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 Dr. Charles Drake and Dr. Sydney Peerless in London, Ontario; and pediatric neurosurgery with Dr. Anthony Raimondi and Dr. 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 from the Cleveland Clinic to Winnipeg in 2000 as Professor and Head of the Section of Neurosurgery, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and 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 neurosurgery (including endovascular treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spine), deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, surgical treatment for epilepsy, and, in collaboration with the Section of Orthopedics, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders.

In 2003, with 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 1100 patients from Manitoba and across Canada. He is currently spearheading the development of an extra-cranial radiosurgery program. As well, he is coordinating plans for a neurosurgical operating room that incorporates intraoperative MRI and digital subtraction angiography.

Dr. West's main interests are cerebrovascular surgery, brain tumor surgery, skull base surgery, and radiosurgery. Dr. West has won several teaching awards and authored or co-authored over 90 scientific publications and invited lectures. He has been an Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is presently 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.

He can be reached at the following address and telephone numbers:

GB103C-820 Sherbrook Street  
Health Sciences Centre    
Winnipeg, MB  R3A 1R9   
Telephone: (204) 787-7296 and Fax: (204) 783-7356    

GB136-820 Sherbrook Street
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, MB  R3A 1R9
Telephone: (204) 787-7960 and Fax: (204) 787-3851

Email: mwest@hsc.mb.ca