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November 24, 2010

Rutka new head of Department of Surgery at U of T

Neurosurgeon Dr. James Rutka, co-founder and co-director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine for a five-year term, starting April 1, 2011.

Catharine Whiteside, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, announced the appointment of Rutka.

“Professor Rutka, a neurosurgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children, is highly regarded by his colleagues locally, nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the Department of Surgery since 1990 and has just completed an 11-year term as Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery.  He is co-founder and co-director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids and he currently serves as the President-Elect of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).  Professor Rutka has won numerous awards and honours including: the Medical Research Council of Canada Career Scientist Award (1999); the Grass Award from the Society of Neurological Surgeons (2004); the George Armstrong-Peters Prize (1994), the Lister Award (2001), and the Charles H. Tator Surgeon-Scientist Mentoring Award (2006) in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto; and the Honored Guest Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2009). Professor Rutka's primary research and clinical interests relate to the treatment of paediatric brain tumours, as well as the surgical treatment of epilepsy in children. A prolific author, Professor Rutka has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and over 50 book chapters. He has presented at more than 300 meetings and conferences worldwide, and has given several prestigious named lectures including the Charles Elsberg and Wilder Penfield Lectures in 2010.  Dr. Rutka has served as a member of the editorial board for several neurosurgical journals and has been a member of numerous hospital and university boards and committees.”