Academic Rank:
Clinical Professor, UBC
Program Director, UBC Residency Training Program in General Pathology
Pathologist, Vancouver General Hospital
Affiliation(s):
Vancouver General Hospital
Short Bio:

Dr. Nimmo is the Clinical Associate Head in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He has been a member of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a Pathologist at the Vancouver General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre since 2000. Dr. Nimmo obtained his MD in 1995 and then went on to complete his General Pathology Residency, both at UBC. Prior to obtaining his medical training, Dr. Nimmo trained and practiced corporate law for several years.

Since his initial UBC Clinical Faculty appointment, Dr. Nimmo has demonstrated excellence through his dedication to academic activities, particularly teaching. His teaching activities are very extensive, spanning from the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) Program within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to the MD Undergraduate Program and to Clinical Integrated training for Residents. He has won several teaching awards, including the UBC Killam Teaching Award, the Dr. Melvyn Bernstein Resident Teaching Award, and the BMLSc Graduates’ Choice for teaching excellence.

Dr. Nimmo has been actively involved in education in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, primarily in his roles as the General Pathology Residency Program Director for the last 16 years and the Executive Director of the Residency Program. Since 2015, he has also been serving as the Medical Undergraduate Program Director for the Department. His various other responsibilities have included: course director for Pathology 375; leader of multiple medical undergraduate small group sessions; supervisor of the UBC Department of Pathology Summer Student program; supervisor of fourth year electives for medical undergraduates; and lecturer within the undergraduate medical program. Dr. Nimmo also served as the Director of Clinical Faculty Affairs for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, from 2009-2015. More recently, he has served as the Chairman of the Faculty of Medicine Student Promotion and Review Board. Dr. Nimmo is also currently the President of the Vancouver Coastal Health Professional Association of Pathologists and the Division Head of Anatomical Pathology at Vancouver Coastal Health.

In his role as Clinical Associate Head, Dr. Nimmo helps foster all clinically focused and integrated educational programs within the Department. In addition, he works to ensure that departmental recruitments and academic activities are of the highest quality and are aligned with the strategic priorities of the provincial academic department, the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and UBC. In conjunction with site Heads, Dr. Nimmo will also ensure that the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine plays a leadership role in the development of clinical services and models of service delivery in the province and that clinically integrated research, including clinical applied and translational research is supported and fostered.

Academic background

  • MD, University of BC. 1995
  • LLB, University of Western Ontario. 1988
  • BSc (Honours), Queen’s University at Kingston, Life Sciences. 1985
  • BA, Queen’s University at Kingston, Psychology. 1983

Research Interest

  • Autoimmune testing in rheumatologic disease