Dr. Michael West

Dr. Michael West

MD, BSc(Med), PhD, FRCSC


Dr. Michael West was raised in Winnipeg and graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate. He received his MD and PhD, under the direction of Dr. Victor Havlicek and Henry Friesen, from the University of Manitoba and trained in neurosurgery with Drs. Dwight Parkinson (Winnipeg), Charles Drake (London, Ontario) and Charles Wilson (San Francisco). He practiced neurosurgery in Winnipeg from 1982 to 1994, in the USA from 1994 to 2000, and was recruited back to Winnipeg in 2000 as Professor and Head of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

A Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program using the Gamma Knife was developed in Winnipeg under his direction in 2003; the first in Canada. During his Headship Radiology and Neurosurgery worked together with the Health Sciences Foundation to develop the Centre for Surgical Innovation in the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine that includes a neurosurgical operating room and an interventional radiology suite which incorporate
intraprocedural MRI scanning. Dr. West initiated, with CancerCare Manitoba, the development of a Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy program to treat extracranial tumours.

Dr. West has served the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Program Surveyor, member of the Examining Committee for Neurosurgery, member of the Accreditation Committee, and Chair of the Neurosurgery Specialty Committee.

Dr. West has won several teaching awards and authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications and invited lectures. Among his awards are the Award of Recognition from the Department of Surgery (University of Manitoba), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contributions to the field of Neurosurgery, an award for Professionalism from the Manitoba Medical Students Association, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from Doctors Manitoba and the 2017 Honorary Membership Award from the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. West is currently Associate Dean of Professionalism at the Rady College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and Professor of Neurosurgery. His main clinical interests include brain tumor surgery, skull base surgery (including pituitary tumors), and stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife.