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ProfMichaelFehlingsProfessor Fehlings is the Vice Chair Research for the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Head of the Spinal Program at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, holds the Gerry and
Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, is a Scientist at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine and a McLaughlin Scholar in Molecular Medicine. From 2008 to 2012, Professor Fehlings was inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Neuroscience Program, and he is currently co-director of the University of Toronto Spine Program.

Professor Fehlings combines an active clinical practice in complex spinal surgery with a translationally orientated research programme focused on discovering innovative treatments to improve functional outcomes following spinal cord injury (SCI). In 2017, he led the international multi-disciplinary initiative to create Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of degenerative cervical myelopathy and acute traumatic SCI, published in the Global Spine Journal [Fehlings et al. Global Spine J. 2017;7(3 Suppl): 6Sā€“7S] .

Michael Fehlings has received many prestigious awards, including the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (1996) and the Olivecrona Award (2009) ā€“ the top award internationally for neurosurgeons and neuroscientists awarded by the Nobel Institute at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for his important contributions in CNS injury repair and regeneration. In 2012, Professor Fehlings was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2016 he received the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons Mentor of the Year Award.