Eve Tsai, MD, PhD, CIP, FRCS(C)


Associate Scientist, Neuroscience, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Neurosurgeon, Division of Neurosurgery, The Ottawa Hospital

Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Ottawa


Dr. Eve Tsai obtained her medical degree and completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. During her residency, she completed a PhD at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tsai then obtained subspecialty fellowship training in spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. She has won numerous awards, including the Young Clinician Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Tsai returned to Canada in 2006 and joined The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her main surgical interests will 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.

Selected Publications

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.

Note: This is not a complete list of publications. More publications may be available in The Ottawa Hospital Library database and Pubmed (search by last name and initials).