Dr. Nir Lipsman
We are the largest neurosurgery program in North America with 31 faculty and 36 residents, providing optimal opportunities for education, collaboration, and establishing life-long connections with fellow trainees.
The program is conducted at 4 clinical sites each with its own case variety and unique operative and clinical opportunities that contribute to the overall development of our neurosurgical trainees:
Toronto Western Hospital – Major academic center with every subspecialty represented from neuro-oncology, spine, vascular, and functional neurosurgery and epilepsy.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: Canada’s largest and busiest trauma center, with expertise in vascular, skull base, oncology, and spine surgery.
St. Michael’s Hospital: Large urban neurosurgical unit and Level I trauma centre located in Toronto’s downtown core. Expertise in spine and brain trauma, skull base, oncology, and endovascular surgery.
Hospital for Sick Children: World-renowned centre of excellence for pediatric neurosurgery, with strong academic and clinical tradition.
Our globally recognized Surgeon-Scientist Program (SSP) allows our residents to undertake fully-funded research time to complete advanced Masters or Doctoral degrees during residency. Our residents routinely secure prestigious grants, conduct landmark, field-changing research, and win national and international awards.
Our neurosurgical case volumes are amongst the highest in North America, with over 6000 cases per year across all sites. Chief residents perform between 500-600 cases in their final year alone, ranking amongst the highest percentiles for chief year volumes in North America.
A highly focused formal curriculum feature faculty and resident driven lectures spanning the spectrum of clinical neurosurgery.
Excellent track record of graduates securing employment at distinguished Canadian and US institutions, and developing into leaders at their respective centers.