Dr. Chamberlain received his medical degree in 1977 from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a UW professor of neurology at the UW, FredHutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
He holds a degree in zoology and biochemistry from the University of California in Berkeley, California. He has published more than 175 papers and developed many of the methods used today in evaluating and managing neoplastic meningitis. Since 1995, Dr. Chamberlain has focused increasingly on clinical trials for primary brain tumors.
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, I believe, are meant to provide clarity to patients and families in how we manage and treat cancer.
Adults with primary or secondary brain or spinal cord tumors and adults with nervous system (peripheral or central) injury secondary to cancer treatment.
In his off hours, Dr. Chamberlain and his wife, Michelle, enjoy being outdoors. They’re fond of hiking and are avid SCUBA divers. Dr. Chamberlain is also an accomplished outdoor photographer and his work has been published in national magazines including National Geographic, Natural History, International Wildlife and Audubon.
Dr. Chamberlain became the first doctor in his family in 1977 after graduating from Columbia University.
"I had thought about becoming a surgeon," Dr. Chamberlain said, "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 wonderful mentors and role models in neurology at Columbia University helped direct him to specialize in neurology. However, he says his "second discovery as a medical student was that I enjoyed caring for children."
Management and treatment of primary and secondary brain and spinal cord tumors anddevelopment and implementation of novel clinical trials for gliomas and central nervous system metastatic tumors.