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. All members’ primary affiliation is with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, while the pediatric neurosurgery section operates within the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Alberta Children’s Hospital. 

Highlights 

Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin was successful in establishing Calgary as a new site in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN), which comprises nine locations across North America. Calgary is an active participant in the Quality Assurance prospective database in addition to the multi-centre randomized controlled Entry Site Trial. 

Research 

The Pediatric Neurosurgery division continues to be an active participant in the Canadian Pediatric Neurosurgery research study group, with Dr. Riva-Cambrin co-ordinating the scientific program annually. Dr. Riva-Cambrin, in addition to being the site co-ordinator for the HCRN, heads the network study into ventricle size involvement in neuropsychological outcomes in pediatric hydrocephalus. 

The pediatric epilepsy surgery program at Alberta Children’s Hospital is now the most active program in Western Canada and second only to the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.

Members 

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

Nurse Practitioner: Kelly Bullivant 

Nurse Clinician: Kelly Hogue

(Updated Dec. 2018)