Dr. Richard Fox is originally from a farm in Ottawa Valley. He obtained his undergraduate degree in education at Queen’s University, medicine at University of Toronto, neurosurgery residency at University of Alberta, and fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Dr. Sanford Larson at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Currently, he is a neurosurgeon and a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Alberta and Chairman of Canadian Spine Research and Education Fund. He is also collaborating with SMART Network Director, Dr. Vivian Mushahwar on a functional spinal cord stimulation project. His other ongoing projects include development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible portable spinal traction board, and use of vibration for patency in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) shunts and external drain systems.
Dr. Fox's interests include surgical education, spinal cord injury, and medical device development, and unreliable old English motor vehicles. He is also a past President of the Canadian Spine Society.