Dr. Felix Durity is a neurosurgeon and humanitarian who has dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible neurosurgical care for the people of British Columbia. He has pioneered many techniques and initiated radical treatment programs, and was named one of the “Best Doctors in Canada” in 1998.
Dr. Durity was the first resident to be trained in neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia, after which he embarked on a path of life-long education, studying with many renowned neurosurgeons across the globe. As a result, British Columbians have a neurosurgeon who is able to operate on the most difficult and complex cerebrovascular problems. Dr. Durity established the first Canadian intracranial pressure-monitoring unit, which revolutionized the acute care management of head injuries, and he helped establish Vancouver General Hospital’s Laser Surgery program.
As Head of UBC’s Neurosurgery Division, Dr. Durity single-handedly raised funds to provide salary support for neurosurgical residents, research and equipment. He has served on numerous hospital, university, national and international boards and committees. In Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Durity, with other Canadian colleagues, is founding the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Neuroscience, working with various Canadian organizations to raise funds for the project, which will serve 275 million West Africans.
Dr. Durity has received a multitude of prestigious teaching and clinical excellence awards. He has been honoured with the Primus Inter Pares degree from the Vancouver Medical Association, and the Cam Coady Medal for Excellence in the areas of education and humanitarianism.