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About the Pediatric Neurosurgery Fund
Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Vivek Mehta - Divisional Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Dr. Vivek Mehta is a pediatric neurosurgeon, who joined the Stollery Children's Hospital in 2001. Dr. Mehta grew up in Ottawa and travelled to Queen's University to complete his undergraduate medical education. Following his medical degree, Dr. Mehta completed a rotating internship at the University of Ottawa and a neurosurgical residency at Dalhousie University. In 1998, Dr. Mehta became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery. Following this,Dr. Mehta completed a clinical fellowship under Dr. Peter Black at both the Brigham & Women's and Children's Hospital of Boston. During this period Dr. Mehta also completed a MSc (Harvard University) in clinical epidemiology while investigating the latency of symptom onset to diagnosis in pediatric brain tumors.

Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Mehta has published over 40 neurosurgical related articles, has served as the Neurosurgical Residency Program Director at the University of Alberta, and the Site Lead for Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Stollery Children's Hospital.
At a national level he is a reviewer for our national journal, part of the Royal College Neurosurgery Exam Committee, and will be taking over in July 2014 as the Specialty Chair for Neurosurgery at the Royal College. His current clinical interests focus on neuro-oncology, pediatric cranial-facial surgery and pediatric vascular disorders.

Dr. Keith Aronyk - Neurosurgery Divisional Director

Dr. Aronyk completed his medical school training at the University of Alberta (MD 1977) after which he trained for two years in General Surgery before transferring to Neurosurgery and completing this training, again at the University of Alberta (FRCSC 1984). He then entered Neurosurgical practice in Edmonton specializing in Pediatric Neurosurgery (1985 - 1990) until his move to Children's Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois) from 1990 - 1993. By 1993, he was certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery after having been certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery three years earlier (1990).

In 1993, with the dream of a Children's Hospital for Edmonton, he returned to his home town to resume his Pediatric Neurosurgical practice. By 2000, he was appointed Chief of Surgery at the Stollery Children's Hospital (University of Alberta Hospital) again in an attempt to establish a Division of Pediatric Surgery in Edmonton. His practice at present is limited to Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Jeff Pugh - Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Dr. Jeff Pugh returned to the Stollery Children's Hospital after completing his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship in Birmingham, Alabama. Originally from Vancouver, Dr. Pugh moved to Edmonton in 2000 to commence his neurosurgery training at the University of Alberta. During his residency he completed a Master’s degree focusing on hydrocephalus research and is looking forward to expanding on that work as he continues to treat patients with complicated hydrocephalus. During his fellowship he also gained a tremendous experience in endoscopic neurosurgery which allows for more minimally invasive options in the management of neurosurgical disorders.


Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta


Dr. Walter Hader - Pediatric Neurosurgeon


IWK Health Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Simon Walling - Pediatric Neurosurgery