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Harvey B Sarnat MD FRCPC MS

Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology (Neuropathology), and Clinical Neurosciences
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre

Founding Editorial Board Member since 1994: Developmental Malformations

Dr. Sarnat is Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology (Neuropathology), and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary (Canada), where he has practiced since 1981 except for a decade spent on faculty at the University of Washington (Seattle) and then UCLA (Los Angeles), returning to Calgary in 2004. He is board-certified in pediatrics and ppeurology in the United States and in neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Residency training in pediatrics was at the University of Illinois (Chicago) and in child neurology and neuropathology at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville).

His academic interests and most research publications over many years are in the fields of neuroembryology, developmental (fetal and neonatal) neuropathology, brain malformations, neonatal neurology, and the neuropathology of childhood epilepsy. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals and has 190 research publications in peer-reviewed journals; he has authored, co-authored, or edited 12 textbooks and has contributed chapters to 120 other specialty books and monographs. He serves on the ILAE Commission on Neuropathology. Dr. Sarnat has mentored numerous residents over decades in both pediatric neurology and neuropathology from several countries, some of whom later became Division Heads.

Distinguished awards include giving the keynote Gordon Mathieson Lecture at the 50th-anniversary meeting of the Canadian Association of Neuropathologists in 2010 and again in 2021, the Bernard Sachs Research Award and Lecture at the 45th annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society in 2016, and having an annual endowed lectureship in his name at the University of Calgary, the Harvey B. Sarnat Developmental Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology Lectureship, since 2013. A Harvey Sarnat Clinical Research Fellowship in Neonatal Neurocritical Care was announced in 2022 by the Section of Neonatology of the University of Calgary. He is a frequent invited speaker at many medical congresses and institutions within Canada and internationally in Europe, Latin America, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

Research Interests: Neuroembryology, developmental neuropathology, brain malformations, neonatal neurology, neuropathology of childhood epilepsy

Contributor Disclosures

Dr. Sarnat of the University of Calgary has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.