Dr. Jack Taunton is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has had a clinical practice in sports medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre where he was the director for over 25 years after co-founding the Centre in 1979. He was the director of the PGY3 Advanced Skills in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the Department of Family Practice at UBC.
He is very involved in clinical and exercise medicine research with a keen interest in overuse injuries, injury prevention, concussions in sport and cardiac disease in athletes. He is a member and co-founder of Sports Cardiology BC.
Jack was the Director of Medicine and Director of Sports Medicine for Fortius Sport and Health. He is on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. He was the Clinical Advisor to the Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project for Parachute Canada and Chief Medical Officer - ITLS Training Centre – GEMS-ERT: Global Emergency Medical Services – Emergency Response Team -- Terranova International Safety Canada Incorporated.
Thirty years ago he co-founded Sportmed BC while president of the Sports Medicine Council of Canada. He was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and CMO for Canada at the Sydney Olympics, two Pan American and two World Student Games. Jack works with distance runners, cyclists, triathletes and other athletes both as doctor and coach. He was the Women’s Team Physician and Association Coordinating Physician for Field Hockey Canada for over 25 years. Jack was the Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA Team during its time in Vancouver. He was co-founder of the Vancouver Marathon, the Vancouver Sun Run and most recently the UBC Grand Prix of Cycling and is the co- director of the Port Coquitlam Grand Prix. He was the CMO for the IOC –affiliated 1st Regional Masters Games in Vancouver (Americas’ Masters Games August 2016.
In 2016 Jack and two others initiated the establishment of a sports medicine clinic in Uganda, requiring considerable fund raising. In May 2017 he and a team including an administrator, two physicians, a physiotherapist and an orthotist travelled to Uganda, examined over 100 athletes, completed two days of education for local physiotherapists and physicians and established traineeships. Groups continue to travel to Uganda on a yearly basis. Fundraising is an integral part of this initiative. He has been a competitive runner, completing over 60 marathons. He has been inducted into the Sports Halls of Fame for BC, Burnaby, and Simon Fraser University.