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full time Neurosurgery at The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario
Job ID: 17297

Paediatric Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

The Division of Neurosurgery at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is internationally recognized for its contributions to advancing clinical care and research in the field of academic neurosurgery. This is an exciting time for the Division and the Hospital as we are looking to add new Faculty and to expand our programs in Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology, Paediatric Vascular Disorders, and Paediatric Spine. We are inviting applications for two permanent full-time Faculty positions, in the above areas or in general paediatric neurosurgery.

Applicants with demonstrated academic expertise in basic or clinical research, surgical education, quality and safety, global surgery, or other areas of academic interest, are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates can anticipate fully protected time to pursue their academic goals. Applicants must have excellent clinical and surgical care skills for the diversity of paediatric neurosurgical disorders that present to SickKids and be committed to being fully participating members of high functioning interdisciplinary teams.

Candidates must be able to function proficiently in English and hold an M.D. or equivalent degree. Candidates must also be eligible for appointment as a Surgeon-Scientist, Surgeon-Investigator, Surgeon-Teacher, or other academic stream at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at the University of Toronto; and must be eligible for certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Candidates must obtain an appropriate Visa, if applicable.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to leverage multidisciplinary, clinical, and basic science facilities that are available on the Hospital campus, including the 21-story Research Institute, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery.

SickKids, located at 555 University Avenue in downtown Toronto, is among the largest children’s hospitals in North America and has a long history of excellence in clinical care, research, and education. SickKids is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is located adjacent to the University campus and to numerous specialty hospitals and biomedical research institutes. It is an exciting time at SickKids as we execute our campus redevelopment project, including a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital tower.

SickKids has approximately 350 paediatric beds with more than 15,000 operations performed each year. The Paediatric Neurosurgery Clinic sees about 6,000 patients per year in general clinics as well as subspecialty clinics in epilepsy, functional, vascular, and spinal neurosurgery. We perform more than 700 neurosurgery cases per year and our clinical activities are significantly growing along with the population in metropolitan Toronto and in Ontario. We also care for children with head and spinal trauma.

Toronto is a vibrant, multicultural, and rapidly growing city, and has been named the 2nd most diverse city in the world by the United Nations, with over 51% of its residents born outside of Canada and home to over 230 ethnic groups, which is reflected in the city’s neighbourhood restaurants and talents in key sectors like life science, finance, information, and communications technology. It has a lively sports and arts community. It is currently the fourth largest city in North America and boasts a safe, livable, downtown area with excellent housing, schools, and university access. It is consistently ranked as a top travel spot and internationally ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. World famous lake and wilderness country and year-round outdoor recreation are easily accessible, as are two hub airports for regional or international travel.

The Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery is comprised of full-time surgeons providing medical and surgical care in an academic setting. Clinical activity is supported by dedicated clinical fellows, neurosurgery residents on rotation, and specialized nurse practitioners.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, remuneration will be in the range of $500,000-$600,000 per year for a fulltime position, including on call responsibilities, and to which will be added distribution of billing overages.

Our Commitment to Diversity
The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.
The University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized person, persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disability, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Should you be interested in this opportunity, please forward your curriculum vitae and letter of interest which includes academic goals and the names and contact information for 3 referees, in PDF format, via email to Dr. Peter Dirks and Sarah Carter:

Dr. Peter Dirks
Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8

Sarah Carter
Supervisor, Administrative Services
Division of Neurosurgery

Applications will be kept strictly confidential.

For more information about the Faculty of Medicine/Department of Surgery, please visit us at For more information on the Research Institute please visit us at

The department recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have influenced their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record. The department further supports an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Sarah Carter, Supervisor, Admin Services,

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Only those applicants selected for the interview will be contacted.

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The Hospital for Sick Children 
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555 University Avenue 
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Dr. Peter Dirks 
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Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8

Sarah Carter
Supervisor, Administrative Services
Division of Neurosurgery
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Published on 2022-12-06
Edited on 2023-12-04