Andrew Nataraj, BSc (Med), MD, FRCSC

Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery
Fellowship Director, University of Alberta Complex Spine Surgery Program
Chairman, Alberta Spine Foundation

Dr. Nataraj obtained a BSc (Medicine) and MD with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. He then undertook his neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto under program director Dr. MC Wallace and Chairman Dr. JT Rutka. Within his residency, Dr. Nataraj spent one year as a clinical and research fellow at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.

Dr. Nataraj was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery in 2005. He then completed a fellowship in complex spinal neurosurgery at the University of Miami under the guidance of Drs Green, Levi and Vanni.

Besides general neurosurgery, Dr. Nataraj’s subspecialty interests lie in complex spinal surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery. His research interests lie in mathematical modeling of neural and spinal elements.

Ken C. Thomas, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Director, University of Calgary Spine Program
Vice-Chairman, Alberta Spine Foundation

Dr. Thomas is the Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Thomas is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery with cross-appointment to the Division of Neurosurgery. Dr. Thomas completed his residency training at the University of Ottawa. Combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine fellowships were completed at the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia. Dr. Thomas has his Masters in Epidemiology. His research interests include: natural history studies of spinal pathology, clinical outcome studies and economic evaluation of health care interventions.

Frank Kortbeek, B.Sc (Med), MD, FRCSC

Associate Clinical Professor
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Royal Alexandra Hospital
Treasurer, Alberta Spine Foundation

After completing his MD degree at the University Alberta, Dr. Kortbeek joined the orthopedic residency program also at the University of Alberta, and was awarded his FRCSC in Orthopedic Surgery in 1993. He then undertook further training in complex spinal surgery at the University of Toronto – St. Michael’s, Wellesley, and Princess Margaret Hospitals. Upon completion of his complex spinal surgery fellowship, Dr. Kortbeek returned to the University of Alberta, and works primarily at the Royal Alexandra site. Dr. Kortbeek’s clinical interests lie in spinal oncology, adult spinal deformity correction, and spinal trauma management. His research interests lie in clinical outcomes after major spinal trauma.

Steve Casha, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Fellowship Program Director, University of Calgary Spine Program
Secretary, Alberta Spine Foundation

Dr. Casha completed his Neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto in June 2003 and his PhD from the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2002. He has clinical interest in spinal surgery and research interest in spinal cord injury. He is currently conducting several large clincal trails in spinal cord research.