Dr. Israel Amirav, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Program Director, Pediatric Respirology Residency Training Program
Staff Respirologist, Stollery Children's Hospital
amirav@ualberta.ca


Biography

Clinical 

I am an active Pediatric Respirologist at the Stollery Children Hospital. I have introduced to our routine clinical work the use of exhaled and nasal NO for evaluation, diagnosis and management of asthma and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia. I have also introduced the use of High Speed Video Microscopy to evaluate ciliary function in patients with respiratory diseases. I have been involved in introducing EMR technologies and their evaluation in the routine Respirologist' clinical work.

Education

I am currently the Program Director for education in the Pediatric Respirology Division. I am involved in developing clinical guidelines for aerosol delivery in various circumstances.

Research

I have interest in 4 major areas:

  • Aerosol delivery- I have been involved in research and development of various aerosol devices for infants and children. I have patented and developed few aerosol devices. For example the current Soother Mask which is now distributed in the US and Canada, incorporates the baby soother into the mask, thus overcoming the common resistance of infants to the use of aerosol face masks.
  • Ciliary Diseases- I am involved in various studies about PCD and other cilia related diseases such as congenital heart diseases and mid-brain anomalies. 
  • Asthma- I am involved in various clinical studies of asthma in children. Example - management of acute asthma episodes at home, attitudes and perception of parents receiving a copy of their child with asthma visit letter. 
  • Global Health- I am involved in various efforts to better diagnose pneumonia in developing countries, as well as improving efficiency of therapeutic oxygen delivery in these circumstances.