Tejas Sankar

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Surgery Dept
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Neurosurgery Division


Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Surgery Dept

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Neurosurgery Division
(780) 407-6869
2D3.71 Department of Surgery University of Alberta Hospital
8440 112 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2B7


Area of Study / Keywords

trigeminal neuralgia neuroimaging facial pain Movement disorders Parkinson's Disease neurosurgery CNS focused ultrasound clinical trial thalamotomy Alzheimer's Disease Deep Brain Stimulation Magnetic Resonance Imaging Neuroplasticity Depression Ethics Psychiatry Psychosurgery Informed consent Functional neurosurgery Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Spinal reflex H-reflex Parkinson's Disease Diffusion Tensor Imaging Intraoperative MRI Tractography MRI DTI brain tumor


A native of Montreal, Dr. Tejas Sankar obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 2003. He then moved west and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2010. During his residency training, Dr. Sankar completed a 2-year research fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, developing expertise in the application of advanced imaging techniques to study the growth and progression of brain tumors. On completing his residency, he undertook a clinical fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and doctoral studies in neuroimaging at the University of Toronto, returning to Edmonton in July 2012 to begin his neurosurgical practice.

Dr. Sankar is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta. His principal clinical interest is the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and he is the surgical lead for the DBS program. He also has strong clinical interests in neurooncology, radiosurgery, and neuromodulation for pain disorders.

Dr. Sankar currently serves as Divisional Research Director in Neurosurgery and is the Principal Investigator for the Functional Neurosurgery Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The lab currently focuses on the use of multimodal imaging and neurophysiological techniques in order to study the impact of brain stimulation on plasticity in the nervous system, and to develop biomarkers of treatment response across a wide range of neurosurgical illnesses, with specific emphasis on Parkinson's Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. Sankar has published 51 peer-reviewed journal articles, 9 invited commentaries, and 4 book chapters, and has given over 70 invited presentations. In addition, he has received several research awards, including the 2009 Journal of Neuro-Oncology award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Sankar is currently an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (CJNS), and serves as Vice President of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF).

Featured Publications

Andrews J.C., Roy F.D., Stein R.B., Ba F., Sankar T.

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY. 2022 September; 39 (6):497-503 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000808

Patel M., Au K., Easaw J.C., Davis F.G., Young K., Mehta V., Bowden G.N., Keough M.B., Sankar T., Scholtes F., Chagnon M., L'Espérance G., Yuan Y., Gevry G., Raymond J., Darsaut T.E.

NEUROCHIRURGIE. 2022 April; 68 (3):262-266 10.1016/j.neuchi.2021.09.001

Ishaque A.H., Xie H., Danyluk H., Wheatley B.M., Broad R., Kong L., Sankar T.

World Neurosurgery. 2022 January; 157 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.10.111

Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien Des Sciences Neurologiques, 48(S3), S63-S63. 2022 January; 10.1017/cjn.2021.427

Journal of neurosurgery. 2021 August; 10.3171/2020.8.JNS.AANS2021abstracts

Illes J., Lipsman N., McDonald P.J., Hrincu V., Chandler J., Fasano A., Giacobbe P., Hamani C., Ibrahim G.M., Kiss Z., Meng Y., Sankar T., Weise L.

International Review of Neurobiology. 2021 July; 159 10.1016/bs.irn.2021.06.012

Danyluk H., Andrews J., Kesarwani R., Seres P., Broad R., Wheatley B.M., Sankar T.

BMC Neurology. 2021 July; 21 (1) 10.1186/s12883-021-02323-4

Andrews J.C., Roy F.D., Stein R.B., Ba F., Sankar T.

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY. 2021 July; 38 (4):340-345 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000697

Yen K., Miyasaki J.M., Waldron M., Yu L., Sankar T., Ba F.

Neurology Clinical Practice. 2021 June; 11 (3):e308-e316 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000962

Alarfaj A., Sankar T., Bhargava R., Tyler J., Walji A., Fox R., Sagga A., Ishaque A., Aronyk K.

Surgical Neurology International. 2021 May; 12 10.25259/SNI_532_2020

Danyluk H., Ishaque A., Ta D., Yang Y.H., Wheatley B.M., Kalra S., Sankar T.

Frontiers in Neurology. 2021 February; 12 10.3389/fneur.2021.626504

Danyluk H., Sankar T., Beaulieu C.

NMR IN BIOMEDICINE. 2021 February; 34 (2) 10.1002/nbm.4427

Andrews J.C., Sankar T., Stein R.B., Roy F.D.

EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. 2020 December; 238 (12):2725-2731 10.1007/s00221-020-05879-8

Andrews J.C., Roy F.D., Ba F., Sankar T.

Brain Stimulation. 2020 November; 13 (6):1765-1773 10.1016/j.brs.2020.09.024