Salem El-Zuway, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Salem El-Zuway, MD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS, is a board certified neurosurgeon by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received his medical degree from the University of Garyounis in Libya. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at McMaster University in Canada followed by a neuro spine fellowship at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Canada, with another year of complex spine/trauma fellowship at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Dr. El-Zuway completed a two-year clinical associateship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, under the supervision of R. Loch Macdonald, MD, PhD in open cerebrovascular surgery and neuro-trauma. He enhanced his skull base experience with a one-year clinical associateship at St. Michael’s under the supervision of Michael Cusimano, MD, PhD.

Dr. El-Zuway has a wide scope of neurosurgery training experience managing cranial and spinal conditions. He is involved in clinical research with interest focused in cranial neurotrauma and spine focusing on cervical spondylotic myelopathy. He is also interested in advancement of medical education and student teaching.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Open cerebrovascular surgery; moyamoya disease; neuro-oncology; Chiari malformations; hydrocephalus; neuro-trauma; neuro-endoscopy; minimally invasive spine surgery; complex spine surgery; pseudotumor.

Board Certifications

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Hamot

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Ontario Medical Association
Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Education & Training

  • MD, Garyounis University, 2000
  • Residency, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2006-12
  • Fellowship, neurospine, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2012-13
  • Fellowship, complex spine/trauma, Sunnybrook Hospital, University of Toronto, 2013-14
  • Clinical Associate, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, 2014-17

Honors & Awards

  • Surgical Foundations Research Award, third rank, McMaster University, 2008
  • The Libyan National Assembly of High Achievers and Talent Award, 2001
  • Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award, University of Benghazi, 2000

Selected Publications

El-Zuway S, Farrokhyar F, Kachur E. Myelopathic signs and functional outcome following cervical decompression surgery: a proposed myelopathy scale. J Neurosurg Spine 24(6):871-7, 2016.