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Ron C. Balkissoon, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine



Ron C. Balkissoon, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine



Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
1982 B.S. Life Sciences

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1985 D.I.H. Industrial Hygiene

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1988 M.D. Medicine
1996 M.Sc. Clinical Epidemiology



1982 Volunteer Science Teacher in Nigeria, West Africa – Crossroads International, Canada

1985 Industrial Hygienist, DIH four-month work term, Petro Canada, Calgary, Alberta

1990-91 Staff Physician (part-time) MCI Walkin Clinics, Toronto, Ontario

1991-94 Emergency Room Staff Physician, (part-time), West Haldimand Hospital, Haggersville, Ontario

1992-94 Critical Care Associate (part-time), Intensive Care Units, Hamilton Civic and Chedoke McMaster Hospitals, Hamilton, Ontario

1992-94 Staff Physician, (part-time), Internal Medicine, York Finch Hospital, Downsview, Ontario

1994 Staff Physician, (part-time), Internal Medicine, Scarborough Grace Hospital, Scarborough, Ontario

1995-present Staff Physician, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado


1993 Ontario Thoracic Society, Respirology Residents Research Award

1993-94 Ontario Thoracic Society Grant – Occupational Asthma: Measurement of Inflammatory Indices in Blood and Sputum

1993-94 Boehringer Ingelheim Research Fellowship

1995-97 Co-investigator, Lung Fibrosis in Plutonium Workers, RO-1 NIOSH 1-501-CCR 811855, (9/1/95 – 8/30/98), PI: Lee Newman

1995-97 Co-Investigator, Beryllium Natural History and Exposure Response, Cooperative Agreement, NIOSH (9/30/95 – 9/29/2000), PI: Lee Newman

1995-97 Co-Investigator, Immunopathogenesis of Beryllium Lung Disease, SCOR: Occupational and Immunologic Lung Disease Project, (11/1/95 – 10/30/96), PI: Lee Newman

1998-99 Principal Investigator, Latex Asthma: Assessment of Immune and Clinical Response to Latex and Glutaraldehyde/Formaldehyde Exposure. Cooperative Agreement with SafeSkin Corporation (8/98 – 8/99)

1999 Project Principal Investigator, Immunologic Basis of Environmental Lung Disease: Latex Antigen Levels During Powdered and Powderless Glove Use. Environmental Protection Agency Grant #R825702 (2/16/99 – 9/15/01)

 Rutka JT, Giblin JR, Balkissoon R, Wen D, Myatt CA, McCulloch JR, Rosenblum ML. Characterization of Fetal Human Brain Cultures. Development of a Potential Model for Selectively Purifying Human Glial Cells in Culture. Developmental Neuroscience 1987; 9(3):154-73. 

Balkissoon RC, Murray DJ, Hoffstein V. Alveolar Damage Due to Inhalation of Amitrol-Containing Herbicide. Chest 1992; 101(4):1174-76.

Balkissoon RC, Clelland L, Fields K, Whitehead L, Newhouse MT. A New Topical Anesthetic Delivery System versus Standard Spray Method for Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy. Canadian Respiratory Journal 1996; 3(3):176-180.

Harris J, Bartelson BB, Barker E, Balkissoon R, Kreiss K, Newman LS. Serum Neopterin in Chronic Beryllium Disease. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 1997; 32(1):21-26
Perkner JJ, Fennelly KP, Balkissoon R, Bartelson BB, Ruttenber AJ, Wood RP 2nd, Newman LS. Irritant-Associated Vocal Cord Dysfunction. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1998; 40(2):136-143

Balkissoon RC, Newman LS. Beryllium Copper Alloy (2%) Causes Chronic Beryllium Disease. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1999; 41(4):304-308.
Lemière C, Pizzichini MMM, Balkissoon R, Clelland L, Efthimiadis A, O'Shaughnessy D, Dolovich J, Hargreave FE. Diagnosing Occupational Asthma: Use of Induced Sputum. European Respiratory Journal 1999; 13: 482-488.
 Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: Abstracts of Clinical Care Guidelines – Commentary on Moira Chan Yeung and Jean-Luc Malo Article: Occupational Asthma. New England Journal of Medicine 333(2):107-112, July 13, 1995.

Balkissoon RC. Occupational Airway Diseases. In: Pulmonary and Respiratory Therapy Secrets P E Parsons MD, JE Heffner MD eds.; Hanley and Belfus (Mosby) 1997.

Balkissoon RC. Evaluation of Pulmonary Disability. In: UpToDate in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine (CD-ROM). Rose BD, Weinberger SE eds.; 1997.
Balkissoon RC, Newman LS. Occupational Asthma. In: Medscape:Respiratory Care (CD-ROM). Bierman C.W. ed. (In press).