Dr. R. Douglas Hamm, MD, CCFP, FCBOM, FRCPC
Specialist in Occupational Medicine

Dr. R. Douglas HammDr. Hamm received his MD degree from Queen’s University in 1973, his residency-trained (Queen’s University) certification in family medicine (CCFP) in 1976 and his residency-trained (University of Calgary) certification in occupational medicine (FRCPC) in 1991.  He has practised medicine continuously for the past 38 years.

He is licensed to practise medicine in British Columbia, and is current in the maintenance of certification requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

He is qualified as a specialist in occupational medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and have completed a five-year cycle as an examiner of candidates for the specialist qualification of occupational medicine for the RCPSC.  He also has certification in occupational medicine from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (CBOM) and have chaired the CBOM examination committee for ten years.

He was assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary and then director of the BC Government Employee Health Services, where he managed an occupational health staff and services for 40,000 BC public service employees.

He is the clinical assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at UBC.  He provides independent assessments at the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre and privately in Victoria and Vancouver.

He is trained and certified by the British Columbia Workers’ Compensation Board (now WorkSafeBC) to interpret ARCONä test data for their evaluation of permanent functional impairment.

He has conducted hundreds of independent medical examinations, and has served as an occupational medical consultant to industry (both employers and unions), the legal community and the Workers’ Compensation Board (now WorkSafeBC), including assessing complex claims related to chronic pain, head injury, psychiatric issues and prolonged rehabilitation.

He has appeared as an expert witness at human rights tribunals and arbitration hearings and in personal injury trials in the BC Supreme Court.

He has authored published papers in occupational medicine and have presented at conferences.

In 2010 he received the award of merit from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine for his “exemplary contributions to encouraging the study, improving the practice and elevating the standards of occupational medicine throughout Canada.”

He is currently the immediate past president of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.  He is the academic representative on the executive of the occupational medicine interest group of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  He is co-director of the University of Alberta’s Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine for Family Physicians in BC. He is the credential/academic liaison for the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.