Neurosurgeon in Chief
Division of Neurosurgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. James Drake attended Princeton University from 1969 to 1974, receiving a degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
He then received his medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, graduating in 1979.
In 1982, Dr. Drake entered the Neurosurgery Training Program at the University of Toronto. He received his Master’s degree in magnetic resonance imaging of hydrocephalus in 1987 at the University of Toronto. In the same year, he became a Fellow of the Royal
College of Surgeons of Canada.
After a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at l’Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, Dr. Drake joined the neurosurgical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1988. He promptly established the Hydrocephalus Research Laboratory and began working on the application of robotics to the resection of pediatric brain tumors.
Dr. Drake is an author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including the definitive textbook on cerebrospinal fluid shunts, The Shunt Book, which he coauthored with Professor Christian Sainte-Rose of Paris.
He is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery and succeeded Dr. Robin Humphreys as the Division’s fifth Neurosurgeon-in- Chief on Dr. Humphreys’ retirement in 2003. He is the current Harold J. Hoffman/Shopper’s Drug Mart Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery.
His clinical practice focuses on hydrocephalus, spasticity, neuroendoscopic procedures, the pediatric spine, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Drake's research is devoted to engineering applications to neurosurgery including image guided surgery including robotics, designing a better cerebrospinal fluid shunt design system and mathematical models of hydrocephalus.