Academic Rank:
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Affiliation(s):
Short Bio:

Dr. Al-Rawahi completed her residency in Medical Microbiology with the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2007. She joined the department now as Clinical Associate Professor, BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre as Medical Microbiologist and Infection Control Officer, and the BC Cancer Agency as Medical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control. She is the C&W site director for the Medical Microbiology Residency Training Program.

Academic background

  • Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC), USA, 2010
  • UBC Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management, University of British Columbia, 2009
  • UBC Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, University of British Columbia, 2009
  • Diploma of The American College of Microbiology, D (ABMM), 2008
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC – Medical Microbiology), 2007
  • UBC Residency Certificate (Medical Microbiology), Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2007
  • Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, 2002
  • MD, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, 1999
  • BSc (Health Sciences), College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, 1996
Primary Research Area
Infectious Diseases & Immunopathology

Research Interest

Primary Area of Research

  • Evidence to Innovation

Research Areas

  • C. difficile infection in children particularly oncology
  • Candidemia in children
  • Fungal infection in immunocompromised hosts

 

Summary
My current research is focused on Clostridium difficile infection in children with cancer. Clostridium difficile is a common bacterium in the human gut that usually does not cause infection but in certain circumstances can cause diarrhea. It is significant because it can easily spread from patient to patient in hospitals if infection prevention measures and environmental cleaning practices are suboptimal. We have noted that a higher proportion of oncology patients have this infection compared to other hospitalized patients. We aim to determine whether patients get the infection in hospital or if they come to the hospital with it. This information will help us understand the true burden of C. difficile infection in oncology and improve the quality of care provided to these patients.

Current Projects

Clostridium difficile in pediatric oncology

  • To determine the prevalence of C. difficile by PCR (toxin gene) in stools from pediatric oncology patients at admission to hospital
  • To determine the true rate of health care associated C.  difficile infection and community-associated C.  difficile infection in pediatric oncology patients
  • Evaluate the evidence of patient to patient transmission based on typing of C. difficile isolates from pediatric oncology patients, using each patient as their own control

 

Candidemia

  • Determine the epidemiology of candidemia in adults and children
  • Determine the incidence of mixed candidemia
  • Determine the correlation of antifungal susceptibility with clinical outcome

Teaching Interest

  • Interested in teaching all areas in Microbiology.
  • Special interest in Infection Prevention & Control, Bacteriology, Mycology, Tropical Medicine, and Laboratory Quality Management.