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Allan Hamilton MD


Allan Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.” Dr. Hamilton has held positions as Chief of Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hamilton now serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center, a multi-disciplinary think-tank at the Arizona Health Sciences Center devoted to developing new technologies and training procedures to reduced preventable medical adverse events.

He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals. He is also a decorated Army officer who served in Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Hamilton's first book, "The Scalpel and the Soul" (2008,Tarcher/Penguin USA) was awarded the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, which was conceived to recognize world-changing books. In 2012, his second book, "Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Training Horses" (2011, Storey Publishing) won the Nautilus Gold Award. Previous Nautilus Gold Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His books have been translated into several languages.

He has been the subject of two award-winning documentaries. The first is "Playing with Magic," which chronicles his work with horses and was directed by Emmy-award winning director, Wayne Ewing. The second," Consider the Conversation," reviews his advocacy for end-of-life care for terminally-ill patients and was recently featured on PBS. His equine work has been showcased on the NBC Today Show, ABC News, CNN, and PBS. He is a frequent guest on NPR, and has been featured in Western Horseman, Equus, and Horse & Rider.

For the last several years Dr. Hamilton has served as medical script consultant on more than one hundred and fifty episodes of the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and four seasons with Private Practice. He is listed with several speakers bureaus, is an Elite Speaker for Cunard’s Enrichment Programme, and has served as either a keynote or invited speaker at over three hundred events.

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Scheduled events:
WORKSHOP: Lessons from a Life with Horses
Why do human beings develop such profound emotional bonds with horses? Why do these amazing animals awaken certain parts of the human brain that often remain dormant and open our eyes to some of life’s profound lessons? Who better to provide insights and answers than a neurosurgeon who has spent a lifetime with horses.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Allan Hamilton
Screenwriting: Getting it Right
The challenges inherent in screenwriting are many. Every element in a screenplay - from opening scene to character development to structure - must deliver in order for producers to love it and audiences to applaud it. Three expert writers with Hollywood experience will offer tips to help you write a red-carpet worthy screenplay.

Student Union Ventana (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ginia Desmond, Allan Hamilton, Michael Tolkin
Moderator: Jeff Yanc

Books:
Lead With Your Heart. . . Lessons from a Life with Horses
Animals
Storey - Workman
September 2016
ISBN 9781612127347
Hardcover, 176 pages
$18.95, INSTOCK
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Zen Mind, Zen Horse
Animals
Storey - Workman
November 2012
ISBN 9781603425650
Paperback, 311 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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Tucson Medical Center

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Stocker Foundation
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Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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