About Us

Who We Are

The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) is Canada’s national inter-professional specialty society for respirology bringing together over 1,000 members representing specialists, physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines working in respiratory health.

The Canadian Thoracic Society was first formed in 1958 when the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, now The Lung Association, recognized the need to establish a medical association to address the problems of medical education and research in the field of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases.  Up until its incorporation as a distinct legal entity in 2015, the CTS served as the medical section of The Lung Association and remains a strong collaborating partner today.

Mission Statement

The Canadian Thoracic Society promotes lung health by enhancing the ability of healthcare professionals through leadership, collaboration, research, learning and advocacy, and providing the best respiratory practices in Canada.

Guiding Principles

  • Member driven
  • Evidence-based knowledge production and transfer
  • Transformation of care through education
  • Collaboration and partnership to achieve wider awareness and impact
  • Defined ways of working and governance

Key Strategic Orientations 2015-2020:

  1. Fostering innovation to promote evidence based clinical practice
  2. Providing state of the art professional education to transform lung healthcare
  3. Fostering cutting edge lung health research
  4. Developing the next generation of respiratory health professionals and researchers