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OTR Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Volume 31 Issue 1


Extracorporeal Life Support Therapies for Patients with Acute and Chronic Respiratory Failure: Current status and Future (Read)
Dr. Marcelo Cypel, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr. Cypel is a Staff Thoracic Surgeon at University Health Network (UHN) and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the director of the ECLS program at UHN. He currently holds the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Lung Transplantation from the Government of Canada. 


Extracorporeal Life Support for Adult Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure (Read)
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Fares, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Al-Fares is a Clinical Fellow in Extracorporeal Life Support and Critical Care Ultrasound at the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto and holds a Senior Specialist position at Al-Amiri Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait.

Dr. Eddy Fan, MD, PhD
Dr. Eddy Fan is an Associate Professor in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and a Staff Intensivist at the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also the Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program and the Site Lead for Critical Care Research at Toronto General Hospital.

Better Breathing Conference 2019 Highlights
The Ontario Thoracic Society began in 2019 with an excellent Better Breathing Conference, featuring an insightful, interactive, educational and occasionally humorous program.

And Save the Date for Better Breathing 2020!
It will take place at Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre on
Friday & Saturday January 24-25, 2020

Upcoming courses in Toronto

Course: Asthma
Location: Toronto, ON
Workshop: May 23, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Registration Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Course: Education
Location: Toronto, ON
Workshop: May 25, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Registration Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Course: COPD
Location: Ottawa, ON
Workshop: May 25, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Registration Deadline: Apr 12, 2019

Course: Asthma
Location: Ottawa, ON
Workshop: Oct 25, 2019 to Oct 26, 2019
Registration Deadline: Sep 20, 2019

Course: Education
Location: Ottawa, ON
Workshop: Oct 27, 2019 to Oct 28, 2019
Registration Deadline: Sep 20, 2019

For more information, or to see the online-only courses, please go to resptrec.org.

May 16, 2019
COPD Workshop Coming Soon!
CFPC Mainpro+ Certified

May 23, 2019
COPD vs Asthma Workshop Coming Soon!
Manitoulin Island
CFPC Mainpro+ Certified

April 25, 2019
COPD Workshop Coming Soon!
Smiths Falls
CFPC Mainpro+ Certified

May 11, 2019
Spirometry Interpretation Workshop 
PriMed Conference – Mississauga
CFPC Mainpro+ Certified

All events funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

For more information on upcoming workshops, please visit

Have you renewed your OTS membership?

Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) members include academic and community respirologists and researchers who are local and national leaders in their fields. The society manages a suite of educational and research programs, and works closely with The Lung Association to advocate for lung health initiatives in the province.

The new OTS membership term will start on April 1, 2019 and run to March 31, 2020.

OTS Active membership is open to individuals with a medical degree and scientists holding a PhD or equivalent degree of training. The fee for 2019-2020 is $95.00.

The OTS Associate Membership is available to interns, residents or graduate students in medical or allied health science, and to fellows during their period of training. Associate members do not pay fees and may not vote or hold office in the society but enjoy all the benefits of a membership.

To join the OTS or renew your membership for 2019-2020, please go to http://lungontario.ca/for-health-professionals/ontario-thoracic-society or call The Lung Association – Ontario at (416) 864-9911 ext 256.

The Ontario Thoracic Review is an official publication of the Ontario Thoracic Society, a medical section of The Lung Association – Ontario.

Dr. Christopher Li
Dr. Mark Soth

OTS Medical Director:
Dr. Hedy Ginzberg

The Lung Association – Ontario
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 401
Toronto, ON, M3C 0K9
Phone: 416-864-9911 x256
Fax: 416-864-9916
Email: ots@lungontario.ca