ask theory, neurosurgery, buddy omar

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 86: Paano Natin Mas Pagagalingin Ang Neurosurgery Sa Pilipinas?

Dr. Buddy Omar is a clinical fellow in neuro-oncology at the University of Toronto, and is taking his Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After his time in the PGH Neurosurgery Residency program, he pursued further training in endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Calgary.

We talked about the disparities in neurosurgery across the world, improving surgical outcomes in the Philippines, the role of social determinants of health in brain tumor survivorship, clinical research in low-income settings, training to be a brain surgeon in the Philippines, and more.

How to contact Dr. Buddy:

  • Twitter: @atomar_md
  • Email:

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 86 here:

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