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Michael West

Michael West

MD, BSc(Med), PhD, FRCSC


Dr. West was raised in Winnipeg and graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate.  He attended the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Science, for pre-medical training and received his MD from the University of Manitoba.  After completion of medical school he trained in Neurosurgery with Dr. Dwight Parkinson.  At the end of his formal neurosurgical training, having received a Fellowship in Neurosurgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he was awarded a Medical Research Council Fellowship and pursued a PhD in Physiology with Dr. Victor Havlicek and Dr. Henry Friesen in 1980.

Following this he went to the United States on a McLaughlin Traveling Fellowship, studying brain and pituitary tumor surgery with Dr. Charles Wilson in San Francisco; cerebrovascular surgery with Drs. Charles Drake and Sydney Peerless in London, Ontario; and pediatric neurosurgery with Drs. Anthony Raimondi and David McClone in Chicago, Illinois.  After completing fellowship training, he practiced neurosurgery in Winnipeg at the St. Boniface General Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre from 1981 to 1994, introducing computer-guided stereotactic surgery in 1986. 

He practiced Neurosurgery in the USA from 1994 to 2000, and was recruited to Winnipeg in 2000 from the Cleveland Clinic, as Professor and Head of Neurosurgery, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the University of Manitoba.  In this role Dr. West recruited five neurosurgeons and a neurophysiologist.  Each member of the Section has a special area of expertise, contributing to the development of new programs in pediatric neurosurgery, vascular surgery (including endovascular treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spine), deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, surgical treatment of epilepsy, surgery for cranial nerve disorders, and minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders.

In 2003, with the support of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the University of Manitoba Department of Surgery, Dr. West established the first Gamma Knife in Canada.  Since that time the Winnipeg Unit has been used to treat over 1600 patients from Manitoba and across Canada.  He is currently working with CancerCare Manitoba in the development of an extra-cranial radiosurgery program.  As well, he is coordinating plans for a neurosurgical operating room that incorporates intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography. 

Dr. West’s main interests are cerebrovascular surgery, brain tumor surgery, skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, and radiosurgery.  Dr. West has won several teaching awards and authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications and invited lectures.  He has been an Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  He was a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Royal College and has completed a seven-year term as Chair of the Specialty Committee in Neurosurgery of the Royal College.

Dr. West can be reached at the following address and telephone numbers:

GB103A-820 Sherbrook Street
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Telephone: (204) 787-7296
Fax: (204) 783-7356

GB129-820 Sherbrook Street
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Telephone: (204) 787-7260
Fax: (204) 787-3851


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