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Owen Lyons, MB BCh BAO, MRCPI

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Affiliate Scientist, UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Respirology, University of Toronto
Respirologist and Sleep Physician, Women's College Hospital and University Health Network

Dr. Owen Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Respirologist and Sleep Physician at Women’s College Hospital and the University Health Network. He obtained his medical degree from the National University of Ireland and went on to complete internal medicine and respirology training in Ireland. Subsequently, he completed sub-specialty clinical training in weaning, home mechanical ventilation and sleep medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London, before taking up a staff position there. He was the inaugural recipient of the Peter Macklem Joint Fellowship award from the Canadian Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society in 2012, which facilitated his move to Toronto where he completed a 3 year clinical research fellowship in sleep medicine at UHN. His main research focus is on the role of fluid overload in the pathogenesis of sleep apnea in renal disease patients. His other research interests are in the pathophysiology and treatment of sleep apnea in cardiovascular disease, in particular atrial fibrillation, and in the pathophysiology of sleep-related breathing disorders in chronic lung disease. His research has been published in high impact journals such as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the European Respiratory Journal.

Select Awards

  • Peter Macklem Research Fellowship, Canadian Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (2012)
  • The Dr. Gregory Downey Science Award, University of Toronto (2014)
  • The Joseph M. West Family Memorial Fund Postgraduate Research Award, University of Toronto (2014)


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MB BCh BAO (Medical Degree), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2000

MRCPI, Member of Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, 2003

Areas of Interest

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Disorders

Respiratory Medicine

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)