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Recent headlines from the Division


 

DR. MICHAEL TAYLOR AWARDED DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY'S LISTER PRIZE

Dr. Taylor received this award at this year’s Gallie Day and Gordon Murray Lectureship Dinner on May 13, 2016. The prize is given for demonstrated exceptional productivity at an international level. 

 

DIVISION WELCOMES NEW MEMBER, DR. DOUG COCHRANE

"It is my pleasure to announce that Doug Cochrane has joined the staff within the Division of Neurosurgery.

Doug is the former Chief of Paediatric Neurosurgery at B.C. Children’s hospital and will join our division for 15 months  beginning March 1, 2016 as a clinical Neurosurgeon with a focus on patient safety and quality.  Aside from being an outstanding clinician, surgeon, teacher and mentor, Doug has served in many important roles including Chief of Surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital, and more recently as Vice-President of Medical Affairs and Quality at the Children’s & Women’s Health Center of British Columbia.  At a provincial level he has served as Patient Safety and Quality Officer for British Columbia, Ministry of Health Services, and chair of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council, Province of British Columbia. It is our expectation that Doug will enhance our quality and safety program within the Division of Neurosurgery and beyond, during his tenure with us."

Head, Division of Neurosurgery - Dr. James Drake

 

PETER DIRKS LEADS 11.7 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT, PROVIDED BY GENOME CANADA

Dr. Peter Dirks was announced as the leader of a four year, $11.7 million Stand Up To Cancer grant provided by Stand Up To Cancer Canada, Genome Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The award will fund research to better understand stem cells that allow brain tumours in children and adults. The project includes Dr. Sam Weiss (University of Calgary) as co-lead and Dr. Michael Taylor as a principal investigator. 

A Globe and Mail article about the announcement can be accessed here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-dream-team-to-probe-stem-cell-link-to-brain-cancer/article28548224/

 

DR. MICHAEL TAYLOR AWARDED RESEARCH GRANT

Michael Taylor participated in a visit by The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, to The Hospital for Sick Children on World Cancer Day (Feb 4, 2015). He was awarded one of four brain cancer research grants announced that day by Minister Ambrose. 

Photos of the event can be accessed at: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=928049

 

DR. JAMES RUTKA AWARDED ORDER OF CANADA

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.

 


See Past Spotlight Features:

SickKids CIGITI Team wins international contest for the Best Robotics Development

North American first in children: SickKids doctors destroy bone tumour using incisionless surgery

Neurosurgery patient goes from Patient to Researcher at SickKids