Dr. Juha HernesniemiNeurosurgery
Dr. Luca RegliNeurosurgery
Dr. Luca Regli
Luca Regli studied Medicine at the University of Lausanne, he trained with Nicolas de Tribolet and obtained board certification in neurosurgery. At the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA he specialized in the microsurgical treatment of complex intracranial lesions. In 2008 he was called as a full professor and chairman of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2012 the University of Zurich nominated him as full professor and the University Hospital Zurich invited him to chair the department of neurosurgery, which is a renowned international reference center for cerebrovascular diseases, neuro-oncology and functional neurosurgery. Luca Regli has developed his research interests driven by clinical questions in the domain of cerebral ischemia, cerebral metabolism, cerebral homeostasis and edema as well as in cutting-edge surgical techniques for cerebral revascularization and intra-operative imaging. The academic activity is reflected in over 330 publications in peer reviewed journals and 18 chapters in textbooks. The clinical expertise is reflected in the daily management of patients with cerebrovascular lesions as well as brain tumors. He has personally treated microsurgically more than 1000 patients with cerebral aneurysms. As a recognized leading expert for management of vascular lesions he regularly gets referrals of patients with complex vascular lesions.
|2015||40th Honorary William S. Keith Professorship Lecture:” Intra-operative resection control devices: neurooncological need or academic gimmick?”, 04.06.2015 Tornoto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada|
|2015||Honorary Aarno Snellman Lecture, Finnisch Neurosurgical Society: “The future of Microsurgery in Neurosurgery”, 06.02.2015 Helsinki, Finnland|
|2009||European Lecture 2009: “Promoting Change in Neurosurgery”, at the European Association of Neursurgical Societies (EANS) Annual Meeting 27th-31st March 2009, Marseille, France|
|2008||Honorary Invited Speaker: Cerebral Revascularization: future perspectives, Société de Neurochirurgie de Langue Française, Annual Meeting 2nd- 8th November 2008, Paris, France|
|2008||Personal Prize for excellence of the Foundation Monti, Lugano, Switzerland|
Dr. Michael LawtonNeurosurgery
Dr. Michael Lawton
Michael T. Lawton, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as its chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Robert F. Spetzler Endowed Chair in Neurosciences. Additionally, he is the chief of vascular and skull base neurosurgery at Barrow, and he specializes in the surgical treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, cavernous malformations, and cerebral revascularization, including carotid endarterectomy. As the leader of the largest cerebrovascular center in the country, he has experience in surgically treating more than 5,000 brain aneurysms and over 960 AVMs. He also practices skull base tumor surgery and the endovascular treatment of aneurysms.
Dr. Lawton co-directs and conducts his research at the Barrow Aneurysm and AVM Research Center (BAARC), a collaborative research group funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health that investigates the physiology of cerebral circulation and the pathophysiology of vascular malformations. His basic science investigations study the formation, underlying genetics, and rupture of brain AFVMs, as well as the hemodynamics, rupture, and computational modeling of brain aneurysms. His clinical investigations study the anatomy of microsurgical approaches to vascular lesions and the outcomes of aneurysm, AVM, and bypass surgery. He is the principle investigator of a NIH U54 grant and program director of the Brain Vascular Malformation Consortium (BVMC), a multicenter group studying malformations associated with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, cavernous malformations, and Sturge Weber Syndrome.
He has published over 700 peer-reviewed articles, over 90 book chapters, and 6 textbooks, including Seven AVMs: Tenets and Techniques for Resection, Seven Bypasses: Tenets and Techniques for Revascularization, and Seven Aneurysms: Tenets and Techniques for Clipping, which has won numerous awards and sold more copies than Yasargil’s Microneurosurgery. Dr. Lawton’s awards include the Young Neurosurgeon Award from the World Federation of Neurological Societies, the Harold Rosegay Teaching Award, the Diane Ralston Clinical and Basic Science Teaching Award, and an Impact Award as Exceptional Innovator from the Greater Phoenix Chamber (2019). He has given over 800 invited lectures nationally and internationally, including visiting professorships at over 50 neurosurgical institutions. He has been active in resident teaching, directing the CNS Anatomy Course for Senior Residents, co-directing the AANS Vascular Skills Course, and directing industry-sponsored anatomy courses. He sponsors an observership in vascular neurosurgery that has hosted more the 100 neurosurgeons and residents nationally and internationally. He co-founded Mission:BRAIN, a teaching mission to raise the level of neurosurgery practiced in developing countries, and has conducted 8 missions in Mexico, the Philippines, and Peru.
Faculty and Local Organizing Committee
Dr. Ashish KumarNeurosurgery
Dr. Hugo AndradeNeurosurgery
Dr. Joanna SchaafsmaNeurovascular
Dr. Julian SpearsNeurosurgery
Dr. Julian Spears
Dr. Spears is Head of the Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital, one of the busiest neurosurgical units in Canada. During his training, he undertook graduate studies in Clinical Epidemiology and successfully obtained his Masters of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. Dr. Spears became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2008. Dr. Spears is the Co-Director of the Neurovascular Program at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Adjunct Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Dr. Spears currently holds the St. Michael’s Hospital Chair in Brain Tumour and Cerebrovascular Surgery. Dr. Spears is an investigator/co-investigator of multiple clinical studies evaluating brain aneurysm and brain tumour treatments and remains very active politically at the Provincial level trying to further improve neurosurgical care for Ontarians. Dr. Spears has successfully treated about 1500 brain tumours and over 2000 aneurysms in his career thus far.
Dr. Leodante da CostaCerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery / Spine Surgery
Dr. Michael SchwartzNeurosurgery
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Michael Louis Schwartz was born on August 29, 1943 in Toronto. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 1967 and interned at the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. In 1968 he returned to the University of Toronto to begin his training under the direction of Professor T. P. Morley. In Dr. Morley's laboratory, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Tator, he studied the uptake of tracers in tumours and the distribution of labeled hydrocortisone in a mouse ependymoblastoma. In 1970 he earned a Master of Science degree for this work.
In 1974 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He practiced at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Toronto General Hospital for four years and then moved to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he has remained. He has been the head of the division of neurosurgery and holds the rank of professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
His areas of interest have included the treatment and evaluation of outcome after brain injury, for which he has designed and participated in clinical trials. He has been a member of the American Brain Injury Consortium and a founding member and past president of the Trauma Association of Canada.
For more than 30 years he has pursued an interest in radiosurgery. He has been interested in quality assurance. His major interest in radiosurgery has been its application to the treatment of brain vascular malformations and the study of factors that influence outcome.
Since 2012 he has collaborated with Professor Kullervo Hynynen and Nir Lipsman on the application of MR guided focused ultrasound in the treatment of tremor.
Dr. Schwartz has been the chair of the of the Royal College examination committee in neurosurgery and has been the chair of the specialty committee in neurosurgery. His memberships have included the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the Société de Neurochirurgie de Langue Française.
In 2013, he retired from general neurosurgery, but continues to be active in radiosurgery and therapeutic ultrasound.
Dr. Patrick NicholsonNeurosurgery
Dr. Patrick Nicholson
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Timo KringsDiagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist
Dr. Ashish Kumar
Dr. Ashish Kumar is an Endovascular Neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kumar's field of expertise is in Cerebrovascular and Endovascular surgery, with open cerebrovascular training at Fujita Health University, Nagoya, Japan, and fellowships at University of Toronto in Neurosurgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Sunnybrook and Saint Michael's Hospital respectively. He joined the Division of Neurosurgery as a Surgeon-teacher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and has a clinical practice centred in open and endovascular care of patients with cerebrovascular diseases.
As a teacher, his main interest is to increase exposure and foster the interest of neurosurgical residents in endovascular neurosurgery through the development of a core curriculum in the specialty, simulation protocols for dual training and optimal cerebrovascular exposure during neurosurgical residency.
Dr. Hugo Andrade
Dr. Hugo Andrade Barazarte obtained his medical degree at Universidad Centro-occidental Lisandro Alvarado, Barquisimeto – Venezuela in 2006. In 2012, he completed his training as neurosurgeon becoming staff of the University Hospital Antonio Maria Pineda, in Venezuela.
Dr. Andrade Barazarte joined in February 2013 the University of Helsinki, Neurosurgery department under the direction of Prof. Juha Hernesniemi as cerebrovascular/skull base fellow and PhD student.
After completing his fellowship in Helsinki, Dr. Andrade joined the Toronto Western Hospital as a cerebrovascular clinical fellow to expand his knowledge in vascular and skull base pathologies. In June 2016, Dr. Andrade Barazarte obtained his PhD at the University of Helsinki – Finland. Between 2016-2018, Dr. Andrade Barazarte worked as staff neurosurgeon at the Mannheim University Hospital in Germany. He is currently an Associated Professor at the Juha Hernesniemi International Center, Henan Provincial People's Hospital and co-director of the Moyamoya disease research center and treatment of the Henan Provincial People’s Hospital.
Dr. Joanna Schaafsma
Joanna Schaafsma is a vascular neurologist and clinician investigator at the University of Toronto since 2018. After a Stroke internship in Paris, she completed her Neurology training and her PhD on brain aneurysms in the Netherlands, followed by a Stroke fellowship in Toronto. She focuses her work on decision making and medical imaging in cerebrovascular diseases.
Dr. Leodante da Costa
Dr. da Costa received his MD from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1995 and finished his neurosurgical training in 2000, also in Brazil. He completed four years of fellowship training at the University of Toronto from 2004 to 2008, including 3 years of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology. He joined the Division of Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor in September 2008. He currently holds the rank of Associate Professor and works at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he holds positions in the Division of Neurosurgery, the Division of Spine Surgery and is cross-appointed to the Department of Medical Imaging. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Neurovascular Intervention at Sunnybrook and current Head of the Division of Spine Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences.
Dr. Timo Krings
Dr. Krings studied medicine in Aachen, Germany and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. After residency training in Neuroradiology in Aachen with Prof. Armin Thron, he completed a neurointerventional fellowship with Professor Pierre Lasjaunias in Paris, France and subsequently joined the Neuroradiology division of the University of Toronto as a diagnostic and interventional Neuroradiologist in 2008. He is currently cross appointed to Radiology and Neurosurgery at UHN and as an interventional Neuroradiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is a Full Professor of Radiology and Surgery, and Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist at the University Health Network, Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals. He holds the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Interventional Neuroradiology at the University of Toronto and is the Director of the Interventional Neuroradiology Program at TWH.
Focusing his research efforts on Imaging and Treatment of Neurovascular Diseases, Dr. Krings has published more than 450 peer reviewed articles, and approximately 30 book chapters and four books on spinal, pediatric and interventional neuroradiology, and neurovascular anatomy.
His current research focusses on the prediction of brain bleeding from brain vascular malformations using a multidiscplinary approach, development of novel methods to treat these life changing events and estimating the relative effectiveness of treatments to determine the impact on Health Care. To this end he is working with a team of Neuro-imagers, Neurointerventionalists, Computational Scientists, Genetist Biologists and Epidemiologists within the Division of Neuroradiology.
Dr. Krings’s leadership in the field of Neuroradiology is bolstered by his distinguished grants and awards, including the Scientific Award of the European Society of Neuroradiology, the Lucien Appel Prize, and the Founders Award in Interventional Neuroradiology of the ESNR. For the development of the Neuroradiology Program in Toronto he won the Anderson Award of the Wightman-Berris Academy and was granted the Edward Lansdown Award for outstanding teaching in the Residency Program of the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ronit Agid
Dr. Agid is a Neuroradiologist at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. She is an associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Toronto. In 1995 she graduated from the Hadassah Hebrew University medical school in Jerusalem, Israel. She completed her residency in radiology at the Hadassah medical center in Jerusalem. Her fellowship training in diagnostic and interventional Neuroradiology was at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2001-2004 under the tutelage of Dr. Karel terBrugge.
Dr. Agid has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented her work in over 70 scientific meetings. In addition, she has been an invited speaker and a visiting professor in over 60 national and international conferences. She has organized 3 scientific meetings in Tel Aviv focusing on Neuro-Interventional treatments and served as a faculty and session moderator in 30 other scientific meetings. She serves as a reviewer for 24 peer reviewed medical journals and is on the editorial board of 3. Dr. Agid’s research focus is on the natural history, imaging and management of cerebrovascular diseases.
Currently Dr. Agid serves as the interim section head of Neurointervention in the Joint Department of Medical Imaging at UHN. She is the site supervisor of the U of T diagnostic fellowship program. Dr. Agid is a member of the executive and Endowment Committees of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuororadiology (WFITN) and Chair of the Educational and women’s sections of this organization. She created and is managing the Grant for “Interventional Neuroradiology Low and Lower-Middle Income Country Observership Program” for the WFITN. Dr. Agid serves as a member of the AFC (area of focused competence) Working Group in Neuro-intervention of the Royall College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Vitor Pereira
Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 16, 2022
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The Temerty Advanced Surgical Education and Simulation Centre located in the Michener Institute of Education at UHN Toronto, ON Canada
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