Research and teaching
My primary research interests involve the use of tissue engineering techniques to treat cerebrovascular disorders. Specifically, my graduate degree focused on endothelial progenitor cells embedded in a biopoymer to treat intracranial aneurysms. Tissue engineering techniques, however, can also be used to treat other conditions such as atherosclerotic disease and stroke. A secondary interest of mine is the development of novel biomedical materials and devices to act as scaffolds for the local delivery of engineered cells and tissue factors.
I completed my MD at the University of Alberta and subsequently my residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. Following this, I completed two years of clinical fellowships at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona; one year in cerebrovascular/skull base neurosurgery with Dr. Robert F. Spetzler, and an additional year in endovascular neurosurgery with Dr. Felipe C. Albuquerque and Dr. Cameron G. McDougall. During residency, I completed a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Harvard University, allowing me to cultivate my research interests.