David Clarke MDCM, PhD, FRCSC, DABNS, FAC
Surgeon, Head of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Health Authority
David is Head of Neurosurgery at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. David’s clinical research is focused on brain tumors and surgical education. David led the team that brought functional MRI (fMRI) to Halifax. David, in collaboration with Ryan D’Arcy and Denise Lalanne at the NRC worked on the development of the NeuroTouchTM neurosurgery simulator. David led the Halifax team that performed the world’s first surgical rehearsal in a virtual reality environment of brain tumor removal.
David is also a PhD-trained neuroscientist whose lab research is focused on the neuronal response to injury and looking for ways to encourage survival and regeneration of injured neurons. His research is relevant to patients with head trauma, spinal cord injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
David is founder and Director of the annual Neurosurgery Rookie Camp that draws first year neurosurgical residents from across Canada. The Rookie camp is held at a state-of-the-art simulation training centre where residents spend two intensive days engaged in hands-on scenario-based training, learning from Canada’s top neurosurgeons.