The Canadian Hepatopulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Program is a unique specialized Canadian clinical and research program for patients with hepatopulmonary syndrome.
The program started with the Toronto HPS Clinic in 2005, which is part of the Rare Lung Diseases program at St. Michael’s Hospital. The Toronto HPS clinic saw approximately 200 patients referred for this disease between 2005-2015. In 2007, the program expanded to include the Montréal HPS Clinic at Hotel-Dieu Hospital. Our clinics specialize in the diagnosis and care of patients with HPS, as well as cutting-edge research in this field.
Dr. Samir Gupta
Medical Director of the Canadian Hepatopulmonary Program
Samir Gupta is a clinician-scientist, an adjunct scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed a his Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and a fellowship in Knowledge Translation methodology. His main research interests are in rare lung diseases, particularly liver-lung interactions and the hepatopulmonary syndrome. He also has an interest in knowledge translation in primary care across the spectrum of respiratory illness, with the use of electronic tools in particular, and in the area of asthma in particular. He serves as a Vice-Chair of the Canadian Respiratory Guidelines Committee and head of the Rare Lung Disease Research Program at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Clinical Research Coordinator
You may be approached by Stephanie for participation in one of our ongoing studies during your visit to the clinic. She has been with the program since 2018.
Clinical Research Coordinator
You may be approached by Katherine for participation in one of our ongoing studies during your visit to the clinic. She has been with the program since 2012.
Anouk Gackowski is the clinic coordinator and nurse at the Montreal HPS clinic. She can answer questions about your testing and appointments. You can also contact her if you are feeling unwell and would like to communicate with Dr. Gupta. She joined the program in 2012.
Sandra is Dr. Gupta’s administrative Assistant. She can answer questions about your testing and appointments. You can also contact her if you are feeling unwell and would like to communicate with Dr. Gupta. She joined the program in 2018.
RRT, Registered Respiratory Therapist
Eva is one of the pulmonary function staff at the Toronto HPS Clinic. She may do your breathing tests, walk tests, and arterial blood gas tests.
Lee is the respirology clinic nurse, who will help you at the time of clinic appointments.
Pulmonary Function Lab Staff
RRT, Registered Respiratory Therapists
Our pulmonary function staff will see you during your clinic visit. They will do your breathing tests, walk tests, and arterial blood gas tests.
There are several different groups that the Canadian Hepatopulmonary Syndrome Clinic has an opportunity to collaborate with to improve the care of our patients. Click on any of the logos below to visit the websites of our key collaborators.