Previous Clinical Fellows

Dr. Michael Hart, MBBS, PhD
June 1, 2020 – July 1, 2021
Dr. Hart completed his neurosurgical training and PhD in Cambridge England. He spent a year with us training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He plans to work in the United Kingdom.

TimoteoDr. Timoteo Almeida, MD, PhD
June 1, 2019 – July 1, 2020
Dr. Almeida completed his neurosurgical training and PhD in Brasil and has completed clinical fellowships in New York and Bristol. He spent a year with us training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He plans to work in the United States.

MarieDr. Marie Kruger, MD
June 1, 2018 – July 1, 2019
Dr. Kruger completed her neurosurgical training in Freiberg, Germany under the guidance of my colleague Professor Volker Coenen (see below). She spent a year with us training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and has returned to St. Gallen, Switzerland to lead the functional neurosurgery program. She led our RESCUED clinical trial testing the benefits of directional DBS leads. She has investigated new treatment options for patients with ‘dental neuralgia’.

JosueDr. Josue Avecillas, MD, PhD
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Dr. Avecillas completed his neurosurgical training in Madrid, Spain under the guidance of my colleague Professor Juan Barcia. He spent a year with us training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Josue has an expertise in imaging of the brain, particularly with diffuse tensor imaging. We believe this will be a very important addition to our surgical field.

AdiDr. Adi Sulistyanto, MD
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Dr. Sulistyanto completed his neurosurgical training in Indonesia under the supervision of my colleague Dr. David Fairholm. He spent a year with us training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He has returned to Jakarta and will coordinate the functional neurosurgery for that country. The Indonesian government plans to support a centre of excellence in Functional Neurosurgery in Jakarta with Dr. Sulistyanto heading that programme.

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Dr. Zurab Ivanishvili, MD, FRCSC
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Dr. Ivanishvili completed medical school in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia and continued neurosurgical training at the University of Saskatchewan with my colleague Professor Ivar Mendez. He spent a year with us studying functional neurosurgery. He then completing a spine fellowship in Victoria, British Columbia with Dr. Daniel Warren. Dr. Ivanishvili has accepted a position at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia. We hope to support his work there with government lobbying to support functional neurosurgery and increase the access to this surgery in British Columbia.

Dr. Philipp Slotty, MD, PhD
February 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Dr. Slotty has returned to the Department of Functional Neurosurgery at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is a leader in Europe in Functional Neurosurgery with a very large experience in the treatment of pain and movement disorders.

Dr. Waleed Dabbas, MD
January 1, 2014 – July 1, 2014
Dr. Dabbas has returned to Jordan and plans to start a stereotactic and functional neurosurgery program there.

Dr. Mohamed AlyDr. Mohamed Aly, MD, PhD

July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Dr. Aly recently completed a 1-year clinical Fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery in Calgary, Alberta and then spent six months with our team.  He has returned to Egypt where he is an Assistant lecturer of Neurosurgery at Mansura University.

Dr. Manish RanjanDr. Manish Ranjan, MBBS, MCh.

January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012
Dr. Ranjan is Associate Professor of neurosurgery and joined us from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore India.

Dr Anwen HarriesDr. Anwen Haries, MB, BCh

July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011
Mrs. White (nee Harries) has accepted a position at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham, England as a Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeon.

Dr Neil SimmsDr. Neil Simms, MB, BCh

July 1, 2009 – June 1, 2010
Mr. Simms has accepted a position as a consultant neurosurgeon in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  His work with us earned an award for best poster presentation at the biannual meeting of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2010. He performed the first DBS operation in Northern Ireland in 2013.

Dr. Jacqueline McMasterDr. Jacqueline McMaster, B Med, BSC, FRACS

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008
Dr. McMaster has accepted a position as consultant neurosurgeon at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Ahmed Abdel RahmenDr. Ahmed Abdel Rahmen, MD

March 2007 – July 2008
Dr. Abdel Rahmen was sponsored by the Egyptian Government to complete a PhD thesis co-supervised by Dr Honey and Professor El Husseiny (Head of Neurosurgery at Zagazig University) entitled “A comparison of surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease between Canada and Egypt”. He is working as a neurosurgeon in Kuwait.

Dr. Volker CoenenDr. Volker Coenen, MD

July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008
Dr. Coenen Professor of Neurosurgery and Head of the Division of Stereotactic Neurosurgery at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

fcastroDr. Fernando Castro, MD

April 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007
Dr. Castro is working as a neurosurgeon in Mexico with an interest in endovascular and functional neurosurgery.

Dr. Ian Hu Liang LowDr. Ian Hu Liang Low, MB BCh BAO, MSc, FRCS

May 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007
Mr. Low has accepted a position as a consultant neurosurgeon at Queen’s Hospital in London, England. He was hired specifically with the mandate to start a functional neurosurgery programme at this new hospital.

Dr. Faisal SayerDr. Faisal Sayer, MD

January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006
Dr. Sayer is now Chairman of Neurosurgery in Kuwait at the Ibn Sina Hospital.  He is the Program Director for the neurosurgery residency training program in Kuwait. In February 2015, Dr. Honey joined him to perform the first DBS operations in that country.

Dr. Alex VitaliDr. Alex Vitali, MD

July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
Dr. Vitali has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatoon. He has an expertise in functional and pediatric neurosurgery. Together with Professor Ivar Mendez, he performs the functional neurosurgery for their province of Saskatchewan.

rmercadoDr. Rodrigo Mercado, MD

July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005
Dr. Mercado is working as a neurosurgeon with an interest in pediatric as well as stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.  He has been elected president of the Functional Neurosurgery Section of the Mexican Society of Surgical Neurology.

Dr. Tomasz MandatDr. Tomasz Mandat, MD, PhD

July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004
Dr. Mandat is Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw and has a special interest in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.

Dr. Constantine ConstantoyannisDr. Constantine Constantoyannis, MD, PhD

July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003
Dr. Constantoyannis is Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Patras, Greece.  He specializes in Functional Neurosurgery.

cberkDr. Caglar Berk, MD

July 1, 2000 – June 30, 2002
Dr. Berk is a neurosurgeon in Portland Oregon.

Dr. Ming-Chieh Sun
Dr. Ming-Chieh Sun, MD
January 1 – December 31, 2000
Dr. Sun is a consultant neurosurgeon at the Cardinal Tien Hospital and Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Dr. Ravikant PalurDr. Ravikant Palur, MD
January 1 – June 30, 2000
Dr. Palur is Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine,  MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.