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Dr. Lydia Hatcher


MD, CCFP, FCFP, CHE, D-CAPM

Dr. Hatcher graduated with her MD in 1982 from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).  She received certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and holds a Diplomate with the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.

She has received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Mental Health Awareness Award.  As well, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded her a fellowship.

She has been a full-service rural family doctor, an emergency physician, full time academic and has a specialty in pain management and psychotherapy which she now does exclusively. Her focus is on a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management.   She uses pain-focused psychotherapy using CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and Positive Thinking.

She teaches chronic pain management across the country and internationally; this includes medical trainees, all health care providers, veterans and their families as well as many public lectures.

She is a medical inspector for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and an expert witness for the CMPA.   She Chairs a subcommittee for the National Opioid Use Guideline Group.  She is President of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management and a member of the Canadian Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Clinical Associate Professor at MUN.


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