Stephen Lapinsky is Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His clinical practice includes general Critical Care Medicine and ambulatory Respirology. He has a clinical and research interest in critical illness and respiratory disease in the pregnant patient. He is an officer of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine (NASOM) and is co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Obstetric Medicine. Other clinical and research interests include mechanical ventilation and continuous renal replacement therapy. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters on these topics.