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Honours & Awards

Michael Cusimano (NeurSurg) has been awarded the 2007 John Provan Outstanding Canadian Surgical Educator Award. This award is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Surgical Chairmen in recognition of outstanding contributions to Undergraduate Education in Canada.

Peter Dirks (NeurSurg) received an NCIC Award of Excellence in Cancer Research, The Terry Fox Young Investigator Award.

Michael Fehlings (NeurSurg) has been successful in winning:

  • First Place - Basic Science Research Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society for his paper titled: "Development of a Novel Strategy, Based on Inhibition of Fas Signaling, to Reduce Cell Death and Promote Functional Recovery in a Mouse Model of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy".
  • Second Place - Clinical Research Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society for his paper titled: "The Impact of Age at the Timing of Injury on the Mortality and Neurological Outcome After AcuteTraumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Examination of the NASCIS-2 Database".
  • First Place - Research Award in the 15th Interurban Spinal Cord Injury Conference, Hamilton, ON, October 2007 for his project titled: "Mortality and Neurological Outcome in the Geriatric Population following Spinal Cord Injury: A Retrospective Cohort Study of 485 Patients".

Raja Rampersaud (OrthSurg) and his team (including Steve Lewis) won the Best Paper Award at the recent North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting for work which demonstrates that the outcomes of spinal stenosis surgery are comparable to total joint arthroplasty.

Joseph Schatzker (OrthSurg) was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, this country's highest honour for lifetime achievement; it was announced by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaƫlle Jean, Governor General of Canada on December 28, 2007. The citation recognizes Joe for his contributions to orthopaedic surgery, particularly for introducing surgical procedures for the internal fixation of fractures to North American surgeons.

Subodh Verma (CardSurg) has received a Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis (Tier 2) Award ($500,000).


Farshid Tabloie (OrthSurg Resident, Supervisor: D. Backstein) has been awarded the 2007 Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation (PSI) Resident Research Award ($2,000) for his paper entitled: "The Effect of Computer Navigation on the Learning of Surgical Skills".

Jensen Tan (GenSurg Resident, Supervisor: C. Law) has been awarded the 2007 Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation (PSI) Resident Research Award ($2,000) for his paper entitled: "Surgical Management of Cholangiocarcinoma - A Population-based Analysis".

Robin Humphreys (NeurSurg Alumni) was the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at the 36th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery. November 26 - December 1, 2007, South Beach Miami, Florida.




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