Susan Tarlo


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Susan Tarlo is a respiratory physician with main clinical and research interest in respiratory allergic responses, and occupational respiratory diseases. She has a primary appointment at the University Health Network, Toronto Western Hospital, with a cross appointment at St. Michael’s Hospital, and has clinical activities at both sites. She has research appointments at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto. She is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto with a cross-appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a member of the Centre for Research Excellence in Occupational Diseases, St Michael’s Hospital.

She has over 180 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in the area of occupational and allergic respiratory diseases, especially work-related asthma. Recent research has included a focus on prevention of work related asthma. She has also authored the chapter on occupational lung diseases in Cecil Textbook of Medicine 24th and 25th editions, was first author of a recent review of occupational asthma in the New England Journal of Medicine, and has co-authored the BMJ Point-of Care Epocrates web monograph on occupational asthma since 2009, with yearly updates. She has given the 2012 Canadian Thoracic Society Christie Lecture and is the 2015 Mastromatteo Orator for the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada.

Please note: Dr. Tarlo is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Chang, AB, Oppenheimer, JJ, Rubin, BK, Weinberger, M, Irwin, RS, CHEST Expert Cough Panel et al.. Chronic Cough Related to Acute Viral Bronchiolitis in Children. Chest. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.04.019. PubMed PMID:29704475 .
  2. Tarlo, SM, Maestrelli, P. Precision medicine in the area of work-related asthma. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;18 (3):277-279. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000436. PubMed PMID:29561358 .
  3. Chan, FL, House, R, Kudla, I, Lipszyc, JC, Rajaram, N, Tarlo, SM et al.. Health survey of employees regularly using 3D printers. Occup Med (Lond). 2018;68 (3):211-214. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqy042. PubMed PMID:29538712 .
  4. Bhatawadekar, SA, Keller, G, Francisco, CO, Inman, MD, Fredberg, JJ, Tarlo, SM et al.. Reduced Baseline Airway Caliber Relates to Larger Airway Sensitivity to Rostral Fluid Shift in Asthma. Front Physiol. 2017;8 :1012. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.01012. PubMed PMID:29311954 PubMed Central PMC5733084.
  5. Field, SK, Escalante, P, Fisher, DA, Ireland, B, Irwin, RS, CHEST Expert Cough Panel et al.. Cough Due to TB and Other Chronic Infections: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2018;153 (2):467-497. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.11.018. PubMed PMID:29196066 .
  6. Irwin, RS, French, CL, Chang, AB, Altman, KW, CHEST Expert Cough Panel*. Classification of Cough as a Symptom in Adults and Management Algorithms: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2018;153 (1):196-209. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.10.016. PubMed PMID:29080708 .
  7. House, R, Rajaram, N, Tarlo, SM. Case report of asthma associated with 3D printing. Occup Med (Lond). 2017;67 (8):652-654. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqx129. PubMed PMID:29016991 .
  8. Lipszyc, JC, Silverman, F, Holness, DL, Liss, GM, Lavoie, KL, Tarlo, SM et al.. Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma. Occup Med (Lond). 2017;67 (6):477-483. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqx100. PubMed PMID:28898964 .
  9. Tarlo, SM, Malo, JL, de Blay, F, Le Moual, N, Henneberger, P, Heederik, D et al.. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: Presentations and Discussion of the Sixth Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017;14 (9):1361-1372. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201706-508ST. PubMed PMID:28862493 PubMed Central PMC5745582.
  10. Malesker, MA, Callahan-Lyon, P, Ireland, B, Irwin, RS, CHEST Expert Cough Panel. Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Treatment for Acute Cough Associated With the Common Cold: CHEST Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2017;152 (5):1021-1037. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.08.009. PubMed PMID:28837801 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, Respiratory Division with cross appointment Occupational Medicine Division and Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, UHN (primary location, Toronto Western Hospital) and cross appointment to St Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto