Alberta Radiosurgery Centre

Program Leads: Dr. Gerald Lim, Dr. Yves Starreveld

This radiosurgery program was the first of its kind in Canada to use an innovative technology called the Novalis system. It is a collaborative effort between the sections of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology. 

The technology offers focused radiation treatment for diseases of the brain and spinal cord in single or multiple sessions as appropriate. This avoids lengthy hospital stays associated with standard surgical treatments. By reducing risks of therapy, and allowing a rapid return to normal activities, this treatment offers greater patient satisfaction. 

Since its inception in 2002, the program has served an increasing number of patients in Alberta and across the western provinces. 

Highlights 

Referrals to our spine radiosurgery program are increasing. We have started to treat patients with epilepsy, including mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. 

Education 

The program provides fellowship training for both radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons. 

Research 

Projects include a study on the effect of contouring variability on dosimetric parameters for brain metastases. Our quality improvement initiative has lead to impressive gains in efficiency of treatment, and ongoing revisions to our patient care pathways.

Members 

Neurosurgery: Dr. Yves Starreveld, Dr. Zelma Kiss, Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Brad Jacobs, Dr. John Wong 

Radiation Oncology: Dr. Gerald Lim, Dr. Rob Nordal, Dr. Jon-Paul Voroney, Dr. Shaun Loewen

Medical Physics: David Spencer, Alana Hudson, Nicholas Ploquin, Greg Pierce 

Nursing: Rhonda Manthey

 

(Updated Dec. 2018)