Simon HoustonMD, FRCPC, MScCH

Associate professor

Phone: 902-473-4024
Fax: 902-473-6202
Mailing Address: 
Division of Respirology
QEII - Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street
Suite 4479 Halifax Infirmary
Halifax, NS B3H 3A7


  • MScCH (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Diplomate - American Association of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
  • Clinical fellowship - Interventional Thoracic Surgery (University of Toronto)
  • FRCPC (Respirology, University of Toronto)
  • FRCPC (Internal Medicine, University of Toronto)
  • MD (Queen’s University)
  • BSc (Queen’s University)


Dr. Houston is a respirologist, and an assistant professor of medicine who holds a cross appointment with the department of surgery (division of thoracic surgery). Following his training in internal medicine and respirology he completed a clinical fellowship in interventional thoracic surgery and a master of science degree in community health – health practitioner teacher education. He is the program director for the adult respirology training program. He is the medical lead for the shared endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) program with thoracic surgery, and the medical co-lead for the malignant pleural effusion program.


Dr. Houston’s clinical focus is interventional pulmonology. He is a member of the thoracic oncology group and participates in the multidisciplinary evaluation of patients with thoracic malignancies. He is an expert in EBUS and advanced airway procedures, as well as minimally invasive chest procedures including thoracic ultrasound, thoracentesis, tube thoracostomy, pleuroscopy, and tunnelled pleural catheters.


In addition to his role as respirology program director, Dr. Houston is a simulation instructor for the internal medicine and respirology training programs. He is a point-of-care ultrasound instructor and is involved in procedural instruction for post-graduate trainees at all levels. He is a member of the respirology training program competency committee.


Dr. Houston is interested in collaborative research in lung cancer, thoracic procedures, and medical education.