Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences & UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine
Respiratory Evaluation Sciences Program

Don Sin

MD, FRCP, MPH | Co-investigator


Biography Notable Works

Dr. Don Sin is the Canada Research Chair in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and the head of Respiratory Medicine at Providence Health Care in Vancouver. According to Expertscape, he is the #1 medical expert in COPD across North America and 2nd in the world ( He has published 300 peer-reviewed articles and has written numerous editorials and book chapters. He has published in the Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, and New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. He serves on the scientific committee of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) initiative (2009-present). His main research focus is to discover novel biomarkers to improve the care and diagnosis of patients with COPD, which currently is the 3rd leading cause of death worldwide. He serves as an editorial board member of several respiratory journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Journal of COPD Foundation and European Respiratory Journal. He is an associate editor of Thorax.


  • MD University of Alberta 1991
  • Residency in respiratory medicine University of Alberta 1995
  • MPH Harvard University 1997


  • Biomarker discovery
  • COPD
  • biostatistics
  • epidemiology
  • health outcomes
  • heart- lung interactions
  • lung inflammation and atherosclerosis


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