Michael Ford

Michael Ford
Dr. Michael H. Ford MD, FRCSC
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Dr. Michael Ford is a Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon and a respected medical expert who has provided advice and testimony to the legal community for almost 30 years.

Dr. Ford graduated from the Orthopaedic Program at the University of Toronto in 1980 and completed a two-year fellowship in spinal and reconstructive knee surgery.

He is an active staff member at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he specializes in orthopedic trauma and the surgical management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pathologies, as well as degenerative diseases of the spine and knee.

Dr. Ford is hired by law firms and insurance companies to provide expert medical advice.

He gives lectures to law firms on the information that medical experts require to generate their reports, as well as provides information about various injuries and chronic pain so lawyers have a more educated approach to the medical side of their cases.

Dr. Ford has also been called upon to testify as an expert medical witness for those matters that go to trial.

In addition to being a staff member at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he is the co-director of the Spine Learning Centre where he teaches advanced courses in spine surgery to practising orthopedic surgeons.

Dr. Ford was president of the Canadian Spine Society and has been a full-time clinician and assistant professor at the University of Toronto since 1988.

He has been a spine surgery consultant for the Ontario March of Dimes and the Little People of Ontario, and has worked as a consultant for the Toronto cast of Phantom of the Opera and the National Ballet of Canada.

Dr. Ford has been published numerous times in various peer-reviewed journal articles and has given lectures on several orthopedic subjects across Canada and the United States.

Michael Ford In The News
Motorcycle injuries and fatalities on the rise: Ford

Reckless riding could be responsible for a spike in motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities across the country, Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon  Dr. Michael ... Read more

Pedestrian collisions and the need for awareness

With the number of pedestrian deaths on the rise, it’s critical that people are “situationally aware” at all times, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma ... Read more

Ghostwritten medical reports should not be permitted: Ford

Ghostwritten medical reports are not the same as consensus reports and should not be allowed in medical legal cases, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael ... Read more

Scientific research and the duty of medical experts

With scientific research relating to minor motor vehicle accidents more definitive than ever before, medical experts have a duty to be informed of the latest literature in order ... Read more

Medical experts as third-party referees

The legal system could use medical experts as third-party experts and not witnesses who appear in court either for the defendant or the plaintiff, says Toronto orthopaedic spine ... Read more

Common mistakes of medical experts

There are a number of pitfalls that medical experts can avoid to ensure they are providing unbiased reports in personal injury litigation, says Toronto orthopaedic spine and ... Read more

Catastrophic impairment and the importance of clear evaluation

Physicians performing assessments to determine whether a personal injury claimant suffers from a catastrophic impairment need to rely on clear evaluative scales to make accurate ... Read more

More mediation, less adversity needed in accident cases: Ford

The adversarial legal system creates ethical challenges for medical experts and allows simple cases to become unnecessarily lengthy and expensive, says Toronto orthopaedic spine ... Read more

Medical malpractice cases and the experts who provide evidence

Experts retained to provide opinion evidence in medical malpractice cases need to be true experts who have a breadth of clinical experience dealing with the procedure in question, ... Read more

The expert 'consensus report' a useful tool: Ford

There’s nothing wrong with the use of “consensus reports” in personal injury matters as long as they contain accurate information, says Toronto orthopedic spine ... Read more

Medical experts and the importance of being impartial

With growing scrutiny on expert witnesses, it’s important for medical specialists who prepare reports and testify before the courts in personal injury cases to adhere to ... Read more

Medical experts aren't 'hired guns' for insurance companies: Ford

Physicians who are medical experts in personal injury cases are neither “advocates” for patients nor insurance companies but rather, are there to provide objective ... Read more

Medical malpractice claims often the result of misunderstandings

Frivolous malpractice claims are often the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding about the difference between a medical complication and care that is below standard, says ... Read more

Medical concensus reports would make litigation more efficient: Ford

Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon  Dr. Michael Ford  says personal injury litigation would be less costly and time-consuming in Ontario if there was a move ... Read more

Personal injury money train off the rails

Lawsuits from minor motor vehicle accidents (MVA) have spawned a multimillion-dollar industry that has spiralled out of control, says Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon ... Read more

Most distracted accidents are acts of stupidity: Ford

Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Ford has witnessed the aftermath of distracted walking and driving accidents first-hand in the emergency room, and says ... Read more

Docs reviewing medical files without seeing patients is appropriate

It’s appropriate and effective practice for independent physicians to review medical files without examining the patients for the Ontario’s workers' compensation ... Read more

Choosing a medical expert with proper credentials for the case

There are far too many doctors providing medical commentary and analysis in personal injury cases when they aren’t true specialists in the areas covered by the facts of the ... Read more

Police not responding to minor collisions a good decision: Ford

It’s a positive move forward that police in Canada’s largest city will no longer respond to minor crashes, Toronto orthopedic spine and trauma surgeon Dr. Michael ... Read more

Reform needed for use of 'chronic pain syndrome' in the legal context

There are many misconceptions around the label “chronic pain syndrome” and it’s commonly being used inappropriately in the legal context of litigation and other ... Read more

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