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 Dr. Peter Dirks  |  Dr. James Drake  |  Dr. George Ibrahim  |  Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni  |  Dr. James Rutka  |  Dr. Michael Taylor

Our six attending neurosurgeons are all internationally recognized leaders in paediatric neurosurgery and serve as professors of surgery at the University of Toronto. They all practice full time at SickKids and are fully dedicated to paediatric neurosurgery.


Peter B. Dirks MD, PhD, FRCSC
Head, Division of Neurosurgery, SickKids
Senior Scientist, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, SickKids

Peter.dirks@sickkids.ca |  See Directory listing

Dr. Dirks is a world expert on pediatric brain tumours and was the first to make the ground-breaking discovery of stem cells in brain tumours. This discovery has changed how brain tumours are studied and treated. His practice specializes in the management of brain and spinal tumours and surgical treatment of vascular disorders in children, including arteriovenous malformations and Moyamoya disease. 


James M. Drake BSE, MBBCh, M.Sc., FRCSC, FACS
Director Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI), SickKids
Co-Lead Centre of Image Guided Care, SickKids

james.drake@sickkids.ca   |  See Directory listing

Dr. Drake is one of the preeminent world experts in the field of hydrocephalus. He was one of the pioneers in the field of neurosurgical endoscopy and has the most experience in this in Canada. He also offers minimally-invasive, endoscopic surgery for craniosynostosis and treats patients with spasticity and complex spinal disorders.

Dr. Drake, who has a background in engineering, runs a highly successful biomedical technology lab, in which he is developing new robotic and other technology to make brain surgery better and safer.

George M. Ibrahim MD, PhD, FRCSC
Associate Scientist, Program in Neuroscience and Mental Health, SickKids Research Institute

george.ibrahim@sickkids.ca  |  See Directory listing

Dr. Ibrahim is a leader in the study of medically intractable epilepsy in children and the application of surgical interventions for the localization and treatment of seizures.  

His work aims to study neural circuitry and brain connectivity to guide patient-specific therapies for epilepsy and pediatric functional disorders.  His interests  also include the intersection of global health and neurosurgery and providing surgical care to the world's most vulnerable children.


Abhaya V. Kulkarni, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids

abhaya.kulkarni@sickkids.ca | See Directory listing

Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni is an international leader in the fields of hydrocephalus and neuroendoscopy. He developed the first quality of life measure for children with hydrocephalus and developed the ETV Success Score, which is used across the world.  Dr. Kulkarni is also director of the Gamma Knife program, offering radiosurgery to children with arteriovenous malformations and tumours, and Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program.


Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, SickKids

james.rutka@sickkids.ca  |  See Directory listing

Dr. Rutka is one of the most renowned and accomplished paediatric neurosurgeons in the world. He is the Director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, the largest centre for paediatric brain tumour research in the world. Aside from his expertise in brain tumours, Dr. Rutka is also one of the most experienced paediatric epilepsy surgeons.

Dr. Rutka serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. In 2014, Dr. Rutka was awarded the Order of Ontario. 

Michael D. Taylor MD PhD FRCSC
Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, SickKids

mdtaylor@sickkids.ca |  See Directory listing

Dr. Taylor is a world leader in the study of brain tumour molecular genetics. His ground-breaking research has radically changed how childhood brain tumours, including medulloblastoma and ependymoma, are classified and treated. He holds the Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research.


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