2010 INDUCTEE James Hogg, MD PhD Lungs


December 3, 1935

(Winnipeg, Manitoba)


MD, University of Manitoba (1962)
PhD, McGill University (1969)

Awards & Honours:

2014 : Order of British Columbia

2013 : Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

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Produced ground-breaking insights for our understanding of COPD

James Hogg

A passionate and innovative scientist in the field lung research

An outstanding researcher, teacher, lecturer and colleague, Dr. Hogg has arguably had a greater influence on the medical community’s knowledge of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma than any other individual worldwide. His revolutionary research of the inflammation of the smaller airways profoundly change scientists’ and physicians’ understanding of COPD. Over his long career, Dr. Hogg’s research has remained focused on the mechanisms and anatomical sites of obstructive lung disease.

Key Facts

Advanced our knowledge of how the lung works in health and disease, including the pathophysiology of asthma and the harmful effects of smoking and pollution

Grew UBC’s centre for pulmonary and cardiovascular research from one trainee to 120 every year and from two principal investigators to more than 30

Conducted genetic research with Dr. Avrum Spira related to COPD, which has pointed to a potential cure

Published over 700 referred articles, book chapters, and abstracts

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Impact on lives today

According to Health Canada, more than 700,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with COPD. Early diagnosis and treatment of COPD is crucial for it to be effective as COPD can develop and remain undetected for years. Dr. Hogg’s groundbreaking research in pulmonary disease allows physicians to recognize the condition faster and has enhanced their understanding of its pathogenesis and treatment.

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  • Hogg, James Induction

    James Hogg inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    Calgary, Alberta

  • Dr. Hogg became the Director of Research at UBC’s Pulmonary Research Laboratories

    In 2003, the laboratory was named the James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research.

  • James Hogg 1977

    In the midst of a successful academic career at McGill, Dr. Hogg was recruited to the University of British Columbia, and particularly St. Paul’s Hospital

    There he built a world-renowned centre for pulmonary and cardiovascular research.

  • Dr. Hogg became an Assistant Professor of Pathology at McGill University

    Only four years later, he was named The Miranda Fraser Professor of Pathology.

  • Dr. Hogg traveled to the United States to pursue post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a resident in anatomic pathology

    He returned to Canada a year later and completed a residency at McGill in the same field.

  • Dr. James Hogg first published his revolutionary idea that the focus of COPD should not be on the large airways but rather on the smaller ones

    Lungs, Lungs

    Numerous ground-breaking studies followed—both his and those of other investigators—that verified the accuracy of Dr. Hogg’s hypothesis.

  • During his PhD program at McGill University, Dr. Hogg was thoroughly trained in lung morphometry, stereology, respiratory physiology and pathophysiology

    He later expanded his experimental toolkit by learning the principles of molecular biology and high resolution lung imagining giving him an unrivaled set of skills.


He has the perfect storm of skills to pursue his own research and to teach others.