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Dr. Suneil K. Kalia 


Staff Neurosurgeon, Toronto Western Hospital

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto


Dr. Kalia is a staff neurosurgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital. He is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a Scientist in the Krembil Research Institute and KITE at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. As a member of the largest functional neurosurgery team in Canada, he is an expert in using neuromodulation approaches such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the surgical management of movement disorders, pain and epilepsy.


Dr. Kalia also has an interest in applying and/or developing modern technologies such as robot assisted electrode implantation and Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) to enhance the treatment options available to patients for the treatment of epilepsy and brain tumors. He is currently a co-lead for the neuromodulation suite core at the Centre for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA,


His research laboratory within the Krembil Research Institute focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of protein homeostasis in neurodegeneration and on establishing model systems to study novel applications of neuromodulation in diseases of the central nervous system.


His current research work is aimed at:
1. Understanding how chaperone molecules fail to maintain adequate protein quality control in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders;
2. Dissecting molecular pathways that contribute to aberrant protein disposal via the proteasome and lysosomal systems in PD; and,
3. Developing innovative methods and novel applications of neuromodulation to target and regulate these protein quality control pathways in PD and other neurodegenerative disorders.


Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Neuromodulation (DBS, SCS)

Gamma Knife

Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT)

Diseases Treated

Parkinson's Disease


Other Movement Disorders 


Brain Tumors


Movement Disorders Program

Gamma Knife Clinic 
Spinal Cord Stimulation Clinic

Neurosurgery Clinic



Contact Information 

Phone: 416 603 5866
Fax: 416 603 5298


Education and Training  

BSc (Hon) – McGill University, 1997 
PhD – University of Toronto, 2004 
MD – University of Toronto, 2006 
Residency – Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2006-2012 
Post Doctoral Fellowship – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, 2009-2010 
Clinical Fellowship – Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2012-2013

Academic Affiliations 

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Research Affiliations 

Scientist, Krembil Research Institute

Scientist, KITE Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (LMP)

​Centre for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA)

UHN Research Profile

PubMed Link