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On July 1, 2015, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada, two of which are from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Dr. James Rutka, Neurosurgeon and Senior Scientist was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, recognizing national service or achievement for his contributions to advancing treatment for paediatric brain tumours and for his international leadership in neurosurgery.

In addition to this recent national honour, in 2014 Rutka was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the provinces’ highest official honour. And in 2013, he was appointed as the seventh Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery – the first Canadian neurosurgeon to hold this prestigious position.

He joined the Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery at SickKids and has also been a part of the University of Toronto’s Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery since 1990. Rutka has led the world’s largest neurosurgical training program as the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery at U of T from 1999 to 2010.

For more information about the Order of Canada, please visit the Governor General’s website. See the full story through the SickKids Newsroom.


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