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We care for children and youth with disorders of the nervous system.

We work in the areas of:

  • neurology, including epilepsy and epilepsy surgery, neonatal neurology, neuromuscular disease and neuro-oncology
  • brain mapping, a process that develops and refines the best brain mapping techniques to measure, view, analyze and understand normal and abnormal brain function to improve the lives of children with brain disorders
  • diagnostic neurophysiology (EEG), which provides a wide range of diagnostic neurophysiological procedures to inpatients and outpatients, including patients from Sunny Hill Health Centre

Our programs include:

  • Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery Program
  • Ketogenic Diet Program
  • Neonatal Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Program
  • Neuro-Oncology Program

Our program provides comprehensive, specialized care to children, youth and young adults with neurological disorders.

We work in the areas of neurology, neurosurgery, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology and the spinal cord. Our program is the only program of its kind in BC and the only resource for tertiary and quaternary care in BC, with about 300 surgical procedures and more than 6,000 clinic visits per year.

The Inpatient Units offer care for patients admitted by neurology and neurosurgery staff. This is a combined unit with the surgical specialties. The unit also serves children who are admitted through the Child Protection Services. The interdisciplinary staff includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, social workers, neuropsychologists, nurses, support staff, dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists.

Our program


Future direction & goals

Neurology: There is a need to develop adolescent and transition programs with the increased survival of children with neuromuscular and metabolic diseases. These same issues may affect older adolescents with epilepsy or individuals who had successful treatment for childhood brain tumours.

Neurosurgery: The goals are to enhance the epilepsy surgery and vagal nerve stimulation programs.

Spinal Cord Clinic/Program: The goals are to continue to care for patients with meningomyelocele, lipomeningomyelocele, other neural tube defects, and spinal cord injuries from BC and the Yukon. We currently see 350 families on a regular basis. We offer a multidisciplinary approach for prenatal consultations, patients, and families in the program. 

Neurosurgery is the major referral centre for pediatric neurosurgical conditions in BC and one of the foremost pediatric neurosurgical units in Canada. It performs approximately 300 neurosurgical operations yearly for brain and spinal tumours, cerebral palsy, Chiari malformations, craniosynostosis, epilepsy head injuries, hydrocephalus, intrauterine fetal counseling, motor disorders/spasticity program, moyamoya disease, syringomyelia, spina bifida and trauma.

Outreach clinics in Kelowna, Nelson, Prince George and Trail provide services to more than 200 patient visits yearly. The Neurology Program offers regional clinics in pediatric neurology in Kelowna, Prince George, Terrace, Trail, Nelson and Surrey.


  • Dr. Doug Cochrane
  • Dr. Paul Steinbok
  • Dr. Ash Singhal


  • Dr. Mary Connolly
  • Dr. Bruce Bjornson
  • Dr. Cyrus Boelman
  • Dr. Anita Datta
  • Dr. Michelle Demos
  • Dr. Alan Hill
  • Dr. Linda Huh
  • Dr. Juliette Hukin
  • Dr. James Lee
  • Dr. Aspasia Michoulas
  • Dr. Elke Roland
  • Dr. Dewi Schrader
  • Dr. Kathy Selby
The following resources are available free of charge through the Parents Project Muscular Dystrophy website: 

  • Education Matters: A teacher's guide to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Laura's choice - Reproduction options for ...
  • Stretches for Duchenne
  • Giving a Face to Duchenne ...
  • Public Announcement for Duchenne
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Additional resources

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