Dr. David Clarke is Professor and Head, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University and Chief of Neurosurgery, Nova Scotia Health Authority. He received his Doctor of Medicine and PhD degrees from McGill University and his neurosurgical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
Dr. Clarke is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Member of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Member of the Royal College’s Innovation and Technology Task Force and has served as Vice-Chair of Canada’s Royal College Specialty Committee in Neurosurgery.
As Director of the Neuron Survival and Regeneration laboratory, he has continued to study neuron survival and regeneration following injury in the central nervous system. In recognition of this research, Dr. Clarke was awarded Dalhousie’s Clinical Research Scholar Award.
His clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, management of pituitary and brain tumours, and surgical treatment of epilepsy. He has special interest in the application of simulation technologies to neurosurgical education. He performed the world’s first open brain surgery in a virtual reality environment for which he was awarded the National Research Council’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Dr. Clarke is Founder and former Director of Canada’s national Rookie Camp for new neurosurgical trainees.