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About Us


The mission of the Society is to promote respiratory health through medical research and education. To this end, the key activities of the OTS are:

  • To provide scientific and educational advice to TLA.
  • To assist TLA in furthering its goals of supporting medical research and conducting community health programs.
  • To facilitate, encourage and adjudicate clinical and basic scientific research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease.
  • To support and facilitate continuing medical education into all aspects of respiratory health and disease throughout the province of Ontario.
  • To liaise with the Canadian Thoracic Society and other provincial thoracic societies in the achievement of these common goals.


Ontario Thoracic Society members include academic and community respirologists and researchers who are local and national leaders in their fields. Together, we help support and develop local, provincial and international standards of care in all areas of respiratory disease.

We provide scientific and educational advice to The Lung Association to assist in its provision of accurate, timely and quality information to lung health professionals, government and the general public.

In our successful collaborative efforts with our partners we have helped develop:

  • Primary Care Provider Education Program
  • Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (Adult & Pediatric)
  • Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP)
  • Work-Related Asthma Provider Education & Industry Prevention Education
  • Asthma Action Program
  • Asthma & COPD Care Maps and COPD Algorithm for Primary Care Providers

Continuing Education

We support and facilitate continuing medical education into all aspects of respiratory health and disease throughout the province of Ontario.

Opportunities for guiding respiratory health education include involvement in the Better Breathing Planning Committee, which develops programming for the Better Breathing Conference, and in the Provider Education Program Steering Committee, which oversees the development of continuing medical education programs for physicians and allied health care professionals. Both the Better Breathing Conference and Provider Education Program workshops offer MOC credits.


The Ontario Thoracic Society works closely with The Lung Association to improve the health of Ontarians. This partnership has allowed us to influence the development of public policy and legislation across a range of areas impacting lung health.


We liaise with the Canadian Thoracic Society, other provincial thoracic societies and community partners to achieve goals of shared importance.

Contact Us

Ontario Thoracic Society
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M3C 0K8
Tel: (416) 864-9911 or Toll Free: 1 (888) 344-5864
Fax: (416) 864-9916
Email: ots@lungontario.ca

Who We Are:

The Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) is a medical section of The Lung Association – Ontario (TLA). Its membership consists of practicing respirologists and lung researchers in Ontario.

Ontario Thoracic Society Executive Committee (2018-2019)

OTS Chair: Eric Hentschel, MD, FRCPC
OTS Chair-Elect: Jane Batt, MD, PhD
OTS Past Chair and OTS’s TLA Board Representative: George Chandy, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Members at Large
Community Representative: Kam Soghrati, MD, FRCPC
London Representative: Cory Yamashita, MD, FRCPC
Hamilton Representative: Martin Stampfli, PhD
Kingston Representative: Genevieve Digby, MD, FRCPC, MSc (HQ)

Ex-Officio Members
OTS’s TLA Board Representative: George Chandy, MD, MSc, FRCPC
TLA’s OTS Board Representative: John Granton, MD, FRCPC
Research Advisory Committee Chair: Chung-Wai Chow, MD, PhD
BBC Chair 2019: Sherri Katz, MDCM, FRCPC, MSc
OMA Representative: Neil Maharaj, MD, FRCPC
Program Director Representative: Christopher Li, MD, FRCP(C)
PCAP Representative: Nicholas Vozoris, MD, FRCPC, MHSc
Thoracic Surgery Representative: Christian Finley, MD, FRCS (C)
Pediatric Representative: Theo Moraes, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Resident Representative: Anurag Bhalla, MD, BHSc (Hons)

OTS Medical Director: Hedy Ginzberg, MDCM, FRCPC, PhD
OTS Coordinator: Natalie Bennett, BSc