The Pediatric Neurosurgery program at the University of Manitoba is comprised of two full-time pediatric neurosurgeons, Dr. Colin Kazina (Service Chief) and Dr. Demitre Serletis (Director of Epilepsy Surgery). Both surgeons practice at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, which services all of Manitoba, but also includes patient referrals from Northern Ontario and Nunavut.
This program offers the full complement of surgical services for the work-up and treatment of neurosurgical disorders in children. Multidisciplinary team members who participate in the care of neurosurgical pediatric patients at our centre include pediatric-trained intensivists, emergency physicians, neurologists, pediatricians, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists and technicians.
Fully-independent programs in pediatric neuro-oncology, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, craniofacial disorders, spina bifida and spasticity offer the entire range of neurosurgical care for children afflicted with such disorders. On average, our team performs approximately 120-150 neurosurgical operations on a yearly basis.In terms of surgical techniques, both Drs. Kazina and Serletis are well-versed in image-guided neurosurgical techniques (including frameless/robotic stereotaxy), neuro-endoscopy, and microneurosurgery.
They are both active as surgeon-scientists (with Ph.D. training), each with engineering-related research interests, and pursue research out of the Manitoba Neurosurgery Laboratory in the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Both surgeons are also extensively active in the education of medical students and residents training in the neurosurgical program at the University of Manitoba.