Dr. Christopher R. Honey

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Neurosurgeon (MD, DPhil(oxon), FRCSC, FACS)

Dr. Honey is Professor of Neurosurgery with tenure at the University of British Columbia.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and his doctoral degree from Oxford University as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar. He completed his Royal College training in neurosurgery in Vancouver in 1995 and became a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons in 2000. He has done additional training at Harvard Medical School as a Surgical Leader.

His research is focused on the treatment of movement disorders and pain. He headed the world’s first trial of DBS for spasmodic dysphonia and will publish the results in 2019. He was the first physician to recognize and successfully treat hemi-laryngopharyngeal spasm (HeLPS syndrome). He has made fundamental changes to the understand of human pain pathways.

In 2016, Dr. Honey was elected the President of the Canadian Neuromodulation Society (2016-2019) and will be hosting the annual national meetings in Whistler (2018) and Iqaluit (2019).

In 2016, Dr. Honey was elected President of the British Columbia Section of Neurosurgeons (2016-2019).

In 2018, Dr. Honey was elected President of the World Neurosurgical Federation for Cranial Nerve Disorders. This group studies conditions such as Trigemnial Neuralgia, Hemi-Facial Spasm, Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia and the newly described Hemi-Laryngopharyngeal Spasm (HeLPS) and has a major interest in Microvascular Decompression (MVD) neurosurgery. Dr. Honey will host the 3rd World Congress of this Society in Vancouver in 2020.

Dr. Honey has been invited to lecture at Universities and Meetings around the world (over 200 presentations on 6 continents). He has a strong commitment to teaching and has had the pleasure to train 23 neurosurgeons from around the world during their one-year fellowship with him in Vancouver. He has provided humanitarian surgical care in Liberia (performing the first successful brain tumor removal) and in Ghana. He has been invited to operate in China, Indonesia, and performed the first DBS in Kuwait.