Paul M. O’byrneMB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FRCPE, FRCP(Glasg), FAPC, FCCP, FERS, FRSC
Dr. Paul M. O’Byrne is the dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and the dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He is also a Distinguished University Professor of Medicine of McMaster, a world-renowned researcher, and a practicing respirologist. He became dean and vice-president in July 2016 after 14 years as chair of the Faculty’s largest department, the Department of Medicine. O’Byrne obtained his medical degree at University College, Dublin, Ireland, and his training in Internal medicine and respiratory medicine at McMaster University. He undertook research training at both McMaster and the Cardiovascular Research Institute in San Francisco, California. He joined the faculty at McMaster in 1984.
His research interests are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, particularly the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed papers, including papers in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature Medicine, AJRCCM, JACI and Journal of Immunology. He has authored 98 book chapters and edited 12 books.