Academic Rank:
Clinical Professor, UBC
Institute for Heart+Lung Health
Short Bio:
Academic Appointment: Clinical Professor
Primary areas of research: Immune System
Other Areas of Research: Infection Control

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce is the Regional Medical Director for Infection Control at Vancouver Coastal Health Acute. She is dually qualified in Medical Microbiology and Internal Medicine and is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. Elizabeth is a member of the Pandemic Influenza Guidelines Committee for Respiratory Protection for the Public Health Agency of Canada and a reviewer for Infection Control Guidelines for this same organization. She is a co-chair of the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Progam as well as a co-chair for the Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia. Dr. Bryce is one of the founding members of the UBC Certificate in Infection Control as well as several on-line educational modules on this topic.

Academic background

  • BSc (Honours), University of Regina, Regina, SK. 1978
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. 1983
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), Internal Medicine. 1988
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), Medical Microbiology. 1991


  • Bryce E, Wong T, Forrester L, Masri B et al. Nasal photodisinfection and chlorhexidine wipes decrease surgical site infections: a historical control study and propensity analysis. J Hosp Infect 2014;88:89-959.
  • Bryce E, Islam S, Nelson B, Gamage B et al Impact of a mandated provincial hand hygiene program: messages from the field. Am J Infect Control 2014;42:708-712.
  • Yassi A, O’Hara LM, Engelbrecht MC, Uebel K et al. Considerations for preparing a randomized population health intervention trial; lessons from a South African-Canadian partnership to improve the health of health workers. Glob health Action 2014;7:2359.
  • Matuka O, Singh TS, Bryce E, et al. A pilot study to detect airborne Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure in a South African public healthcare facility outpatient clinic.   J Hosp Infect (accepted for publication. 2014
  • Mateseje LF, Boyd DA, Lefebvre B, Bryce E, et al. Complete sequences of a novel blaDM-1-harbouring plasmid from Providencia rettgeri and an FII-type plasmid from Klebsiella pneumoniae identified in Canada. J Antimicrob Chemother 2014;69:637-642.
  • McCracken M, Wong A, Michell R, Gravel D et al. Molecular epidemiology of vancomycin-resistant enterococcal bacteraemia: results from the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance program, 1999-2009. J Antimicrob Chemother 2013;68:1505-1509.
  • Raschka S, Bryce E, Dempster L. Health economic evaluation of an infection prevention and control program: are quality and patient safety programs worth the investment? Am J Infect Control 2013:41:773-777.
  • Mitchell R, Roth V, Gravel D, Astrakianakis G, Bryce E et al Are health care workers protected? An observational study of selection and removal of personal protective equipment in Canadian acute care hospitals. Am J Infect Control 2013;41:240-4.
  • Wong-McClure RA, Ramierez-Sala E, Mora-Brenes N, Aquero-Sandi L, Morera-Sigler M, Badilla-Vargas X, Hernadez-de Merzerville M, O’Shea M, Bryce E. Long term effect ofinfection control practices and associated factors during a major Clostridium difficile outbreak in Costa Rica. J Infect Dev Ctries 2013;7:914-21.
  • Bryce EA, Henry B. Hand hygiene: two hundred years after Semmelweis we still have work to do. BCMJ 2013;55:332-333.

Research Interest

  • Antimicrobial resistance and Its Infection Control Aspects
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases:
    I was the Cofounder of the original VCH Biological Response Advisory Team whose templates have been adopted by Health Canada. In recognition of this work, our team was awarded a grant from Health Canada to develop smallpox contingency planning guidelines. Following on that work, I became a member of the BC Emerging Infectious Diseases Committee and Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee. I was one of a multidisciplinary group to receive a Pan-American Health Organization grant to assist with development of a management plan for biological events in Trinidad during the Summit of the Americas and the PanAm Games in 2009. Currently I am a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada Annex F Pandemic Planning Committee that developed guidelines prior to and during pandemic H1N1. I was also a Provincial member of the Clinical H1N1 Advisory Group as well as a member of the VCH Pandemic Planning Committee.
  • Infection Control Education:
    Four grants have been awarded to myself and my colleagues in recognition of the importance of developing a University accredited Certificate in Infection Control. This Certificate comprises four courses and we enrol studies both nationally and internationally; the courses are fully subscribed. Three additional grants have been awarded to develop and evaluate an on-line infection control module for all healthcare workers. One of these was a three-year CIHR grant for assessment of an on-line infection control module that teaches basic principles to all healthcare workers was also received. The Pan American Health Organization has translated this basic on-line infection control module to Spanish for distribution throughout South America with permission. The Government of South Africa has asked permission to use the module for training of healthcare workers.
  • Infection Control Workplace Assessment and Program Development:
    I have developed algorithms for use for gastrointestinal and respiratory communicable infections which have been adapted for use in South Africa, and Trinidad/Tobago. The development and refinement of workplace assessment tools and training of Infection Control Practitioners to conduct process improvement activities related to these audits has been used internationally. We have obtained three grants related to this work, the most recent a there year CIHR grant to implement the program in South Africa. I am the co-director of the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC whose task is to coordinate infection control surveillance, guideline development and education across the province.
  • Surveillance:
    VGH is one of the founding institutions of the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program. I currently am a co-chair of this national program as well as a Chair of the Working Group on carbapenem resistant gram negative bacilli. I am a co-investigator of a grant examining various forms of antimicrobial resistance in E.coli within Vancouver Coastal Health.

Teaching Interest

  • UBC Certificate On-line Infection Control Program