The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

Allan J. Hamilton, MD

Executive Director, Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC)
Professor of Surgery

Contact Information

Abdominal Transplant: PO Box 245066; Tucson, Arizona 85724-5066
Arizona Health Science Center: 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Office Room Number
Rm. 4307
Office Phone
(520) 626-8585

Practice Locations

The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus


Clinical Specialties

The recipient of several international awards for his groundbreaking work in the area of minimally invasive stereotactic neurosurgery of the spine, Dr. Hamilton treated the first spinal radiosurgery patient in the world. Among many innovations, he developed techniques for shielding the spinal cord from excessive radiation during stereotactic radiosurgery. He also invented a device for using laser guidance systems to aim beams of radiation at spinal cord tumors without damaging the spinal cord.

Board Certification
American Board of Neurological Surgery


MD: 1982, Harvard Medical School
1982-83, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
1983-84, Neurology & Neurosurgery Research Fellow, NIH, Bethesda, MD
1984-89, Neurosurgical Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
1989-90, Chief Resident, Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Year, Institution, City, State, Country


My research interests surround the areas of emerging technologies in surgery.

In the past six years, I have been involved in actively developing new polymers for in situ chemotherapy delivery in malignant brain tumors and looking at the further development of polymers that can carry multiple chemotherapeutic agents into the brain. I have looked at the use of viral vectors as well.

My focus is on developing cutting-edge technology in the area of stereotactic and computer guidance for neurosurgery and I am now working on the broader area of computer guidance for all the subspecialties in surgery.

I continue to research the area of computer-assisted virtual environments and robotics for the training of residents as well as the develpment of new technologies in surgery that permit minimally invasive approaches. I am interested in evaluating novel techniques in the educaiton of residents and medical students, including computer simulations, robotics and animatronics to enhance the acquisition of interpersonal skills and bedside manners. Most recently I have begun to evaluate the role of medical informatics and information networking technology and the impact of reducing surgical complications and morbidity.

I am leading an NIH funded study evaluating the effect fo healing energy and its effect on wound healing as an alternative therapy.

Patient Information