Harry Jiang, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Jiang is a graduate of Harbin Medical University in China (1983) and then obtained his PhD degree at University of Alberta (1995). After completing his residency training in Orthopedic surgery at the University of Alberta, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2001(orthopedics). Dr. Jiang then completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the spine program at University of Calgary in 2002.

Dr. Jiang's Clinical Interests lie in Complex Spinal Surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery including kyphoplasty.

Dr. Jiang’s research interests lie in bone regeneration study in his basic science laboratory. His other research interest includes improvement of spinal fusion techniques and outcome study of spinal surgery. Dr. Jiang is currently interested in recruiting research fellow, postdoctoral fellow or postgraduate student for his research Lab.

James Mahood, MD

Dr. James Mahood graduated from the University of Alberta training program, and maintains an active clinical practice in both adult and pediatric spinal surgery. His major surgical interests lie in the correction of adult and pediatric spinal deformity. His major research interests involve scoliosis research.

Richard Fox, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr. Fox is a graduate of University of Toronto Medical School (1991), and went on to complete both a rotating internship and Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Alberta. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Neurosurgery) in 1997.

He then went on to complete a Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998, prior to returning to Edmonton as Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Fox's Clinical Interests lie in Complex Spinal Surgery, operating at both the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta Hospitals. He is currently the President of the Canadian Spine Society, and Secretary of the Alberta Neurosurgical Society. He has been actively involved as an instructor in advanced spinal techniques within the Canadian Neurosurgical Community.

His research interests have included basic science research in hydrocephalus, acute spinal cord injury and advanced traction techniques.

Mitch Lavoie, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Mitch Lavoie is a graduate of the University of Alberta medical school. He completed a rotating internship and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Edmonton before undertaking further training in Spine, Tumor and Adult Reconstructive Surgery in Edmonton and Toronto.

Dr. Lavoie maintains an active Spine practice including trauma, degenerative and tumor work.

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

Associate Clinical Professor
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Royal Alexandra Hospital

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.

Robert Broad BA, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Broad is a graduate of University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine (1976) and then went on to complete a rotating internship (Otago, New Zealand). After this he completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Alberta and become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery (1983).

Dr. Broad is the surgical director of the Western Canadian Pituitary Center. He has been the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada for a number of years. He has strong interests in pituitary surgery, acoustic neuroma, trigeminal neuralgia and complex spinal surgery.

Dr. Broad has been a key member working both with the Provincial Government and the Alberta Medical Association, in the development of alternate funding plans for both primary care and specialty groups.

Andrew Nataraj, MD (Med), MD, FRCSC

Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery
Fellowship Director, University of Alberta Complex Spine Surgery Program
Section Head, Edmonton Spine 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.