Benjamin W. Y. Lo is the first Canadian neurosurgeon (FRCSC 2009) with ICU specialist qualification (FRCSC 2011) as well as clinical epidemiology and biostatistics degrees 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, Benjamin works as a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and ICU specialist at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University. He is a Killam Scholar at the MNI. He organizes 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, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tokyo Women's Medical University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Nagoya University, Gifu University, Kochi University and Tokushima University). He is actively involved in clinical and graduate teaching in the areas of cerebrovascular diseases, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, critical care medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.
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 2014. His second book is entitled "Pathophysiology of Brain-Body Interactions in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" (2017). He is a current Associate Editor in Chief for the scientific journal Surgical Neurology International.
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. He is also learning Spanish and Italian.