Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Medical Microbiologist, Infection Control Physician
Medical Lead, Infection Control, Coastal-VCH
Affiliation(s):
VCHRI, Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital
Short Bio:

Titus Wong was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.  He completed his MD and Medical Microbiology residency at the University of British Columbia, and earned a Masters in Health Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the UBC School of Population and Public Health.  He joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital in 2012.  Titus currently practices as a Medical Microbiologist and Infection Control Physician and is the Medical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control for Coastal, VCH.  Titus has research interests in the testing and clinical application of environmental infection control strategies, and the clinical impact of rapid microbiology/infectious diseases diagnostic technologies.  Titus contributes to several provincial and national groups including CMPT, CNISP, AMMI-Canada, PICNET, and Doctors of BC.  Titus is an active contributor to medical education at UBC: he lectures with the medical undergraduate program in addition to multiple residency and fellowship programs, supervises and mentors medical trainees of all stages in clinical practice and research, sits on the residency training committees of Medical Microbiology Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship programs, and is the course co-director (with Dr. L. Hoang) of UBC Pathology 722, a course focused on teaching medical microbiology and infection control to residents and fellows.

Academic background

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, present
  • MHSc, Master of Health Science, Clinical Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), Medical Microbiology, 2012
  • Medical Microbiology Residency, University of British Columbia, 2012
  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2007
  • BSc(Pharm), Bachelor of Sciences in Pharmacy, University of British Columbia, 2003

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 – Dr. Melvyn Bernstein Resident Teaching Award, UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 2017 – Excellence in Mentoring Award, UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 2015 – BC Healthcare Awards, Collaborative Solutions
  • 2013 – International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control, Innovation Academy Award
  • 2013 – BC Patient Safety and Quality Awards: Getting Better Award
  • 2012 – AMMI-CACMID: John Conly Innovation Academy Award

Publications

  • Li LM, Wong T, Rose E, Wickham G, Bryce E. Evaluation of an ultraviolet C light-emitting device for disinfection of electronic devices.Am J Infect Control. 2016 Dec 1;44(12):1554-1557. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.07.028. Epub 2016 Oct 11.
  • Wong D, Wong T, Romney M, Leung V. Comparison of outcomes in patients with methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia who are treated with β-lactam vs vancomycin empiric therapy: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2016 May 23;16:224. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1564-5.
  • Fu N, Wong T. Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2016 Jun;18(6):19. doi: 10.1007/s11908-016-0525-x. Review.
  • Wong D, Wong T, Romney M, Leung V. Comparative effectiveness of β-lactam versus vancomycin empiric therapy in patients with methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia.Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2016 Apr 26;15:27. doi: 10.1186/s12941-016-0143-3.
  • Wong T, Woznow T, Petrie M, Murzello E, Muniak A, Kadora A, Bryce E. Postdischarge decontamination of MRSA, VRE, and Clostridium difficile isolation rooms using 2 commercially available automated ultraviolet-C-emitting devices. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Apr 1;44(4):416-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.016. Epub 2015 Dec 9.
  • Wilmer, E.Lloyd-Smith, MG Romney, S. Champagne, T. Wong, W. Zhang, R. Stenstrom, M. Hull. Reduction in community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rates in an urban Canadian hospital setting. Epidemiology and Infection 2014;142(3):463-7
  • Bryce, T. Wong, L. Forrester, B. Masri, D. Jeske, K. Barr, S. Errico, D. Roscoe. Nasal photodisinfection and chlorhexidine wipes decrease surgical site infections: a historical control study and propensity analysis. The Journal of Hospital Infection 2014;88(2):89-95
  • Wilmer, T. Wong, S. Champagne, L. Hoang, V. Leung, E. Lloyd-Smith, G. Ritchie, MG. Romney, Polymerase chain reaction assay to detect Clostridium difficile tcdC variants is valuable in characterizing hospital epidemiology A. The Journal of Hospital Infection 2013;84(3):252-5.
  • Wang, M. Taylor, L. Hoang, J. Ekkert, C. Nowakoski, J. Stone, G. Tong, S. Prerise, A. Paccagnella, T. Wong, E. Galanis. Comparison of clinical and epidemiological features of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 and non-O157 infections in British Columbia, 2009 to 2011. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2013 Winter;24(4)e102-6
  • Yong, P. Von Dadelszen, D. Carpara, K. Lim, N. Kent, F. Tessier, MF. Delisle, T. Wong, G. Blair, E. Skarsgard. Prediction of pediatric outcome after prenatal diagnosis and expectant antenatal management of congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, 2012;31(2):94-102
  • Chang, T. Wong, K. Macdonald, L. Hoang, S. Champagne, M. Kelly, S. Henwick, C. PIenaar, M. Romney, D. Roscoe, J. Issac-Renton. Plenary Establishing a Laboratory Network for Early Detection of Enteric Illness During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology Vol. 21, Suppl SA AMMI Edmonton
  • Romney, M. Hull, R. Gustafson, J. Sandhu, S. Champagne, T. Wong, A. Nematallah, S. Forsting, P. Daly. Large Community Outbreak of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 5 invasive infection in an impoverished. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008, 47(6):768-74 .
Primary Research Area
Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Hospital-Acquired Infections
Secondary Research Area
Rapid Microbiology/Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Technologies

Research Interest

  • Control and prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections
  • Environmental Infection Control
  • Clinical impact of rapid microbiology/infectious diseases diagnostic technologies
  • Surveillance of infectious diseases

Teaching Interest

As a staff physician at Vancouver General Hospital, Titus supervises medical students, residents and fellows as they rotate through the Medical Microbiology and Infection Control services.

  • Site Director, VCH, UBC Medical Microbiology Residency Program
  • Course Co-director, Pathology 722: Medical Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Lecturer, UBC MEDD 411, MD undergraduate program
  • Lecturer, UBC MEDD 412, MD undergraduate program
  • Lecturer, UBC MEDD 422, MD undergraduate program
  • Lecturer, UBC Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology Academic Half Day
  • Lecturer, UBC Anatomic Pathology Academic Half Day
  • Lecturer, UBC Internal Medicine Bootcamp