Dr. Smith’s research focuses on investigating the pathophysiological mechanisms of obstructive lung diseases in order to improve clinically meaningful outcomes. Obstructive lung disease (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma) represents a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally, and in Canada. His research integrates methods of population-based epidemiology, state-of-the-art-imaging, and physiology in order to understand disease pathogenesis and expose targetable mechanisms of functional impairment.
His specific areas of interest include:
- airway structure and developmental susceptibility to obstructive lung disease;
- the personalization of obstructive lung disease prevention and treatment based on airway anatomy;
- the cardiotoxic effects of breathing mechanics in obstructive lung disease.
- Clinical and academic interests include improving the quality of lung cancer diagnosis and staging, and medical education.
Ben Smith and Smith Lab in the News
Congrats to Ben Smith, Jun Ding and Larry Lands! The team received the MUHC Trottier Webster Innovation Award for their work to repair damaged lungs in COPD.
Publication in AJRCCM by Ben Smith describes dysanapsis in the upper and lower airways and risk of airflow obstruction
MUHC Foundation Health Matters interview with Benjamin Smith discusses air pollution and its impact on our lung health
MUHC Foundation Health Matters interview with Ben Smith about why some lungs are more resilient to infection than others
Meakins-Christie Laboratories & RECRU
Montreal QC H4A 3S9
Tel: 514-934-1934 Ext. 53333 (office)
E-Mail: benjamin.m.smith [at] mcgill.ca
Education & Training
PDF, Columbia U, 2014
MSc Epidemiology, McGill, 2011
MD, McGill University, 2005
Medicine, RESP Block: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”
Medicine, RESP Block: “Respiratory Physiology Small Groups”
Medicine, “Physicianship apprenticeship – Osler Fellow”
Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (EPIB-619), Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Experimental Medicine (EXMD-507), Advanced Applied Respiratory Physiology: Lung imaging and physiology
Experimental Medicine (EXMD-633), Clinical Aspects of Research in Respiratory Disease: COPD
Experimental Medicine (EXMD-609), Cellular Methods in Biomedical Research: Lung Imaging