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Professor, Department of Surgery University of Toronto 

The Greg Wilkins - Barrick Chair of International Surgery at University Health Network 

Director of Surgery - PGME, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto 

Fellowship Director, Toronto Western Hospital and Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto 

Surgical Co-Director Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Center 

Education lead - Krembil Brain Institute 

Senior Scientist, Krembil Research Institute 

Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto 

Dr. Mojgan Hodaie


​Dr. Mojgan Hodaie is staff neurosurgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and the surgical co-Director of the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Hodaie holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and is a member of the largest functional neurosurgery team in Canada, with expertise in all forms of neuromodulation including deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and baclofen pumps for the management of spasticity. Dr. Hodaie has a special clinical and research interest in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain.

Dr. Hodaie's is a scientist at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Her advanced surgical imaging laboratory focuses on the use of brain imaging to understand changes in brain structure and microstructure in functional neurosurgical conditions. She has a special research interest in the investigation of brain “signatures” of pain and how this can help define better care and personalize treatment for patients. She has published key papers in the area on methodology of small fiber tractography, machine learning models applied to the study of pain, and structural neuroanatomical changes in the gray and white matter in trigeminal neuralgia.


Dr. Hodaie is the Education lead at the Krembil Brain Institute and neurosurgery residency and fellowship site director for the Toronto Western Hospital. 

Global Efforts 

​Dr. Mojgan Hodaie is highly involved in a number of surgical education activities, notably those of international education in neuroscience and neurosurgery techniques. She has pioneered and enlisted international collaboration in the application of new educational tools in the eld of neurosurgical education in developing countries, with a focus on providing structured online course modules. is effort is already well underway in Ghana, and she is currently expanding to other regions in Africa.

In addition, Dr. Hodaie’s clinical work involves the implementation of minimally invasive techniques, which ease access to deeper targets of the brain in biopsies and stereotactic surgery.

Her work has resulted in partnerships with the World Federation of Neurological Societies (WFNS), as well as serving as an Executive Board member of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Education (FIENE). In addition to being an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Hodaie is an Affiliated Global Faculty (AGF) for - an online university created in response to the lack of availability of post-secondary education in Bahai Iran, due to a government campaign to deny regional access to higher education.

Research Interests

Dr. Hodaie's research specializes in the use of structural brain imaging tools and advanced methods of imaging brain white and gray matter. Her group applies these tools to study functional neurosurgery disorders, including chronic neuropathic pain. These techniques have been used for the imaging of the trigeminal nerves and pathways in trigeminal neuralgia, a most severe facial neuropathic pain condition. Dr. Hodaie is an international expert in the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and has performed over a thousand surgical procedures for the disorder. Her innovative research has significantly changed our understanding of trigeminal neuralgia pain, and have helped shift the focus from the traditional view of studying the blood vessels compressing the trigeminal nerves, to one that studies nerves and brain abnormalities and how these relate to pain.

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Contact Information 

Phone: 416 603 6441 

Fax: 416 603 5298


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