Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Bio: Dr. Abhaya V. Kulkarni is a pediatric neurosurgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, a Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency Program at the University of Toronto. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 1994 and graduated in 2002 from the Toronto Neurosurgery Residency Program. He then completed his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University. After a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Hopital Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, he began his faculty appointment at Hospital for Sick Children in 2003. Dr. Kulkarni’s research focuses on health outcome assessments in pediatric neurosurgery, with special emphasis on hydrocephalus. He is a site investigator for the North American Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network and has received research funding from several national and international funding agencies. He serves on the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the AANS/CNS. Dr. Kulkarni has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts on a range of topics in neurosurgery.
Summary: This talk will review the role of endoscopy in the armamentarium of hydrocephalus treatment and, in particular, how that role has evolved over the last century. Special emphasis will be given to new trends in endoscopic treatment and how these should be subject to appropriate scientific investigation and testing against current gold standards of treatment.
Dr. Faizal Haji
Bio: Dr. Faizal Haji is currently a neurosurgery resident at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr. Haji's studies are focused on how to structure simulation-based training to optimize learning of procedural skills among novices for a range of neurosurgical procedures, including endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV).
Summary: In this presentation, recent advances and existing gaps in the evidence for SBT in ETV will be discussed. Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) has become the standard of care in treating obstructive hydrocephalus in many settings. However, ETV is not used everywhere, in part due to concern over uncommon but significant complications. Many experts have called for initial training in ETV outside of the clinical setting, to ensure that the technique is not mastered on real patients. Simulation-based training (SBT), which has been used in aviation and military training for decades, holds promise as a teaching tool for this purpose.