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About Sickkids
About SickKids

George Ibrahim, MD, PhD, FRCSC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neurosurgeon

Research Institute
Associate Scientist, Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

Other Positions

Holland Bloorview Kid's Rehabilitation Hospital
Courtesy Staff

Phone: 416-813-6125
Email: george.ibrahim@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. George Ibrahim is a pediatric neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also an Associate Scientist in the Neurosciences and Mental Health program as the SickKids Research Institute.

His clinical and research interests include the surgical treatment of medically-intractable epilepsy, spasticity and functional disorders in children.  He plays an active role in the comprehensive epilepsy, dorsal rhizotomy and deep brain stimulation programs at SickKids.  His research lab is dedicated to the study of neural networks in children with epilepsy and functional disorders through a combination of connectomic, computational neuroscience and machine learning approaches.  His work has yielded insights into personalized treatments for children targeting specific network impairments and the development of novel devices and treatment strategies.  His interests also include the intersection of global health, neuroethics and neurosurgery, including the provision of neurosurgical care to the world's most vulnerable children.

Research Interests

- Neural oscillations
- Connectomics and Connectivity
- Deep Brain Stimulation

External Funding

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Centre for Brain and Mental Health
- SickKids Foundation


- Governor General of Canada's gold medal (2015)
- Dimitris Chorafas Foundation Prize (2015)
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Kenneth Schulman Award (2014)
- Canadian Neurological Society K.G. McKenzie Prize (2014)
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada K.J.R. Wightman Award for Scholarship in Ethics (2012)
- CIHR Vanier Canada Scholar (2012)
- CIHR Bisby Fellowship (2012)