Elizabeth Claus, PhD, MD

Professor of Biostatistics; Director of Medical Research, School of Public Health; Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Biostatistics

Cancer Genetics

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Office of Cooperative Research


Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, PhD is Professor and Director of Medical Research in the Yale University School of Public Health as well as Attending Neurosurgeon and Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery within the Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is a member of the board of advisors for the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) as well as the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS). Dr. Claus' work is focused in cancer and genetic epidemiology with an emphasis on the development of risk models for breast and brain tumors. She is the overall PI of the Meningioma Consortium, the Meningioma Genome-Wide Association Study, and the Yale Acoustic Neuroma Study as well as a co-investigator of the GLIOGENE (Genes for Glioma) and International Glioma Case/Control (GICC) projects. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Claus is a Board-certified neurosurgeon who completed her residency in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical focus is on the treatment of meningioma, glioma, acoustic neuroma and brain metastases. In partnership with national patient brain tumor organizations including the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA), the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and the ANA, Dr. Claus is working to develop cost- and time-efficient web- and smartphone- based recruitment strategies to be used in the study of brain tumors. She has developed such work in collaboration with the ANA and recently received pilot funding from the ABTA/NBTS to commence development of a web-based registry for patients with low grade glioma in an effort to advance research efforts for this group of patients (http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-research/low-grade...).

Education & Training

MD Yale University School of Medicine (1994)
PhD Yale University (1988)
Fellow Brigham and Women's Hospital
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Resident Yale- New Haven Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Top 100 Publications, Yale CentennialSchool of Public Health, Yale University (2015)

Professional Service

  • Acoustic Neuroma Association (2010 - 2015) To advise the ANA on a variety of topics related to the occurrence and treatment of acoustic neuroma

  • National Institutes of Health (2010 - Present) Provide advice to NIH relative to the Cancer Post-GWAS Initiative


  • Glioma Research Consortium Denmark; United Kingdom; Israel; Sweden; United States (2008)

    Professor Claus is a co-investigator for GLIOGENE, an international, multidisciplinary consortium of glioma researchers. The goal of this consortium is to identify susceptibility genes in high-risk familial brain tumor pedigrees by screening glioma patients within the United States, Europe, and...

  • Clinical Neurosurgery Boston, United States (2002)

    Dr. Claus practices neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Elizabeth Claus, PhD, MD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 205
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
BiostatisticsPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034
Yale School of Public Health

This first issue of the magazine focused on brain tumor epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health