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Welcome to the Division of Neurosurgery


The Division of Neurosurgery is dedicated to the compassionate care of children with brain and spinal cord complications. We are one of the largest such paediatric neurosurgical facilities in North America.

The neurosurgical division at SickKids not only looks after patients from the metropolitan area, but also caters to the rest of the province of Ontario as well as other parts of Canada. Our achievements over the last decade are numerous. We provide leading edge and excellent clinical care, have one of the largest and most sought after fellowship programs in the world, and our teaching scores are outstanding. 

I invite you to learn more about our division and what we offer. Learn about  who we are, our educational opportunities, what we do, our research activities and more.

Dr. Peter Dirks, Head of the Division of Neurosurgery



The SickKids Division of Neurosurgery is the oldest and largest in Canada and one of the premier divisions in the world. We were recently ranked as the top paediatric neurosurgery division in North America, based on our academic performance and impact.  Our six neurosurgeons are all internationally renowned leaders in the field of paediatric neurosurgery, with an average of 18 years of experience each. We treat the full range of neurosurgical disorders in children, including the most complex brain and spinal tumours, epilepsy, craniosynostosis, vascular disease, and trauma. We aim to provide all of our patients, from across Ontario and Canada, with the highest level of care available anywhere in the world.

SickKids Neurosurgery sees over 800 patient admissions, 500 surgical cases and 4,000 clinic visits, making it the one of the busiest in North America. Aside from our expert neurosurgeons, children treated here also benefit from the expertise of renowned neuro-oncologists, neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists and intensivists.

SickKids Neurosurgery has led the world in ground-breaking research in many areas, including brain tumours and hydrocephalus. Our research has led to improved care in these areas and our patients benefit from having access to the latest, cutting-edge treatments.

Read more about our active neurosurgical laboratories and educational programs - including a structured clinical fellowship.