Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
Pediatric and Perinatal Pathologist, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
Affiliation(s):
BCCH/BCCHRI
Short Bio:

I became interested in pathology, and specifically pediatric pathology, in medical school after being involved in a research project that explored transcription factors in retinoblastoma with Dr. David Eisenstat in Manitoba, and a subsequent ocular pathology medical elective with Dr. Miguel Burnier Jr in Montreal. Once in my anatomical pathology residency, I continued to pursue pediatric pathology but also took an interest in leadership, administration, and quality improvement. This led me to Chicago where I worked under a fantastic group of mentors including Pauline Chou, Mike Fritsch, Hector Melin, and Linda Ernst. I was lucky to find a job in my wife’s hometown of Vancouver, where I practice general pediatric and perinatal pathology with particular clinical and research interests in pediatric tumors including osteosarcoma, gastrointestinal diseases including eosinophilic disorders, and developmental and perinatal pathology including congenital heart anomalies. Bear Down! Go Cubbies!

Academic background

  • B.Sc. (Hons) – Brandon University, Brandon Manitoba Canada, 2005
  • MD – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, 2009
  • B.Sc. (Med) – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, 2009
  • FRCPC – Anatomical Pathology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, 2014
  • Pediatric Pathology Fellowship, Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois USA, 2015

Research Interest

My research interests are diverse but focused. I have a firm interest in bone tumors and a soft spot for soft tissue sarcomas, including understanding the underlying pathophysiology and translational work in the clinical pathology lab setting. I joined the 2019-2021 cohort within the Children’s Oncology Group Young Investigator Program with a focus in the bone tumor group. I also am interested in exploring cell signaling and cell-to-cell communication through conventional molecular and proteomic analysis with fellow investigators.

My second area of research interest is in gastrointestinal pathology, particularly eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Through these EoE projects, I have enjoyed expanding my experience in immunology which builds on an interest during my fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which explored transplant immunology and the effect on the gastrointestinal tract. I also enjoy continuing to expand my experience in the area of transplant immunology.

My last primary area of interest is in developmental pathology, which often stems from identifying common pathologic findings in the interesting cases I encounter at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

I have an interest in leadership and administration, which blossomed during my time as Cohort 2 in the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s Clinician Quality Academy.

Teaching Interest

I enjoy teaching undergraduate, medical school, and resident trainees in various fields of pathology.