Peripheral Nerve Program

Program Lead: Dr. Rajiv Midha

The Surgical Peripheral Nerve Program is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary program encompassing clinical, physiotherapy and electro-diagnostic services. Our program focuses on the diagnosis and non-operative and surgical treatment of a variety of peripheral nerve problems including complex peripheral nerve injuries, nerve tumours, brachial plexus surgery and advanced nerve repair, and nerve transfer techniques. Our goal is to minimize pain and to maximize function, providing a better quality of life for patients with these disabling disorders. 

Highlights 

The Multidisciplinary Peripheral Nerve Clinic is seeing more patients with spinal cord injuries, offering nerve transfer procedures to improve function. We published a peer reviewed paper on two patients with these innovative procedures this past year.

Research 

Research is an important aspect of the Peripheral Nerve Program. Dr. Midha runs an independent CIHR-funded basic science research laboratory, in association with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, investigating various facets of peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. For more information on these research initiatives, visit www.hbi.ucalgary.ca. 

Education 

We support the educational initiatives of residents within the three clinical sections of DCNS, neuromuscular fellows, residents and fellows in plastic surgery. We have a robust fellowship program. The following are recent peripheral nerve fellows within the program: 

  • Dr. Mustafa Nadi (2015-6)
  • Dr. Sudheesh Ramachandran (2016-17) 
  • Dr. Toby Loch-Wilkinson and
  • Dr. Vanessa Sammons (2017) 

Members 

Medical Neurologists, Physiatrists & Electrodiagnostics: Dr. Chris White, Dr. Stephen McNeil 

Neurosurgeon: Dr. Rajiv Midha

Plastic Surgeons: Dr. Christiaan Schrag, Dr. Robertson Harrop, Dr. Brett Byers, Dr. Kate Elzinga, Dr. Justin Yeung 

Physiotherapy: Margaret Hass 

Intraoperative Electrophysiology Support: Jamie Johnston, Joy Boldt, Michael Rigby, Erin Mercer 

(Updated Dec. 2018)