Gordon Lawson

board thumb gordonAfter studying at York University, Gordon attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), from which he received his Doctor of Chiropractic. He then went on to Post Graduate training in London, England at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. His first employment was with the FAO of the United Nations in Rome and then Central America. Returning to Canada, he began private practice in Toronto and also taught at York University as well as at CMCC where he began teaching in 1979 and remains on faculty as Assistant Professor. He has been involved in teaching many courses (nutrition, ethics, geriatrics, principles and practise, instrumented soft tissue therapies (Graston) as well as supervising many research projects on various topics. He has been on post graduate faculty of many institutions, including CMCC, New York Chiropractic College, National Health University, Southern California University of Health Sciences (LACC), Durban University of Technology. He has published many papers over the years. He has lectured and participated in conferences internationally in Europe, North and South American, Africa and Australia.

Gordon holds specialization certification in Nutrition (Diplomate Clinical Board of Nutrition), Sport (Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences) and Orthopaedics (College of Chiropractic Orthopaedic Specialists). He is also a Diplomate of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.

Gordon has served on many boards and committees such as the College of Chiropractors assessor for licensing, Canadian Society of Chiropractic Evaluators, College of Chiropractic of Orthopaedic Specialists, Editor of Nutritional Perspectives, American Board of Clinical Nutrition, Ontario Nutrition Council, Ontario Triathlon Association. Gordon served at the Athens and Vancouver Olympics as well as the Pan Am Games. He volunteered at Evergreen, Yonge Street Mission for Street Youth for 15 years.

He has worked in multi-disciplinary medicine for most of his career, including practicing in the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine, Toronto Interventional Pain Specialist Clinic, and Disability Designated Assessment Centres. He is founder, owner and president of Maxabilitation, a multi-disciplinary medical assessment firm. He has been qualified as an expert witness on numerous occasions at the Ontario Superior Court as well as the Financial Services of Ontario. He completed certification through the American Board of Forensic Professionals in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th Edition). He has been selected as an assessor in the ISAEC programme in the Central LHIN based out of Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Gordon has been in continuous clinical practice for over 40 years caring for patients from an evidence informed medicine and wellness perspective. His mottos of care are: salus aegroti suprema lex (the welfare of the patient is the supreme law) and primum non nocere (first do no harm).

Gordon has been honoured with the following: Life Member, Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada); Lifetime Member, American Clinical Board of Nutrition; Dr. Michael Brickman Heart and Hands Award from OCA; Award of Merit, The Canadian Society of Chiropractic Evaluators; Pioneer Award, The Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada); Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors.

Gordon was on the founding board of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences as Secretary Treasurer and was the second president. He has continued to be involved as Royal Liaison. He is the founder and president of the FOUNDATION for the ROYAL COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC SPORTS SCIENCES.

In his personal life, Gordon is married to Dr Susan Gillis-Lawson, to whom he attributes most of his success and they have three children. He is an avid hockey player, Nordic skier and cyclist. He enjoys philosophy and religion. He eats well but still remains short!