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Shawn Aaron, MD, FRCPC
613-737-8899 ext. 74729

Dr. Shawn Aaron
Professor, University of Ottawa
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON
K1H 8L6

Phone: 613-737-8899 ext. 74729
Fax: 613-739-6807

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World-first trial shows benefits of finding, treating undiagnosed asthma and COPD
May 19, 2024 - "It's estimated that 70 per cent of people with asthma or COPD go undiagnosed. This is the first study to prove that treating those people makes a real difference to their health and quality of life."
Undiagnosed asthma and COPD a burden for patients, even in early stages
December 6, 2023 - Adults with undiagnosed COPD or asthma have worse quality of life, greater healthcare use and are less productive at work than healthy adults.
“Super-collaborator” helps patients breathe easier
November 9, 2023 - Dr. Shawn Aaron is receiving The Ottawa Hospital’s Grimes Career Achievement Award for practice-changing research in COPD and other chronic lung diseases
Spirometry can’t catch all asthma diagnoses
January 4, 2023 - A study led by Dr. Shawn Aaron suggests that asthma and eosinophilic bronchitis may be undiagnosed in a significant number of people who have symptoms, but have normal spirometry lung function tests.
Questionnaire can find people with undiagnosed asthma, COPD
June 2, 2022 - A team led by Dr. Shawn Aaron developed and validated a tool published in the European Respiratory Journal that can detect undiagnosed asthma and COPD in adults with symptoms.
Decision tool identifies which patients with COPD are at risk of death, serious complications
December 3, 2018 - A made-in-Ottawa decision tool can help emergency physicians identify which patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at high risk of serious complications including death. The Ottawa COPD Risk Scale is better than current practice ...
Top Research Papers from The Ottawa Hospital 2015-2017
June 7, 2018 - Did you know that researchers at The Ottawa Hospital publish an average of four new scientific papers every single day? Our research is advancing science and improving health on a massive scale – both at home and around the world. The list below ...
Dr. Shawn Aaron awarded $4.2 million for research on asthma, COPD
October 24, 2017 - Dr. Shawn Aaron has been awarded a prestigious Foundation Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, worth $4.2 million over seven years. While Dr. Aaron has recently received world-wide attention for his research on asthma over-diagn
Retired nurse breathes easily after study finds she was misdiagnosed with asthma
March 23, 2017 - Becky Hollingsworth was one of 613 Canadians who took part in a study that found one third of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not have it. Thanks to a random phone call, Becky Hollingsworth got to be part of a study that found she did n
Ottawa Heart Failure Risk Scale could save lives and reduce adverse events
March 16, 2017 - More than one million people come to Canadian and U.S. emergency departments each year with acute heart failure. Many of these people will experience a serious adverse event, such as death, within a few months. Dr. Ian Stiell and his colleagues d
Study finds 33% of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not have it
January 17, 2017 - A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 33 percent of adults recently diagnosed with asthma by their physicians did not have active asthma. Over 90 percent of these patients were able to stop ...
Ottawa COPD Risk Scale could save Ontario $115M over 3 years
February 18, 2015 - An economic analysis recently published by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) finds that the Ottawa COPD Risk Scale, developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and colleagues, could save Ontario’s health-care system as much as $115M over three year
Campaign launched to raise $50 million for research
November 5, 2014 - Researchers gathered along with corporate and community supporters at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum this past Wednesday for the unveiling of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s most ambitious research campaign to date: TLR. TLR stands for “Tender
Ottawa Hospital researchers to lead new national respiratory and vascular networks
February 24, 2014 - Ottawa, Canada — Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa are leading two of three national health research networks announced today at The Ottawa Hospital by Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose. The Cana
New tool identifies high-risk lung patients: Ottawa COPD Risk Scale
February 18, 2014 - A new clinical decision tool developed in Ottawa will help emergency physicians everywhere identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at risk of serious complications or death. The Ottawa COPD Risk Scale was published
Asthma may be over-diagnosed by up to 30 per cent, according to Canadian research study
November 17, 2008 - A new research study suggests that asthma may be over-diagnosed by up to 30 per cent in Canadian adults. The study, led by Ottawa researcher Dr. Shawn Aaron, examined 496 people from eight Canadian cities who reported receiving a diagnosis of ...