Christopher Carlsten, MD

Professor and Division Head of Respiratory Medicine
Department of Medicine

2775 Laurel St., 7th Floor
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, B.C.

Phone Number: 
(604) 875-4729
Fax Number: 
(604) 875-4727
Email Address: 

Dr. Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease and holds the Astra-Zeneca Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the University of British Columbia. He is the Director of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory and also holds adjunct positions at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (formerly James Hogg Research Centre).  

He attended undergraduate and medical school at Stanford University before training in internal, occupational, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. The Carlsten laboratory focuses on the respiratory and immunological health effects of inhaled environmental and occupational exposures, using diesel exhaust, western red cedar, and phthalates as model inhalants.

As Director of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at The Lung Centre (Vancouver General Hospital), Dr. Carlsten welcomes patients with concerns regarding occupational or environmental exposures contributing to respiratory disease including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cancer, and pleural disease.

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Education and Training

  • MD, Stanford University
  • Master of Public Health

Area of Interest

Air pollution health effects (focus: diesel exhaust, respiratory and immunologic effects, oxidative stress)

Controlled inhalation models (humans; 'in vivo')

Effects of complex inhaled exposures ('synergy'; complementing experimental with epidemiologic models)

Translational research (state-of-the-art lab methods within experiments that concretely address public health concerns)

Understanding effects of genetics on pollutant effect (gene-by-environment analysis, recognizing its limitations)

Selected Publications