When Elizabeth Tullis was completing her Respirology training at the University of Toronto, she attended a few of the cystic fibrosis (CF) clinics at the Hospital for Sick Children. That experience sparked an interest in this disease and she spent 1990 at the Adult CF clinic in Melbourne, Australia doing a clinical fellowship in adult CF. The Toronto Adult CF clinic was opened in 1992, initially at Wellesley Hospital, with a move seven years later to St Michael’s Hospital. Over the ensuing 30 years, the clinic has doubled in size.
As the founding Director of the Toronto Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Dr. Tullis is responsible for the care of more than 550 adults with CF and leads a large, experienced team of CF physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Dr. Tullis is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Respirology Division Head at St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre of Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Dr. Tullis has published over 170 articles and book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally on issues related to CF in adults. She has trained more than 20 CF fellows who are now working in CF clinics around the world.