomatic trigeminal-autonomic cephalalgia evolving to trigeminal neuralgia: report of a case associated with dual pathology. Cephalalgia 21(9):917-20, 11/2001. PMID: 11903287.
37. Piovesan EJ, Werneck LC, Kowacs PA, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Vincent M. [Anesthetic blockade of the greater occipital nerve in migraine prophylaxis]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 59(3-A):545-51, 9/2001. PMID: 11588633.
38. Hanel RA, Tatsui CE, Araujo JC, Grande CV, Antoniuk A, Gasparetto EL, Torres LF. [Meningiomas in pediatric patients: report of 2 cases]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 59(3-A):623-7, 9/2001. PMID: 11588650.
39. Kowacs PA, Piovesan EJ, Werneck LC, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Ribas LC, da Silva HP. Influence of intense light stimulation on trigeminal and cervical pain perception thresholds. Cephalalgia 21(3):184-8, 4/2001. PMID: 11442552.
40. Piovesan EJ, Tatsui CE, Kowacs PA, Lange MC, Pacheco C, Werneck LC. [Using algometry of pressure measuring the threshold of trigeminal pain perception in normal volunteers: a new protocol of studies]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 59(1):92-6, 3/2001. PMID: 11299439.
41. Piovesan EJ, Kowacs PA, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Ribas LC, Werneck LC. Referred pain after painful stimulation of the greater occipital nerve in humans: evidence of convergence of cervical afferences on trigeminal nuclei. Cephalalgia 21(2):107-9, 3/2001. PMID: 11422092.
42. Piovesan EJ, Tatsui CE, Kowacs PA, Prazeres RF, Lange MC, Antoniuk SA, Werneck LC. [Lipoma of the corpus callosum associated with the hypertrophy of the corpus callosum: case report]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 58(3B):947-51, 9/2000. PMID: 11018839.
43. Piovesan EJ, Kowacs PA, Lange MC, Tatsui CE, Werneck LC. [Can the biologic pattern of cervicogenic headache change after overuse or withdrawal of ergotamine derivatives?]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 58(2A):336-41, 6/2000. PMID: 10849637.
44. Piovesan EJ, Lange MC, Teive HA, Tatsui CE, Kowacs PA, Piovesan LM, Werneck LC. [Change in the biological pattern of migraine with aura after the use of tetrabenazine: case report]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 58(2B):566-71, 6/2000. PMID: 10920424.
45. Kowacs PA, Piovesan EJ, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Ribas LC, Werneck LC. Prolonged migraine aura without headache arrested by sumatriptan. A case report with further considerations. Cephalalgia 19(4):241-2, 5/1999. PMID: 10376169.
46. Piovesan EJ, Werneck LC, Kowacs PA, Tatsui C, Lange MC, Carraro Júnior H, Wittig EO. [Greater occipital neuralgia associated with occipital osteolytic lesion. Case report]. Arq Neuropsiquiatr 57(1):114-9, 3/1999. PMID: 10347737.
47. Piovesan EJ, Werneck LC, Tatsui CE, Lange MC, Ribas LC, Kowacs PA. The accuracy of migraine diagnosis by physicians - a prospective study of 99 referred cases. Revista Medica do Parana 56:1-8, 1998.
48. Meneses MS, Tatsui CE, Cunha DR, Ramina R, Pedrozo AA, Pacheco RB. Surgical anatomy of the transoral approach. (Brazilian Archives of Neurosurgery) Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia 16(1):14-18, 1997.
49. Jakowski AP, Meneses MS, Tatsui CE, Narata A, Floriani A. Contribution to the anatomic study of the middle cerebral artery. Neurobiologia 59(2):61-68, 1996.

Book Chapters

1. Tatsui CE, Rhines LD, Walsh GL. Thoracic En Bloc spondylectomy. In: Master Techniques in Surgery:Thoracic Surgery. Ed(s) Mathisen D, Morse C. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA. In Press.
2. Cachia D, Tatsui CE, Gilbert MR. Spinal Tumors. In: Merritt's Neurology, Thirteenth. Wolters Kluwer: New York, 896-906, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4511-9336-7.
3. Li YM, Dirks MS, Tatsui CE, Rhines LD. Evaluation and Decision Making for Metastatic Spine Tumors. In: AOSpine Masters Series Volume 1: Metastatic Spinal Tumors. 1. Ed(s) LR Vialle, ZL Gokaslan, CG Fisher, S Boriani. Thieme Publishers: New York, 2015. ISBN: 9781626230460.

Last updated: 7/20/2016