Dr. Nataraj completed medical school in 1999 at the University of Saskatchewan. He undertook residency training at the University of Toronto from 1999-2005, under the mentorship of program director Dr. M.C Wallace and chairman Dr. J.T.Rutka. During the 4th year of his residency, Dr. Nataraj also studied clinical trial design and mathematical modelling of neural tissues in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom under the mentorship of Professor David Mendelow.
After the completion of neurosurgical residency, Dr. Nataraj went on to do a fellowship in complex spine surgery at the University of Miami and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He then took a faculty position in neurosurgery at the University of Alberta in 2006, where he is currently a clinical associate professor. In 2016, he completed a M.Sc in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Nataraj’s clinical interests are in general neurosurgery and complex spine surgery. He is the site chief of neurosurgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and is the fellowship director for the complex spine program. He maintains an active role in the Canadian Spine Society and is currently the communication chair of that organization. From a research perspective, Dr. Nataraj’s interests lie in informatics, multi-centre registry studies (particularly the Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network), and is a co-investigator in several multi-centre randomized clinical trials.