The impact that asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has on patients and health systems has become increasingly evident over the last decade. There are significant efforts underway, both provincially and nationally, towards improving outcomes for this patient population. During my time on faculty, I have developed clinical and research interests in both diseases with the goal of delivering the highest quality of care and resulting improved quality of life to my patients.
Dr. Mohit Bhutani’s achievements in the clinical, research and educational aspects of respiratory diseases have contributed to his recognition as a leading member of the respiratory community. Dr. Bhutani completed his medical degree and core internal medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2004. He joined the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta as assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine in 2005. He was promoted to associate professor of medicine in 2011 and professor in 2019.
Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Bhutani has been an active member of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He was associate program director of the Pulmonary Fellowship Program from 2005-2017. He is the director of the Asthma and COPD clinics and a member of the executive of the Alberta Research Center. Provincially, he has been involved with the Alberta Health Services Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network since 2011 and, since 2014, has co-chaired the Airways Working Group of the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network (RHSCN).The primary aim of the RHSCN is to improve and standardize the delivery of respiratory care to all patients in both urban and rural settings. Nationally, he chairs the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Adult Respiratory Examination Board and the Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Clinical Assembly (Canada’s National COPD Guidelines Committee). He has been involved with Alberta Health Services’ Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network since 2011.
His past leadership positions include that of chair of the Scientific Committee of the 2018 Canadian Respiratory Conference.
Dr. Bhutani is actively involved in the education of future health care professionals and delivers lectures to students in both undergraduate and post-graduate training. He supervises trainees’ research projects and assesses clinical aptitude for qualification for graduate, medical and speciality degrees. He has received several awards from medical students and core internal medicine residents for his teaching and mentorship over the years. He is current chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Adult Respiratory Exam board. He is also involved in delivering continuing medical education sessions around Alberta.
Dr. Bhutani’s research in COPD and asthma has garnered many provincial and national research awards and he has been involved in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of new drug therapies. His endeavors have secured more than $2.4 million dollars in research funding to date. His research work has been published in high impact journals such as The Journal of Physiology, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, CHEST and New England Journal of Medicine. Currently, he is chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Clinical Assembly (Canada’s National COPD guidelines committee and has co-authored three International COPD guidelines. As a result of his work, he has been asked to present at many conferences and accredited courses nationally and internationally. He is an ad hoc reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Bhutani provides direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of Alberta Hospital and University Lung Clinic. He is medical director of the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program “Breathing for Health.”