In Focus

April 2015

New Neurosurgeon – Benjamin Lo

Dr. Benjamin W. Y. Lo recently joined the staff at The Neuro from Toronto.  Dr. Lo is the first Canadian neurosurgeon with ICU specialist qualification as well as clinical epidemiology and biostatistics training at both the master’s and doctoral levels.  Dr. Lo received subspecialty training in neurosurgery and critical care medicine at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and McMaster University. He has an active academic exchange in neurovascular surgery and critical care medicine with Nagoya University and Kyoto University, Japan. He enjoys teaching trainees at all levels in critical care medicine and neurosurgery. Related to his clinical interests, Dr. Lo’s research program focuses on characterization of brain-body interactions in neurovascular critical care patients. Among his publications, his book entitled "Brain-Body Interactions: Contemporary Outcome Prediction in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage using Bayesian Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic" was published in summer 2014.

Changes in the Development Office

Donna Williams joined the office on April 7 as Senior Development Officer. Donna possesses many years’ experience in philanthropy in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor within the University of Toronto’s Department of University Advancement. A piano graduate of McGill’s Conservatory of Music, Donna also served for over ten years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations for McGill’s Schulich School of Music. We are delighted to welcome Donna back to McGill and to The Neuro fold. Donna is taking over the position left vacant by Karen Mitchell.
Amanda Fritz, who served expertly as the Development Officer responsible for Leadership and Annual Giving, has been promoted to Development Officer, Major Gifts. A McGill Graduate in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Amanda joined External Affairs in 2008. She subsequently became one of the youngest people to earn the Certified Fund Raising Executive accreditation in Quebec. Amanda will identify and solicit major gift donors as well as plan and execute fundraising strategy.
Leadership and Annual Giving will now be the responsibility of Bailey Levine, who has worked ably in the office as Development and Donor Relations Coordinator since 2012. Bailey graduated at McGill in Philosophy and Political Science in 2006 and later earned degrees in Civil Law and North American Common Law at the Université de Montréal. Bailey will direct the Neuro Annual Fund and work closely with The Neuro’s volunteers and supporters.

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