Dr. Andres Lozano

Dr. Lozano is the RR Tasker Chair Dan Family Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and is a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital. He also holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.

Andres Lozano was born in Sevilla, Spain and moved to Canada with his family at the age of 2. He received his MD at the University of Ottawa in 1983 and his neurosurgical training and PhD in Neurobiology at McGill University in 1990. He received post-doctoral training in movement disorders at Queen Square, London, UK and in cell and molecular biology in Toronto. He is currently the Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and holds both the RR Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience. He has an active laboratory dedicated to the study of neurodegeneration and functional neurosurgery.

Dr. Lozano is best known for his work in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). His team has mapped out cortical and subcortical structures in the human brain by stimulating and obtaining recordings from single neurons. He and his colleagues have pioneered various aspects of DBS in the treatment of a number of disorders including Parkinson’s disease, depression, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Lozano has over 400 publications in neuroscience and has edited 5 books. He serves on the executive board of several international organizations including the Michael J. Fox Foundation. He has been president of both the American and World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and is on the international editorial board of more than 15 journals. A recognized leader in the surgery and pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease and Functional Neurosurgery, he has given over 400 invited lectures throughout the world. He has received a number of awards including the Margolese Award, Royal College award in Surgery, the Penfield award, the Jonas Salk Award and the Olivecrona medal. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and received the Order of Spain in 2007. He has trained over 50 fellows in functional neurosurgery who have gone on to be leaders in this area in their own countries throughout the world.