Elizabeth Brooks Claus, PhD, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Genetics

Office of Student Research

School of Public Health: Biostatistics


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 the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a past permanent member of the NIH Epidemiology and Disease Control Study Section II (Epidemiology of Cancer) and a member of the board of advisors for the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS), the Acoustic Neuroma Association, and the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium. Dr. Claus' work is focused in cancer and genetic epidemiology with an emphasis on the development of risk models and outcome prediction for breast and brain tumors. Dr. Claus was the PI of the statewide case/control study of breast carcinoma in-situ (DCIS) of 1000 cases and 1000 controls as well as the follow-up and mammographic breast density studies of this same group of women. She is the overall PI of the Meningioma Consortium, the Meningioma Genome-Wide Association Study and the Yale Acoustic Neuroma Study. She is co-investigator of the GLIOGENE (Genes for Glioma) and International Glioma Case/Control project. In these studies she is working to define genetic and environmental risk factors for brain tumors. She has recently received funds to partner with a number of national patient organizations (The Acoustic Neuroma Association and The American Brain Tumor Association) to develop web-based registries designed to enhance research and patient education efforts in the study of tumors of the central nervous system. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Claus trained as a neurosurgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed a fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; her clinical focus is on the surgical treatment of meningioma, glioma and metastatic disease, particularly breast cancer that is metatastic to the central nervous system.

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

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

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

International Activity

  • 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)

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Contact Info

Elizabeth Brooks Claus, PhD, MD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 205

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
PO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Yale Acoustic Neuroma Study

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