Canadian Medical Association

Toronto; University of Toronto (U of T), 1962; neurosurgery. Died March 18, 2020, aged 82. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “After medical school Robin continued his medical training, first as a junior intern at St. Michael’s Hospital, followed by 6 months in pathology at the Banting Institute and 6 months on a neurosurgery rotation at Toronto General Hospital before beginning an orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Sick Children. But while Robin plugged away in orthopedics, he continued to think about his previous rotation and eventually made the difficult and fateful decision to switch specialties, returning to U of T’s neurosurgery training program. In 1970, he became a fellow of the Royal College and a year later was appointed to the Department of Surgery at Sick Kids, training under Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick, the hospital’s first full-time neurosurgeon. Robin’s mandate at Sick Kids was to take clinical responsibility for the pediatric trauma and cerebrovascular programs, to assist with the development of the department’s (and Canada’s first) craniofacial team, and to structure the post-graduate educational program for the neurosurgical residents and fellows. He was a full professor at U of T and the inaugural holder of the Harold J. Hoffman/Shoppers Drug Mart Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the university. At Sick Kids, he was neurosurgeon-in-chief from 1996 until his retirement in 2003. Robin also served as president of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery in 1992-93 and the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery in 1993-94.”

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