Division of Gastroenterology

Robert Spaziani

Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine







Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Spaziani holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Biology and Pharmacology from McMaster University graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his Medical training at McMaster University, receiving his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1999 and completing both the Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship training programs. Dr. Spaziani holds Specialty Qualifications from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton where he is a multiple receipient of the Miracle Worker award.  He also maintains courtesy privileges at the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation hospitals.

Research and Academic Interests

Dr. Spaziani has a strong interest in undergraduate medical teaching serving as the GI Coordinator of Undergraduate Medical Subspecialities Selectives Program where he also acts as the tutor and clinical supervisor.  Dr. Spaziani has also taught as a Medical Foundations (MF) tutor for MFs 2-5.  Dr. Spaziani is also actively involved in teaching at the postgraduate level .  He is co-Faculty on the Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Committee.  He has an interest in endoscopy teaching having received an Endoscopy Teaching award (as chosen by the Residents).  Dr. Spaziani has also been involved in clinical research having conducted translational research studies examining autonomic function in patients with gastrointestinal disease and associated central control mechanisms and participates in local clinical studies. 

Selected Publications

  1. Toulose K, Spaziani R, Rangachari PK, In:  S. Bridges, C McGrath, T Whitehill (Eds.), A Backward Glance, The Forward Gaze:  Evaluation in Problem-Based Courses, Problem-Based Learning in Clinical Education:  The Next Generation  (Innovation and Change in Professional Education, Vol. 8). Jan 4, 2012.
  2. Hall GB, Kamath MV, Collins S, Ganguli S, Spaziani R, Miranda KL, Bayati A, Bienenstock J.  Heightened central affective response to visceral sensations of pain and discomfort in IBS.  Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2010; 22(3):276-280.
  3. Spaziani R, Bayati A, Redmond K, Bajaj HS, Mazzadi S, Bienenstock J, Collins SM, Kamath MV.  Vagal dysfunction in Irritable Bowel Syndrome; assessed by colorectal distension and baroreceptor sensitivity.  Neurogastroenterol Motil 2008; 20(4): 336-342.
  4. Kamath MV, Spaziani R, Ullal S, Tougas G, Guzman JC, Morillo C, Capogna J, Armstrong D.  The Effect of Sham Feeding on Neurocardiac Regulation in Healthy Human Volunteers.  Can J Gastroenterol 2007; 21(11): 721-726.
  5. Kamath MV, Upton ARM, Wu J, Bajaj HS, Poehlman S, Spaziani R.  (2006).  Chapter VIII: Artificial Neural Networks in EEG Analysis.  In:  J. Kamruzzaman, K. Begg, and R.A. Sarker (Eds.), Artificial Neural Networks in Finance, Health and Manufacturing: Potential and Challenges?   Hershey PA: Idea Group Publishing.
  6. Kamath MV, Hollerbach S, Dienefeld D, Spaziani R, Shine G, Fallen EL, Upton ARM, Tougas G.  Optimal Electrical Stimulation Modality for Cortical Esophageal Evoked Potentials: Transmural or Intraesophageal?  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2005; 52(4): 736-739.
  7. Tougas G, Spaziani R, Hollerbach S, Kamath MV, Djuric VJ, Upton ARM, Fallen EL.  Cardioautonomic Function and Esophageal Acid Sensitivity in Patients with Non-Cardiac Chest Pain. Gut. 2001; 49(5): 706-712.
  8. Kamath MV, Bentley T, Spaziani R, Tougas G, Fallen EL, McCartney N, Upton ARM.  Time-Frequency Analysis of Heart Rate Variability Signals in Patients with Autonomic Dysfunction.  Proceedings of the IEEE, International Symposium on Time Frequency and Time Scale Analysis, Paris, France, June 1996, 373-376.
  9. Rawnsley K, Spaziani R, Rangachari PK.  Evaluation in a Problem-Based Course: Contrasting Views of Students and Teachers. PROBE (Newsletter of the Australian Problem-Based Learning Network) 1994; 12: 9-14.