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University of Toronto Neurosurgeon Named President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

James T. Rutka
James T. Rutka

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCS was named President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) at the AANS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 1-5, 2010.

He received his medical degree from Queen's University Medical School in 1981, followed by residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and research studies at the

Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of California at San Francisco, where he also received his PhD in Experimental Pathology. He pursued clinical and research fellowships in Nagoya and Tokyo Japan 1990.

His primary research and clinical interests relate to the treatment of pediatric brain tumors, as well as the surgical treatment of epilepsy in children. Jim Rutka was a driving force behind the formation of the Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre, and B.r.a.i.n.child, a support group for families whose children are undergoing treatments for brain tumors.

He has been on the Neurosurgical Staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto since 1990, Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery since 1999.

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