Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD


Specialties and Services

Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians
  • Fairview

Languages I Speak

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Taiwanese

Care Philosophy

I believe in treating my patients as I would want my doctor to care for me.
I would want my doctor to be a good, honest human being who is dedicated to helping me.
I would want my doctor to take whatever time necessary to listen to me, to answer my questions, and to understand my needs.
I would want my doctor to be skilled in procedures, prudent in judgment, and fierce in patient advocacy.
I would want my doctor to be an expert aware of the latest breakthroughs in medicine and surgery so that these breakthroughs can be tailored to promote my health.
This is also how I will treat my patients.

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adult Brain Tumors
  • Anaplastic Astrocytomas
  • Anaplastic Oligodendrogliomas
  • Astrocytoma
  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Benign Tumors of the Brain
  • Benign Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Brain Biopsy
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Lymphoma
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Tumor Diagnosis
  • Brain Tumor Management
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Chordomas
  • Clival Chordomas
  • Cranial Radiosurgery
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Ependymomas
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Hemangioblastomas
  • Malignant Gliomas
  • Malignant Tumors of the Brain
  • Malignant Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphomas
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiosurgery Laser Thermal Ablation
  • Sarcomas of the Brain or Head
  • Schwannoma
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston MA


  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA


  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Recognition and Leadership


  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2019)
  • Presidential Achievement Award, Government of Taiwan
  • Leskell Radiosurgery Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Clinical Investigator Award, Society of Neuro-Oncology
  • Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award
  • Sontag Distinguished Scientist Award
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award
  • Forbeck Scholar Award
  • Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award in Medical Sciences
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Physician-Scientist Award


  • French Lyle Chair and Department Head, University of Minnesota Neurosurgery
  • Executive Committee Member, Tumor Section, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Vice-Chair, International Committee, Tumor Section, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, Advisory Committee, International Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics
  • Member, Scientific Review Committee, Society of Neuro-Oncology and International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
  • Executive Leadership, Rady School of Management
  • Member, Advisory Board, Massachusetts General Hospital K12 Training Grant
  • Member, Advisory Board, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation
  • Faculty, Oral Board Review Course, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Faculty, Laser Thermal Ablation Fellow Course, Monteris

Academic Information


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