Dr. Shawn Aaron is a respirologist with special research and clinical interests in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF). His research has been focused on investigating acute pulmonary exacerbations of these diseases, with a specific interest in the critical assessment of interventions designed to prevent exacerbations and improve the diagnosis and treatment of exacerbations of COPD and CF. His other major interest is health services research related to the correct diagnosis and treatment of obstructive lung diseases in Canadian communities.

Dr. Aaron is Principal Investigator and Director of The Canadian Respiratory Research Network, a CIHR Emerging Research Network whose goal is to bring together researchers across disciplines to work together in a coordinated fashion in order to improve understanding of the origins and progression of chronic airway diseases in Canada. He is a Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Aaron received his M.D.C.M. from McGill University, then trained in internal medicine, respiratory medicine and critical care medicine at the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1996 and obtained his MSc degree in epidemiology from the University of Ottawa in 1999.