Dr. Christopher Licskai, BSc., MD, FRCPC

Rank / Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Medicine


  • Undergraduate, McMaster University
  • MD, University of Toronto
  • Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Respirology, University of Toronto

Clinical Interest

  • Asthma
  • Air Quality and Health

Research Interest

  • Knowledge Translation
  • Advancing integrated care models
  • Building high performing health teams
  • m-Health solutions to improve health outcomes for people with chronic respiratory disease
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Complex airways disease

Research Funding

  • Spread and Scale of the Best Care COPD Program Across the South West LIHN - South West Local Health Integrations Network
  • A Mechannistic Pilot Open - Label Study to Evaluate the Effect of Benralizumab on Airway Function and Inflammation in Patients with Severe, poorly-controlled Eosinophilic Asthma using Inhaled Hyperpolarized 129/e MRI (AEROFLO) - AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
  • Access to Interprofessional Primary Care Teams Evergreen - Ontario Ministy of Health and Long-Term care
  • Health Services Ulilization ink Patients with COPD - Faculty of Health Sciences
  • A novel Asthma eHealth Application for self-management, improved healty literacy and shared decision making - Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Influence of Sex Hormones on Associaton sof CRTh2 Gene Variants and Asthma - Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Undiagnosed COPD and Asthma Population study (UCAP) - Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Opportunities Fund: Professor of Heath Systems Innovation - Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO)
  • Breathe and Breathe Again - building an mHealth Portfolio in Respiratory Disease - Ontario Lung Associaton
  • Breathe and Breathe Again - building an mHealth Portfolio in Respiratory Disease - Federal Economic Development AGency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontairo)
  • Structure - Function MRI of Asthma - Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • FHT Primary Care Innovation Collaborative Lung Health Program, Evergreen - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Primary Care Asthma Program Windsor - Essex, Evergreen - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Professorship in Health System Innovation - Western University, Amoso Opportunities Fund




2017 Routley Challenge Shield Award to ECMS, This award is given to the Branch Society which, through its programs and activities, most adequately fulfills the objectives of service to its members, its community, and the medical profession. Type: Distinction, Collaborator, Provincial, Ontario, Canada

2016 Best Primary Care Abstract, International meeting with 22,000 delegates, European Respiratory Society, Type: Distinction, Principal Investigator, International, London, London, City of, United Kingdom

2016 Amoso Opportunities Fund, Professorship in Health System Innovation, Western University, Type: Distinction, Principal Investigator, National, London, Ontario, Canada

2014 ACE Award (Achievement Commitment Excellence) - Partner Relations Award, Value Demonstrating Initiative on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Type: Distinction, Provincial, Ontario, Canada

2013 The Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety, Honourable Mention - Team Category: Comprehensive Regional Respiratory Care Program, Type: Distinction, Comprehensive Regional Respiratory Care Program Lead, Provincial, London, Ontario, Canada

2003 - 2012 USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, Level: Undergraduate, For excellence in teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education, Scope: Faculty, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Medicine, Respirology, London, Ontario, Canada



Journal Article

1. Licskai, C., Morita, P. Yeung, M. Ferrone, M. Taite, A. Madeley, C. Stevens Lavigne, A. To, T. Lougheed, M. Gupta, S. Day, A. Cafazza, J. Breathe for Asthma - Version 1. Canada Health Infoway, 2019 Jul, Senior Responsible Author, Available from: https://www.infoway-inforoute.ca/en/component/edocman/resources/videos/innovation-patient-access/1908-breathe-a-canadian-asthma-app

2. Ferrone M, Masciantonio MG, Malus N, Stitt L, O’Callahan T, Roberts Z, Johnson L, Samson J, Durocher L, Ferrari M, Reilly M, Griffiths K, Licskai CJ, Primary Care Innovation Collaborative. The impact of integrated disease management in high-risk COPD patients in primary care. NPJ Prim Care Respir Med, 2019 Mar 28; 29 (1): 8, Senior Responsible Author, DOI: 10.1038/s41533-019-0119-9.

3. Morita PP, Yeung MS, Ferrone M, Taite AK, Madeley C, Stevens Lavigne A, To T, Lougheed MD, Gupta S, Day AG, Cafazzo JA, Licskai C. A Patient-Centered Mobile Health System That Supports Asthma Self-Management (breathe): Design, Development, and Utilization. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 2019 Jan 28; 7 (1): e10956, Senior Responsible Author, DOI: 10.2196/10956.

5. Lougheed, M. D. Taite, A. ten Hove, J. Morra, A. van Dam, A. Ducharme, F. Ferrone, M. Gershon, A. Goodridge, D. Graham, B. Gupta, S. Licskai, C., MacPherson, A. Styling, G. Tamari, I. E. To, T.  on behalf of the Canadian Thoracic Society’s Pan-Canadian Respiratory Standards Initiative for Electronic Health Records (PRESTINE) Steering Committee. Pan-Canadian Asthma and COPD Standards for Electronic Health Records: Expert Working Group Report. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine 2018, 2018 Aug 25, Coauthor

6. To, T. Zhu, J. Gray, N. Feldman, L. Villeneuve, P. Licskai, C., Gershon, A. Miller, A. Asthma and COPD Overlap in Women: Incidence and Risk Factors. Ann Am Thorac Soc, 2018 Jul 17, Coauthor, DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201802-078OC.

7. Yeung, M. Ferrone, M. Chapman, K. Casey, D. Cafazzo, J. Licskai, C. Breathe for COPD - Version 1. University Health Network, 2018 Jan, Senior Responsible Author

10. To, T, Zhu, J. Carlsten, C. Larsen, K. Ryckman, K. Feldman, L. Crighton, E. Lougheed, D. Licskai, C., Villeneuve, P. Su, Y. Safavi,M. Gershon, A. Do Community Demographics, Environmental Characteristics and Access to Care Affect Risks of Developing COPD and Mortality in People with Asthma? European Respiratory Journal, 2017 Sep 11; 50 (3), Coauthor, DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00644-2017.

11. Masciantonio, M. Surmanski, A. Licskai, C. Medical smartphone applications - a new and innovative way to manage health conditions from the palm of your hand. UWO Medical Journal, 2017 Sep; 86 (2), Senior Responsible Author

15. To T, Zhu J, Larsen K, Simatovic J, Feldman L, Ryckman K, Gershon A, Lougheed MD, Licskai C, Chen H, Villeneuve PJ, Crighton E, Su Y, Sadatsafavi M, Williams D, Carlsten C, Canadian Respiratory Research Network. Progression from Asthma to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Is Air Pollution a Risk Factor? Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2016 Aug 15; 194 (4): 429-438, Coauthor, DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201510-1932OC.

16. Feldman, L. Gao, C. Zhu, J. Simatovic, J. Licskai, C., To, T. Estimating Toronto’s health services use for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Perspectives in Public Health, 2016 Mar 1; 136 (2): 93-98, Coauthor

18. Teresa To, Laura Feldman, Jacqueline Simatovic, Andrea S. Gershon, Sharon Dell, Jiandong Su, Richard Foty, Christopher Licskai. The Health Risk of Air Pollution on People Living with Major Chronic Diseases: A Canadian Population-Based Study. BMJ Open, 2015 Sep 3; 5 (e009075), Citations: 19, Senior Responsible Author, Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009075

20. Dell, S. Gershon, A. Lougheed, D. To, T. Feldman, Licskai, C.,L. Simatovic, J. Williams, D. Zhu, J. Frequency of health service use in the year prior to asthma death. Journal of Asthma, 2015 Jun 16, Coauthor

21. Lindenmaier, T. Kirby, M. Paulin, G. Cunningham, I. Mura, M. Licskai, C., Parraga, G. Pulmonary Artery Abnormalities in Ex-smokers with and without Airflow Limitation. Journal of COPD, 2015 May 1, Coauthor

22. Simatovic, J. Zhu, J. Gao, C. Feldman, L. Williams, D. Gershon, A. Lougheed, D. Licskai, C., Dell, S. To, T. Characteristics of Individuals Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for Asthma. Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine, 2015 Apr 14; 5 (2): 1-4, Coauthor

25. To T, Simatovic J, Zhu J, Feldman L, Dell SD, Lougheed MD, Licskai C, Gershon A. Asthma deaths in a large provincial health system. A 10-year population-based study. Ann Am Thorac Soc, 2014 Oct 1; 11 (8): 1210-7, Collaborator, DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201404-138OC.

27. Minard JP, Dostaler SM, Taite AK, Olajos-Clow JG, Sands TW, Licskai CJ, Lougheed MD. Development and implementation of an electronic asthma record for primary care: integrating guidelines into practice. J Asthma, 2014 Feb 1; 51 (1): 58-68, Collaborator, DOI: 10.3109/02770903.2013.845206.

28. Gupta S, Licskai C, Van Dam A, Boulet LP. Introducing the Canadian Thoracic Society framework for guideline dissemination and implementation, with concurrent evaluation. Can Respir J, 2013/06; 20 (4): 263-264, Coauthor

29. Licskai C, Sands TW, Ferrone M. Development and pilot testing of a mobile health solution for asthma self-management: asthma action plan smartphone application pilot study. Can Respir J, 2013/06; 20 (4): 301-306, Principal Author

30. To T, Shen S, Atenafu EG, Guan J, McLimont S, Stocks B, Licskai C. The air quality health index and asthma morbidity: a population-based study - 2013. Environ Health Perspect ():doi:10, 128 9/ehp, 110481 6, Senior Responsible Author, Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10,1289/ehp.1104816, DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1104816.

31. Lougheed MD, Leniere C, Ducharme FM, Licskai C, Dell SD, Rowe BH, FitzGerald M, Leigh R, Watson W, Boulet LP, Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Clinical Assemby. Canadian Thoracic Society 2012 guideline update: Diagnosis and management of asthma in preschoolers, children and adults: executive summary. Can Resp J, 2012/03; 19 (2): 127-164, Coauthor

32. Licskai C, Sands T, Ong M, Paolatto L, Nicoletti I. Using a knowledge translation framework to implement asthma clinical practice guidelines in primary care. IJQHC, 2012/08; August 2012: 1-9, Principal Author, DOI: 10.1093/intqhc/mzs043.

33. Thornton J, Lewis J, Lebrun CM, Licskai CJ. Clinical characteristics of women with menstrual-linked asthma. Resp Med, 2012/06; 2012 (106): 1236-1243, Senior Responsible Author, DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2012.05.003.

34. Licskai CJ, Sands TW, Paolatto L, Nicoletti I, Ferrone M. Spirometry in primary care: an analysis of spirometery test quality in a regional primary care asthma program. Can Resp J, 2012/07; 19 (4):249-254, Principal Author

35. Dostaler SM, Olajos-Clow JG, Sands TW, Licskai CJ, Minard JP, Lougheed MD. Comparison of asthma control criteria: importance of spirometry. J Asthma, 2011; 2011 (48): 1069-1075, Coauthor, DOI: 10.3109/02770903.2011.631243.

38. Lougheed MD, Lemière C, Dell SD, Ducharme FM, Fitzgerald JM, Leigh R, Licskai C, Rowe BH, Bowie D, Becker A, Boulet LP, Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Committee. Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Management Continuum--2010 Consensus Summary for children six years of age and over, and adults. Can Resp J, Jan/Feb 2010; 17 (1): 15-24, Coauthor

39. Bayliff, C. Licskai, C. Getting More Air Time - Breathing New Life Into Adult Asthma. Pharmacy Practice, October 2007, Senior Responsible Author

40.  To, T. Zhu, J. Gray, N. Feldman, L. Villeneuve, P. Licskai, C., Gershon, A. Miller, A. Asthma and COPD overlap in women: incidence and risk factors. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2018 Jul 18, Coauthor


Contact Information

London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital

Phone: (519) 646-6405