Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
• Director – Fraser Health Medical Microbiology,
Affiliation(s):
Royal Columbian Hospital

Academic background

  • MD (Honours in Research), University of Alberta, Edmonton. 1992
  • BSc (Distinction), Microbiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton. 1988

Professional Qualifications   

  • Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada. November 4, 2006
  • Registered Medical Practitioner in the Province of British Columbia. (Aug 1, 1998), College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
  • Certification Examination in Medical Microbiology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 1998
  • Registered General Practitioner in the Province of Alberta, Aug 1, 1994, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (retired)
  • Medical Microbiology Residency Program, University of Alberta Hospitals Medical Microbiology Laboratory and Provincial Laboratory of Public Health for Northern Alberta University of Alberta. July 1994 – June 1998
  • Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE II), Medical Council of Canada. 1994
  • Certification Examination in Family Medicine, the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 1994
  • Family Medicine Residency, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta. June 1992 – June 1994
  • Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE I), Medical Council of Canada. 1992

Publications

  • Skowronski DM, Hottes TS, McElhaney JE, Janjua NZ, Sabaiduc S, Chan T, Gentleman B, Purych D, Gardy J, Patrick DM, Brunham RC, De Serres G, Petric M. Immuno-epidemiologic correlates of pandemic H1N1 surveillance observations: higher antibody and lower cell-mediated immune responses with advanced age. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jan 15;203(2):158-67.
  • McKay R, Vrbova L, Fuertes E, Chong M, David S, Dreher K, Purych D, Blondel-Hill E, Henry B, Marra F, Kendall P, Patrick D. Evaluation of the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program in British Columbia: Can We Curb Antibiotic Prescribing? The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. Spring 2011, volume 22 Issue 1: 19-24.
  • Skowronski DM, Hottes TS, Janjua NZ, Purych D, Sabaiduc S, Chan T, De Serres G, Gardy J, McElhaney JE, Patrick DM, Petric M. Prevalence of seroprotection against the pandemic (H1N1) virus after the 2009 pandemic. CMAJ. 2010 Nov 23;182(17):1851-6. Epub 2010 Oct 18.
  • Li D, McKay R, Purych D, Patrick DM. Update on Antibiotic Resistance in British Columbia. BC Medical Journal (BCMJ), May 2010, 52(4):226.
  • Patrick DM, Purych D, Blondel-Hill E, Fuertes E, Vrbova L, Dreher K, Marra F. How British Columbia physicians can address antibiotic resistance. British Columbia Medical Journal, October 2008, 50(8):443-44.
  • Gourishankar S, Doucette K, Fenton J, Purych D, Kowalewska-Grochowska K, Preiksaitis J. The use of donor and recipient screening for toxoplasma in the era of universal trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole prophylaxis. Transplantation. 2008 Apr 15;85(7):980-5.
  • Tomblin J, Purych D, Bonham T. Schistosomiasis: Current Issues. Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing Newsletter, CMPT Connections, Fall 2007, 11(3):2-4.
  • Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in the Physician’s Office. BC Centre for Disease Control. Reviewer. 2004.
  • Taylor DE, Ge Z, Purych D, Lo T, Hiratsuka K. Cloning and sequence analysis of two copies of a 23S rRNA gene from Helicobacter pylori and association of clarithromycin resistance with 23S rRNA mutations. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1997 Dec;41(12):2621-8.
  • Purych DB, Perry IL, Bulawka D, Kowalewska-Grochowska KT, Oldale BL. A case of Cyclospora infection in an Albertan traveller. Can Commun Dis Rep. 1995 May 30;21(10):88-91. English, French.
Primary Research Area
Infectious Diseases and immunopathology
Secondary Research Area
Molecular pathology & cell biology

Research Interest

  • Infectious Diseases

Research Projects carried out from 1988:

  • Retrospective review of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a tertiary care institution over a ten year period. Supervisor: Dr. G. Taylor, Infection Control Unit, University of Alberta Hospitals, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Toxoplasma gondii in heart, lung heart/lung, liver, and renal transplant populations. Supervisors: Dr. K. Kowalewska-Grochowska, Dr. J. Preiksaitis, Microbiology Laboratory, University of Alberta Hospitals, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Sequence analysis of 23S rRNA of clarithromycin susceptible and resistant isolates of Helicobacter pylori from related family members. Supervisor: Dr. D.E. Taylor, Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Effects of extracellular hormones on the replication of the duck Hepatitis B virus. Summer student research project: June to August 1990. Supervisor: Dr. D.L.J. Tyrrell, Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Side effects of 2’, 3’-dideoxynucleoside treatment in Pedking ducks with duck Hepatitis B. Summer student research project: June to August 1989.
    Purification and characterization of a urease from Ureaplasma urealyticum. Summer student research project: May to August 1988. Supervisor: Dr.
  • J.A. Robertson, Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Alberta.

Teaching Interest

Teaching activities are generally grouped into four general areas:

  •  Hospital and community Medical Microbiology laboratory and general hospital laboratory education rounds. Presented to the technical and professional staff on range of topics, eg. pandemic influenza, SARS, Listeria, MALDI-TOF, etc.
  • Presentations to hospital or community laboratory groups outside of the laboratory setting, eg. Medicine rounds, committee education sessions, journal clubs, pharmacy, etc. Topics include antibiograms, hand hygiene, resistant organisms, etc.
  • Presentations at organized meetings and conferences, eg. AMMI-Canada annual conference, BCSLS Congress, Fraser Health education days, etc.
  • Interactions with UBC medical students and residents, eg. yearly Host Defenses and Immunity (HDI) laboratory for the first year medical students, electives with Medical Microbiology Residents and medical students at Royal Columbian Hospital, participation on the Medical Microbiology Residency Training Committee, consultations/interaction with the clinical teaching unit (CTU) residents at Royal Columbian Hospital.