Matthew K. Hamilton, MD
While earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, Dr. Hamilton took a job as a hospital aide. Inspired by the prospect of helping others and making a difference, he chose to attend medical school and graduated with a medical doctorate from Mercer University School of Medicine.
After completing his anesthesia residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Hamilton spent the next five years practicing general anesthesia in private practice. However, he says he missed the continuity of care associated with pain medicine. This led him to apply to the interventional pain fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“I think pain management is one of the few fields where you really get to make a huge difference in somebody’s life,” Dr. Hamilton says. “ I really enjoy being able to give people a lot of their functionality back with the least amount of side effects and follow them through that journey.”
A particular journey that stands out to Dr. Hamilton is that of a patient who experienced mobility loss due to pain caused by the severe narrowing of the spinal cord. After being bed bound for two years, the patient regained mobility once Dr. Hamilton implanted a spinal cord stimulator.
His accolades include winning first place in the Challenging Medical Case Poster Presentation category from the Tennessee Pain Society in 2019
for promoting the use of non-opioid pain medication.
When he’s not working, Dr. Hamilton enjoys spending time with his family, striper fishing, boating, and duck hunting.
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