Leadership Team

The new ORL leadership team will hold annual meetings with the governing body to report on progress according to operations and service targets described herein.


Portrait of Dr. Ahmed Aoude smiling at camera          Dr. Ahmed Aoude           

Dr. Ahmed Aoude is an assistant professor in Orthopedic Surgery at McGill University. He completed fellowships in Orthopedic Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Spine Surgery at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary. His practice includes complex oncology resections and spine reconstructive surgery. Prior to medicine, Dr. Aoude obtained degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at McGill University. He also was a project manager designing and developing computer assisted surgery equipment and techniques for orthopedic surgery prior to pursuing his MD at University of Montreal. To date, he has multiple orthopedic surgery patents and many peer reviewed publications in orthopedics. His research interests include clinical outcomes and surgical techniques, as well as medical device development and design.

ahmed.aoude [at] mcgill.ca (Email)


Portrait of Professor Mark Driscoll smiling at camera in front of blue background           Prof. Mark Driscoll PEng., Ph.D.

Prof. Mark Driscoll is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill. He also holds the Canada NSERC Chair Design Engineering for Interdisciplinary Innovation of Medical Technologies. He is a professional engineer with in-depth experience in the implementation of new medical product ideas from concept phase to commercially viable completion. A proven research and development record, Prof. Driscoll is respectfully acknowledged in peer-reviewed scientific publications and adjudged presentations in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics with focus on the spine. Interests as of late are the mechanical characterisation of physiological tissue in response to surgical maneuvers for integration into VR/AR surgical simulators.

mark.driscoll [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Headshot of Professor Lisbet Haglund smiling at camera          Prof. Lisbet Haglund Ph.D.

Prof. Lisbet Haglund is a professor in the department of Surgery, division of Orthopaedics at McGill. She leads an internationally recognized team focused on translational interdisciplinary research on spine biology, biomechanics and pain. The team has designed and fabricated custom bioreactors for intact intervertebral disc (IVD) culture that simulate long term in vivo loading. The developed techniques are used to study IVD degeneration and associated pain, and to develop novel approaches for treatment. Together these resources place our team in a unique position to evaluate potential therapeutics to retard IVD degeneration and promote regeneration and repair. More recently the program has been extended to also cover tissue engineering of bone, cartilage and IVD tissue. Here we use hydrogels for intervertebral disc repair and 3D printing of FDA approved materials to repair damaged bone and cartilaginous tissues.

lisbet.haglund [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Headshot of Dr. Rolando Del Maestro           Rolando F. Del Maestro MD, Ph.D., FRSCS

As Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at McGill University until 2012 and at the University of Western Ontario from 1991 to 2000, Rolando F. Del Maestro MD, Ph.D., FRSCS has had the opportunity to supervise many postgraduate students and neurosurgical residents, and has graduated many students with MSc., PhD and Fellowships from his laboratories. His present position is the William Feindel Professor Emeritus in Neuro-Oncology and Director of the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence and Learning Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research is presently focused on utilizing artificial intelligence systems such as machine learning, automated neural networks and deep learning to assess, evaluate and train bimanual psychomotor performance in cranial and spinal surgical procedures utilizing both the NeuroVR and the OSSimTech simulator platforms.

rolando.del_maestro [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Governing Body

Portrait of Dr. Greg Berry          Dr. Greg Berry

greg.berry [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (Email)

Portrait of Dr. Jean Ouellet          Dr. Jean Ouellet

jaouellet [at] hotmail.com (Email)

Lab Manager

orl [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

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