Dr. Mark FitzGerald
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.
Dr. Ayas, Najib
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.
Dr. Tony Bai
Dr. Bai is a Respirologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is Medical Director of the Asthma Education Center at the hospital, and is an investigator at the James Hogg iCAPTURE Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research at the hospital. Dr. Bai earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he also completed graduate studies in physiology and pharmacology. He trained in respiratory medicine at St. Thomas Hospital Medical School in London, England, and in respiratory research at the Meakins-Christie Laboratory, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Bai is a member of the Canadian asthma guidelines committee, and has been a member of several Federal committees, including the CIHR respiratory committee and the Federal Government Task Force on Asthma. Dr. Bai has authored more than 100 publications focused on airway biology and determinants of asthma severity.
Dr. Chittock Dean
Dr. Chittock has been affiliated with Vancouver Coastal Health for a number of years. Dean graduated from the University of Western Ontario completing an undergraduate degree in Physiology and an MD (Honours) following which he completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Statistics at Harvard University. Included in Dean's Special Professional Qualifications are a Respiratory Subspecialty Fellowship and a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Chittock began his administrative experience in 1998 as the Medical Director of the UBCH ICU as well as the Assistant Medical Director of the ICU at VGH. In 2003, he assumed the position of Chair of the Regional Critical Care Council followed by the appointment as the Regional Medical Director in 2005. In addition to these roles, Dean has functioned as the Division Head for Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine, UBC, and as the Medical Manager of the VGH ICU since 2006. He is currently the Senior Medical Director, VA. Throughout his career Dr. Chittock has demonstrated a special interest and expertise in quality improvement, which was grounded through his time spent at the Institute for Health Care Improvement in Boston. His interest and expertise in this area have resulted in many quality care initiatives at VA in the past years that have improved care and access to our critical care patients.
Dr. John English
Dr. John Fleetham
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.
Dr. Stephen Lam
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.
Dr. Robert Levy
Dr. 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 a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He initially practiced respiratory medicine in the Respiratory Division of the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. In September 2002, Dr. Levy took over the position of Head of the Division of Respirology at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. He is currently the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the British Columbia Transplant Society and is co-director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Levy has published extensively in the fields of respiratory medicine and lung transplantation. His major research interests are related to physiologic and functional outcomes following solid organ transplantation. He 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, and has served on the board of the Canadian Thoracic Society since 1997 where he is currently Chair of the Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Committee.
Dr. Man earned his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1970. He did post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Respirology at the University of Toronto and a research fellowship at both the University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Man's research expertise is in clinical trials and translational research, particularly in chronic obstructive lung disease.
The clinical outcomes in COPD are unexpectedly influenced by the premature development of atherosclerosis. In close collaboration with Dr. Don Sin, another iCapture investigator, we have been trying to understand epidemiological observations in clinical context, and to design and execute clinical studies and trials to test specific hypothesis.
Currently, the team is well supported by a CIHR operating grant and several investigator-initiated, pharmaceutical company supported, clinical research grants.
Dr. John Mayo
Dr. Mayo earned his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada. He did residency training at the University of British Columbia which he followed with postdoctoral fellowships in body imaging and cardiac imaging at the University of California in San Francisco. He is an associate professor of medicine at UBC, where he teaches chest radiology to medical students.
Mr. Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald is Executive Director of the British Columbia Lung Association, one of Canada's most prominent voluntary health agencies. A graduate of Ryerson University's Journalism program, Scott has worked in marketing, communications and management in the private, not-for-profit and government arenas for over 30 years.
He has been a member of numerous provincial, national and international committees and panels tasked with developing strategies and tactics aimed at a broad range of issues affecting the health community and particularly charitable organizations and their activities in fundraising, advocacy, communications, health education and the support of science. He is a longtime member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, Canadian Society of Association Executives, Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Marketing Association.
Dr. Bruce McManus
Bruce M. McManus is Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. McManus is Director of The iCAPTURE Centre, and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory within the Centre. He serves St. Paul's Hospital (Providence Health Care) as Academic Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Bruce McManus was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, CIHR, in December 2000. In this capacity, he is leading the development and implementation of a strategic research plan for Canada to address outstanding questions related to cardiac, respiratory, vascular, brain (stroke), blood, critical care, and sleep disorders and diseases.
Professor McManus received his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, an M.S. in Applied Physiology from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry from University of Toledo. He pursued post-doctoral fellowships in Environmental Physiology at the University of California - Santa Barbara and in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD. Residency training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital - Harvard University in Internal Medicine and Pathology led to board certification in Anatomic Pathology, with subsequent specialization in cardiovascular pathology. Following 11 years on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, including a sabbatical at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Dr. McManus joined the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia as Department Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in July 1993.
Dr. Müller graduated as an MD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1972. He did a rotating internship in 1973 followed by a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba (1974-77). He was then awarded a Canadian Medical Research Council Fellowship in Respiratory Physiology (1977-1978) at the University of Toronto, an Ontario Thoracic Society Research Scholarship in Respiratory Physiology
(1979-1981), and a PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1981. Subsequently, he did a residency in Radiology at The University of British Columbia (1981-1984) followed by a fellowship in Chest Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, before joining the Radiology Staff at Vancouver Hospital and the University of British Columbia.
World-renowned for his contribution to radiology of the chest, Dr. Muller is a leader in the international radiology community. Dr. Muller earned his medical degree in 1972 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil, PhD in medical science from the University of Toronto in 1980 and specialty training in Radiology from the University of British Columbia in 1985. Dr. Muller is the foremost Canadian academic chest radiologist who has authored over 350 peer reviewed scientific papers, including numerous articles for the American Journal of Radiology (AJR). He has also authored 16 books and edited three others, including the reference standard text in chest imaging, Fraser and Pare's Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest (now in its 4th edition).
In the last 16 years at the Vancouver General Hospital, Dr. Muller has been the senior chest radiologist and is currently the Head of the Department of Radiology and Chairman of the UBC Department of Radiology. In this time he has trained 44 fellows in chest radiology who currently practice worldwide, with many of faculty in leading academic institutions.
Dr. Peter Paré
Dr. Peter D. Paré's research expertise is in the study of the genetics and pathophysiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He earned his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1969. His residency training was done at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the University of Nairobi before completing a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the Meakins Christie Laboratories.Dr. Peter D. Paré concurrently holds the position of Director, The James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, located at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
He is also the Program Director of the Clinical Investigators Program, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He was former President of the Canadian Thoracic Society and was for 5 years, Chairman of the Canadian Thoracic Society's National Grant review committee.
Dr Pare has published over 260 peer reviewed papers. His research focuses on the mechanisms of airway narrowing in asthma and COPD, the bronchial microcirculation, the use of CT scanning to assess lung structure and the genetics of lung disease. Dr Pare has trained more than 40 clinical and basic science faculty members. In addition to his original research and training Dr Pare is one of the four co-authors of the Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest a widely used four volume text on the diagnosis lung disease.
Dr. Don Sin
Dr. Sin is a chest physician and a clinical epidemiologist, who works primarily with large databases. In close collaboration with Dr. Paul Man, he also conducts research using a "wet" laboratory to analyze serum samples from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients for various markers/mediators of systemic inflammation to better understand the link between COPD and cardiovascular diseases.
Dr Sin graduated from the University of Alberta in 1991 (MD), and specialized in Internal Medicine and became certified in Respirology in 1997. He obtained an MPH degree at Harvard University and did his post-clinical training at University of Toronto.
His major areas of research interest include:
evaluating novel therapies for management of patients with COPD, with an emphasis on anti-inflammatory agents.
Dr. Stuart Turvey
Dr Stuart Turvey is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, and a Pediatric Immunologist based at BC Children's Hospital. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Stuart completed both his Pediatric Residency and Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Stuart holds a medical degree (MB BS) from the University of Sydney, Australia and a doctorate (DPhil) in Immunology from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Turvey is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Blair Walker
Dr. David Wensley
Dr. John Yee
Dr. John Yee is an Assistant Professor- Division of Thoracic Surgery, UBC and Director- Lung Transplant Program, VGH. Dr. Yee is a designate of the Chair of the UBC Department of Surgery for the Surgical Oncology Network Council Executive.