Giving a child the ability to reach his or her full potential is something that motivates my work every day.

MEDIA

Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Scellig Stone

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Queen’s University , 1999 , Kingston , Canada

Medical School

  • University of Toronto , 2003 , Toronto , Canada

Residency

Neurosurgery
  • University of Toronto , 2013 , Toronto , Canada

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Boston Children’s Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

My approach to care reflects the satisfaction I get from helping a child suffering from neurologic illness. I find working with kids inspiring. They are usually much braver patients than adults and their potential for recovery is often great. Giving a child the ability to reach his or her full potential is something that motivates my work every day.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My practice is focused mainly on functional disorders in children, including treatments for movement disorders, spasticity, and epilepsy, with a focus on advance minimally invasive techniques such as MRI-guided laser ablation, deep brain stimulation, stereoelectroencephalography, selective dorsal rhizotomy, and neuroendoscopy.
 
I hold both a medical degree and a PhD in neuroscience from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, training that gives me a unique perspective on the treatment of neurosurgical patients. I completed the prestigious Shillito neurosurgical fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in 2014, and am the founding surgical director of our department's movement disorders and deep brain stimulation program.
 
As an example, one of my clinical work focuses is on advanced neurosurgical treatments for dystonia, a movement disorder in which faulty brain signals cause involuntary muscle contractions in children. I specialize in deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure in which I implant electrodes on different targets in the brain to deliver electrical stimulation to those areas via a simultaneously-implanted pacemaker-like device called a neurostimulator. Deep brain stimulation is currently indicated for primary dystonia, and holds enormous future potential for other conditions.
 
I also run a general neurosurgical practice, encompassing areas such as brain tumors, neuroendoscopy and epilepsy surgeries. I am a passionate advocate for dystonia awareness and the potential application of deep brain stimulation for patients, and have been an invited speaker locally and internationally on the topic.
 
As a surgeon-scientist, I am interested in encouraging functional regeneration and repair of the brain using targeting therapies such as deep brain stimulation.  Through understanding mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and neurostimulation, I am hopeful that we will be able to harness intrinsic brain mechanisms to repair and restore damaged and diseased brain.