Dr. Dina Brooks Receives the Canadian Lung Association’s 2016 Honourary Life Membership Award

Department of Physical Therapy Professor Dr. Brooks is recognized for her leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of The Lung Association.

The 2016 Honourary Life Membership Award honours Dr. Brooks’ dedication to improving lung health. Dr. Brooks is a committed volunteer with both the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP).

As a physical therapist and a senior scientist at Westpark Healthcare Centre, her many clinical trials exploring the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation are changing the way we treat lung disease.

Photo of Dr. Dina Brooks“Throughout a distinguished career as a therapist, research scientist and professional leader, Dina Brooks has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those living with lung disease and making Canada a better place to breathe. On behalf of the one in five Canadians who struggle to breathe, I salute this outstanding lung health champion.”
-George Habib, president and CEO, Ontario Lung Association


Dr. Brooks is the current Chair Elect on the ORCS Provincial Committee, and has provided leadership through her service since 1992. She is a member of the Editorial Board, a past co-editor and contributor to ORCS publications, a member of the Education Committee and a presenter at the Better Breathing conference and regional seminars.

At the national level, Dr. Brooks has contributed to The Lung Association as Chair and Past Chair of the Leadership Council of CRHP. She leads the Circle of Champions as a spokesperson and avid campaigner for Breathing as One (the campaign for lung research), and is a co-chair of the Canadian Respiratory Conference as well as a presenter.

Dr. Brooks has also demonstrated international leadership in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation as the Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She is a Scientific Editor of Physiotherapy Canada, and was a member of the CIHR Advisory Board of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. Her innovative research has led to significant improvement in patient care and deepened our understanding of the basic mechanisms of respiratory disease.

“I am thrilled to receive this Honourary Life Membership. The Canadian Lung Association is a huge supporter of my work, and through our collaborative efforts we are paving the way towards improved pulmonary rehabilitation.”-Dr. Brooks

As a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of Toronto, Dr. Brooks continues to educate and mentor students, while contributing to improvements in knowledge and practice. Both professionally and through her volunteer efforts, Dr. Brooks has been engaged tirelessly to improve lung health in Canada.