Department of Clinical Neurosciences
With this highly integrated and programmatic approach, sub-specialized care is provided to our patient population. This population includes the geographic region of Southern Alberta as well as Eastern British Columbia in the Kootenay Region and Western Saskatchewan, encompassing an approximate catchment population of 2.5 million. Care is provided by 16 neurosurgeons, all of whom are sub-specialists and also provide general and emergency neurosurgical services.
Specialized programs include cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, epilepsy neurosurgery, adult hydrocephalus, neuro-oncology, skull base surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, functional neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery and spine surgery. In partnership with neurology, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedic surgery, neuroradiology, and radiation oncology, our members provide the highest quality of sub-specialized care for this patient population.
The total operative volume delivered by neurosurgeons was 1,996 cases in 2015-16, with 1,896 operative cases at Foothills Medical Centre and 100 at Alberta Children’s Hospital. There were another approximately 100 cases of bedside and Intensive Care Unit procedures, about 300 cases of endovascular procedures in the neuro-interventional suite, and roughly 100 radiosurgery cases.
The neurosurgery residency training program continues to be the pride of the section. Two new residents are accepted each year, with a current allotment of 17 trainees. The program is known for providing training in a collaborative and collegial environment where the highest quality of service and education are delivered.
In addition to hands-on and didactic teaching of residents, the faculty contributes significantly to undergraduate medical education teaching in the small group curriculum, as well as clerkship rotations. Nine fellows joined our section in various subspecialties, which is another positive indicator of Calgary’s strong reputation for excellent training and care.
Members continue to be involved in intensive research, with several of them having peer reviewed and funded basic science and or clinical research programs.
Many of these members partner with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and several faculty members have been granted full or affiliated membership. Areas of research strength and accomplishment include clinical trials in spinal cord injury research, basic bench research in nerve regeneration, deep brain stimulation, traumatic brain injury, laboratory work using brain tumour initiating stem cells, and intravascular stent development.
We also proudly house one of the world’s foremost laboratories in surgical robotics.