Charles H. Tator MD, PHD, FRCSC is trained in neurosurgery and neuropathology and was Chair of Neurosurgery, at the University of Toronto. He was Head of Neurosurgery at Sunnybrook Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital, and the University Health Network.
In 1992, he founded ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury foundation aimed at reducing the incidence of catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. He has published 321 papers in peer review journals and 85 book chapters, mostly in the field of brain and spinal cord injury. He has performed research on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of brain and spinal cord injury.
Currently, his laboratory is focused on stem cells for regeneration of the injured nervous system. He has held two research chairs at the University of Toronto, the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery and the Campeau-Tator Chair in Brain and Spinal Cord Research. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
At present, he is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto Western Research Institute and a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory and Project Leader for the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto Western Hospital.
Recent awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Spinal Injuries Association, and in 2012 the Excellence in Safety Award of USA Hockey. In 2012, ThinkFirst Canada merged with 3 other national injury prevention organizations to form Parachute Canada with Charles Tator one of the founding directors.