The Rutka lab is led by Dr. James Rutka, a paediatric neurosurgeon and Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Rutka is the former R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is the Director of The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre (BTRC), one of the largest brain tumour research centres in the world. Dr. Rutka is also the first Canadian to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Rutka began his undergraduate career at Princeton University in Chemical Engineering, then received his MD from Queen’s University followed by a neurosurgery residency at the University of Toronto. He then completed his PhD in Experimental Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco, with a post-doctoral research fellowship in molecular immunology at Juntendo University in Tokyo. He has over 500 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Cushing Medal and the Order of Canada.