Associate Scientist, Neuroscience Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery
University of Ottawa
Suruchi Bhargava Chair in Spinal Cord and Brain Regeneration Research
Dr. Eve Tsai is a Neurosurgeon, Clinician Scientist and joined The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2006. Her main surgical interests focus on all types of spine and spinal cord diseases such as spinal cord injury, spinal cord and spine tumors, syringomyelia, and myelopathy. Her research will focus on spinal cord repair strategies, axonal regeneration, MRI imaging of spinal cord tracts in humans and animals, and clinical outcomes after spine surgery.
Dr. Eve Tsai MD, PhD, CIP, FRCSC gained early acceptance into medical school and obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She then completed her Neurosurgery Residency training at the University of Toronto. During her residency, she completed a PhD in spinal cord repair. Dr. Tsai then obtained subspecialty training in spine surgery and completed a Spine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. She has won numerous clinical, research, teaching and humanitarian awards.
In 2010, she won Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 AwardTM, which honours achievement for vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; growth/development strategy; and community involvement and contribution. In both 2012 and 2013, Dr. Tsai was selected by committee as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine (one of only 6 women to have the honour of winning twice). She was also chosen as the winner of the Health Section Category and is the only woman to have won the cover of the magazine for two years in a row and is now int he running for a third. The cover was selected by the most online votes. http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/magazine/.
Dr. Eve Tsai began her practice at the Ottawa Hospital in 2006. Her main surgical interests focus on all types of spine and spinal cord diseases such as: spinal cord injury, spinal cord and spine tumors, syringomyelia, and myelopathy. Her research focuses on spinal cord repair strategies, axonal regeneration, MRI imaging of spinal cord tracts in humans and animals, and clinical outcomes after spine surgery.
Berglund RK, Lyden SP, Tsai EC, Lieberman I, Klein EA. Nonseminomatous germ cell tumor after chemotherapy with residual mass invading the spine: part 2. Eur Urol. 2006 Sep;50(3): 607-8.
Berglund RK, Lyden SP, Tsai EC, Lieberman I, Klein EA. Nonseminomatous germ cell tumor after chemotherapy with residual mass invading the spine. Eur Urol. 2006 Aug;50(2): 372-4.
Tsai EC, Dalton PD, Shoichet MS, Tator CH. Matrix inclusion within synthetic hydrogel guidance channels improves specific supraspinal and local axonal regeneration after complete spinal cord transection. Biomaterials. 2006 Jan;27(3): 519-33.
Tsai EC, Tator CH. Neuroprotection and regeneration strategies for spinal cord repair. Curr Pharm Des. 2005;11(10): 1211-22.
Tsai EC, Krassioukov AV, Tator CH. Corticospinal regeneration into lumbar grey matter correlates with locomotor recovery after complete spinal cord transection and repair with peripheral nerve grafts, fibroblast growth factor 1, fibrin glue, and spinal fusion. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2005 Mar;64(3): 230-44.
Tsai EC, Dalton PD, Shoichet MS, Tator CH. Synthetic hydrogel guidance channels facilitate regeneration of adult rat brainstem motor axons after complete spinal cord transection. J Neurotrauma. 2004 Jun;21(6): 789-804.
Jimenez Hamann MC, Tsai EC, Tator CH, Shoichet MS. Novel intrathecal delivery system for treatment of spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol. 2003 Aug;182(2): 300-9.
Tsai EC, van Bendegem RL, Hwang SW, Tator CH. A novel method for simultaneous anterograde and retrograde labeling of spinal cord motor tracts in the same animal. J Histochem Cytochem. 2001 Sep;49(9): 1111-22.
Tsai EC, Santoreneos S, Rutka JT. Tumors of the skull base in children: review of tumor types and management strategies. Neurosurg Focus. 2002 May 15;12(5): e1.
Cohen JE, Mierez R, Tsai EC. Postcraniotomy gas-containing brain abscess: a neurosurgical emergency. Case report. Surg Neurol. 1999 May;51(5): 568-70.
Diseases, conditions and populations of interest
Brain and neuromuscular disease; Cancer; Spinal cord injury
Research and clinical approaches
Biomaterials; Clinical research; Clinical trials; Imaging; Molecular and cellular biology; Regenerative medicine; Stem cells; Translational research