Spring 2018 Volume 30 Issue 1


Where the person meets the plant: cannabis and the lung​ (Read)
Dr. Mark A. Ware, MBBC, MRCP (UK), MSc
Dr. Ware is an Associate professor, Anesthesia and Family Medicine at McGill University and the Executive Director, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids.


Cannabis and lung health (Read)
Marcel Tunks, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Tunks is the Staff Physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor of Respirology in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Better Breathing Conference 2018 Highlights
The Ontario Thoracic Society began in 2018 with an excellent Better Breathing Conference, featuring an insightful, interactive, educational and occasionally humorous program.


2018 Annual Golf Classic
Date: June 1, 2018
Location: Glencairn Golf Club
For more information or to buy tickets, please visit

Provider Education Program (Pep) Workshops:
The Ontario Thoracic Society’s Provider Education Program develops, implements and evaluates certified continuing medical education programs and materials promoting the Canadian Thoracic Society respiratory guidelines. To set up a free workshop for your team or organization, please contact us at pep@lungontario.ca. We will work with you to ensure your learning outcomes are achieved.


SpirometryBramptonMay 15, 2018
PeterboroughMay 20, 2018
TorontoJune 20, 2018
New Spirometry E-module!
Respiratory Medications and COPDOshawaMay 31, 2018
Asthma COPD OverlapOTNMay 3, 2018
COPDNewmarketMay 2, 2018
HamiltonJune 5, 2018

For more information or to register for a workshop, please visit www.olapep.ca


TB Conference 2018
Date: Monday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Better Breathing Conference 2019
Date: Friday, January 25 & Saturday, January 26, 2019
Location: Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, Toronto

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 current year OTS membership term is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

OTS Active membership is open to individuals with a medical degree and scientists holding a PhD or equivalent degree of training. The 2018-2019 fee 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 2018-2019, 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