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Head, Clinical Department of Neurosciences
Alberta Health Services
A native Albertan, Dr. Keith Aronyk studied medicine at the University of Alberta and has played a visionary role in shaping the future of advanced brain care in Alberta and western Canada.
For a time, he worked in Chicago at Children’s Memorial Hospital until the call of home brought him back to Edmonton to realize his vision to serve the children and families of Northern Alberta.
“It was always my dream to come back home and help establish a true children’s hospital for Edmonton and Northern Alberta, says. Dr. Aronyk. Since returning home, Dr. Aronyk has been a leading advocate for children’s health and the clinical neurosciences – both children and adults.
Over the years, the Stollery Children’s hospital has become renowned for its pediatric neurosurgery abilities, in a large part because of the passion Dr. Aronyk has poured into his work. He is instrumental in the reality of the Stollery Children’s Hospital and is now one of the driving forces behind the University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign.
Dr. Aronyk is a champion for communicating to donors and volunteers the urgent need for improved brain care. He’s made hundreds of presentations, conducted tours and engaged in countless strategic planning meetings related to the Brain Centre Campaign. He has also briefed countless elected officials, media representatives and members of the public.
His campaigning effort’s helped the University Hospital Foundation raise over $46 million toward bringing in the best technology, equipment, healing environments as well as many new neurologists and neurosurgeons to the University of Alberta Hospital. For the public, this has meant improved access to state-of-the-art brain care right here in Edmonton.
His quest for advanced treatments and innovations in brain patient care have led to groundbreaking initiatives such as the intraoperative MRI surgical suite, gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery, a new 3 Tesla MRI clinical scanner and Canada’s first stroke ambulance.
“We can now offer truly state of the art minimally invasive, image guided surgery for adults and children with major brain disorders. There are very few cities in the world that have all of the brain care capabilities that we have here in Edmonton.”
Dr. Aronyk has always been a supporter of nurses and has served as PhD advisor for his nurse colleagues. He has spoken at countless nursing seminars, workshops and conferences, and is greatly respected among nurses as one of the most approachable physicians they have ever worked with.
“Taking care of patients in the hospital and the community has always been about team work – a team that involves all health-care professionals – but especially the nursing profession. I have always had and always will have the highest regard for the nurses who provide the 24/7 compassion and care for our patients.”
This year, Dr. Aronyk will step down as Head of the Clinical Department of Neurosciences and will soon retire altogether from his neurosurgery and his gamma knife practices – after some 35 years in practice in his beloved Edmonton, Alberta.
“We have come so far in caring for our patients but this is not the time to quit – we still have a ways to go. We now need new brain care wards and intensive care units so that our nursing care teams can realize their full patient care potential as well.”