Dr. Irene Telias

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Dr. Irene Telias

Attending Physician, Toronto Western Hospital

Academic Rank
Assistant Professor

Position Title
Clinician Scientist

Medical/Professional Qualifications

Department of Medicine, University Health Network

Dr Irene Telias is a trained Intensivist and Internist from Argentina who continued her clinical training and academic career in Critical Care Medicine at the University Health Network-Sinai Health System and St. Michael´s Hospital in Toronto. She obtained her PhD at the Institute of Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Laurent Brochard (https://research.unityhealth.to/labs/laurent-brochard/). She was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Clinician-Scientist working at Toronto Western Hospital MSNICU.

Her research is focused on understanding the determinants, physiological, and clinical consequences of abnormal patient-ventilator interactions during early mechanical ventilation. Additionally, she contributed to the understanding of neural aspects of the control of breathing. Other research interests include developing innovative, automated, monitoring techniques for modulating control of breathing in critically ill subjects and the interaction between mechanical ventilation and sleep. To this end, she is invested in knowledge translation through collaboration with start-up companies and mechanical ventilation companies internationally to implement these innovative bedside tools for monitoring complex patient-ventilator interactions. Finally, she is also invested in developing and testing new complex clinical interventions based on physiological principles for setting mechanical ventilation to avoid harm in this context (CAVIARDS – RCT // PRACTICAL PLATFORM TRIAL).

Area of Academic Focus
Applied respiratory physiology
Mechanical ventilation



Twitter: @irene_telias


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Dr. Irene Telias

Clinical and Research Fellow

Medical/professional qualifications

Adult Critical Care Fellowship program, University of Toronto (University Health Network and St. Michael’s Hospital)


Dr Irene Telias was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed medical school at the University of Buenos Aires. She is a specialist in Internal and Critical Care Medicine. She has been a fellow in Toronto from 2015 to 2017, initially as a clinical fellow and then as a combined research and clinical fellow. She is back in Toronto doing a clinical and research fellowship while she pursues a Msc-PhD focused on applied respiratory physiology at the University of Toronto

Area of academic interests
Respiratory physiology, more specifically respiratory effort during mechanical ventilation and its influence on ventilation induced lung injury and diaphragmatic dysfunction.

Honours and Awards
Garner King Award, Best Clinical of Quality Improvement Project. IMproving PAtient Consenting Transparency: A Quality Improvement Project. Critical Care Canada Forum, 2016. Toronto, Canada

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