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. Henneberger, PK, Patel, JR, de Groene, GJ, Beach, J, Tarlo, SM, Pal, TM et al.. Workplace interventions for treatment of occupational asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019;10 :CD006308. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006308.pub4. PubMed PMID:31593318 PubMed Central PMC6781842.
  2. Ho, A, Zaltzman, J, Hare, GMT, Chen, L, Fu, L, Tarlo, SM et al.. Severe and near-fatal anaphylactic reactions triggered by chlorhexidine-coated catheters in patients undergoing renal allograft surgery: a case series. Can J Anaesth. 2019;66 (12):1483-1488. doi: 10.1007/s12630-019-01441-5. PubMed PMID:31264193 .
  3. Chan, FL, Merchant, AA, Breede, N, Lipszyc, JC, House, R, Tarlo, SM et al.. Chlorhexidine skin symptoms and allergy in dialysis patients and nurses. Clin. Exp. Allergy. 2019;49 (8):1158-1162. doi: 10.1111/cea.13440. PubMed PMID:31125463 .
  4. Hill, AT, Gold, PM, El Solh, AA, Metlay, JP, Ireland, B, Irwin, RS et al.. Response. Chest. 2019;155 (5):1082-1083. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.02.014. PubMed PMID:31060697 .
  5. Chang, AB, Oppenheimer, JJ, Kahrilas, PJ, Kantar, A, Rubin, BK, Weinberger, M et al.. Chronic Cough and Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2019;156 (1):131-140. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.03.035. PubMed PMID:31002783 PubMed Central PMC6859246.
  6. Lau, A, Tarlo, SM. Update on the Management of Occupational Asthma and Work-Exacerbated Asthma. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2019;11 (2):188-200. doi: 10.4168/aair.2019.11.2.188. PubMed PMID:30661311 PubMed Central PMC6340795.
  7. Li, RWH, Lipszyc, JC, Prasad, S, Tarlo, SM. Work-related asthma from cleaning agents versus other agents. Occup Med (Lond). 2018;68 (9):587-592. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqy137. PubMed PMID:30423151 .
  8. Moore, A, Harnden, A, Grant, CC, Patel, S, Irwin, RS, CHEST Expert Cough Panel et al.. Clinically Diagnosing Pertussis-associated Cough in Adults and Children: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2019;155 (1):147-154. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.09.027. PubMed PMID:30321509 PubMed Central PMC6859243.
  9. Hill, AT, Gold, PM, El Solh, AA, Metlay, JP, Ireland, B, Irwin, RS et al.. Adult Outpatients With Acute Cough Due to Suspected Pneumonia or Influenza: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2019;155 (1):155-167. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.09.016. PubMed PMID:30296418 PubMed Central PMC6859244.
  10. Birring, SS, Kavanagh, JE, Irwin, RS, Keogh, KA, Lim, KG, Ryu, JH et al.. Treatment of Interstitial Lung Disease Associated Cough: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. Chest. 2018;154 (4):904-917. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.06.038. PubMed PMID:30036496 .
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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