Division of Neurosurgery

The Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Ottawa consists of 2 surgical divisions: the adult unit – housed at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital, and the paediatric unit – located at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The former division consists of 8 faculty members. The latter consists of 3 faculty members. The division is the only neurosurgical unit in eastern Ontario, serves as a backup to neurosurgical units in Kingston and Sudbury, and is also a provider of care to residents of Western Quebec. Within the adult unit, special emphasis is placed on minimally invasive skull base surgery, cerebrovascular surgery and complex spine surgery. Subspecialty treatment is also available for conditions requiring stereotactic radiosurgery (using the Cyberknife), functional neurosurgery (for pain and spasticity), and the full spectrum of peripheral nerve surgery. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Division successfully recruited Dr. Amin Kassam, an international leader in endoscopic approaches to skull base surgery. The division is currently planning on introducing a deep brain stimulation program for movement disorders in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario division provides a full gamut of paediatric surgical procedures to patients in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. CHEO has recently opened an innovative program for concussion management and clinical research into concussion.  The initiative is headed by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi.

Continuing Education

Two members of the division (Drs. Agbi and Kassam) have undertaken leading roles in skull base courses for practicing neurosurgeons.  Many of these courses are taught off site, but the University of Ottawa has hosted 2 courses within the last 5-6 years, and further courses at the University of Ottawa Simulation Centre are anticipated.

Dr. Michael Vassilyadi at the CHEO is the head of the Ottawa Chapter of Think First Canada and has taken a lead role in injury prevention programs in local schools.