Dr. Michael Fehlings


Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Vice-Chairman (Research), Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Co-Director, University of Toronto Spine Program

Gerald and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration


Dr. Fehlings completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto (UofT) followed by his core training in general surgery at Queen’s University. He then returned to UofT to undertake his neurosurgical residency training. During this time, Dr. Fehlings also completed his PhD training focused on examining the post-injury mechanisms of spinal cord injury (SCI). He completed his neurosurgical training in 1990 and was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at New York University Medical Center followed by a clinical fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. Dr. Fehlings returned to Toronto as Canada's first fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and established the first integrated neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine program in North America. Today, Dr. Fehlings is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice-Chair Research for the Department of Surgery at UofT, as well as a Neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital. He combines an active clinical practice in complex spinal surgery with a translationally oriented research program focused on discovering novel treatments to improve functional outcomes following SCI and other spinal cord disorders.



Diseases Treated

Spine and Spinal Cord Tumours 
Spine Microsurgery 
Degenerative Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Pathology  
Complex Cervical Disorder

Spine Trauma


Spinal Cord Clinic



Contact Information 

Phone: 416 603 5627
Fax: 416 603 5298
Assistant Name: Joanne Jones
Assistant Contact: joanne.jones@uhn.ca

Education and Training  

MD, University of Toronto, 1983 
PhD (Neuroscience), University of Toronto, 1989 
FRCSC (Neurosurgery), University of Toronto, 1990 
PDF (Spinal Cord Injury), NYU Medical Center, 1992

Academic Affiliations 

Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto 
Co-Director, Spine Program, University of Toronto 
Vice Chair Research, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Research Affiliations 

Senior Scientist, Krembil Research Institute

UHN Research Profile


PubMed Link

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov ​