Faculty Members

Dr. Tejas Sankar

Associate Professor and Neurosurgeon

Department of Surgery

Division of Neurosurgery
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About Me

A native of Montreal, Dr. Tejas Sankar obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 2003. He then moved west and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2010. During his residency training, Dr. Sankar completed a 2-year research fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, developing expertise in the application of advanced imaging techniques to study the growth and progression of brain tumors. On completing his residency, he undertook a clinical fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and doctoral studies in neuroimaging at the University of Toronto, returning to Edmonton in July 2012 to begin his neurosurgical practice.

Dr. Sankar is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta. His principal clinical interest is the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and he is the surgical lead for the DBS program. He also has strong clinical interests in neurooncology, radiosurgery, and neuromodulation for pain disorders.

Dr. Sankar currently serves as Divisional Research Director in Neurosurgery and is the Principal Investigator for the Functional Neurosurgery Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The lab currently focuses on the use of multimodal imaging and neurophysiological techniques in order to study the impact of brain stimulation on plasticity in the nervous system, and to develop biomarkers of treatment response across a wide range of neurosurgical illnesses, with specific emphasis on Parkinson's Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. Sankar has published 51 peer-reviewed journal articles, 9 invited commentaries, and 4 book chapters, and has given over 70 invited presentations. In addition, he has received several research awards, including the 2009 Journal of Neuro-Oncology award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Sankar is currently an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (CJNS), and serves as Vice President of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF).

Research Keywords

Alzheimer's Disease, amygdalohippocampectomy, Biomarker, brain tumor, clinical trial, CNS, Deep Brain Stimulation, Depression, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, DTI, epilepsy, Ethics, facial pain, focused ultrasound, Functional neurosurgery, H-reflex, Informed consent, Intraoperative MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Movement disorders, Parkinson's Disease, MRI, neuroimaging, Neuroplasticity, neurosurgery, Parkinson's Disease, Psychiatry, Psychosurgery, Spinal reflex, temporal lobectomy, thalamotomy, Tractography, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, trigeminal neuralgia