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James Drake

Title: Surgeon in Chief, Chief of Perioperative Services
Designations: BSE, MBBCh, M.Sc., FRCSC, FACS
Alternate Contact Name: Leslie Jones
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5102
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Professor, Department of Surgery
Chair Positions: Robert B. Salter Chair in Surgery

Hospital Positions

Paediatric Surgeon
Division of Neurosurgery

Research Positions

The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Centre for Image Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention


Dr. James Drake was born in London, Ontario and educated at Princeton University (1969–1974), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1974), University of Toronto (1986–1987), and Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (1987). His training included a research fellowship funded by the Medical Research Council of Canada (1986–1987) in Hydrocephalus. 

He assumed his appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery in 1988, and has been on the surgical staff at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery since then. On September 28, 2018, the Board of Trustees announced his appointment to the position of Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of Perioperative Services.  

Dr. Drake’s primary research and clinical interests relate to engineering applications to neurosurgery, including hydrocephalus, image-guided surgery and robotics. This encompasses the main themes of the The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Centre for Image Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention, which are broadened to include applications of imaging, robotics and simulation for all paediatric surgical disciplines.

Dr. Drake has over 230 peer-reviewed publications and holds major grants from CIHR/NSERC Brain Canada. His clinical interests relate to the investigation and management of hydrocephalus, including endoscopy, image-guided surgery for brain tumours and epilepsy, and the management of complex spinal disorders.


See a full list of Jim Drake's publications


  • CIHR
  • NIH
  • NSERC 
  • SickKids Foundation
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