Staff

 

SURGEONS
 
Dr. Robert Broad  BA, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Broad is a graduate of University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine (1976) and then went on to complete a rotating internship (Otago, New Zealand). After this he completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Alberta and become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery (1983).
Dr. Broad is the surgical director of the Western Canadian Pituitary Center. He has been the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada for a number of years. He has strong interests in pituitary surgery, acoustic neuroma, trigeminal neuralgia and complex spinal surgery.

Dr. Broad has been a key member working both with the Provincial Government and the Alberta Medical Association, in the development of alternate funding plans for both primary care and specialty groups.
 
 
Dr. Richard Fox, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Dr. Fox is a graduate of University of Toronto Medical School (1991), and went on to complete both a rotating internship and Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Alberta. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Neurosurgery) in 1997.

He then went on to complete a Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998, prior to returning to Edmonton as Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Fox's Clinical Interests lie in Complex Spinal Surgery, operating at both the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta Hospitals. He is currently the President of the Canadian Spine Society, and Secretary of the Alberta Neurosurgical Society. He has been actively involved as an instructor in advanced spinal techniques within the Canadian Neurosurgical Community.

His research interests have included basic science research in hydrocephalus, acute spinal cord injury and advanced traction techniques.
 
 
Dr. Harry Jiang, MD, PhD, FRCSC 
Dr. Jiang is a graduate of Harbin Medical University in China (1983) and then obtained his PhD degree at University of Alberta (1995). After completing his residency training in Orthopedic surgery at the University of Alberta, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2001(orthopedics). Dr. Jiang then completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the spine program at University of Calgary in 2002.
 
Dr. Jiang's Clinical Interests lie in Complex Spinal Surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery including kyphoplasty.
 
Dr. Jiang’s research interests lie in bone regeneration study in his basic science laboratory. His other research interest includes improvement of spinal fusion techniques and outcome study of spinal surgery. Dr. Jiang is currently interested in recruiting research fellow, postdoctoral fellow or postgraduate student for his research Lab.
 
 
Dr. Frank Kortbeek,  B.Sc (Med), MD, FRCSC
Associate Clinical Professor
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Royal Alexandra Hospital 
After completing his MD degree at the University Alberta, Dr. Kortbeek joined the orthopedic residency program also at the University of Alberta, and was awarded his FRCSC in Orthopedic Surgery in 1993. He then undertook further training in complex spinal surgery at the University of Toronto – St. Michael’s, Wellesley, and Princess Margaret Hospitals. Upon completion of his complex spinal surgery fellowship, Dr. Kortbeek returned to the University of Alberta, and works primarily at the Royal Alexandra site. Dr. Kortbeek’s clinical interests lie in spinal oncology, adult spinal deformity correction, and spinal trauma management. His research interests lie in clinical outcomes after major spinal trauma.
 
 
Dr. Mitch Lavoie, MD, FRCSC 
Dr. Mitch Lavoie is a graduate of the University of Alberta medical school.  He completed a rotating internship and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Edmonton before undertaking further training in Spine, Tumor and Adult Reconstructive Surgery in Edmonton and Toronto. Dr. Lavoie maintains an active Spine practice including trauma, degenerative and tumor work. 
 
 
Dr. James Mahood
Dr. James Mahood graduated from the University of Alberta training program, and maintains an active clinical practice in both adult and pediatric spinal surgery. His major surgical interests lie in the correction of adult and pediatric spinal deformity. His major research interests involve scoliosis research.
 
 
Dr. Andrew Nataraj, BSc (Med), MD, FRCSC
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery
Fellowship Director, Complex Spine Surgery
Vice-Chairman, Alberta Spine Foundation
Dr. Nataraj obtained a BSc (Medicine) and MD with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. He then undertook his neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto under program director Dr. MC Wallace and Chairman Dr. JT Rutka. Within his residency, Dr. Nataraj spent one year as a clinical and research fellow at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.
 
Dr. Nataraj was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery in 2005. He then completed a fellowship in complex spinal neurosurgery at the University of Miami under the guidance of Drs Green, Levi and Vanni.
 
Besides general neurosurgery, Dr. Nataraj’s subspecialty interests lie in complex spinal surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery. His research interests lie in mathematical modeling of neural and spinal elements.

NURSING
 
Shelly Chappell – Complex Spine Nurse 
Shelly graduated from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. Since that time, the majority of her career has been spent working in the neuroscience areas of nursing in a variety of capacities including neurosurgical ICU staff nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse educator. She took on the role of the complex spine nurse at the the fall of 2007 after spending three years at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as the nurse educator on the spinal cord injury unit. She also continues to work on a casual basis in the neurosurgical ICU as a staff nurse.
 
Tim Grahn, RN  
Tim graduated from the University Of Alberta Hospitals School Of Nursing in 1987 as the Gold Medal recipient for his graduating class. He has worked in the Neuroscience nursing department at UAH for most of his nursing career as a staff nurse, Patient Care Coordinator, temporary Clinical Supervisor, and temporary project Nurse Educator. Tim has worked in the Multidisciplinary Spine Assessment Clinic (MSAC) as Nurse Coordinator since its inception in October 2003. Along with Dr. Robert Broad, Tim was instrumental in developing MSAC guidelines for patient bookings, patient assessments, charting, etc.
 
Gwen Thompson, B.ScN, MN 
Gwen Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Alberta. She has worked both in orthopedics and critical care before joining our Multidisciplinary Spine Surgery Assessment Clinic in 2004.