Dr. Charles Tator



Dr. Charles Tator graduated from the University of Toronto, and trained there in neurosurgery, research and neuropathology for which he received MD, MA and PHD degrees. In 1989, he became Chair of Neurosurgery there and Chief of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. He trained a large number of neurosurgical residents and many surgeon-scientists, and published 358 papers in peer review journals and 85 book chapters, mostly in brain and spinal cord injury. He developed the first acute spinal cord injury unit in Canada in 1974, and performed research on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of spinal cord injury and concussion. He identified posttraumatic ischemia and other mechanisms of secondary injury in the pathophysiology of neurotrauma. His acute cord clip compression model was the first clinically relevant SCI model in rodents. Currently, he concentrates on stem cells for regeneration of the spinal cord. He held two research chairs at the University of Toronto,was awarded the Order of Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. At present, he is Senior Scientist and Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, and Project Leader of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, Canadian Paraplegic Association, and American Spinal Injury Association. He received the Reeve-Irvine Medal for SCI research from the University of California. TheAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons host the Annual Charles Tator Lectureship in Neurotrauma.


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