Fred was born and raised in Beausejour, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba, obtaining his Bachelor of Science in 2005, while being intricately involved in neuropathology and physical chemistry research through the Department of Chemistry. He received multiple NSERC summer research awards during his time. Subsequently, he trained as a primary care paramedic, and was an instructor through 2006 - 2008. Fred completed his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 2010, receiving the Tet Pin Yong Department of Surgery award for undergraduate excellence in surgery, and entered the Neurosurgery Program at the University of Manitoba in July of 2010.
Throughout his studies, Dr. Zeiler has been intimately involved in research that includes: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) of Alzheimer's Brain Tissue, Vibrational Mod Analysis of Triglycerides, multiple Gamma Knife institutional reviews (including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous sinus meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and metastatic brain tumours), ethical process in neurosurgery research, and a variety of other projects in stereotactic surgery for movement disorders and neuro-oncology.
Doctor Zeiler's special interests include stereotactic and functional neurosurgery (inparticular, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders), neuro-oncology, and neuro-critical care.