I received my MD from the University of Toronto and completed my clinical fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Diseases at U of T as well.
My research training in Respirology was in pulmonary physiology and specifically in lung mechanics, both at the University of Toronto and at the Mayo Clinic. Following my appointment at the Wellesley Hospital, I was involved in some descriptive reports of clinical problems but also used this background in physiology in studies such as the clinical use of helium and the description of obliterative bronchiolitis. I was also able to be helpful in the interpretation of physiologic abnormalities in the epidemiologic surveys of grain workers and patients with rheumatoid disease.
Growing commitments in education and administration with my move to the Toronto General Hospital in the late 1980s reduced my activities in biomedical studies, but this was coupled with a growth in my long-standing interest in the cultural contexts within which medicine is practiced. This had previously led to research in semiotics and an investigation of pharmaceutical advertising. More recently, along with my collaborator, Professor Linda Hutcheon, I have explored the meanings taken on by illnesses and the people who have them when medical information is interpreted in a social or cultural context. We have used opera as the cultural vehicle for this exploration. This has been my primary research interest for the past ten years. With my recent involvement in lung transplantation, I am playing an active collaborative role in clinical research in this program. My particular role includes the design and conduct of clinical trials and acting as a resource person for questions regarding lung mechanics.
Most recently I have taken more responsibilities for the Department of Medicine in education for the UHN/MSH as Deputy Physician-in-Chief Education.
Professor of Medicine
Attending staff: UHN/MSH
Associate staff: HSC
General Internal Medicine
Deputy Physician-in-Chief Education
Current Grant Support
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - 2004-2007 $56000 For research towards book on Age, Late Style and Creativity
Selected Recent Publications
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Chapters and Monographs
"Staging the Body: Strauss's Salome." M Hutcheon, L Hutcheon. In Siren Songs: Gender and Sexuality in Opera. Ed. R Parker, M-A Smart. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000:204-221. (Co-principal author, 50% effort)
"Smoking in Opera." A Cultural History of Smoking. Ed. S. Gilman. London:Reaktion Press 2003, forthcoming. M Hutcheon, L Hutcheon(Co-principal author, shared analysis and writing, 50% effort).
"Tutto nel mondo e burla': Rethinking Late Style in Verdi (and Wagner). "Verdi 2001: Atti del convegnointernazionale di studi. Eds. Fabrizio Della Seta, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, and Marco Marica. Florence: Olischki, 2003. 905-28 (with Linda Hutcheon).
"Introduction: A Plague on……Your (Opera) Houses," University of Toronto Quarterly, Special Issue on Expanding Interdisciplinary Through Opera, 72.4 (2003):770-76 (with Linda Hutcheon).
"O corpo perigoso," Estudos Feministas 11.1 (2003):20-59 (with Linda Hutcheon)
"Staging Die Walkure," Canadian Opera Company program notes, April 2003 (with Linda Hutcheon).
"History, Empire, Opera," Arcadia 38.2 (2003):266-70 (with Linda Hutcheon).
"The Phenomenal Image in Opera," South Atlantic Quarterly, Special Issue on Opera, forthcoming (with Linda Hutcheon).
"The Tones of Venice," Descant, forthcoming (with Linda Hutcheon).
"Narrativizing the End: Death and Opera," A Companion Narrative Theory. Ed. Peter Rabinowitz andJames Phelan. London: Blackwell, forthcoming (with Linda Hutcheon).
"Opera," The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London and NY:Routledge, forthcoming (with Linda Hutcheon).
"Displacement and Anxiety: Empire and Opera," Comparing Empires. Ed. Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer. London:Palgrave, 2004 (with Linda Hutcheon)