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Dr. Charles Tator


Professor of Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery

University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital

Emeritus Scientist, Krembil Research Institute

Director, Canadian Concussion Centre

Founder, ThinkFirst Canada, Board Member, Parachute 


Charles Tator was born at the Toronto General Hospital, part of UHN in which he has spent most of his career practicing, teaching and doing research in neurosurgery. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. As part of neurosurgery training, his research in brain tumours was at the Banting Institute and received MA and Ph.D. degrees. He was the first full-time neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital and then moved to Toronto Western as Neurosurgery chief. He was Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery at University of Toronto, 1989-1999, and the first Campeau-Tator Chair in Neurosurgery. His main clinical interests were initially spinal cord injury and cerebellopontine angle tumours, but more recently he has focused practice and research in spine and concussion. He has had a career-long role in injury prevention and was a founder of ThinkFirst Canada and Parachute Canada, national injury prevention programs. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and an inductee in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.



Diseases Treated

Dr. Tator sees patients referred for consultation in his outpatient clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital approximately once a week.  He specializes in spinal disorders including disc problems, stenosis and syringomyelia.  He also sees patients with acoustic neuromas and Chiari malformation. His practice with head-injured patients is confined to the concussion spectrum of disorders



Contact Information 

Phone: 416-603-5889

Fax: 416-603-5298

Education and Training  

M.D., University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine - 1961 
M.A, University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (Neuropathology) - 1963 
Ph.D., University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (Neuropathology) - 1965 
University of Toronto Postgraduate Training Course in Surgery (Neurosurgery) - 1965-69 
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons, Canada (FRCSC) - 1969 
Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS) - 1972

Academic Affiliations 

Staff, Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital

Staff Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Research Affiliations 

Krembil Research Institute, Senior Scientist – Division of Genetics & Development

UHN Research Profile

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