Your Impact - The Centre for Surgical Innovation
Located on the second floor of the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, the Centre for Surgical Innovation (CSI) is home to advanced technology that is unique in Canada and very rare in the world.

The $25 million CSI supports new world-class research programs, and provides patients with an even higher level of care. Donors have provided an incredible $15 million in support with another $10 million provided through the Government of Canada’s Western Economic Diversification Program.
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the HSC Foundation to support his project.  Because of YOU, the CSI is saving lives, and transforming lives for the better.
The Centre for Surgical Innovation ‐ A Place that Beams with Hope

The Centre for Surgical Innovation is centered around the Herb and Erna Buller Intraoperative MRI Research Suite and two advanced operating rooms (ORs), one located to either side of the MRI suite. The ORs are designed so the MRI can enter either room while a patient is undergoing surgery. One OR is primarily designed to support neurosurgery – examples include treatment of brain tumours. The other OR is primarily designed to support neuro interventional procedures – examples include treatment of strokes or aneurysms.
HSC Winnipeg is the only facility in Canada, and one of seven in the world, with this combination of capabilities.
Since its unveiling in 2013, the CSI has already performed more than 6,100 advanced surgical procedures and 31,600 imaging procedures for patients. It’s a place that truly brings hope to life through new standards of care and support for patients in our community. 

The Centre for Surgical Innovation ‐ Research
  • The facilities in place at the Centre for Surgical Innovation give HSC Winnipeg the capability to take its neuroscience research efforts to a new level.

  • The combination of the MRI and the research suites, together with the proximity to HSC Winnipeg’s surgical intensive care unit, create ideal conditions to support this research.

  • New research efforts are already underway looking into areas such as traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. These research areas hold the possibility of making improvements to areas of care that have significant impact on the lives of patients and major implications for cost in the health care system.

The Centre for Surgical Innovation – Patient Care
  • The MRI provides surgeons with up‐to‐the‐minute medical imaging of a patient, guiding advanced care. This allows surgeons, for example, to check and see how much of a tumour has been removed in the brain, and if any more surgery needs to be done. It can also allow surgeons to see if a blood blockage has been fully removed in a stroke victim. The result is lives saved, and fewer surgeries for patients.

  • The Centre is also adjacent to HSC Winnipeg’s surgical intensive care unit. This means patients in critical care situations will have safe and convenient access to MRI imaging should it be needed.

  • The first surgery was successfully completed in June of 2013.

  • The ORs are together are currently seeing patients at a pace of 150 to 175 procedures per year.

  • The MRI provides outpatient imaging when not in use for research or surgery.