A native of Montreal, Dr. Sankar obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 2003. He then moved
west and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2010. During his residency training, Dr. Sankar completed a 2-year research fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, developing expertise in the application of advanced imaging techniques to study the growth and progression of brain tumors. On completing his residency, he undertook a clinical fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Andres Lozano. He returned to Edmonton in July, 2012, in order to begin his neurosurgical practice.
Dr. Sankar is currently an Assistant Professor of Functional, Stereotactic, and General Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta. His principal clinical interest is the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). He also has strong clinical interests in neurooncology and neuromodulation for pain disorders.
Dr. Sankar’s research currently focuses on the use of multimodal imaging techniques, and especially Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), in order to study the impact of brain stimulation on plasticity in the nervous system. He also uses MRI to develop biomarkers aimed at diagnosing and monitoring treatment response across a wide range of neurosurgical illness. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has received several research awards, including the 2009 Journal of Neuro-Oncology award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.