Dr. David Brandman, Chief Resident, awarded the “Best Trainee poster presentation” for his oral presentation

Dr. David Brandman, Chief Resident, recently attended the Canadian Neuromodulation Society meeting in Iqaluit, NU. He was awarded the “Best Trainee poster presentation” for his oral presentation, “Rapidly Calibrating Intracortical Brain Computer Interfaces for Communication in Three People with Paralysis”. Hats off, Dr. Brandman!

Welcome new Residents and Fellow

The Division of Neurosurgery is delighted to welcome new residents, Drs. Jenna Smith-Forrester and Abdulaziz Bokeris as well as Fellow, Carlos Restrepo.  

Welcome new Residents and Fellow

From left to right: Drs. Abdulaziz Bokeris, Carlos Restrepo, David Clarke (Head of Neurosurgery), Jenna Smith-Forrester, Gwynedd Pickett (Residency Program Director)

Congratulations, Dr. Christie!

Effective July 1, 2019, Dr. Sean Christie was promoted from Associate Professor to the rank of Professor by Dalhousie University.  Congratulations, Dr. Christie!

Epilepsy Surgery – A Tribute to André Olivier

Dr. David Clarke recently joined a group of national and international speakers at his alma mater, the Montreal Neurological Institute / McGill University, to pay tribute to Dr. André Olivier, an esteemed international leader in epilepsy surgery. Dr. Clarke’s presentation was titled, “In the Tradition of Olivier: Neurosurgery in the East”.
At The Neuro, Dr. Olivier served as McGill’s Neurosurgeon-in-chief for over two decades. Dr. Olivier developed pioneering surgical technologies, including the OBT stereotactic frame, which greatly advanced neurosurgery standards and improved patient quality of life. He was also the William Cone Professor and Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at McGill University, as well as a past president of the Association of Neurosurgeons of the Province of Quebec. In 1977, he was presented a medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, awarded to outstanding young Canadians on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne. In recent years, he wrote a book titled ‘Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery, the MNI Approach’, an invaluable resource in epilepsy treatment.


André Olivier, BA, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Emeritus Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University


Congratulations to the Spine Program Team who have been awarded the following grants:

Title: Can we better predict long term success of permanent spinal cord stimulators?
PI: Dr. Sean Christie
Co-applicants: Dr. Mosaab Alsuwaihel, Dr. Lutz Weise, Dr. Ian Beauprie, Dr. Sam Stewart
Award: 25K
Competition: Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Fund (NSHARF) Sep 2018

Title: Plasma melatonin levels after acute traumatic spinal cord injury in individuals with complete and incomplete cervical spinal cord injury
PI: Dr. Sonja McVeigh
Co-applicants: Dr. Sean Christie, Alexander Whelan, Saranyam Pillia, Lisa Julien, Nelofar Kureshi, Kara Matheson
Award: 25K
Competition NSHARF March 2019

Title: Occult bacterial discitis and Modic change in patients receiving surgical therapy for lumbar disc herniation
PI: Dr. Jacob Alant
Co-applicants: Dr. Sean Christie, Dr. Sean Barry, Dr. Mark MacLean, Dr. Andrew Glennie, Dr. William Oxner, Dr. Todd Hatchette
Award: 25K
Competition NSHARF March 2019

Congratulations to our Neurosurgery Graduating Residents and Fellow

Congratulations to our Neurosurgery Graduating Residents Drs. John Adams, Aaron Robichaud and Fellow, Dr. Ayoub Dakson! Best wishes! We will miss you.

Congratulations to Dr. Ayoub Dakson who has been awarded the CNSS KG McKenzie Memorial Prize for Clinical Research

Dr. Ayoub Dakson has been awarded the CNSS (Canadian Neurosurgical Society) KG McKenzie Memorial Prize for Clinical Research, 2nd Prize, for his research, "a nation-wide prospective multi-centre study of external ventricular drainage accuracy, safety and related complications". Dr. Dakson will be presenting his work at the upcoming 54th Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation Congress meeting in Montreal, Quebec.  


Dr. Ayoub Dakson has been awarded the CNSS (Canadian Neurosurgical Society) KG McKenzie Memorial Prize for Clinical Research


KG McKenzie Memorial Prize for Clinical Research

Congratulations to the award winners of Clinical Neuroscience Resident Research Day, held at the Dalhousie University Faculty Club on March 13, 2019!

The winners for this year’s event are:

Dr. William Stevenson Award – Dr. David Brandman
Top Overall Presentation – Dr. David Brandman
Top Neurology Resident Award – Dr. Sherry Hu
Top Neurosurgery Resident Award – Dr. Mark MacLean
Top Student Award – Chad MacLeod
Award of Merit – Eugenie Girouard

A special thank you to our judges, Drs. Vivek Mehta, Leah Cahill and Murray Hong.

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Research and Innovation

Dr. David Clarke, head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the QEII, stands in front of the StealthStation. This new technology enables neurosurgeons to carry out surgery more effectively, efficiently and in a way which is ultimately safer for the patient. (DARREN HUBLEY)

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IWK Neurosurgery Kids Fund

Lemonade Stand and BBQ

On August 30, Jordan Bignell, Super Hero, set up a lemonade stand and, with the help of Jayda Slaunwhite, drew crowds of people from University Avenue to the IWK Health Centre Neurosurgery Kids Fund BBQ!   Funds raised exceeded $2,250!  Well done!!  A warm thank you to everyone who helped out with this initiative.


2018 10 02 Dr McNeely fixes teddy

IWK Neurosurgeon

Dr. Dan McNeely sutures beloved teddy bear

Carolyn Ray · CBC News · Posted: Oct 02, 2018 2:34 PM AT | Last Updated: October 2




Gaming meets medicine

Gaming meets medicine to become a Nova Scotia neurosurgeon's essential tool

Neurosurgeon, Dr. David Clarke, estimates half of all surgical training could be done in the virtual world.

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Purple Day

Happy Purple Day in support of Epilepsy Awareness, March 26, 2018!

Welcome Drs. Jae Ho Han and Mark Maclean our new Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residents in neurosurgery.

We welcome Drs. Jae Ho Han and Mark Maclean who join the Division of Neurosurgery in July, 2018 as our new Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residents in neurosurgery.

Dr. Jae Ho Han is completing his medical degree at Dalhousie University.  He has completed many electives within the Division of Neurosurgery, including adult and pediatric clinical and OR time.  He has been involved in clinical research with our Halifax Neuropituitary Program.

Dr. Mark Maclean also joins us from Dalhousie Medical School and has completed his Masters of Science at Dalhousie.  Dr. Maclean has spent time with our Division during clinical electives. He has published several articles to date.        

We are delighted to welcome aboard Drs. Ho Han and Maclean!

Congratulations to the Neurosurgery Spine Team

In late November, our Spinal Cord Injury Acute Services Team - the first to be accredited in Canada - again received full national accreditation.  Highlights of the Accreditation Report include:

Clinical leadership – there is a strong interdisciplinary team with recent expansion of beds to accommodate demand;

Competency – patients and families have access to the interdisciplinary team and staff are supported through education and training for ongoing professional development;

Episode of Care – staff spoke of supportive environment and opportunities for professional development.  There is a defined pathway and criteria for admission to the unit for traumatic spinal cord injury patients.  Goals of care are established amongst staff and family;

Decision support – Patient records are complete and accessible with continuity of care.  The Unit is supported by Nurse Practitioners; and,

Impact on outcomes – there is a strong focus on quality improvement and safety.

Congratulations to all on the spine team, led by Dr. Sean Christie!

CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service)

The Division of Neurosurgery is delighted to announce that we will be accepting one resident per year through CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service).  This important decision supports Neurosurgery’s goal of providing neurosurgical care that meets the needs of the region and further strengthens our Atlantic Neurosurgery Training Program!