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Affiliated with Provincial Toxicology Centre and BC Cancer Agency
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Clinical service
Dr. Schreiber is a consultant pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital with service responsibilities in the area of clinical chemistry.  He is also medical director of the Provincial Toxicology Center, which provides both forensic and clinical toxicology services for the province of British Columbia.

Dr. Schreiber received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Oberlin College, Ohio, and his doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He completed a residency and research fellowship at the University of Washington.

Academic background

  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. 1979
  • BA, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Chemistry. 1975


  • Lea J, Conlin AE, Sekirov I, Restelli V, Ayakar KG, Turnbull L, Doyle P, Noble M, Rennie R, Schreiber WE, Westerberg BD. In vitro efficacy of N-acetylcysteine on bacteria associated with chronic suppurative otitis media. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014;43:20.
  • Morin J, Schreiber WE, Lee C. Sudden death due to undiagnosed primary amyloidosis. J Forensic Sci 2013;58 Suppl 1:S250-2.
  • Lourenco P, Shirani A, Saeedi J, Oger J, Schreiber WE, Tremlett H. Oligoclonal bands and cerebrospinal fluid markers in multiple sclerosis: associations with disease course and progression. Mult Scler. 2012 Sep 7.
  • Pickles T, Hamm J, Morris WJ, Schreiber WE, Tyldesley S. Incomplete testosterone suppression with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists: does it happen and does it matter? BJU Int. 2012 May 7.
  • Carruthers JA, Carruthers JD, Poirier J, Oliff HS, Mordaunt J, Schreiber WE. Safety of lidocaine 15% and prilocaine 5% topical ointment used as local anesthesia for intense pulsed light treatment. Dermatol Surg. 2010 Jul;36(7):1130-7.
  • Smith BR, Aguero-Rosenfeld M, Anastasi J, Baron B, Berg A, Bock JL, Campbell S, Crookston KP, Fitzgerald R, Fung M, Haspel R, Howe JG, Jhang J, Kamoun M, Koethe S, Krasowski MD, Landry ML, Marques MB, Rinder HM, Roberts W, Schreiber WE, Spitalnik SL, Tormey CA, Wolf P, Wu YY; Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. Educating medical students in laboratory medicine: a proposed curriculum. Am J Clin Pathol. 2010 Apr;133(4):533-42.
  • Hung T, Dewitt CR, Martz W, Schreiber W, Holmes DT. Fomepizole fails to prevent progression of acidosis in 2-butoxyethanol and ethanol coingestion. Clin Toxicol 2010;48:569-571.
  • Schreiber WE, Giustini DM. Pathology in the era of Web 2.0. Am J Clin Pathol. 2009 Dec;132(6):824-8. Review.
  • Schreiber WE, Busser JR, Huebsch S. Which laboratory tests do students in an internal medicine clerkship need to learn about? Am J Clin Pathol. 2008 Nov;130(5):696-701.
  • Schreiber WE, Busser JR, Huebsch S. A portable laboratory test reference for handheld computers: evaluation on an internal medicine clerkship. Am J Clin Pathol. 2008 Mar;129(3):439-44.

Research Interest

  • Clinical: Porphyrias, Toxicology,
  • Laboratory: Electophoresis

Biochemistry and molecular biology of the porphyrias
I have a longstanding interest in diseases of porphyrin metabolism and their diagnosis.  In the past, our laboratory has developed improved biochemical tests for porphyrins and their precursors in human samples.  We have also applied the techniques of molecular biology to characterize mutations that cause acute intermittent porphyria and hereditary coproporphyria.  Among families with known mutations, DNA-based methods can definitively identify carriers of the disease gene.

Educational technology
With the rise in popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, we have been developing applications (apps) that support mobile learning in pathology and laboratory medicine.  Our first app, called LabDx, provides information on more than 200 laboratory tests.  The program was piloted and evaluated by 3rd year medical students on the internal medicine clerkship.  Based on student feedback, the features and content of LabDx were further refined, and the app is now available worldwide on the Apple iTunes store.

We continue to develop new apps in other areas of laboratory medicine, in collaboration with lab physicians and scientists in the department.

Teaching Interest

  • Laboratory based teaching

Since joining the faculty at UBC, he has committed a large part of his career to the education of medical students, residents, and colleagues. He directed the medical biochemistry residency program for 10 years and served as Associate Dean for undergraduate education from 1999 to 2002. He has received a number of teaching awards from students and peers, as well as recognition from professional organizations for contributions to continuing medical education.