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Michael Schwartz, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

Dr. Schwartz was born August 29, 1943 in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto here, in 1967, he graduated in medicine. To explore an interest in French Canadian language and culture, he worked as an externe at l'Hopital du Saint-Sacrement in Quebec City during his fourth year. The following year, he interned at the Hotel-Dieu de Montr‚al. In 1968, he returned to the University of Toronto to begin his training under the direction of Dr. T.P. Morley. In Dr. Morley's lab, in collaboration with Charles Tator, he studied the uptake of tracers in tumors and the distribution of labeled hydrocortisone in a mouse ependymoblastoma. In 1970, he earned a master of science degree for this work.

In 1974, he completed his training in neurosurgery and passed the examinations for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He practised at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Toronto General Hospital for four years and then moved to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre where he has remained. He is currently the head of the division of neurosurgery and holds the rank of professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

His areas of interest have included the treatment and evaluation of outcome after brain injury, for which he has designed and participated in clinical trials. He is a member of the American Brain Injury Consortium and a founding member and past president of the Trauma Association of Canada. For the last ten years he has pursued an interest in radiosurgery. In collaboration with the physicists at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, he has concentrated on quality assurance and evaluation of outcome.

Dr. Schwartz has been the chair of the examination committee in neurosurgery of the Royal College and is currently the chair of the specialty committee in neurosurgery. His memberships include the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgery, the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the Societe de Neurochirurgie de Langue Francaise.
He is an avid cyclist and paddler, and when the sap is running, he makes maple syrup. He is married to Judith and they have two daughters, Vivian and Rae.