Faculty Focus - Farhad Pirouzmand


Farhad Pirouzmand, MD, MSc, FRCSCPirouzmand_15may2017

Dr. Pirouzmand completed his residency in the neurosurgery training program at the University of Toronto in 1998. He then completed a year of fellowship in skull base and reconstructive surgery and a year of fellowship in spinal trauma and peripheral nerve surgery. Prior to joining the neurosurgical faculty at the University of Toronto in 2003, he served as Program Director of Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also completed a Masters in Epidemiology on the topic of skull topographic organization. His main areas of interest are skull base, spine, peripheral nerve, and orbital reconstructive surgery. He is actively involved in neurosurgery clinical trials at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and in leadership roles in undergraduate and resident education at the University of Toronto. Dr. Pirouzmand is married to Marjan and they have two children, Neda and Naveed.

Current Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Staff Neurosurgeon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Past Appointments

  • Program Director, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2001 - 2003
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2000 - 2003

Selected Awards and Distinctions

  • Alan R. Hudson Faculty Teaching Award, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2010
  • Best Teacher Award, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Saskatchewan, 2002

Selected Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Surgical Skills Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2012 - present
  • Course Director, Upper Extremity Dissection Workshop, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2012 - present
  • Course Director, Peripheral Nerve Dissection Workshop, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2011 - present
  • Course Director, Cranio-Orbital Dissection Workshop, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2011 - present
  • Residency Program Committee, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, 2004 - 2010
  • Spinal Disorder Committee, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, 2003 - 2007

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Arnoldner C, Mick P, Pirouzmand F, Houlden D, Lin VY, Nedzelski JM, Chen JM. Facial nerve prognostication in vestibular schwannoma surgery: The concept of percent maximum and its predictability. Laryngoscope. 2013 Mar 15.
  • Keith J, Pirouzmand F, Diamandis P, Ghorab Z. Intraoperative cytodiagnosis of progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy. Cytopathology. 2013 Feb 15.
  • Houlden DA, Ubriaco G, Stewart CP, Robertson SL, Cohen M, Potapova E, Pirouzmand F. Optimal intraoperative somatosensory evoked potential stimulus intensity can be determined by nerve action potential amplitude. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2012 Dec;29(6):509-13.
  • Mansouri A, Symons S, Schwartz M, Chen J, Pirouzmand F. Quantitative volumetric analysis post transsphenoidal pituitary adenoma surgery.  Can J Neurol Sci. 2012 Sep;39(5):600-4.
  • Pirouzmand F. Epidemiological trends of traumatic optic nerve injuries in the largest Canadian adult trauma center. J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Mar;23(2):516-20.
  • Pirouzmand F, Kommaraju K, Craddock KJ, Howarth D.  Synovial sarcoma of the brachial plexus: case report. Neurosurgery. 2012 May;70(5):1329-33.
  • Ederies A, Chen J, Aviv RI, Pirouzmand F, Bilbao JM, Thompson AL, Symons SP. Aspergillosis of the Petrous Apex and Meckel's Cave. Skull Base. 2010 May;20(3):189-92.
  • Cadotte DW, Vachhrajani S, Pirouzmand F. The epidemiological trends of head injury in the largest Canadian adult trauma center from 1986 to 2007. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jun;114(6):1502-.
  • Pirouzmand F. Epidemiological trends of spine and spinal cord injuries in the largest Canadian adult trauma center from 1986 to 2006. J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 Feb;12(2):131-40.