Academic Rank:
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Anatomic and Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathologist, Royal Columbian Hospital
Royal Columbian Hospital
Short Bio:

Dr Gurung is a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver, BC) and is a pathologist practicing at the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). In addition to working as a surgical pathologist, he also acts as a regional gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-biliary pathology consultant. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (FASCP) and a member of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society (GIPS). He has been a board member of the Pacific Northwest Society of Pathologists (PNWSP) for several years and currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer.

Dr Gurung received his MD from UBC and MSc from the University of Toronto. During his graduate studies, as part of an interdisciplinary health research team in musculoskeletal neoplasia, he studied the effects of ionizing radiation on the beta-catenin signalling pathway in fibroblasts during wound healing. During his time in Toronto, he also studied the role of interferon signaling in aggressive fibromatosis. After completing a general rotating internship year at Saint Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, he completed his anatomic pathology residency training at UBC affiliated teaching hospitals in Metro Vancouver.

Following residency, Dr Gurung completed an ACGME accredited gastrointestinal and liver pathology fellowship at Yale University (New Haven, CT) under the supervision of Drs Dhanpat Jain and Marie Robert. He has spent time training in the GI/liver pathology divisions at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA), Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY). Dr Gurung in his senior year of residency also completed a 6 month mini breast pathology fellowship at the BC Cancer Agency under the supervision of Dr Malcolm Hayes. He is a member of the provincial GI and breast pathology subspecialty interest groups.

Although GI/liver and breast pathology are Dr Gurung’s areas of expertise, his practice covers all areas of surgical pathology including dermatopathology, neuropathology and cytopathology. His cytopathology practice includes performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.

His research interests are focused around medical liver diseases, particularly autoimmune hepatitis and cryptogenic cirrhosis. Dr Gurung has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has received awards for his research accomplishments. He has been an invited speaker at various meetings and conferences. Dr Gurung has a passion for resident and medical student teaching and is currently the GI/liver pathology elective supervisor at RCH.

Academic background

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC, 2015)
  • Fellow of American Society of Clinical Pathology (FASCP, 2014)
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver pathology fellowship (Yale University, 2014 – 2015)
  • Anatomic Pathology residency (UBC, 2009-2014)
  • Doctor of Medicine (UBC, 2005-2009)
  • Master of Science (University of Toronto, 2003-2005)


Publications: pubmed link

Research Interest

  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Cryptogenic cirrhosis
  • Serrated GI polyps and serrated polyposis syndrome
  • Patient-pathology consultations

Teaching Interest

  • Residency (academic half day) and medical student teaching.
  • GI/liver pathology elective supervisor RCH