Benjamin W. Y. Lo is the first Canadian neurosurgeon (FRCSC 2009) with ICU specialist qualification (FRCSC 2011) as well as clinical epidemiology and biostatistics training at both the master's and doctoral levels. Benjamin received subspecialty training in neurosurgery and critical care medicine at the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Queen's University.
Currently, he works as a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and ICU specialist at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University. He has an active clinical and academic exchange in neurovascular surgery and critical care medicine with the Japan-Hong Kong MNI Chapter (current centers include University of Hong Kong, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, Gifu University, Kochi University and Chinese University of Hong Kong). He enjoys teaching trainees at all levels in critical care medicine and neurosurgery.
Related to his clinical interests, Benjamin's research program focuses on characterization of brain-body interactions in neurovascular critical care patients. Among his publications, his book entitled "Brain-Body Interactions: Contemporary Outcome Prediction in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage using Bayesian Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic" was published in Summer 2014.
In his clinical and academic work, Benjamin W. Y. Lo tailors individual specific therapies to restore cerebral circulation, prevent and mitigate the clinical effects of cellular death after stroke in an attempt to enhance cortical plasticity and maximize the chances of potential recovery in patients with cerebrovascular disorders. Examples of these therapies include: (1) aneurysmal treatment and use of post-treatment agents such as milrinone to overcome vasospasm related diminished cerebral blood flow, (2) carotid endarterectomies for those with symptomatic stenoses, (3) treating various brain-body interactions and dysfunctions in those post thrombolysis and thrombectomy in order to increase chances of brain network reorganization, and (4) performing cerebral revascularization procedures in those with recurrent hemodynamic ischemic events due to chronic carotid occlusions to attempt to enhance cerebral perfusion via collateral circulation augmentation.
Benjamin's current languages include English, Chinese, French and Japanese.