Dr. Andy Hamilton

Program Medical Director, Surgical Services, Interior Health Authority of B.C.

Dr Hamilton is an anesthesiologist working in dual clinical and administrative roles as a staff anesthesiologist at Penticton Regional Hospital and as Medical Director for Surgical Services in the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia. He also Co-Chairs the BC Provincial Surgical Advisory Council (PSAC). Dr Hamilton completed his medical training at the University of Manchester in the UK and his anesthesia residency at UBC in Vancouver in 1986. After satisfying immigration requirements, he joined the UBC Department Anesthesia at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver where he worked until 1999, serving as acting department head in the later years. Upon moving to Penticton BC, he functioned at various times as department head, President of the Medical Staff and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee.In 2003, after regionalization and a review of surgical services in the new Interior Health Authority, he took on a part time position as Chair of the Regional Surgical Council which evolved into his current position with Interior Health. At the same time he started developing provincial links culminating in his appointment as Co-Chair of PSAC. Currently, he divides his time between clinical anesthesia and administration. His passion and goal is to improve the quality, efficiency and access to surgical services throughout BC by working collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, health authorities, ministry staff and the British Columbia Medical Association. With the cooperation of all these parties, strong foundations have been built but there remains much work to be done. In particular, his desire is to bring the needs of the patient to the forefront in efforts to improve surgical service delivery. He was recently awarded the designation ‘Certified Canadian Physician Executive’ by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives in recognition of experience and on going education in medical leadership. In his spare time, he has completed three Ironman triathlons, the last one in 2011 with a personal best – older and faster!