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Dr. Taufik Valiante


Director, Surgical Epilepsy Program

Co-Director, CRANIA (CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application)

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto


Taufik Valiante completed his residency in the Neurosurgery Training Program at the University of Toronto in 2002, and an Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the mentorship of Dr. George Ojemann in 2003. In 2007 he established a state of the art five-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Toronto Western Hospital, significantly increasing surgical services to those with medically refractory epilepsy throughout the Province of Ontario. Through his involvement with professional and not-for-profit epilepsy organizations, he is a strident advocate for the standardization of epilepsy care. His CIHR-funded research focuses on in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological recordings of brain activity. His particular interest is in the association of such activity with cognitive processes, and the cellular mechanisms that underlie them. He studies the pathological disruption of such activity using optogenetics, and computational techniques.

He is currently the Director of the Surgical Epilepsy Program at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, a Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, and has a cross-appointment at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. His neurosurgical staff appointment is at the Toronto Western Hospital, and he is currently Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.




Diseases Treated


Spinal Stenosis

Brain Tumours


Epilepsy Clinic 

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit



Contact Information 

Phone: 416 603 5460
Fax: 416 603 5298
Assistant Name: Karl Jacinto
Assistant Contact:

Education and Training  

Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Toronto 
Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Toronto

Academic Affiliations 

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery (Neurosurgery), University of Toronto 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (IBBME)University of Toronto

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Research Affiliations 

Scientist, Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital

Affiliate Scientist, TECHNA Research Institute

UHN Research Profile

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