Dr. François Maltais is a pulmonologist at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec where he is the current chief of the pulmonary and thoracic surgery department. He is a professor at the Faculté de médecine at Université Laval, and in 2009, he became the research chair on COPD at the same university. His major interests include the physiopathology of exercise intolerance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary rehabilitation. His research, which is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s premier funding agency for health research, is focused on understanding the mechanism of limb muscle dysfunction in COPD. In 2006, he won the Romain Pauwels Award and in 2016, the COPD Gold Medal, both given by the European Respiratory Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of COPD. Dr. Maltais has authored or co-authored 300 scientific publications, and he regularly speaks at international conferences.