William S. Keith - 1933 - 1964
Bill Keith began the practice of neurosurgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, after pursuing specialized studies at the University of Chicago and the National Hospital, Queen's Square in London, England. Upon joining the staff in 1933, Dr. Keith was expected to be equally facile in general and orthopedic surgery as well as neurosurgery. Although his appointment was only part-time, he nevertheless began paediatric neurosurgery that was to flourish over the next six decades. Holding a joint appointment with the Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), Dr. Keith maintained a steadfast relationship with SickKids until 1964, when he restricted his activities to his adult practice for the next four years at the TWH. Dr. Keith passed away December 27, 1987.
Bruce Hendrick - 1954 - 1990
Bruce Hendrick, having completed his University of Toronto Gallie training program in surgery, then spent two years at the Children's Hospital in Boston studying paediatric neurosurgery under Drs Franc Ingraham and Donald Matson. He returned to Toronto in 1954 to become Canada's first full time paediatric neurosurgeon. He quickly became the national expert for children with surgical diseases of their nervous system, particularly those relating to head injury, birth defects and brain tumors. He served as Division Chief from 1964 to 1986. A Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Dr. Hendrick was also a founding member of the International and American Societies of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a Past-President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. His founding and continuing dedication to children's neurosurgery has brought him lifetime honours from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He retired from active practice in 1990. Dr. Hendrick passed away August 17, 2001 at age 77.
Harold J. Hoffman - 1964 - 1998
In July 1964 Harold Hoffman, fully qualified in neurosurgery and fresh from a year's travel abroad on a R.S. McLaughlin scholarship, joined the SickKids surgical staff. He began research projects on reactive brain edema and, during the next 30 years conducted innumerable patient studies on a variety of disorders, particularly those pertaining to brain and spinal cord tumors. A respected author, he contributed widely to numerous scientific publications. He was Division Chief from 1986 to 1996. A Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Dr. Hoffman was a founding member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a Past-President of that organization as well as of the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. His name has been honoured by the University of Toronto and the Hospital with the identity of the Harold J. Hoffman/Shoppers Drug Mart Chair in Paediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Hoffman retired from active practice in 1998.
Robin P. Humphreys - 1970 - 2003
Upon completion of post-graduate neurosurgical training at the University of Toronto and Queen's University, Kingston,Robin Humphreys joined the division in 1970. His mandate was to take neurosurgical responsibility for the paediatric trauma and cerebrovascular programs, to assist with the development of the Department of Surgery’s (and Canada’s first) craniofacial team and, to structure the postgraduate educational program for the neurosurgical residents and fellows. He also held an appointment in the university’s Department of Anatomy. A Professor in the Department of Surgery in the University of Toronto, he was also the inaugural holder of the Harold J. Hoffman/Shoppers Drug Mart Chair in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the university. He served as Neurosurgeon-in-Chief from 1996 – 2003 and was the hospital’s Associate Surgeon-in-Chief from 1988 - 2003. . He was a regularly invited teacher and lecturer in the United States, Europe and South America. Dr. Humphreys was also a founding member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and a Past-President of that organization as well as of the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Humphreys retired from active practice in 2003.