Medical Director: Michael G. DeGroote Pain Management Clinic

A pain doctor stands in the operating room

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is completing a search for a Medical Director for the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Management Clinic.

The clinic is aligned with the Department of Anesthesia, and is affiliated with the DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences.

HHS is Ontario’s most comprehensive healthcare system, with more than 1,100 beds serving more than 2.3 million residents in the greater Hamilton region.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and letter of interest. Contact:

Dr. Susan O’Leary
Chief, Department of Anesthesia
Hamilton Health Sciences
905-521-2100 ext. 46698

The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic is one of 180 clinics at HHS and supports approximately 20,000 visits annually. It is the largest university affiliated pain centre in Canada which uniquely allows for the provision of clinical care while also educating the next generation of healthcare professionals in pain management and advancing research mandates and priorities. The combination of basic science, clinical care and education, as well as the National Pain Centre’s development of best practice guidelines, positions the clinic well internationally in the quest to resolve the problem of chronic pain.

The clinical care offered at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic includes – individual assessments, group programs and interventional therapies, all tailored to support patients dealing with Chronic Pain. Patients can access the clinic and receive services in two ways

  • OHIP funded programs and services; and
  • privately through our third party marketed service.

This, as well as the large interdisciplinary team supporting the clinic and our patients, uniquely positions it to be a leader in many streams of pain management including transitional care, fibromyalgia, pelvic pain and many others.

Our academic mission supports both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education as well as clinical and basic sciences research. The Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic in affiliation with McMaster University, was recently awarded one of five national chronic disease research networks and has become one of 8 adult chronic pain clinics affiliated with the CPN CRN with a full time research coordinator funded by CIHR and HHS. Currently the clinic has 14 active studies underway and is a leader in the realm of pain management.

Position description and accountabilities

The Medical Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic (MDPC) works in collaboration with the Clinical Director from the Senior Operational Leadership Team and is responsible for;

  • Fostering the integration of administrative and clinical planning and decision-making in the delivery of patient/family centred care consistent with the strategic mission, vision and values of HHS
  • Aligning with the corporate vision, the Medical Director in collaboration with the Clinical Director will be responsible to establish and foster the vision for the clinic and associated strategy
  • Fostering an environment which supports clinical excellence, educational and research excellence, quality improvement processes, performance measurement and evaluation
  • Ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources (human, financial, equipment and facility) assigned as well as keen business sense for advancement of the marketed program
  • Ensuring the provision of safe and effective patient care and services by maintaining and improving standards of practice with the MDPC
  • Establishing and identifying, with the Clinical Director and the Division Services, the performance objectives and the strategies to facilitate quality and focused mandated/approved growth
  • Creating an environment which identifies, supports and facilitates educational and research endeavours
  • Leadership/performance management of MDPC physicians
  • Supporting the advancement of best practice in the field of Chronic Pain Management both internally through research and partnership with the University as well as externally as a member of the various Pain Networks and Associations
  • Being an active member both provincially and nationally of the various pain networks and governing bodies to ensure line of sight to trends in pain care and research as well as improvement opportunities


Possessing a stellar clinical reputation, the ideal candidate will be an established pain specialist or specialist in a related field with at least 5 years of experience. Additionally, candidates with experience establishing and supporting interdisciplinary programs and/or integrating physician groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have or be eligible for certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and be eligible for a licence to practise in Ontario.

Applicants must also satisfy the credentialing requirements of Hamilton Health Sciences.

Working in Hamilton

Hamilton is situated on the western shore of Lake Ontario and offers the perfect combination of city life and nature.

Our vibrant, accessible, family-friendly core is bursting with new restaurants, breweries and shops, in addition to a large public art gallery, several theatres and a sports and entertainment arena.

Hamilton area offers numerous recreational activities such as boating, golfing, biking and hiking along hundreds of kilometres of walking trails weaving along the waterfront, through the greater Hamilton area and along the renowned Bruce Trail.

Hamilton is geographically situated between Toronto and Niagara, less than an hour’s drive from each destination. This proximity affords easy access to airports, major league sports, cross-border shopping and Niagara wine country.