2017 Faculty and Staff

Leadership at Neurosurgery Rookie Camp


Camp Director and Executive Committee Member

Dr. Sean Barry is in an Assistant Professor with the Division of Neurosurgery at Dalhousie University, in Halifax. He completed his medical school and neurosurgical residency at Dalhousie. During his residency, he obtained a masters degree in Bioethics from K.U Leuven in Belgium. He subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. He has a busy clinical practice with an emphasis on disorders of the cervical spine. His research and teaching interests include Bioethical issues as they pertain to neuro and spinal surgery.
Sean Barry

Director and Executive Committee Member

Dr. O’Kelly obtained his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 2001. He went on to complete postgraduate training in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2008. This was followed by a series of neurovascular fellowships at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital, gaining expertise in both microsurgical and endovascular approaches to cerebrovascular disease. Dr. O’Kelly obtained an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (2006), developing expertise in clinical trials, decision analysis, and health services research. His research interests include intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and occlusive cerbrovascular disease.
Cian O’Kelly

Executive Committee Member

Dr. David Clarke is professor and Head of the Division of Neurosurgery in Dalhousie Medical School’s Department of Surgery, Chief and staff neurosurgeon at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds cross-appointments in the departments of Medical Neuroscience, Medicine (Division of Endocrinology) and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and is director of the Neuron Survival and Regeneration Lab. His areas of interest include epilepsy, neurotrauma, transsphenoidal surgery, and neurosurgical simulation.
David Clarke

Executive Committee Member

Dr. Susan Brien is director of research, innovation and scholarship at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In this role, she oversees regional, national and international professional development initiatives, including team training, simulation, performance assessment, simulation accreditation and curricula integration. Dr. Brien practices neurosurgery at CSSS Gatineau and is chief of trauma for the region, as well as adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa. She has a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Toronto.
Sue Brien

John Bertram

Simon Wallin

Dr. Mehta is a graduate of Queen's Medical School and went on to complete a rotating internship (University of Ottawa) and neurosurgical residency at Dalhousie University. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery in 1998. Dr. Mehta then joined the neurosurgical staff at Dalhousie University in 1998 to practice both pediatric and adult neurosurgery. Dr. Mehta received the McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship and completed a dual pediatric/adult neurooncology fellowship with Dr. Peter Black at Children' s Hospital of Boston and the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard University). He then went on to complete a MSc (Epidemiology) at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Mehta joined the University of Alberta from Dalhousie Univeristy in 2001. His current interests are in pediatric/adult neurooncology and epidemiology. Vivek Mehta

Dr. Chris Wallace is professor and neurosurgery division chair at Queen’s University, and service chief and attending neurosurgeon at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. His areas of interest include cerebrovascular disease, vascular malformations, intracranial aneurysms, and carotid stenosis. Chris Wallace

Peter Brindley is first and foremost, a full-time Critical Care Physician. His clinical duties involve both General Systems Intensive Care and Neuro Sciences Intensive Care. Academically, Peter is a Professor in Critical Care and an Adjunct Professor in Ethics. His publications centre on resuscitation; its education and its ethics. These include prognostication; the use of simulation, and the importance of crisis management and human factors. Peter is a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute, its current vice-chair, and a current advisor to several national and international education groups. He is a former Medical Lead for Simulation; a former Education Lead for his University School, and a former Program Director. Peter’s greatest achievements are two little kids, in whom he delights. These wise critics care little about what titles he may or may not hold. Peter Brindley

Peter Gooderham is a neurosurgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of British Columbia. His practice has a focus on cerebrovascular and skull base surgery with particular interests in expanded endoscopic trans-nasal surgery, cerebral revascularization (bypass) surgery and aneurysm surgery. He completed residency in Neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia in 2011 and then spent a year with Gary Steinberg at Stanford University doing advanced training in cerebrovascular surgery. Peter Gooderham

Carlo Santaguida

Jennifer Hoyt has been working at Capital Health for 20yrs. Has worked in Orthopedics, Cardiac and most recently Neurosurgery. Has held positions in Emergency, Surgery and Trauma Team in the hospital setting. Jennifer Hoyt


Murray Hong, OR Technology coordinator, QEII Health sciences Centre

Ron Hill, Technology Coordinator, Neurosurgery, QEII Health Sciences Centre