An introduction to chronic pain and pain management, with case studies and questions.
Speaker: Dr. Allan Gordon
Length: 34 minutes
About Dr. Gordon
Dr. Allan Gordon is the Director of the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He achieved his MD degree at the University of Toronto in 1968. After internship and a year as a medical resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, he entered the Neurology training program at the University of Toronto. He attained his fellowship in Neurology in 1974.
He joined the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital as a clinical neurologist in 1975. He was appointed as Head of Neurology at Mount Sinai in 1980 and stepped down from that position in 1997. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.
In 1992 he was appointed Director of Development and later Assistant Dean of Development in the Faculty of Medicine and participated in the highly successful University of Toronto campaign. He stepped down as Assistant Dean, Research Programs and Planning in 1999. During this time he helped develop funding priorities for the faculty in various funding programs, facilitated the establishment of numerous Chairs and funding programs, help establish and implement various student support programs, and played a key role in the establishment of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. Dr. Gordon's initial area of interest was neuromuscular disease.
Besides performing EMG and Nerve Conduction studies, he participated in research studies of diabetic neuropathy, muscular dystrophy and malignant hyperthermia. Early on he cofounded the Craniofacial Pain Research Unit a unique interdisciplinary unit devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of people with facial pain and headache. With the addition of more staff and funding, this has grown to a pain clinic dealing with chronic non-malignant pain.
The Wasser Pain Management Centre was formally established in 1999. Dr. Gordon's clinical and research interests include migraine and craniofacial neuralgias, chronic pelvic region pain and chronic non-malignant pain. The Wasser also emphasizes the rational use of pharmacotherapy as well as physical, psychological and complementary and alternative treatments for chronic pain.