Academic Rank:
Clinical Professor, UBC
Medical Director – Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Staff Medical Microbiologist, VIHA
Affiliation(s):
Royal Jubilee Hospital

Academic background

  • FRCPC Medical Microbiology. 1993
  • University of Alberta MD. 1985
  • University of Alberta BSc (Medical Science). 1982

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Overall Lecturer – “Silver Orator” award.  2010
  • Nominated (one of three) for Memorial University of Newfoundland Overall Outstanding Teacher Award.  2007
  • Outstanding 1st year teacher award. Memorial University Medical School. 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Overall Lecturer – “Silver Orator” award. 2004
  • Outstanding Overall Lecturer – “Silver Orator” award. Presented by the Medical School graduating class to the lecturer voted best during all medical school years.  2002
  • Best Original Research Paper 2001, Canadian Family Physician
  • Outstanding 1st year teacher award. Memorial University Medical School. 2000-2001
  • Outstanding 1st year teacher award. Memorial University Medical School. Presented to the teacher voted best in first year by students. 1994-95

Research Interest

I am very interested and active in the realm of Antimicrobial Stewardship and have developed special interest and abilities in population antimicrobial use measurement.

Teaching Interest

I was the Course Chair and sole provider of the Memorial University first year Microbiology course for 16 years. During this time microbiology was the highest rated first year course every year.

I taught in and, for the last 6 years, chaired the 2nd year Infectious Diseases course. During my time as chair the course ratings increased to be one of the highest rated courses in 2nd year.

I “pioneered” the use of on-line teaching aides at Memorial Medical School and was a very early adopter of LMS functions starting with WebCT and then D2L. I was the first to actively utilize on-line formative quizzes and helped other faculty with many functions. The last two years I conducted all exams online.
For more than 12 years I have provided all course materials in an online format and now have considerable experience and abilities with modern content management packages. I am now using WordPress and my current place in the cyberworld is infectionNet . I was delighted to see that UBC has embraced WordPress as well!