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Dr Kenneth R. Chapman

Biographical Sketch
University Appointments
Hospital Appointments
Current Activities
Research Interests
Selected Publications

Biographical Sketch

School of Graduate Studies (Institute of Medical Science), University of Toronto. September 1981 to December 1983. Thesis "Thoracoabdominal responses to hypoxia and hypercapnia; the effect of posture". Degree obtained: Master of Science.
University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. September 1973 to May 1977. Degree obtained: Doctor of Medicine.
Trinity College, University of Toronto, (Faculty of Arts and Science). September 1971 to May 1973.

Postgraduate Qualifications
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1984.
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians, 1984.
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

  • F.R.C.P.C Internal Medicine, 1981.
  • F.R.C.P.C Respiratory Medicine, 1982.

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1980.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Medicine), 1982.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine), 1989.

Honours and Awards
Governor, American College of Chest Physicians, Province of Ontario, 1995 to 1999.
Listed, Canadian Who's Who, 1991, Vol. XXVI to present.
Dr Henry Beatty Scholarship, 1985 to 1986.
Fellowship, Medical Research Council of Canada, 1982 to 1985.
Lange Medical Book Publications Award, 1977.
Ontario Kidney Foundation Fellowship, 1975.
Medical Research Council Summer Fellowship, 1974.
Burnside Memorial Scholarship, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1971 to 1973.
Wm. W. Fraser Award, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1971.
Ontario Scholarship, 1971.

Professor Kenneth Chapman the first recipient of the University Health Network's GSK-CIHR Chair in Respiratory Healthcare Delivery. This multi-year award recognizes and encourages his broad program of research designed to assess, improve and disseminate optimal strategies for managing the common respiratory illnesses, asthma and COPD. Dr. Chapman is an internationally respected researcher in the field of asthma, COPD and airway diseases; his publications have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. The titles of more than 400 publications have ranged from "Emergency medical services for outdoor rock music festivals" to "The effect of posture on thoracoabdominal movements during progressive hyperoxic hypercapnia in conscious man". With more the 6,000 citations to his work, Professor Chapman is in the top 1% of cited medical researchers.

University Appointments

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. July 1, 1998 to present.
Co-chairman, Collaborative Respiratory Research Program, University of Toronto, Division of Respiratory Medicine, January 1990 to present.
Member, Ontario Thoracic Society Block Term Grant Committee, 1996 to present.
Dr. Chapman is currently Director of the Asthma and Airway Centre of the University Health Network, Past President of the Canadian Network for Asthma Care and Director of the Canadian Registry for Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
His academic appointments are as Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the School of Graduate Studies (Institute of Medical Science). He has supervised graduate students of varied backgrounds at the MSc. and PhD. levels.

Hospital Appointments

Director, Asthma Centre of the Toronto Hospital and Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Toronto Western Hospital - March 1992 to present.
Active Staff, Division of Respiratory Medicine, The Toronto Hospital, Western and General Divisions. July 1, 1990 to present.
Member, Medical Programs Management Committee. September 2000 to present.

Clinical Activities

Physician, Red Cross Medical Clinic, Kai Tak North Refugee Camp, Kowloon, Hong Kong; under the auspices of the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. September 1979 to November 1979.

Research Interests

Research highlights include:

Asthma management strategies It is now a standard of care that patients with unstable asthma are given a short course of oral steroids in hospital emergency rooms, walk-in clinics and offices to allow their safe discharge home. This strategy was first examined rigorously by Dr. Chapman and his colleagues who published their pivotal study in the New England Journal of Medicine (see below). This was followed by other studies examining the optimal strategies for managing asthma.

Patient Education Optimizing asthma treatment outcomes lead inevitably to studies of patient education, compliance, and control assessment. (Doctor Chapman founded the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care, an organization that manages respiratory educator certification programs for Canada. He remains active on its executive).

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Dr. Chapman wrote Canada's first guidelines for the management of COPD and maintains a broad program of research in this area, addressing issues of diagnostic delay, epidemiology and non-invasive monitoring. He is a member of the CanCOLD consortium, a trans-Canadian program of study examining the natural history in a large population-based cohort of patients with COPD. He has addressed issues of gender bias in his work.

Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Dr. Chapman follows a large number of patients with alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency and is considered one of the world's experts in this comparatively rare lung disease. His work reflects both the Canadian perspective (from the Canadian registry) and his collaboration with international colleagues.

Selected Recent Publications

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Chapman KR. Delivery characteristics of dry powder inhalers: clinical implications. Respiratory Medicine 1998 [in press].

Chapman KR. The clinical relevance of drug deposition data. Eur Resp Rev 1999 [in press].

Chapman KR. Defining asthma severity: implications for achieving asthma control. Eur Respir Rev 2004; 13: 92 [in press].