Pediatric Neurosurgery Program

Program Lead: Dr. Walter Hader

The Pediatric Neurosurgical Program offers all aspects of neurosurgical care in children including: management of hydrocephalus, brain and spinal injury, myelomeningocele, other forms of spinal dysraphism, refractory epilepsy surgery, spasticity, craniofacial disorders, and pediatric brain tumour. While pediatric neurosurgery operates within the section of Pediatric Surgery at Alberta Children’s Hospital, all members’ primary affiliation is with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, 

Highlights 

Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin, as co-investigator and with members of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, was recently awarded a $9,907,242 USD NIH grant for completion of a randomized controlled trial of Endoscopic Versus Shunt Treatment for Hydrocephalus in Infants. 

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board of directors approved a grant in the maximum amount of $1,272,719 for the establishment of Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy epilepsy surgery program. 

Dr. Clare Gallagher was the invited chair of a session on multimodality neuro monitoring at the 2019 Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation meeting in Montreal.  

Research 

The Pediatric Neurosurgery division continues to be an active participant in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network and the Canadian Pediatric Neurosurgery research study group, with Dr. Riva-Cambrin co-ordinating the efforts. 

The creation of the Calgary Shunt Protocol, an adaptation of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network protocol, was shown to significantly reduce the incidence of shunt infections in children.  The work, authored by resident Dr. Michael Yang, was published in the Journal of Neurosugery: Pediatrics in February 2019.  

Members 

Neurosurgeons: Dr. Walter Hader, Dr. Clare Gallagher, Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin 

Nurse Practitioner: Kelly Bullivant 

Nurse Clinician: Kelly Hogue 

(Updated December 2019)