Chambers melissa 1 neuro

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Brain Tumors; Spine Disorders

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Dr. Chambers earned her Bachelor's and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University and her MD degree from UAB. She completed the Halsted Surgical Internship at Johns Hopkins University and Neurosurgical Residency at Vanderbilt University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

Clinical interests include all areas of neurological surgery involving brain, spine and peripheral nerve with an emphasis on surgical, stereotactic and computer-assisted treatment of brain tumors. Her academic interests include brain tumor therapies, vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis, and degenerative spinal conditions. She is the principal investigator in two pending spinal instrumentation trials at UAB. With her veterinary background, she is involved in brain tumor therapy collaborations between Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and UAB School of Medicine, where she teaches neurosurgical residents and medical & nursing students. She is a strong proponent of the One Health Initiative, an effort to improve animal and public health worldwide and strengthen medicine by working together.

Dr. Chambers sees patients in the Kirklin Clinic and UAB Medical West Neurosurgery Clinics on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a referral from a primary care physician. Telephone (205) 481-7938; Fax (205) 481-7733.

Selected Publications:

  1. Tubbs RS, Bauer D, Chambers MR, Loukas M, Shoja MM, Cohen-Gadol AA: A novel method for cerebrospinal fluid diversion: a cadaveric and animal study, Neurosurgery. 2011 Feb;68(2):491-4; discussion 495. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e3181ffa21c.
  2. Bauer, Tubbs RS, Chambers MR, Study of the effects of flexion on the position of the conus medullaris: follow-up study using MR imaging in non-human primates. Child's Nervous System. 2009 Aug; 25(8):977-9
  3. Tubbs RS, Rompala OJ, Verma K, Mortazavi MM, Benninger B, Luokas M, Chambers MR, Analysis of the uncinate process of the cervical spine: an anatomical study. J Neurosurg Spine 2012 Apr;16(4):402-7. doi: 10.3171/2011.12.SPINE11541. Epub 2012 Jan 20.
  4. Chambers MR, Gillespie GY, Sorceanu L, Whitley RJ: Comparison of Genetically Engineered Herpes Simplex Viruses for the Treatment of Brain Tumors in a scid Mouse Model of Human Malignant Glioma. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 92, 1411-1415; February, 1995
  5. Kicielinski KP, Pritchard PR, Ruiz H, Patel DM, Crisona, FJ, Tubbs RS, Chambers MR. Patient Experience Following Kyphoplasty: Safety, Efficacy, and Patient Satisfaction. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research. 10 (1): 1-11. 2015, Article no. BJMMR. 19370. ISSN: 2231-0614, July 2015.
  6. Tubbs RS, Chambers MR, Smyth MD, Bartolucci AA, Bruner JP, Tulipan N, Oakes WJ: Late Gestational Intrauterine Myelomeningocele Repair Does Not Improve Lower Extremity Function. Pediatric Neurosurgery, 38 (3): 128-132; 2003

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