The Section of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Calgary has an extraordinary breadth of expertise and experience. The Section operates out of all four acute care sites in Calgary offering tertiary consultation services for Southern Alberta, and Southeastern BC. The Section offers consultation services in ten specific subspecialty areas:
- Lung masses (Alberta Thoracic Oncology Program) and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
- Asthma and COPD
- Neuromuscular and Chronic Ventilation
- Lung Transplantation
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Sleep Medicine
- Tuberculosis and Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria
The Section also offers a pulmonary rehabilitation program and general respiratory consultation services at all four sites. Pulmonary palliative care is currently being developed. The Section has been a Zone leader in creating central access for referring physicians (Pulmonary Central Access and Triage – PCAT) and also has been a leader in the Specialist LINK program. This program allows easy access for family physicians to obtain very timely specialist telephone advice to help with managing patients in their office.
The Section has a fully accredited training program for Pulmonary Medicine that is highly sought after, receiving 20 to 30 applicants every year for two to three positions. Rotations for PGY1 to 3 residents are available at all four sites; the experience is highly valued by trainees. The Section coordinates pulmonary training for first year undergraduate medical students in a highly rated course that is run in collaboration with Cardiac Sciences.
Research is an important focus for the Section. The Sleep Centre has a long history of producing world class research after being started by John Remmers in 1985. Other areas of research focus include lung cancer screening, airway inflammation, immunology, pulmonary hypertension and tuberculosis. Many section members are also members of one of the Cumming School of Medicine’s research institutes.
The Section is heavily involved with quality improvement, health analytics and patient safety. Several members lead and teach in quality and patient safety courses offered by the Cumming School of Medicine in partnership with the Health Quality Council of Alberta. Several members of the Section are active leaders with the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network.
The Section and the patient’s that its members care for benefit greatly from the close collaboration that it has with the Department of Diagnostic Imaging the Section of Thoracic Surgery, and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The availability of digital radiology at all four acute care sites and the provincial electronic health record makes it possible for all Calgary Zone respirologists to obtain advice from one of the five highly expert chest radiologists. The Section also has close working relationships with medical and radiation oncology which expedites treatment for patients with lung cancer and bone marrow transplant patients who develop Graft vs Host disease.
Administrative Assistant to:
Dr. Ward Flemons, Zone Clinical Section Chief
Room 4C70, Health Research Innovation Centre, University of Calgary
3280 Hospital Drive NW