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Announcement — Chair, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Paul M. O'Byrne

Paul M. O'Byrne, MB, FRCPI, FRCP(C), FRCPE, FRCP(Glas)

June 28, 2012

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the reappointment of Dr. Paul M. O’Byrne as chair, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University effective July 1, 2012.

Dr. O’Byrne obtained his medical degree at University College Dublin and his training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine at McMaster University.  He undertook research training under the supervision of Dr. Freddy Hargreave at McMaster University and then Dr. Jay A. Nadel at the Cardiovascular Research Institute in San Francisco. 

His research interests include the mechanisms and treatment of asthma with particular reference to the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms that cause airway inflammation. 

Dr. O’Byrne is the E.J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine and the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.  He has published more than 340 peer reviewed papers, including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) and the Journal of Immunology.  He has authored 90 book chapters and edited 12 books.  He has received the James H Graham Award of Merit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been the Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences for the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010  

Dr. O’Byrne is the past-chair of the executive committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), associate editor of Chest and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Thorax.

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