Room: Department of Medicine - Neurology
Dr. Skinner received his B.Eng. (Electrical) from the Royal Military College in 1970. He worked as a systems engineer with the Department of National Defence implementing nation-wide information systems until 1975. He received his medical degree from Queen's University in 1979 and his specialist certification in general internal medicine in 1986 and in neurology in 1987. He qualified as a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine in 2005. He was the chief information officer at The Ottawa Hospital from 1996 to 1998.
He has been a clinical teacher and lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa since 1993. He has taught clinical neurology, occupational neurology and sleep medicine at all levels including medical students, residents, physician assistants and military flight surgeons. He was also involved in the design and implementation of the problem-based digital curriculum portal used for teaching medical students.
In 2009, Dr. Skinner was a co-author with Dr. Peter Humphreys and Dr. Walter Hendelman of the innovative textbook for the teaching of neurology entitled “The Integrated Nervous System” which now in its second edition.
In 2011, Dr. Skinner completed a three-month sabbatical with the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Space Agency in Moscow studying the neurological and sleep-related complications of long duration space flight.
He completed the Distinguished Teacher Program of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine in May 2014.
In the summer of 2014, he was part of a group of distinguished teachers from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa who were invited to teach at the Jiao Tong Medical School in Shanghai.
Dr. Skinner currently practices general neurology and sleep medicine at The Ottawa Hospital. He also has a practice in rural Quebec as well as patients in inner city shelters in Ottawa.