Respiratory Medicine is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the respiratory system.

The vision of the Respiratory Division is to be a centre of excellence for the provision of compassionate, respectful care to patients with respiratory diseases and their families. We pursue excellence through ethical research and education. 

Contact Information
Division of Respiratory Medicine
8B Ward, Room 8446  - 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-806-8665
​Fax: 604-806-8722

Dr. Chris Ryerson, Division Head & Associate Professor


Dr. Andrew Sandford, Professor
Dr. Don Sin, Professor
Dr. Scott Tebbutt, Professor
Dr. Stephanus Van Eeden, Professor
Dr. Pearce Wilcox, Professor
Dr. Tharwat Fera, Clinical Professor
Dr. Robert Levy, Clinical Professor
Dr. Denise Daley, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Bradley Quon, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Wan C. Tan, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Scott Apperley, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Janice Leung, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Tawimas Shaipanich, Clinical Assistant Professor 
Dr. Jodi Goodwin, Clinical Instructor

Associate Members
Dr. Najib Ayas
Dr. Del Dorscheid

Emeritus Members
Dr. Peter Paré, Professor
Dr. Edina (Barbara) Nakielna, Clinical Professor


Teaching is a major priority for the Respiratory Division. Medical students, Internal Medicine Residents and Fellows in the UBC Respiratory Training Program are provided with focused training directed towards the management of inpatients with respiratory disorders and cystic fibrosis as well as in the provision of consultation services to a wide array of medical and surgical services. Trainees are also provided with experience in clinical pulmonary function testing and invasive procedures (bronchoscopy, pleural procedures, etc.). Medical Residents participate in a dedicated Respiratory Teaching Clinic sited at the Pacific Lung Health Centre. 

The Respiratory Division participates in the teaching of trainees from the Respiratory Therapy Training Program (Caribou College). Regularly scheduled teaching conferences include a weekly Clinical Rounds, a weekly Pulmonary/Pathology/Radiology Conference, a weekly Respiratory Research Conference and a monthly Pulmonary Subspecialty Conference. Trainees are also encouraged to participate in Research Seminars and Research in Progress conferences at the iCAPTURE Centre.

Respiratory Division members are active in all aspects of undergraduate teaching (bedside learning, clinical skills, problem-based learning). Division members are highly involved in Continuing Health Education activities for community-based family physicians (Annual SPH Family Physician Conference) and internists (SPH and UBC annual courses). 


The Pacific Lung Research Centre focuses on investigator-initiated trials as well as industry supported trials with major activity in trials related to COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary rehabilitation. There is increasing participation in translational research projects thanks to strong links with the James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research. 

There is great interest and activity in the development of a Clinical Research Registry and Tissue Bank with a goal to enhance capacity for clinical trials. 


For more information on Respiratory Medicine, please explore the links below:

Pacific Lung Health Centre.

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

BC Lung Association