Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Eldon Tunks

MD, C.M. (Psychiatry), FRCP(C)

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry,McMaster University

Adjunct Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College



Education, Memberships, Affiliations

  • M.D, University of Toronto, 1969
  • Specialist certificate in Psychiatry, 1974
  • FRCP (C), 1974
  • Canadian/Ontario Medical Associations
  • Ontario Psychiatric Association
  • Canadian Psychiatric Association
  • American Association for the Study of Headache
  • Canadian Pain Society
  • Founding Member: International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, Task Force on Guidelines for Management of Chronic Non-malignant Pain (Nov. 20, 1996 to present), Co-chairs Dr. A. Mailis and Dr. E. Tunks. This group prepared evidence-based treatment guidelines for all physicians in Ontario
  • CPSO Committee reviewing Methadone regulations: acting as adviser, and liaison from Task Force on Chronic Non-Malignant Pain Management (2002-2004)

Selected Publications

  1. Tunks, E. Persistent pain prevalence and medical management. Pain Research and Management (2002) 7:170-171
  2. Tunks, E. The chronic need to improve the management of pain. Pain Research & Management (2003) 8:187-188
  3. Tunks, E. Seeing through the ‘MIST’ (minor impact soft tissue injury)? Pain Research and Management (2005) 10: 65-66
  4. Busse, JW, Bhandari, M, Kulkarni, AV, and Tunks E: The effect of low-inten­sity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 166(4) Feb. 19, 2002
  5. Khostanteen, I, Tunks E, Goldsmith C, and Ennis J: Fibromyalgia: can one distinguish it from simulation? An observer-blind controlled study. J Rheum (2000) 27: 2671-2676
  6. Tuling JR, and Tunks E: Thalamic pain syndrome (central post-stroke pain) in a patient presenting with right upper limb pain: a case report. J Canadian Chiropractic Association 43: 243-248, 1999
  7. Weir R, Browne G, Tunks E, Gafni A, and Roberts J: Gender differences in psychosocial adjustment to chronic pain and expenditures for health care services used. Clin J Pain 12:277-290, 1996
  8. Tunks, E. Comparing fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and control groups: a search for reliable criteria. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 81-85, 1995.
  9. Tunks, E., McCain, G.A., Hart, L.E., Teasell, R.W., Goldsmith, C.H., Roll­man, G.B., McDermid, A.J., DeShane, P.J. The reliability of examination for tenderness in patients with myofascial pain, chronic fibromyalgia and con­trols. The Journal of Rheumatology, 22:5, pp. 944-952, 1995.
  10. White, K.P., McCain, G.A., Tunks, E. The effects of changing the painful stimulus upon dolorimetry scores in patients with fibromyalgia. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, Vol 1(1): 43-58, 1993.
  11. Weir, R., Browne, G.B., Tunks, E., Gafni, A., Roberts, J. A profile of users of specialty pain clinic services: Predictors of use and cost estimates. Journal Clin. Epidemiology Vol. 45, No. 12, pp. 1399-1415, 1992.
  12. Tunks, E. "Psychogenic pain": The validity of the concept. APS Journal, 1:163-6, 1992
  13. Solomon, P., Tunks, E.R. The role of litigation in predicting disability outcomes in chronic pain patients. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 7:300-304, 1991.
  14. Davis , John R., Tunks, E.R. Environments and Addiction: A Proposed Taxon­omy, The International Journal of Addictions, 25, (7A & 8A) 805-826, 1990-1991.