Paul Steinbok receives the University of the West Indies’ Vice Chancellor’s Award

Dr. Paul Steinbok

Paul Steinbok

Paul Steinbok, Professor, Department of Surgery, was one of three recipients of the University of the West Indies’ Vice Chancellor’s Award, which is given to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities.

Dr. Steinbok, the Head Emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the BC Children’s Hospital, is recognized internationally as a leader in pediatric neurosurgery. His medical areas of interest are the surgical treatment of children with spastic cerebral palsy, epilepsy surgery in children and looking after children with craniopharyngiomas, a relatively uncommon type of brain tumor.

He was born in Barbados, received medical training at the University of the West Indies and an honors degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Dr. Steinbok completed an internship in Toronto and a residency in neurosurgery in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery in 1977. He has also provided professional assistance in neurosurgery at hospitals in the Caribbean.

The University of the West Indies was established in 1948 as a College of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962. Today it is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programmes to 45,000 students throughout the region.