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Pulmonary Hypertension Program Staff

Dr. John Swiston MD MPH FRCPC
Dr Swiston completed a BSc in Biochemistry in 1993 and an MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1995, both at the University of Calgary. He received his MD in 2000 from the University of Alberta. His Internal Medicine residency and subsequent fellowship in Respirology were completed in 2005 at the University of British Columbia. Through the UBC Clinical Investigator Program he went on to further clinical and research training in pulmonary hypertension at the University of Toronto in the Toronto General Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Program as well as completing a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Dr Swiston joined the Respiratory Division at the Vancouver General Hospital in 2007 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is the Medical Director of the UBC Pulmonary Hypertension Program at VGH and a board member of the BC Pulmonary Hypertension Society. Dr Swiston’s clinical and research interests focus on pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular diseases.

Dr. Robert Levy MD FRCPC
Robert D. Levy, MD, FRCPC trained in Respiratory Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. He was Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratories at the Royal Victoria and Montreal Chest Hospitals and a Research Director at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories. He moved to Vancouver in 1997 where he is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He served as Head of the Respiratory Division at St. Paul’s Hospital from 2002-2007. He is currently Associate Chair for Clinical Innovation in the Department of Medicine, and Physician Program Director for Ambulatory Care Transformation at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Dr. Levy is the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program and Section Head of Medicine at the British Columbia Transplant Society. He is co-director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Levy has published extensively in the fields of respiratory medicine, physiology, lung transplantation and pulmonary hypertension. His major research interests are related to physiologic and functional outcomes following lung transplantation, COPD and pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Levy has served as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Respiratory Medicine. He was co-chair of the Canadian Lung Transplant Study Group from 1997-2001. He has served as the Chair of the Pulmonary Vascular Committee of the Canadian Thoracic Society and is also past-President of that Society.

Dr Nathan Brunner MD FRCPC
Dr. Brunner obtained his degree in Medicine from the University of Alberta in 2006. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia from 2006-2012. He received extra training in the field of pulmonary hypertension at Stanford University in California from 2012-2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. His research interests include the clinical management of pulmonary hypertension and the assessment of pulmonary hypertension through hemodynamics and non-invasive imaging.

Lisa Lee, NP(F) Nurse Practitioner
Lisa obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001 from the University Of Alberta in Edmonton. Lisa spent 13 years working as a registered nurse on various inpatient units throughout Canada and the United States including Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York Presbyterian Hospital), Saint Raphael’s Hospital in Connecticut (sister hospital to Yale New Haven) and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Her training and certifications focused on neurology, neurosurgery, trauma and medical intensive care. She completed her Masters of Nursing in 2012 at the University of British Columbia. Lisa joined the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic as a nurse practitioner in 2012. Lisa also works in Vancouver General Hospital with the respiratory team on T12. On the side, Lisa volunteers as a member of Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue and is the Vice President of the BC Pulmonary Hypertension Society. She also is a member of the Canadian Pulmonary Hypertension Health Professional Network.

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