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Benjamin M Smith

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Member, RECRU

Research Interests

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

Contact Information

Meakins-Christie Laboratories & RECRU
Office 3D.66
5252 Maisonneuve
Montreal QC H4A 3S9

Tel: 514-934-1934 Ext. 53333 (office)
Fax: 514-XXX-XXXX
E-Mailbenjamin.m.smith [at]

Education & Training

PDF, Columbia U, 2014
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