Faculty Focus - Richard Perrin

Richard Perrin, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

A graduate of Queen’s University Medical School in 1968, Dr. Perrin did an internship in 1969 before embarking on graduate studies in neuropharmacology at the University of Toronto leading up to a Masters degree in 1972. He entered the Neurosurgery Training Program in 1972, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1977. He joined the Neurosurgical Staff at the Wellesley Hospital in 1977. His current staff appointment in neurosurgery is at St Michael’s Hospital. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. His main clinical interests are in the treatment of spinal diseases particularly in the cancer population, and intracranial tumors.

Current Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Staff Neurosurgeon, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Associate Staff, Scarborough General Hospital
  • Consultant, Oshawa General Hospital
  • Consultant, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network

Selected Past Appointments

  • Division Chief of Neurosurgery, The Wellesley Hospital, 1987-1998.
  • Surgeon-in-Chief (Acting), The Wellesley Hospital, Mar.-Jun. 1996.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Somasundaram A, Laxton AW, Perrin RG. The clinical features of periorbital ecchymosis in a series of trauma patients. Injury. 2014 Jan;45(1):203-5.
  • Witiw CD, Citow JS, Ginsberg HJ, Spears J, Perrin RG, Cusimano MD, Macdonald RL. A novel device to simplify intraoperative radiographic visualization of the cervical spine by producing transient caudal shoulder displacement: a 2-center case series of 80 patients. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Dec;19(6):697-700.
  • Ibrahim GM, Perrin RG. Traumatic craniocervical dissociation. Br J Neurosurg. 2012 Aug;26(4):572-3.
  • Laxton AW, Perrin RG. Cordectomy for the treatment of posttraumatic syringomyelia. Report of four cases and review of the literature. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Feb;4(2):174-8.
  • Perrin RG, Lishner M, Guha A, Curtis J, Feld R, Messner H. Experience with Ommaya reservoir in 120 consecutive patients with meningeal malignancy. Can J Neurol Sci. 1990 May; 17(2): 190-2.
  • Guha A, Perrin RG, Grossman H, Smyth HS. Vertex epidural hematomas. Neurosurgery. 1989 Nov;25(5): 824-8.

Selected Awards

  • CNS Distinguished Service Award for outstanding work and contributions to World Neurosurgery, presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2001.
  • Squires-Hyland Trust Teaching Award, 2010.

Selected Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Techniques in Neurological Surgery, 1997-present.
  • Editor, World Directory of Neurological Surgeons, 1998.
  • President, Neurosurgical Society of America, 2009.
  • Secretary, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, 2005-2009.
  • Vice-President, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, 2001-2005.
  • Grand Chambellan, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
  • Grand Connetable, Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, 2012- present.
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