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The Division of Neurosurgery

Our division is comprised of committed leaders, tireless educators, and strong advocators for the promotion of evidence-based neurosurgery, both locally and abroad.

Neurosurgery Faculty

Learn more about our dynamic team of neurosurgeons. 

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Education in Neurosurgery

The Division of Neurosurgery educates learners in surgery at all levels, including medical students, residents and clinical fellows. The benefits of academic and clinical training are brought to patient care and to professional colleagues in a spirit of caring, learning, and advancement of our profession. 

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Research In Neurosurgery

Our research themes include neuro-critical care and neuro-trauma, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-modulation, and more. 

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Ekkehard Kasper
  • Professor
  • Division Head, Division of Neurosurgery


McMaster University’s brand of academic excellence parallels the vision for our Department—to be committed leaders, tireless educators and strong advocators for the promotion of evidence-based surgery, locally and abroad. We have much to celebrate across 11 divisions. Our faculty, fellows, residents, medical students and research staff are involved in research that impacts the lives of millions of individuals and transforms surgical care. The challenge for us is not in our productivity, but in our communication and translation of the “evidence” we are creating.



Neurosurgery as a discipline arose as a result of an increasing need for special expertise in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of various diseases affecting the nervous system and supporting structure. Our program educates learners at all levels in a variety of available sub-specialties. Medical clerks are welcome to apply to the Electives Program offered through the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Our Postgraduate Training Program offers a considerable amount of flexibility for the fulfillment of self directed learning and individual research interest. Our educational program design is founded on necessary key competencies stipulated by CanMEDS and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, to enable our graduates to function as expert consultants in neurosurgery. The surgical experience of our residents and fellows in further enriched by the multicultural diversity of the members that comprise our division.


The Division of Neurosurgery operates out of two teaching institutions. These are the Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare. The treatment of adults with surgically manageable neurological diseases is centered at the Hamilton General site in collaboration with members of the Neuroscience Program. The majority of pediatric cases are managed at McMaster Children's Hospital where the Acute Care Pediatric Program is based. Through close collaboration with the Cancer Clinic for neuro-oncology, procedures requiring spinal surgery are most frequently performed at the Hamilton General site (HHS) and at St. Joseph's Healthcare Charlton campus.


Research training is an important facet of the Residency Training Program in the Division. We encourage an interest in both clinical and basic science research. Facilitated by the McMaster Surgeon Scientist Program, research training opportunities for surgical residents are available through McMaster's medical, biochemical and world-renowned clinical epidemiology research programs. Founded by Dr. Sheila Singh, a faculty member in the Neurosurgery Division, the McMaster SSP provides excellent research training for surgical residents while encouraging the pursuit of careers in academic surgery. Clinical research opportunities can always be arranged with our faculty members. Research activities within the Division can be expected to continue to expand, as new avenues of investigation develop and our research infrastructure improves to increase the breadth and depth of our work, ultimately improving the outcome for our patients


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