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Dr. Paul Kongkham


Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto

Surgeon-Scientist, Division of Neurosurgery, University Health Network (Toronto Western Hospital)

CNS Oncology Lead, Surgical Oncology – University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital

Neurosurgery Director, Brain Metastasis Program

Neurosurgical Oncology and Skull-Base Fellowship Director, Toronto Western Hospital

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Cross Appointment and Graduate Appointment


Dr. Paul Kongkham began his faculty appointment in the Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto in September of 2012. He completed the neurosurgery residency program at the University of Toronto in June of 2011. Midway through his residency, he embarked on his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Rutka in the graduate school program of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. His thesis was on the role of epigenetic alterations in human brain tumours, and in particular, medulloblastoma. For his PhD, Paul published a number of key papers in Cancer Research, Oncogene, and Translational Oncology. 

Following his residency, Paul travelled to MD Anderson Cancer Center and did a clinical fellowship in neurosurgical oncology. He has now returned to Toronto and will be starting his research efforts on the genetics and biology of human glioblastoma multiforme


Neurosurgical Oncology

Diseases Treated

Primary brain tumours (benign and malignant)

Metastatic brain tumours

Intraventricular tumours

Intradural spinal tumours

Chiari malformation

Awake craniotomy

Image-guided surgery

Fluorescence-guided surgery

Intraventricular endoscopy, Endoscopic third ventriculostomy

Gamma-knife stereotactic radiosurgery


Neuro-Oncology Clinic

Brain Metastasis Clinic - Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Brain Metastasis Clinic - Southlake Regional Cancer Centre 



Contact Information 

Phone: 416 603 5428
Fax: 416-603-5298


Education and Training  

MD - University of Toronto 1997-2001 
Neurosurgical Residency - University of Toronto 2001-2011 
PhD - University of Toronto 2004-2009 
Clinical Fellowship - Neurosurgical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas 2011-2012

Academic Affiliations 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 
Canadian Medical Association 
Ontario Medical Association 
Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation 
The Society for Neuro-Oncology 
The American Association for Cancer Research 
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons 
The American Society of Clinical Oncology

Research Affiliations 

Cancer Clinical Research Unit, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Macfeeters Hamilton Centre for Neurooncology Research, Affiliate Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

UHN Research Profile

PubMed Link