John Hurlbert

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John  Hurlbert, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

JOHN HURLBERT  attended medical school in Saskatoon before completing a rotating internship at the Regina General Hospital in 1985.  The following year he moved to Toronto where he would spend the next nine years pursuing his neurosurgical residency, a PhD in spinal cord injury, and the first of two clinical spine fellowships.  In June of 1995 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Dr. Hurlbert spent another year specializing in spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

In 1996 Dr. Hurlbert accepted a posting at the University of Calgary with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.  Since then he has been active in building the University of Calgary Spine Program which now boasts 8 dedicated spine surgeons and trains 4 national and international clinical spine fellows per year.  Besides his clinical practice Dr. Hurlbert’s professional interests include translational spinal cord injury research, clinical trials, and complex cranio-cervical reconstruction.  He is the chairman of the Calgary Chapter of Think-First – an international brain and spinal cord injury prevention program and was the Chief Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada