Back Health Resource Advisory Board

The Canadian Spine Society (CSS), as part of its educational mandate, is partnering with (HealthPlexus) and the Journal of Current Clinical Care (JCCC) to promote best practices and knowledge translation for fast and effective diagnosis and management of back pain.

As part of the multi-faceted collaboration, CSS and HealthPlexus will work on a comprehensive continuing education program aimed at healthcare professionals that will be delivered via HealthPlexus.NET and the Journal of Current Clinical Care.

"Our mandate is broad. We look at spinal issues from many different aspects; a better understanding of the natural history, the true value of treatment modalities, the place for surgery and emerging innovations, just to name a few. Our goal is to give the front line practitioners a picture of back care that is comprehensible, practical and based on the best available evidence. We will address any spine related topic, support correct practice and expose worthless or fraudulent techniques. Our Board has a wide range of expertise and experience, which allows us to speak with authority on a number of subjects. We have the opportunity to become a trusted source of information for the family doctor."

Dr. Hamilton Hall, MD, FRCSC, Editor-in-Chief, Back Health Resource


Dr. Hamilton Hall, MD, FRCSC, is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director, CBI Health Group and Executive Director of the Canadian Spine Society in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Julia Alleyne, BHSc(PT), MD, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med MScCH, is a Family Physician practising Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network. She is appointed at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine as an Associate Clinical Professor.

Nicolas Dea, MD, MSc, FRCSC, is a Spinal Surgeon. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Program at Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, BC.

Dr. Ted Findlay, D.O., CCFP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also in a Private Family Medicine practice. In addition he is on Medical Staff at Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone in Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Eugene Wai, MD, FRCSC, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the care of adult spinal disorders. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. In addition he is the Research Chair for the Canadian Spine Society.

Greg McIntosh, MSc, completed his Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. He is currently the Director of Clinical Research for CBI Health Group and research consultant to the Canadian Spine Society.

Pierre Côté DC, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation; Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT); Director, UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation.



About the Canadian Spine Society
The Canadian Spine Society (CSS) is a collaborative organization of spine surgeons and, health care professionals with a primary interest in advancing excellence in spine patient care, research and education.
Our vision and values are at the centre of everything we do to help Canadians who suffer from spinal problems.

We believe in:
  • Continued recruitment of the best spine specialists in the world to maintain Canada's leading position in our field.
  • An independent research establishment to analyze and promote effective treatment options.
  • Fast, effective diagnosis that reduces wait times and provides the best back care for Canadians.