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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Doug Cochrane, MD FRCSC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neurosurgeon

Phone: 416-813-6425
Email: doug.cochrane@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Doug obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduating in 1975, followed by training in Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. He completed a paediatric neurosurgery fellowship here at SickKids in 1981.

Following his training, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as neurosurgeon at the Calgary General Hospital, Foothills Provincial Hospital, Tom Baker Cancer Center and Alberta Children’s Hospital, and served these facilities until 1986. During this time, he held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurosciences, University of Calgary.

In 1986, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as a staff neurosurgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. He served as the Head of the Section of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief, BC Children’s Hospital and Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia 1991-2001, Vice President of Medicine for Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia 2001-2003, and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Quality, Safety & Risk Management for the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver 2003-2008. 

He chaired the BC Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He has served as Chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and now serves as the Chair of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. He is the Provincial Patient Safety Officer for British Columbia.

Patient safety and quality interests include:

  • Patient safety policy and accountability mechanisms, risk assessment, evaluation and mitigation.
  • Health-care systems development and change focusing on the provider skills and competence through the analysis of quality and safety provided during medical and surgical care.
  • Clinical information system development and implementation.

Clinical and academic interests include:

  • Congenital brain and spinal cord disorders affecting children focusing on hydrocephalus, spina bifida and occipital-cervical cord compression.
  • The use of central nervous system imaging technologies to define physiological parameters of relevance to the treatment of children with hydrocephalus.
  • Brain tumors occurring in the third ventricle and spinal cord.