Toronto Faculty - John Chong


From his roots in Oakville Ontario Canada, piano lessons began at age 3 advancing to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Clifford Poole on scholarship. After an injury to his right hand from over practicing the Wanderer Fantasy when he was 14, he went on to study electronic music and composition with Samuel Dolin. He did perform at Massey Hall and completed the ARCT in Piano Performance at age 17. His prize-winning composition Continuum was performed by the Toronto Symphony the same year. With the intention of a career in electronic music he went on to graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto while working as a summer student at the National Research Council at the Electronic Music Laboratory with Hugh LeCaine in Ottawa. His interests shifted to study in the fields of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, occupational health, public health and preventive medicine, acupuncture, and psychotherapy at McMaster University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences tenured in 1990 and now is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, chronic neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His clinical and research interest is targeted personalized approaches using quantitative technology for the treatment and prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He has taught Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School Performance and Artist Diploma Programs at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is the medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has received the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He has introduced injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years. He has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier, McMaster, Western, South Florida, Texas A&M, Chapman, Weill Cornell, Santiago Chile, Galway Ireland, Sydney Australia, Havana Cuba, Taipei Taiwan, and Tokyo Japan. He was the Co-Chair of the PAMA Annual Symposium in Aspen/Snowmass in 2006/2009, the PAMA Toronto Regional Meetings from 2010 to 2015 and planned the First International PAMA Symposium in New York City in July 2016. He was a founding member and is the Treasurer and Past President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association creating the transformation “PAMAForte! – Rewriting the future of PAMA”. He is an avid golfer, rugged hockey player, classical pianist in the Drag On chamber music society, and tries to keep up with his two grandsons.

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