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Our history

Emily McMcaster - founder
A portrait of Elizabeth McMaster, founder of SickKids, still hangs in the corridors today.

Founded in 1933 by Dr. William Keith, SickKids' Division of Neurosurgery is one of the oldest in North America. To the right is a photo of SickKids' founder, Elizabeth McMaster, whose portrait hangs in the corridors today.

An article celebrating the history of our Division was published in the journal Neurosurgery as part of a series highlighting important neurosurgical institutions around the world. Read the article "History of the Division of Neurosurgery at SickKids" featuring:

  • Elizabeth McMaster and Maggie:
    The History of the Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Keith Years: The Birth of the Division of Neurosurgery
  • History in the Making: The Era of "The 3 H's"
  • The Next Generation: A Focus on the Surgeon - Scientist
  • The Trainees: From Far and Wide

The Neurotransmitter was a newsletter that was published semi-annually by the Division of Neurosurgery prior to 2004. Read past issues of The Neurotransmitter here.