College of Medicine


Dr. Hnenny was born and raised in Saskatoon. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, with High Honours, in 2003, and his MD in 2007. Neurosurgical residency training was similarly completed at the U of S in 2013, and he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Following residency, he underwent subspecialty training in skull base and cerebrovascular surgery at OHSU in Portland OR, during which time he gained expertise in microsurgical management of complex brain tumors and cerebrovascular lesions. From 2014-2016, Dr. Hnenny worked as a neurosurgeon and clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Regina General Hospital. 2017-2018 was spent at UPMC in Pittsburgh PA, undergoing fellowship training in complex spine surgery with a focus on minimally invasive lateral approaches to the thoracolumbar spine, and spinal deformity surgery. Since 2018, Dr. Hnenny has worked as a neurosurgeon and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. His practice consists primarily of skull base and spinal surgery, but he also cares for patients with a broad range of general neurosurgical conditions. Currently, Dr. Hnenny serves as founder and Director of the Saskatchewan Skull Base Surgery Program. He also serves as the Competency Committee Chair for the University of Saskatchewan Neurosurgical Residency Training Program. He is conducting research on molecular genetics of meningioma, and immunologic profiling of high grade glioma. Outside the hospital, Dr. Hnenny loves spending time with his wife and daughter.

Current Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Director, Saskatchewan Skull Base Surgery Program, University of Saskatchewan
  • Chair, Competency Committee, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, University of Saskatchewan
  • Staff Neurosurgeon, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Staff Neurosurgeon, Regina, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Associate, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Academic Background

Postgraduate Training

  • July 2017-June 2018: Spine surgery fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
  • July 2013-July2014: Skull base and cerebrovascular surgery fellow, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland OR
  • July 2007-June 2013: Neurosurgery resident, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

Academic Credentials

  • MD, University of Saskatchewan, June 2007
  • B.Sc. Hon (High Honours), University of Saskatchewan, June 2003