Paul O’Byrne, MB, FRCP(C), FRSC

Department of Medicine, Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Paul M. 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 are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma with particular reference to the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation. 

Dr. O’Byrne is currently the E.J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. He is also the Executive Director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers, including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, AJRCCM, JACI and Journal of Immunology. He has authored 96 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 Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, and was awarded the European Respiratory Society Congress Award and Medal in 2011. He was appointed a Distinguished Professor at McMaster University in 2015.

Dr. O’Byrne is the past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), is Associate Editor of Thorax, Chest and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology.