André Olivier, MD, PhD (Retired)

Contact Information 

Tel.: 514 398-1936
Recent Publications: PubMed
Academic Affiliations: Neurology and Neurosurgery
Research Group: Epilepsy


Dr. Andre Olivier has made outstanding contributions to neurosurgery and epilepsy treatment, and as an internationally recognized leader in epilepsy surgery, was sought out by patients from around the globe.

Dr. Olivier received his Bachelor of Arts in 1959 and M.D. in 1964 from the University of Montreal. He completed his PhD (1970) at Laval University and was a Neuroanatomy Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in 1967. He also received a Diploma in Neurosurgery from McGill University in 1970 and became a Specialist in Neurosurgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1971.

Dr. Olivier has developed pioneering surgical technologies, including the OBT stereotactic frame, which greatly advanced neurosurgery standards and improved patient quality of life. It was using Dr. Olivier’s apparatus that the Department of Neurosurgery at McGill was the first in North America to use a linear accelerator for the radiosurgical treatment of brain tumours and vascular malformations.

Dr. Olivier has also established a computer database of over 1200 surgical procedures carried out for intractable epilepsies. The information includes follow-ups for patients treated by cortical resections, callosotomies, and selective neurosurgical amygdalohippocampectomies. In recent years, he wrote a book titled ‘Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery, the MNI Approach’, an invaluable resource in epilepsy treatment.

At The Neuro, Dr. Olivier served as McGill’s Neurosurgeon-in-chief for over two decades. He was also the William Cone Professor and Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at McGill University, as well as a past president of the Association of Neurosurgeons of the Province of Quebec. In 1977, he was presented a medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, awarded to outstanding young Canadians on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne.

Selected Publications: 

Trinka E, Dubeau F, Andermann F, Hui A, Bastos A, Li LM, Kohler S, Olivier A. Successful epilepsy surgery in catastrophic postencephalitic epilepsy. Neurology. 2000 Jun 13;54(11):2170-3.

Olivier A. Transcortical selective amygdalohippocampectomy in temporal lobe epilepsy. Can J Neurol Sci. 2000 May;27 Suppl 1:S68-76; discussion S92-6.

Bouchelet I, Case B, Olivier A, Hamel E. No contractile effect for 5-HT1D and 5-HT1F receptor agonists in human and bovine cerebral arteries: similarity with human coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol. 2000 Feb;129(3):501-8.

Li LM, Cendes F, Antel SB, Andermann F, Serles W, Dubeau F, Olivier A, Arnold DL. Prognostic value of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging for surgical outcome in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy and bilateral hippocampal atrophy. Ann Neurol. 2000 Feb;47(2):195-200.

Bittar RG, Olivier A, Sadikot AF, Andermann F, Reutens DC. Cortical motor and somatosensory representation: effect of cerebral lesions. J Neurosurg. 2000 Feb;92(2):242-8.

Phone Directory

phone icon



In-Patient Room Locator


Intensive Care Unit (ICU)


Neurological Day Centre


Neuro Patient Resource Centre




Pre-Admission Clinic


Social Service Department


In-Patient Units

3rd Floor Neurosciences


4th Floor, North-East


4th Floor, South




The Neuro Cares Fund: We are here to help

The Neuro Cares Fund provides financial support for those in need by helping cover the unexpected expenses of being diagnosed with a neurological illness. Open to all hospitalized patients. Please contact your social worker to see if you qualify.

For more information, call 514-398-5382.

The Neuro logo McGill logoMcGill University Health Centre logoKillam logo

The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering the highest quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.