Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan Divison of Neurosurgery

The Division of Neurosurgery in Saskatchewan aims to provide world class clinical care, teaching and research for the people of Saskatchewan.

The Division of Neurosurgery has 10 neurosurgeons and two neuroelectrophysiologists at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and 5 neurosurgeons at the Regina General Hospital in Regina. The Division has a fully accredited Neurosurgery Residency Program with Dr. Lissa Peeling as Program Director. A robust basic science and clinical research program exists. There are opportunities for undergraduate, medical students and residents to enroll in postgraduate training at a Master’s, PhD or Post-doctoral fellowship level.

The Division of Neurosurgery’s expertise covers all neurosurgery subspecialties. Areas of emphasis for the division include skull base surgery and oncology, cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, complex spine surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, adult hydrocephalus, trauma and functional neurosurgery.   

Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS
Professor and Head Neurosurgery - Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair
Royal University Hospital
University of Saskatchewan

Joseph Buwembo, MB-ChB, FCS(SA), MMeD, FRCSC
Professor and Head Neurosurgery - Regina
Regina General Hospital
University of Saskatchewan


For those trainees with an interest in clinical or basic sciences research, our neurosurgery program offers several excellent opportunities. A Masters or Ph.D. program is encouraged. We have ongoing research projects in areas of spinal cord injury, pediatric neurosurgery, degenerative spondylosis, epilepsy surgery, and neurosurgical oncology.

Programs and Services

This is a clinical unit to take care of patients with hydrocephalus and CSF disorders run by a neurosurgeon, a nurse coordinator and an administrative staff in collaboration with neurologists, geriatric medicine specialists, ophthalmologists, family physicians and therapists.

The Division of Neurosurgery is an important player in the Saskatchewan Epilepsy Program, providing diagnostic and therapeutic seizure surgery for adult and pediatric patients.

The functional neurosurgery program at the University of Saskatchewan provides comprehensive care for patients with movement disorders, pain and psychiatric disorders. The services are offered in both Regina and Saskatoon.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at the University of Saskatchewan provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery care to the children and families of Saskatchewan. This includes providing 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.

Associated with the division of neurosurgery, the Saskatchewan Cerebrovascular Centre provides leading treatments and is a key player in the field of stroke and cerebrovascular research. Visit the official CSVC Research Group Website.

The Saskatchewan Skull Base Surgery Program aims to provide excellent comprehensive, multidisciplinary, compassionate, patient-centered care for patients with conditions involving the skull base in Saskatchewan. These include tumors (vestibular and other cranial nerve schwannomas, pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, skull base meningiomas, chordomas) as well as non-tumour conditions (cerebrospinal fluid leak, encephalocele, superior semicircular canal dehiscence).

The Division of Neurosurgery is an integral part of spine care in Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Spine Pathway. We treat all disorders affecting the spine including trauma, degenerative conditions, scoliosis and tumors.

Jobs and Opportunities

Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgeon

The Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is actively recruiting a full time clinical academic neurosurgeon with fellowship training and/or experience in cerebrovascular surgery and endovascular surgery. 

Apply here: https://www.saskdocs.ca/work/opportunities/job-posting/?jobid=0121298c-d3b8-eb11-89ee-0003ff9cf50a 


Dr. Michael Kelly
Head, Division of Neurosurgery, Saskatoon
(306) 844-1104
(306) 655-2354

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8 

Brittany Minty
Administrative Assistant

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8 

Dr. Joseph Buwembo
Head, Division of Neurosurgery, Regina
(306) 565-3940
(306) 565-2325

Regina General Hospital
1440 14th Ave
Regina SK S4P 0W5

Dr. Lissa Peeling
Program Director,
Division of Neurosurgery

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8

Kimberly Moss
Program Administrative Assistant

Department of Surgery,
B419 Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road 

The Division of Neurosurgery in Saskatoon utilizes pooled referrals via the Referral Management Services. Referring physicians requesting a Saskatoon Neurosurgeon are asked to send new referrals via the attach form. Please click the button below for the form.

Regina Neurosurgery referrals can be directed to the individual Regina surgeons.