Professor Andres Lozano

lozanoProfessor Andres Lozano is a world leader in Functional Neurosurgery. He is renowned for his pioneering work in the (1) identification and mapping of new brain areas and circuits underlying neurological and psychiatric diseases; and (2) translation of these discoveries into the clinical application of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, treatment-resistant depression and Alzheimer’s disease. He is recognized for his pace-setting creativity and innovation in developing new surgical treatments for patients whose disorders have no adequate alternatives for therapy. He and his team are acknowledged as the pioneers that have mapped out the activity of single neurons in several deep brain structures for the first time in man, including the subthalamic nucleus, pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) and subcallosal cingulate gyrus. His team is widely recognized for conducting the first ever trials of deep brain stimulation for depression, anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease. His research has led to new surgical interventions for Parkinson’s disease (PPN stimulation), dystonia, Huntington’s disease, depression (area 25 stimulation) Anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease (fornix stimulation).

Professor Lozano’s work and contributions to the field have been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in his discipline. He has received the Olivecrona Medal—often regarded as the “Nobel Prize in Neurosurgery”—from the Karolinska Institute in 2012. He was awarded the Winn Prize from the Society of Neurological Surgeons—the most senior and prestigious society in neurosurgery—in recognition of outstanding, continuous commitment to research in the neurosciences by a neurological surgeon in 2010. He is the first neurosurgeon-scientist to receive the Innovation Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2014) and has also received the inaugural Tasker Award from the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2013), the Margolese National Brain Prize (2013), the Pioneer in Medicine Award from the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (2012) and the Jonas Salk Award (2008).

Professor Lozano was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012 and to the Royal Society of Canada in 2009. He has been made an honorary member of distinguished societies in four continents around the world, including the German Academy of Neurosurgery, the Neurosurgical Society of Para, Brazil and the Japanese Neurological Society. He has also been recognized by his native country, receiving the Order of Spain in 2007, and he was elected to “100 Espanoles” (100 People of Spanish Origin) in 2013. He has served as President of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2005) and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2004).

Professor Lozano has published over 425 papers that have been cited over 32,500 times, making him the most highly cited neurosurgeon in the history of Canadian neurosurgery. He is also the single most cited scientist in the field of deep brain stimulation and ranks among the top five most cited scientists globally in the field of Parkinson’s disease. Seventeen of his papers have attained “Citation Classic” status, having been cited over 400 times (Google Scholar, as Feb. 26, 2014). He has published 85 book chapters and has edited five books in neurosurgery and neuroscience, including the seminal textbook used in functional neurosurgical training. He currently serves on the editorial board of eighteen journals. Over the course of his career, he has delivered 40 named international lectures, in addition to nearly 500 other presentations.

Professor Lozano has mentored students, residents, young Faculty and graduate neurosurgeons, and personally trained 50 fellows in functional neurosurgery—more than any other neurosurgeon worldwide. He is committed to developing the field of academic functional neurosurgery, and those he has mentored have obtained some of the most prestigious training awards in their discipline and have gone on to academic surgeon-scientist positions at leading academic centres in Canada and around the world.

Professor Lozano received his MD degree at the University of Ottawa (1983) and his neurosurgical training and PhD degree in Neurobiology at McGill University (1989). He completed postdoctoral training in movement disorders at Queen Square, London, UK and in cell and molecular biology at Toronto Western Hospital. He was recruited to Faculty of the University of Toronto in 1991, where in eight years, at 39, he would become the youngest individual to be appointed in the Department of Surgery as a Full Professor. He currently holds the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, the R.R. Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at University Health Network, and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.