Dr Darsaut completed medical school at Queen's University in 2002, followed by neurosurgical residency at the University of Alberta 2002-2008. In the fourth year of residency he completed an MSc at the University of Montreal in Dr. Jean Raymond's laboratory with a thesis on the Molecular Mechanisms of Aneurysm Healing. He sat for the FRCSC exam in 2008, and then went on to do two fellowships, the first year in open neurovascular surgery at Stanford University with Dr. Gary Steinberg followed by a 2 year combined endovascular/research fellowship in Montreal at CHUM Notre Dame with Dr Raymond, Dr Francois Guilbert, Dr Daniel Roy, and Dr Alain Weill.
He returned to Edmonton in 2011, taking a position in Vascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery as Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. His research interests are in neurovascular clinical trials, and he is currently running several international randomized care trials on unruptured aneurysms (CURES), ruptured aneurysms (ISAT-2), flow diverting stents (FIAT), and arteriovenous malformations (TOBAS and TATAM), among others. His clinical responsibilities also include being the surgical director of the Neuro ICU.
Dr Darsaut has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
His spare time is spent with his wonderful wife Nicole and their four children Olivia (8), Zack (6), Esther (4), and Luke (2). Swimming, hockey, gymnastics, and jumping off the back of the couch, respectively are currently their favorite activities.