Meet Your Physician

Dr. Edward Abraham, MD, FRCSC

Medical School: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1982; Internship, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1983.
Residency: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1987.
Spine Surgery Fellowship Training: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 1988.
Current Location of Practice: Canada East Spine Center and Horizon Health Network, Dalhousie University, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Spinal Sub-Specialty Interests:

  • Adult and paediatric spinal deformity
  • Reconstruction
  • Motion sparing technologies
  • Spinal surgery outcome studies
  • Minimally invasive spine trauma and deformity techniques

Research Interests and Accomplishments: Author and co-author on numerous publications both non-operative and operative spine care; podium and poster presentations representing our research at local, regional, national and international orthopaedic and spine society meetings since 1988 (over 200 podiums, over 100 posters). Instrumental in creating a research environment for spinal conditions, he and his colleagues established the Canada East Spine Centre and is a major enrollment contributor to the Canadian Spine Outcomes Research Network.

Special Accomplishments: Dr. Abraham has completed over 5,200 surgeries in his career. Dr. Abraham is Past-President of the Canadian Spine Society, and the Canadian Spine Research & Education Fund. To date he has raised over $2,000,000 locally for spinal surgical equipment, OR tables, C-arms, instrumentation and other necessary items to provide the most optimum modern spinal care. He has given numerous local, regional and national presentations regarding the need for spine research and investment in spine surgical services (locally through the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and nationally through the Canada Spine Society).

As an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery Saint John campus, Dalhousie and Memorial Universities he has been involved in the teaching of residents and house staff since 1988.


Dr. Neil Manson, MD, FRCSC

Medical School: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Residency: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004.
Sub-Specialty Training and Interests: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio under the mentorship of Dr. Rob Heidt and his team. This fellowship solidified expertise in the medical care of the injured athlete. Responsibilities included care of athletes for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, NCAA University of Cincinnati Bear Cats, Association of Tennis Professionals, AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, as well as multiple other sports.

Dr. Manson completed further sub-specialty training in the area of Spine Care at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois under the guidance of Dr. Howard An, Dr. Frank Phillips, and their team. This provided a solid acquisition of spine knowledge including the management of complex spinal reconstructions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, minimally invasive surgical techniques and the use of novel technologies to manage spinal pathologies.
Current Location of Practice: Canada East Spine Center and Horizon Health Network, Dalhousie University, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Research Interests and Accomplishments:  Dr. Manson brings to the hospital an extensive research interest in the area of spine care. This research has been acknowledged and accepted for presentation both nationally and internationally.

The topics of interest include the following:

  • The use of bone morphogenic protein in obtaining fusion in lumbar spinal surgery
  • Adjacent segment degeneration following lumbar fusion
  • The challenges of complex thoracolumbar reconstruction
  • Construct failure in thoracolumbar fusion
  • The role of nerve root injections in alleviating the need for spinal surgery
  • Tradition open versus minimally invasive surgery to treat degenerative pathology

These research efforts have been possible through the generous support of the Fund for Innovative Research Excellence (FIRE), Health Promotion and Research Foundation, Chesley Research Foundation, Worksafe NB, and industry.

Special Accomplishments: Dr. Manson accepted a position within the Department of Orthopaedics in Saint John in 2006. He became the Educational Coordinator for the department in 2007 until 2009. During this time he provided input to the hospital's educational committee for medical student and resident training and coordinated surgeon, ancillary health professionals and trainee education within the department. He is a member of the Surgical Site Infection Committee which works to decrease perioperative infections.

Dr. Manson remains strongly committed to providing Sports Medicine care. He provides field of play and surgical coverage as the Head Team Physician for the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs. He also is active providing care for the National Alpine Ski Team as a traveling Team Physician. He provided medical care at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver for the Men's Alpine Ski venue in 2010. He remains active skiing, running, mountain biking and kayaking.

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Dr. George Kolyvas, MD, MBBS, FRCSC

Medical School: University of West Indies, 1984.
Residency: Dalhousie University, 1994.
Current Location of Practice: Division of Neurosurgery, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Special Interests:

  •  Management of degenerative and traumatic pathologies of the cervical spine.
  •  Neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulation.
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy to manage malignant and benign brain tumours and vascular malformations.
  •  Medical/surgical collaboration to manage malignancies of the CNS and axial skeleton.

Contributions: Dr. Kolyvas is the Clinical Division Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He has been part of the multidisciplinary team caring for patients with degenerative and traumatic spine disease since 1996. He offers extensive experience in cervical spine care.


Dr. Najmedden Attabib, MD, MBBCH, FRCSC (on sabbatical until September 2017)

Medical School: Tripoli University, Tripoli, Libya.
Neurosurgery Training: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2007.
Spine Surgery Fellowship Training: University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, 2008.
University Teaching Certificate: University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2011.
Spinal Sub-Specialty Interest:

  • Minimal invasive and Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Cervical spine trauma
  • Spinal motion preservation including disc arthroplasty
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal cord tumours

Research: Dr. Attabib is currently the local principal investigator for the Rick Hansen Institute’s National Spinal Cord Injury Registry and co-investigator for the Canadian Spine Society Registry.

Special Accomplishments:
Dr. Attabib is the director of teaching in the division of neurosurgery. He is also supervising the Dalhousie neurosurgery program residents while rotating in Saint John and is an active member of the Dalhousie Neurosurgery Residency Program Committee.


Dr. André le Roux, M.B.;Ch.B., MD, FCS (SA) Neurosurgery

Medical school: University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1992.
Residency: Albert Luthi Hospital, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 2006.
Fellowship Training: Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fellowship training in Cerebrovascular neurosurgery, Shull base and Neuro-Oncology.
Current practice location: Division of Neurosurgery, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Special interests: As a member of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Dr. le Roux is part of the multidisciplinary team caring for patients with degenerative and traumatic spine disease.


Dr. Stephen Connolly, MD, FRCSC

Medical school: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1993.
Residency: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998.
Trauma and Joint Arthroplasty Reconstruction Fellowship Training: St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, 1999.
Current Location of Practice: Canada East Spine Center and Horizon Health Network, Dalhousie University, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Spinal Sub-Specialty Interests: Lumbar spine surgery
Research: Dr. Connolly has contributed to several local research projects, including lumbar spine surgery and joint arthroplasty outcomes research.

Special Accomplishments: Dr. Connolly took over as the Orthopaedic Clinical Department Head in 2004. His leadership role within the medical community in Saint John is extensive and he provides expert opinion and guidance within a number of committees focused on optimizing surgical access, patient safety and resource utilization.


Dr. Amelia Barry, MD, FRCP

Medical School:  Undergraduate Degree in Science from Dalhousie University, and a Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Residency: She completed her five-year Physical Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa.

Special Accomplishments: She is a Fellow of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with the Royal College of Physicians Canada.  She also possesses a diploma in Electrodiagnostics (EMG) from the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. She is a clinical educator with Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.


Dr. M. Patricia Forgeron, MD, FRCPC

Medical School: Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1997.

Residency: She completed her residency specialty training at the University of Ottawa (2003), in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Current Location of Practice: Dr. Forgeron is presently practicing in the Province of New Brunswick in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Special Accomplishments:  She is a Fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Forgeron also has a BSc in Kinesiology and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Forgeron is certified with the Canadian Society of Neurophysiologists in Electromyography. Presently, Dr. Forgeron provides in-patient and out-patient consultation services for Horizon Health Network, Saint John and Moncton zones. Dr. Forgeron has an interest in rehabilitation of central and peripheral nervous system disorders, lower extremity amputation and multi-trauma patients. In addition, Dr. Forgeron has an active out-patient practice in musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Forgeron has an active medico-legal practice providing independent medical examinations for insurers; and equally for plaintiff and defense lawyers.