Photo courtesy of: Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at the University of Saskatchewan provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery care to the children and families of Saskatchewan.  There are two fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeons affiliated with the Saskatchewan Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, Dr. Julia Radic and Dr. Aleksander Vitali. Drs. Radic and Vitali are both full time members of both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan. Both neurosurgeons practice at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH) in Saskatoon, which provides comprehensive pediatric services for the entire province of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Pediatric Neurosurgery Program provides neurosurgical services for children across the spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical disorders, including hydrocephalus, craniofacial, spine, spina bifida, neuro-oncology, trauma, vascular, epilepsy, spasticity and functional disorders. The neurosurgeons work closely with additional highly trained, allied team members, to provide collaborative care for children with neurosurgical conditions. Other team members include plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, endovascular surgeons, pediatric oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurologists, neurophysiologists, nurses, neuropsychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, and more.

Through the Saskatchewan Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, we offer advanced imaging modalities such as functional MRI and DTI for treatment planning purposes, advanced neurophysiological assessments and monitoring, and comprehensive neuroendoscopic, stereotactic, and microsurgical techniques.


In addition to comprehensive general neurosurgery services, there are also several collaborative, multidisciplinary pediatric clinics that are supported by our program, including:

  • Craniofacial clinic
    • For patients with craniosynostosis and/or head shape differences
    • Regular team members include the neurosurgeons, a plastic surgeon, a helmeting orthotist, and a social worker
  • Neuro-oncology clinic
    • For patients with benign or malignant brain or spine tumors
    • Regular team members include a pediatric oncologist, a neurosurgeon, and a social worker
  • Spinal cord clinic
    • For patients with spina bifida, occult spinal dysraphism, and/or spinal cord injury
    • Regular team members include a nurse coordinator, a neurosurgeon, an orthopedic surgeon, a urologist, a social worker, a pediatrician, a physiotherapist, and an occupational therapist
  • Complex spine clinic
    • For patients with spinal deformity and/or complex spinal column disorders
    • Regular team members includes an orthopedic spine surgeon and a neurosurgeon

Additionally, Drs. Radic and Vitali are both active academically as surgeon scientists with a focus in clinical research and quality improvement. They are both also actively involved in medical education for medical students and for resident trainees in the neurosurgery residency training program at the University of Saskatchewan.


Dr. Julia Radic

(306) 844-1180
(306) 655-2354
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

Royal University Hospital, 
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8

Dr. Aleksander M. Vitali

(306) 844-1102
 (306) 655-2354
Assistant Proffesor, Neurosurgery

Royal University Hospital, 
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8