Academic Rank:
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Head, Division of Hematopathology, BC Children’s Hospital
Short Bio:

Current Positions

  • Regional Medical Leader, Blood Transfusion Medicine
  • Vancouver Coastal Health

Academic background

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Hematological Pathology. 2003
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Certificate of Special Competence in Hematology. 2001
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Internal Medicine. 2000
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. 1998
  • MD (with Great Distinction), University of Saskatchewan. 1992-1996
  • Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan. 1990-1992


  • Trudeau J, Waters T, and Chipperfield K. Should intraoperative cell-salvaged blood be used in patients with suspected or known malignancy? Can J Anesthesia. Epub 21 Sept 2012. DOI 10.1007/s12630-012-9781-x.
  • Hudoba M, Dalal B, Warkentin T, Pal J, Chipperfield K, Pi D, Tsang P, Coupland B, Carter, C. Toward better utilization of Laboratory Resources: The impact of a mandatory 4T’s pre-test clinical assessment form on the diagnosis of heparin induced thrombocytopenia. BCMJ, 2012 June; 54, 5: 244-247.
  • Heidary B, Bell N, Ngai J, Simons R, Chipperfield K, and Hameed SM. Temporal trends in the treatment of severe Traumatic Hemorrhage. Am J of Surgery. 2012 (203), 568-573.
  • Maurer-Spurej E, Pittendreigh C, Yakimec J, De Badyn MH, Chipperfield K. Erroneous automated optical platelet counts in 1-hour post-transfusion blood samples. Int J Lab Hematol. 2010 Feb;32(1 Pt 1):e1-8. Epub 2008 Aug 25.
  • Bruyère H, Sutherland H, Chipperfield K, Hudoba M. Concomitant and successive amplifications of MYC in APL-like leukemia. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2010 Feb;197(1):75-80.
  • Maurer-Spurej E, Labrie A, Pittendreigh C, Chipperfield K, Smith C, Heddle N, Liu Y, Yi QL, Barnett M. Platelet quality measured with dynamic light scattering correlates with transfusion outcome in hematologic malignancies. Transfusion. 2009 Nov;49(11):2276-84.
  • Droubatchevskaia N, Wong MP, Chipperfield KM, Wadsworth LD, Ferguson DJ. Guidelines for cryoprecipitate transfusion. BCMJ, 2007 Oct; 49, 8: 441-445.
  • Maurer-Spurej E, Chipperfield K. Past and future approaches to assess the quality of platelets for transfusion. Transfus Med Rev. 2007 Oct;21(4):295-306.
  • Wong MP, Droubatchevskaia N, Chipperfield KM, Wadsworth, Ferguson DJ. Guidelines for frozen plasma transfusion. BCMJ, July/August 2007; 49, 6: 311-319.
  • Maurer-Spurej E, Dyker K, Gahl WA, Devine DV. A novel immunocytochemical assay for the detection of serotonin in platelets. Br J Haematol. 2002 Mar;116(3):604-11.

Research Interest

  • Development of massive transfusion guideline and policy for Vancouver Coastal Health. Implemented at VGH and Richmond Hospital. 2007
  • Safety in Transfusion Medicine; Completion of pilot trial of automated patient identification in Transfusion Medicine. 2005-2006
  • Collaborated with CBS/CBR scientists on correlating clinical transfusion outcome with a novel in-vitro method of assessing quality of platelet concentrate. 2007-2008

Teaching Interest

  • Undergraduate Medical and Post-Graduate training in Transfusion Medicine, Hematology and Hematopathology. [See teaching statement below]
  • Creation, implementation and coordination of a recurring dedicated one-month Transfusion Medicine Rotation for General Pathology, Hematopathology and Hematology Residents, UBC, PATH 704 (0).


Teaching Statement
In my position as Medical Leader for Blood Transfusion Medicine, I have responsibility for all aspects of transfusion within VCH. A major part of achieving quality in transfusion medicine is ensuring that physicians and nurses understand indications for transfusion, correct administration of product, and recognition and management of adverse events. To this end, I teach not only medical students and residents in organized sessions, but practicing physicians and nurses by day to day interactions, and by developing systematic education.

I teach using a combination of didactic lecture and case scenarios. Such an approach allows the physician in-training to process necessary background knowledge around a topic and then apply it in a practical manner. In this way, key points critical for effective hematology or transfusion practices are reiterated. Within the rotations I coordinate or mentor, questions, discussions, and trainee-driven literature reviews and teaching are encouraged. Whenever possible, clinical cases or teaching points are illustrated using photomicrographs or related blood films, bone marrow films, or serologic methods and reactions.

At this time my major focus in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education is transfusion medicine. The majority of my teaching efforts are focused in the hematopathology, general pathology, clinical hematology, anaesthesia, intensive care, and surgery residency program. As a hematopathologist participating in sign-out duties at VGH, I teach residents and medical students around the microscope when I am on service.

I believe in guiding literature-based, and trainee-driven learning toward practical lessons applicable to everyday patient care scenarios.