The Division of Neurosurgery comprises seven full-time neurosurgeons (based at The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus) and two full-time paediatric neurosurgeons (based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario). Our division’s neurosurgeons at these two hospitals provide neurosurgical care for the residents of Eastern Ontario and Western Québec, and also, by special arrangement, for those of Nunavut. Approximately 1,800 neurosurgical operations are carried out annually at the two hospitals. Both hospitals provide excellent facilities including the latest CT, MRI, neuroendoscopy, neuronavigation and angiographic equipment. We also work closely with our neuroradiologists and have access to emerging endovascular treatments for aneurysms and other vascular disorders. Our tertiary care staff are trained in a variety of specialities including spinal instrumentation, vascular neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, trauma surgery, implantable devices for anti-spasticity therapy, and skull base-ENT surgery. As well, a full range of intensive care, respiratory therapy, nutritional therapy, speech pathology, neuropsychology and rehabilitative services are also available.


Our neurosurgeons participate in a radiosurgery program, with treatments carried out at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Center including use of the CyberKnife. We are also involved in the Regional Trauma Program and the University of Ottawa Spine Surgery Unit (a collaboration between orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery).


Our division is closely allied to basic research activity conducted within the neuroscience groups of the research institutes affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences and The Ottawa Hospital, as well as with the National Research Council and Health Canada.


We are also committed to providing excellence in education and have been training neurosurgeons for thirty years. Our objective, through our Neurosurgery Residency Program and our fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery, is to train confident neurosurgeons for both the academic and community-practice streams. We also provide ample opportunity for those who wish to pursue research careers to work towards advanced degrees.