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David Clarke, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC, DABNS, FAC

Professor, Head and Neurosurgeon



Professor and Head, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, Nova Scotia Health Authority
QEII Health Sciences Centre
1796 Summer Street, Suite 3806
Halifax NS  B3H 3A7

Phone: (902) 473-4591
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Dr. David Clarke is a Professor within the Departments of Surgery (Neurosurgery & Otolaryngology), Medical Neuroscience, Medicine (Endocrinology), and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. He is Head and Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Dr. Clarke is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Member of the Royal College’s Innovation and Technology Task Force. He has served as Vice-Chair of Canada’s Royal College Specialty Committee in Neurosurgery. Dr. Clarke is a Member of the American College of Surgeons.

At Dalhousie, he has held the position of Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program.

As Director of the Neuron Survival and Regeneration laboratory, he has continued to study neuron survival and regeneration in the central nervous system. In recognition of this research, Dr. Clarke was awarded Dalhousie’s Clinical Research Scholar Award.

His clinical interests are predominantly in the areas of the management of pituitary and brain tumours, surgical treatment of epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. 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 Director and Founder of Canada's national Rookie Camp for new neurosurgical trainees.

Dr. Clarke has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles. 

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