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Allan Hamilton, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona

Starting his professional career as a janitor, today Allan Hamilton, MD, holds four professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton has served as both the Chief of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for fifteen consecutive years. Dr. Hamilton has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, sixty peer-reviewed research articles, served on the editorial board of several medical journals, and holds several patents, ranging from chemotherapy to computer-guided surgical robotics.

Dr. Hamilton's first book, The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope was published in 2008. Dr. Hamilton is also a world renowned horse whisperer, and in 201 his second book, Zen Mind, Zen Horse—the Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses, won the Nautilus Gold Award for non-fiction works that “change the world one book at a time.” Previous Nautilus Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For the last several years Dr. Hamilton has served as medical script consultant to the TV series Grey’s Anatomy. He is currently working on a new book about the human brain. He and his wife Jane live on a working cattle and horse ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.,,