Pain Medicine Section Visitor

Professor Hamilton Hall

Markdale, Canada

Dr Hamilton Hall is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and on the orthopaedic staff at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto then joined CARE and was stationed at a rural hospital in Malaysia. Dr. Hall returned to Toronto for his orthopaedic residency which concluded with a fellowship in medical education at the University of Dundee, Scotland. In 1974, because of his interest in patient education and rehabilitation, Dr Hall founded the Canadian Back Institute which expanded into the CBI Health Group, now, with over 13,000 employees, the largest rehabilitation company in Canada. Dr Hamilton Hall continues to serve as its Medical Director. Dr Hall is co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Spine Society and has served on the editorial boards of Spine, The Spine Journal and The BackLetter. Dr Hamilton Hall has received Outstanding Paper and Poster awards from the North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is a recipient of the Best Undergraduate Clinical Lecturer Award at the University of Toronto, the NASS Henry Farfan Award for outstanding contributions
to the field of spine care and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Spine Society. Dr Hall’s concept of a syndrome approach to classifying mechanical back pain is an essential component of several Canadian provincial initiatives to improve spine care. In addition to over 130 published articles and book chapters and over 1200 invited presentations, many as Visiting Professor, to universities in North America, Europe and Asia, he is a  thor of the best-selling Back Doctor series of books for the lay public.