Faizal Haji, MD PhD FRCSC

Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Advisor, Branch for Global Surgical Care
Active Staff: BC Children’s Hospital


K3-216, 4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

Phone: 604.875.2094
Fax: 604.875.3109


Dr. Haji joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia in the pediatric neurosurgery division at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in 2021.  Dr. Haji completed undergraduate studies followed by medical training at McMaster University. After graduating from medical school in 2008, he completed his neurosurgical residency at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. During residency, Dr. Haji obtained a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, alongside completing research fellowships at the Ronald R. Wilson Centre for Research in Education at UHN and the Learning Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. Upon completing neurosurgical residency and becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2018, Dr. Haji completed a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric neurological surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Dr. Haji comes to British Columbia Children’s Hospital after spending two years as a pediatric and adult neurosurgeon at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Medical Education Scholar at Queen’s University. Dr. Haji’s clinical practice focuses on a range of pediatric neurosurgical conditions, including spinal dysraphism, complex hydrocephalus, spasticity, epilepsy surgery, craniofacial and vascular disorders. Dr. Haji’s academic interest is in health professions education, with his program of research focusing on two areas: (i) optimizing the design of simulation-based education for medical and surgical skills training and (ii) translating innovations in health professions education to facilitate surgical capacity development in resource-limited settings through global surgical partnership.

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal Dysraphism
  • Endoscopic management of hydrocephalus
  • Spasticity and Epilepsy Surgery
  • Craniofacial disorders and cerebrovascular disease

Research Interests

  • Simulation in Healthcare
  • Global Surgery
  • Health Professions Education
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

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