FIRH Clinic

The Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH) conducts research to increase understanding of respiratory health and disease through collaborative basic and clinical investigations with the expectation of improving patient care. Research is wide-ranging, from basic studies of animal models of lung disease (asthma, COPD, fibrosis) to clinical trials and epidemiological studies such as the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study (CHILD) birth cohort study, for which the FIRH is hosting the coordinating center.

Specialized facilities have been established at the FIRH, such as the Sputum Research Laboratory and the Aerosol Research Laboratory. Scientists at the FIRH are performing studies of bone marrow progenitor cells, airway peptide challenges, electrophysiological studies of airway smooth muscle cells, chronic allergen challenges, preclinical models of lung injury and repair, and more.

The research productivity of FIRH is attested to by the high quality and impact of the peer-reviewed publications.

Notable achievements by FIRH scientists in the respiratory field

  • FIRH methodologies have become the international standard in the development of indirect methods to study airway inflammation by non-invasive techniques.
  • Firestone scientists developed the most widely used methods of bronchial provocations using inhaled histamine, methacholine and allergens.
  • The Aerochamber™ valved holding chamber for MDI aerosols, used internationally to improve delivery of inhaled medication, was developed by FIRH faculty.
  • Firestone scientists (in 1989) developed the first Canadian guidelines for the treatment of asthma; these subsequently had a significant impact on the development of international guidelines



In order to be referred to the Firestone Clinic, healthcare providers may download a referral form here: General Referral Form or Lung DAP / Esophageal DAP or Adverse Reactions Clinic

Please fax the form or referral letter to the Firestone Clinic at 905-523-5864.

Registration at the Firestone Clinic

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment to leave time for parking and registration.

Please enter FIRH Level 1, take a number and be seated until your number is called. FIRH is located in the Juravinski Innovation Tower, Level 1 close to the main lobby and Tim Horton’s.

Contact information

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Ave E.
The Firestone Clinic
Hamilton, Ontario

Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext 36000
Fax: 905-523-5864

Sub-specialties currently housed in the Firestone Clinic

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Allergy Clinic: Allergy assessment and testing

Severe Asthma: Access to specialized care for the severe asthma patient

Esophageal Diagnostic Assessment Program (EDAP): Directed at patients with suspected esophageal cancer

Lung Diagnostic Assessment Program (LDAP): Directed at patients with suspected lung cancer

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD): Providing multi-disciplinary care to patients with Interstitial Lung Disease such as Pulmonary Fibrosis

Head and Neck: Directed at patients who require hospital admission for diseases of ear, nose and throat

Pleural Spaces ClinicDirected at patients with pleural effusions

Pleural Nodules ClinicDirected at patients with small lung nodules

Respiratory RehabilitationInpatient and outpatient components for Respiratory Rehabilitation

Sleep MedicineDiagnosis and therapy for sleep disorders and disturbances

Thoracic Surgery: Directed at patients seeking medical treatment for diseases of the lung, esophagus and mediasinum

Tuberculosis Clinic: Regional program run jointly with Public Health

Procedures available at the FIRH Clinic

* You may be scheduled for a specific procedure during your visit to the Firestone Clinic.

Details about the various tests and instructions:

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