Happy Doctors' Day to ASTEC's Founder

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Allan Hamilton is a self-made leader within the field of medicine. Starting his career as a janitor, he went on to become a Harvard-trained brain surgeon. He is a decorated Army veteran and a Regents’ Professor of Surgery.  He also holds four professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been selected by his peers as one of America’s Best Doctors for more than twenty consecutive years. He has also served as the Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and the Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

In 2004, he founded the Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC). His vision and advocacy for medical simulation has helped ASTEC grow from a 500 square foot surgical simulation center into a world class health sciences simulation center. ASTEC will provide simulation education for the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health in a new 30,000 square foot lab in the Health Sciences Innovation Building. The new lab will also perform collaborative grant work with the Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Optics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and numerous external healthcare industry partners.

Dr. Hamilton’s reach extends beyond the medical world and into Hollywood. His work includes several movies, most recently the Peter Berg film, “Patriot’s Day.” He has also served as Senior Medical Consultant for over 300 Grey’s Anatomy episodes.

He is a renowned author, a celebrated speaker, and a thought leader. He has been selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the 21st Century” and has been recognized with the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. His insights have helped shape and inspire the thinking of educators, technology leaders, designers, film makers, ecologists, and scientists around the world. He has been recognized by several countries for his scientific achievements and philanthropic work.

Dr. Hamilton and his work have made a tremendous impact on the students of the University of Arizona.  Marissa Lovett, a second year medical student and Research Assistant at ASTEC speaks to it best, “5 years of mentorship under Dr. Hamilton has shown me how rewarding a life in medicine can be when you fill it with a continuous pursuit of knowledge, a passion for your career, and people you love. He has helped me carve out my own path within medicine and I thank him for it. His impact on me and the students at the University of Arizona is endless.”