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Dr Raja T Abboud Raja T Abboud, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. R. Abboud received his MD from the American University of Beirut, and did postgraduate training at the Chest Service, Bellevue Hospital New York, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He joined the UBC Respiratory Medicine Division at VGH in 1972 as research Associate. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1975, was promoted to full Professor in 1987, and is currently Professor Emeritus. He is continuing his research on Pathogenic Mechanisms in Emphysema, and to improve the diagnosis of Occupational Red Cedar Asthma. He has a special interest in alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, and was the principal author of the Canadian Thoracic Society Position Statement on this deficiency. He was also invited to write an antitrypsin review article for the journal of Respiratory Medicine’s Update on COPD (in press Feb. 2006).
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Dr Najib Ayas Najib Ayas, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Najib Ayas graduated at the top of his class from the University of Alberta in 1992. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1996, and post-graduate training in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2000. He was on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for two years, and then joined the Respiratory Division at Vancouver General Hospital in September 2002. He also has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. His work has been published in a variety of medical journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Sleep, Cardiovascular Nursing, Journal Spinal Cord Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Thorax, Archives of Internal Medicine, Canadian Journal of CME, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine.
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Dr Nathan Brunner Nathan Brunner, MD, FRCPC
Cardiology

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.
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Dr Chris CarlstenChris Carlsten MD, MPH
Respiratory Medicine

Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is an assistant professor and Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the University of British Columbia. He attended undergraduate and medical school at Stanford University before training in internal, occupational, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. His clinical and research interests center on occupational airways disease, including the effects of diesel exhaust and other particulate matter on asthma induction and exacerbation.
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Dr Victoria Cook Victoria Cook, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Victoria Cook received her Bachelor's Degree from Brown University. She obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and is FRCP(C) qualified in Internal Medicine (UBC) and Respirology (University of Manitoba). Dr. Cook has been based at the BC Centre for Disease Control, Division of TB Control for the last 2 years. Through her clinical role within the Division as physician consultant for the on-reserve TB program (TB Services to Aboriginals), she has become particularly interested in the implementation and evaluation of strategies to control tuberculosis (TB) in high-risk populations. Most recently, she has joined the Respiratory Division at Vancouver General Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Areas of active research include: using local cluster knowledge in the interpretation of smear negative, single positive cultures for Mycobacterium tuberculosis; the outcome of contact investigations of clustered tuberculosis cases in Greater Vancouver; the impact of BCG on clustering of Aboriginal TB cases in Western Canada; the prevalence of latent TB infection and the influence of BCG vaccination on tuberculin skin test sensitivity and treatment of latent TB infection in Aboriginal populations.
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Dr Tharwat A. Fera Tharwat A. Fera, MD, FRCP(C), FCCP, DIP, AIM
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. T. Fera is Associate Head of Medicine, Providence Health Care, Medical Director Intensive Care and Physician Leader of the Medicine program at Mount St. Joseph's. Dr. Fera completed his training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine at UBC. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UBC and has an active clinical practice in the community. He is involved in clinical research and is interested in the safety and efficacy of new medication for asthma and COPD.
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Dr Mark FitzGerald Mark FitzGerald, MB, MD, FRCP(I), FRCP(C), FACCP
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald graduated from University College Dublin in 1978. After interning and training in Internal Medicine in Dublin, he worked for two years in Lesotho, Southern Africa as a General Internist. Subsequently, he completed post-graduate training in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University before accepting a position on faculty at McMaster University in 1987. In 1989, he moved to the University of British Columbia, where he has since worked at the Respiratory Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital and at the BC Center for Disease Control. Dr. FitzGerald is Head of the Respiratory Medicine Divisions at both UBC and Vancouver General Hospital and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

His clinical and research interests include asthma, chronic cough and tuberculosis. He has participated in a number of projects designed to develop better management strategies for asthma patients with innovative new therapies and patient and physician education programs.
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Dr John Fleetham John Fleetham, MB, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. John Fleetham graduated from the University of London in 1972. He received his postgraduate training in the U.K., Kingston, Ontario and Winnipeg, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1977. He has practised general respiratory medicine and sleep disorder medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and George Pearson Centre since 1981. Dr. Fleetham is a Professor of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include respiratory sleep and neuromuscular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 
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Dr James JohnstonJames Johnston, BSc, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr James Johnston is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He received his bachelor’s degree from McGill and his MD from Queen’s University in 2003. He returned to McGill for Internal Medicine training before moving to UBC for his Respiratory Medicine Fellowship. He complete postdoctoral training in tuberculosis research at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and has a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. His clinical and research interests include tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial disease.
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Dr Nasreen Khalil Nasreen Khalil, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine, Interstitial Lung Disease

Dr. Nasreen Khalil, MD, FRCPC, FCCP was recently recruited to The University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Respirologist. Dr. Khalil has a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Doctorate of Medicine and Fellowships in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine as well as research training in cellular and molecular biology of the lung. Dr. Khalil is particularly interested in interstitial lung diseases and has commenced a clinic at the Vancouver General Hospital dedicated to the diagnosis and management of patients with interstitial lung disease. In addition, Dr. Khalil, who was the Associate Director of Tuberculosis Control at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control from 1999-2002, has extensive experience in diseases caused by Mycobacteria tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria. Dr. Khalil’s research interests are in the molecular and biological mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis and airway remodeling in asthma. Dr. Khalil is in the process of developing a pharmaceutical agent for pulmonary fibrosis such as that seen in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Khalil welcomes the opportunity to review patients who may be eligible for entry into studies related to Dr. Khalil’s patented agent or other clinical studies for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.
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Dr Stephen Lam Stephen Lam, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Stephen Lam obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1974. He completed his internal medicine residency and respiratory medicine fellowship at the University of British Columbia in 1978. He received further post-graduate training in the Respiratory Intensive Care unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and advanced training in bronchoscopy at the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Lam is Professor of Medicine in the Respiratory Division. He is currently Chair of the Lung Tumour Group and Leader of the Lung Cancer Prevention Program at the BC Cancer Agency, and is a Senior Scientist in the Cancer Imaging Department of the BC Cancer Research Centre.

He is a co-inventor of a highly sensitive fluorescence bronchoscopy method (LIFE-Lung) to detect and localize pre-invasive lung cancers, which is being used in over 150 major medical centers world-wide. In 1999, he and his colleagues Dr. C. MacAulay, Dr. B. Palcic and Mr. Bruno Jaggi were awarded the Friesen-Rygiel Award for Outstanding Canadian Academic Discovery for development of the LIFE-Lung device. In June 2002, he was awarded the Gustav Killian Medal by the World Association of Bronchology for pioneering contributions to the field of early lung cancer diagnosis.

His clinical and research interests include: Clinical trial of chemopreventive agents to prevent lung cancer, Early detection of lung cancer, and Interventional endoscopic procedures.
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Dr Robert Levy Robert Levy, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Robert D. Levy, MD. FRCPC trained in Respiratory Medicine at McGill University in Montreal and subsequently worked as a respirologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for 10 years. He was the 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 an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He practices general respiratory medicine in the Respiratory Division of the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. He is currently the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the BC Transplant Society and is the Medical Manager of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Vancouver General Hospital. His major research interests are related to physiologic and functional outcomes following lung transplantation.
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Dr David Ostrow David Ostrow, MD, BSc (Med), MA, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. David Ostrow graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1968. He received post-graduate education in Montreal, Winnipeg and East Lansing, Mi. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1973, of the American College of Chest Physicians in 1976 and of the American College of Physicians in 1986. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He was the founding Medical Director of the BC Transplant Society/Vancouver Hospital’s Lung Transplant Program.

He is active in Medical Education, having lead the team that set the principles for the UBC student–focused, problem-based curriculum.

He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health and continues to conduct an outpatient practice in Pulmonary Diseases at the VGH Respiratory Clinic.
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Dr Jeremy Road Jeremy Road, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Road is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and a Respirologist at Vancouver Hospital and UBC. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society Research Committee, and Medical Director of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program and the Vancouver Hospital Lung Function Laboratory. His research interests include respiratory sleep and neuromuscular disorders, COPD and respiratory tract infections. His current area of basic research is respiratory muscle fatigue and injury in loaded breathing.
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Dr Juan J Ronco Juan J Ronco, MD, FRCPC
Internal Medicine

Dr. Juan J. Ronco obtained his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He completed first his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. He then moved to Canada where he revalidated his training by completing his Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the University of British Columbia in 1994. He received further post-graduate training in research and respiratory medicine at the University of Texas (Houston) and the University of British Columbia.

Dr.Ronco is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Critical Care, Respiratory and Internal Medicine. He is the Director of the Adult Critical Care Training Program at UBC and Medical Director of Respiratory Services and Associate Director in the Intensive Care Unit at the Vancouver General Hospital.

His interests span from clinical care and teaching in Critical Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine to research interests in mechanical ventilation, acute lung injury, tissue oxygenation, sepsis and metabolism in critical illnesses.
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Dr Frank Ryan Frank Ryan, MB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FCCP
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Ryan graduated from the National University of Ireland (Galway) in 1979. He completed his post-graduate clinical training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He came to Vancouver in 1987 to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship in respiratory sleep disorders at the University of British Columbia. In 1990, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and the active staff at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at UBC and a consultant in Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Disorders Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and George Pearson Centre.

Dr. Ryan's clinical and research interests include respiratory sleep and neuromuscular diseases, and pleural diseases.
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Dr Frank RyanJohn Swiston MD, MPH, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

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. Dr Swiston's clinical and research interests focus on pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular diseases.
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Dr Jennifer Wilson Jennifer Wilson, MD, FRCPC
Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Wilson did her medical degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Respirology Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Her main practice is in general clinical respirology, and she has a particular interest in lung transplantation and pleural disease. She is a Clinical Instructor at UBC, and is active in the undergraduate medicine and resident training program.
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