Trillium Brain and Spine is a group of clinical neuroscience experts committed to advancing the care of neurological and spinal disorders through optimal and novel diagnostics and treatments to patients. We consist of experts in general and stroke neurology, general and vascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology.


Trillium Health Partners
University of Toronto Neurology
University of Toronto Radiology
University of Toronto Neurosurgery
Canadian Stroke Consortium
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
American Academy of Neurology

Our Team

Dr. Manu Mehdiratta,

Dr. Manu Mehdiratta completed medical school at McMaster University and Neurology Residency at the University of British Columbia. He then completed fellowship training in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts and following fellowship served on the faculty in the Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases, Department of Neurology, BIDMC and Harvard Medical School.

He is currently a practicing neurologist and stroke specialist at Trillium Health Partners He is on faculty in the Division of Neurology, University of Toronto. He is actively involved in stroke and neurology clinical trials. His clinical interests include general neurology, headache and cerebrovascular diseases. He has published numerous articles, papers and chapters in the area of stroke and neurology.

Dr. Yael Perez,

Dr Yael Perez is a neurologist and stroke specialist at Trillium Health Partners. She obtained a Medical Doctorate with Honors from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2005 and completed 5 years of residency training in Neurology at the University of Toronto. She then completed a subspecialty clinical fellowship in Cerebrovascular Neurology at the Toronto Western Hospital in affiliation with the University of Toronto in 2011. She also holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the Department of Physiology at the University of Montreal since 2000. She is on faculty in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and holds research interests in acute stroke and stroke prevention.

Suzanne Bickford,
Cardiac Monitoring and Clinical Trials Manager

Suzanne Bickford began her career in research at the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, University of Toronto researching the molecular biology of malignant melanoma, while managing the laboratory and co-authoring manuscripts and abstracts for publication. In 1997, Suzanne decided to transition from molecular biological research to clinical trials, and has coordinated trials at various Toronto hospitals including SickKids and Sunnybrook. Suzanne has a deep understanding of the science behind the clinical research, and a strong commitment to see patient care and outcomes improve as result of the research. Before coming onboard with Trillium Brain and Spine, where she manages neurology trials and the Cardiac Monitoring clinic, Suzanne worked with the Stroke Team at Trillium Health Partners, managing several stroke and anaesthesia trials.