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Chemistry

  • Dr. Kent Dooley, PhD, FCACB

    Chemistry Discipline Head


    Biography:

    ​Professional Biography: Dr. Dooley obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UBC in 1976. He then did a post doctorate fellowship in inherited metabolic diseases at the BC Children's Hospital.  He went on to a clinical chemistry fellowship at the University of Texas in Houston where he was subsequently appointed to the position of Assistant Technical Director of Clinical Chemistry at Hermann Hospital.  In 1981, Dr. Dooley moved to the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia to become the Head of Clinical Biochemistry. In 1984 he became a Founding Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemists. In 1990 he assumed the role of Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the IWK Grace Health Center.

    Dr Dooley is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology at Dalhousie University. From 1999 – 2007 he was the Chair of the Nova Scotia Newborn Screening Committee and from 2001 – 2003 President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. In 2007 he was awarded the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Chemistry.

  • Dr. Jan Palaty, PhD, FCACB

    ​Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Instructor, Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    Dr. Palaty has worked as a Clinical Biochemist with LifeLabs since 2005. Based in our Burnaby Lab in the toxicology department, he has a particular interest in clinical applications of mass spectrometry and focuses his research on substance disorders. In collaboration with Dr. Danijela Konforte, Dr. Palaty helped to develop a transformational approach to testing for drugs in a patient’s system, the Comprehensive Drug Analysis. This new, proprietary, and simplified approach detects up to 200 drug targets in a patient’s system with a single test and provides results quickly and accurate to help save lives.

    Dr. Palaty obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of BC in 1995. He received his certification in Clinical Biochemistry from the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemists (CACB) in 2001. Dr. Palaty is a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has several published papers.

  • Dr. Cheryl Tomalty, BSc, PhD

    ​Clinical Biochemist, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    Based at the LifeLabs Burnaby Reference Laboratory, Dr. Tomalty joined LifeLabs in 2007 as a Clinical Biochemist. Her work is focused on the high-volume biochemistry laboratory and she also has clinical oversight of the Urinalysis and Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) at LifeLabs Surrey Reference Laboratory. Through this role Dr. Tomalty is a member of the BC Clinical and Support Services FIT Working Group and the FIT Technical Advisory Group which provides oversight for the provincial FIT Quality Assurance Program. She also is the Medical Scientific lead on protein electrophores and monitoring tests for plasma cell dyscrasias such as multiple myeloma.

    Dr. Tomalty graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and received a post-doctoral Diploma in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. She began her career as a Clinical Chemist at the North York General Hospital in 1981 and received her certification in Clinical Biochemistry from the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemists in 1982. Dr. Tomalty is a founding fellow in the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and was an executive member from 2011 to 2015 and Chair from 2015 to 2017. She was also President of the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists from 2005 to 2007 and is an active member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Dr. Tomalty holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia and she teaches several areas of fourth year Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Tomalty is the co-author of two recent peer-reviewed publications

  • Dr. William E. Schreiber, MD

    ​Clinical Director of Chemistry, B.C., LifeLabs;
    Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Consultant Pathologist, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Schreiber is the Clinical Director for Chemistry, B.C. In this role, he provides medical oversight for all chemistry testing in British Columbia. Prior to joining LifeLabs, he worked in the Division of Clinical Chemistry at Vancouver General Hospital. He also served as medical director of the Provincial Toxicology Center, which provides both forensic and clinical toxicology services for the entire province.

    Dr. Schreiber received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed a residency and research fellowship with the University of Washington. Since joining the faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC), he has committed a large part of his career to the education of medical students, residents and colleagues. He directed the medical biochemistry residency program for 10 years and served as associate dean for undergraduate education at UBC from 1999-2002. He has received a number of teaching awards from students and peers, as well as recognition from professional organizations for contributions to continuing medical education. Dr. Schreiber has been active in professional organizations in the U.S. and Canada. In 2016, he became president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the largest pathology organization in North America. He served on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online (labtestsonline.org) and continues to review for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. His research interests are eclectic, with more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
     

    Publications and Additional Information

    PubMed Publications

Hematopathology

  • Dr. Clinton Ho, MD, FRCPC

    ​Hematopathologist, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    Dr. Ho came to LifeLabs in 2012 to pursue his interest in hematopathology and quality and is a member of Medical Scientific team in British Columba.

    Dr. Ho completed his medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1994. He is certified by the Royal College of Canada in General Pathology and has completed a one-year post graduate fellowship training in cytopathology. He practiced as a general pathologist with interest in cytopathology for several years. He also served as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2009, he decided to specialize in hematopathology and re-entered residency training at the University of Alberta and obtained FRCPC certification in hematological pathology. He has a special interest in quality and is a member of the Diagnostic Accreditation Program Advisory Committee in Hematology.

  • Dr. Anil K. Mangal, DSM, ABIM, FRCPC, MBA

    ​Clinical Director of Hematology, B.C., LifeLabs;
    Hematopathologist, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    Dr. Mangal has been a Hematopathologist with LifeLabs since 2006 and currently holds the position of Clinical Director of Hematology, B.C. In addition to this leadership role, he is the on-site coordinator for UBC Hematopathology residents and was actively involved in developing a new hematopathology resident program at LifeLabs to provide residents with a unique exposure to community and primary care hematology laboratory practice. His interests focus on thalassemia and hemoglobinopathies, thrombophilia and coagulation, blood morphology, clinical correlations of hematologic abnormalities, lab informatics to promote cost-effective medical care and cord blood stem cell banking and transplant

    Dr. Mangal trained at the Fiji School of Medicine and did his internship at the War Memorial Hospital in the Fiji Islands and was in community medical practice before immigrating to Canada. Dr. Mangal completed residency training at both Shaughnessy Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital at the University of British Columbia. After receiving his fellowship in Hematology, Dr. Mangal joined the staff at Vancouver General Hospital. Throughout his 35-year career, Dr. Mangal has held a number of roles with esteemed organizations including UBC Health Science Centre Hospital, Canadian Blood Services BC & Yukon Division, Vancouver General and BC Biomedical Laboratories/CJ Coady Associates, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Life Banks Cryogenic Corporation and MDS Metro. Dr Mangal has held UBC Faculty appointment with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine since 1982. In 2008 he was honoured with the Quarter Century UBC Award for his 25 years of teaching with the Faculty of Medicine. In addition to being local and national speaker, Dr Mangal has been a visiting guest lecturer at the University of Fiji, Umanand Prasad School of Medicine and International Faculty member at the Fourth International CME in Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, India. Dr. Mangal has authored 10 peer reviewed publications and numerous abstracts/ papers.

  • Dr. Ekram Zayed, MD, ChB, FRCPC

    Hematology Discipline Head, LifeLabs 


    Biography:

    Dr. Zayed obtained his medical degree from Alexandria, Egypt, did his residency training in Ottawa, Ontario and received his Canadian fellowship in 1982. His career started in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1983. He has been the chief of service, Division of Hematopathology at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre and Dalhousie University. Dr. Zayed was also a Professor in the Department of Pathology and the Program Director for Hematopathology Residency Training program at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has also been an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • Dr. Ayesha Vawda, MD, FRCPC

    ​Hematopathology Consultant, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Instructor, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    Dr. Vawda joined the Hematology Department at LifeLabs in August 2014 in the role of Hematopathology Consultant. Her interests are focused on lymphoma, flow cytometry, lymph node morphology and molecular diagnostics. Her research concentrates on the role of the lymph node microenvironment in lymphoma pathogenesis.

    Dr. Vawda completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria in 2005 before obtaining her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2009. Her residency training in Hematological Pathology was undertaken at various hospitals in B.C. through the University of British Columbia. She served as chief resident in Hematopathology from 2012 to2013 and obtained her FRCPC certification in 2014. Dr. Vawda holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor with the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine at UBC. Dr. Vawda is the recipient of a number of academic and research awards and has been granted the Physician Leadership Institute certificate by the CMA.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

  • Dr. Michael T. Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCPC

    B.C. Medical Director and Medical Lead, Molecular Diagnostics, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Medical Director, Microbiology and Immunology, St Joseph’s Medical Center, Bellingham, W.A.


    Biography:

    Dr. Kelly has been in the role of Medical Director and Medical Lead at LifeLabs since 1998. Responsible for all medical operations across B.C., Dr. Kelly oversees eight laboratories, 120 patient service centres and mobile lab services to provide diagnostic testing for 25,000 patients a day. With a commitment to ensuring the highest medical quality of patient and physician services, he works in partnership with the medical/scientific staff and Quality and Regulatory Affairs to assist primary care providers and specialists in the diagnosis and management of their patients. Dr. Kelly’s clinical interests lie in general laboratory medicine with emphasis on the diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases and a special interest in enteric infections and molecular diagnostics.

    Dr. Kelly received his medical degree and PhD in microbiology from Indiana University and completed post-graduate training at University of Minnesota Medical School and US National Institutes of Health. He worked for several years in Salt Lake City VA Hospital as Acting Chief, Laboratory Services and the University of Texas Medical Branch as Professor of Pathology. Dr. Kelly moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 1984 to become Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia and microbiologist at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1987, he joined MDS Metro (now LifeLabs) as Head of Microbiology; the BC Provincial Lab as medical head of the enteric section; and Shaughnessy Hospital as Division Head of Microbiology and Infection Control. Dr. Kelly is also the President and owner of Ocean Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Seatek Marine Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Kelly is a member of the Regional Leadership Committee and Quality Committee at the BC Lab Agency and PDR Committee, BC College of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Kelly’s research interests have led to more than 170 published articles and abstracts and has five patents and trademarks.

  • Dr. Miguel Imperial, MD, MHSc (Epidemiology) and FRCPC

    ​Consultant Medical Microbiologist, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia


    Hospital Appointments:

    ​Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, B.C.
    BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.
    Eagle Ridge Hospital, Fraser Health Authority, Port Moody, B.C.


    Biography:

    Dr. Imperial is a consultant in Medical Microbiology for Lifelabs. He provides medical oversight for the laboratory workup of microbiological samples, consults on best practices for infection control at patient service centres and the handling of potentially infectious human samples, and provides a medical and patient-centered perspective to the multiple facets of Lifelabs operations. He also provides clinical consultations to physicians with respect to appropriate testing, interpretation of results and the treatment and management of patients with infectious diseases problems.

    Dr. Imperial received his medical degree, Master of Health Sciences (Epidemiology) and FRCPC Medical Microbiology training at the University of British Columbia. He received additional training in Tropical Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Imperial has a wide breadth and depth of experience, having worked as a consultant Medical Microbiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Biomedical Labs, Fraser Health and BC Women’s Hospital. He also continues to work in acute medicine as a Hospitalist in Fraser Health and as a consultant in Tropical Medicine. Prior to completion of his microbiology training, he also worked as a family physician. This experience in particular has greatly shaped his approach to the consultative practice of laboratory medicine, as he knows first-hand the daily struggles experienced by front-line clinicians.
     

    Publications and Additional Information

    Google Scholar

  • Dr. Romina Reyes, MD, FRCPC

    Medical Microbiologist, LifeLabs;
    Clinical Director of Microbiology, B.C., LifeLabs ;
    Deputy Medical Director, B.C., LifeLabs;
    Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


    Biography:

    Dr. Reyes is the Clinical Director of Microbiology and the Deputy Medical Director for LifeLabs, B.C. In these roles she helps to guide the direction of the Microbiology Department from an operational, clinical and quality perspective. She also leads a number of external projects on behalf of LifeLabs with the BCCDC Provincial Laboratory, the provincial health authorities, and the University of British Columbia.

    Dr. Reyes received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a specialty designation in Medical Microbiology. She has several appointments including the Vice-Chair of the BC Diagnostic Accreditation Program Committee, Consultant for the BC Laboratory Agency Medical Microbiology Working Group, Executive Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Microbiology Examination Committee, Voting Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Specialty and Regulatory Committee for Medical Microbiology, Member of the Mycology and Parasitology committees for Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT). Dr. Reyes also has a clinical appointment of Associate Professor of the University of British Columbia Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Reyes maintains an active teaching and educational role with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Medicine. She lectures in the Undergraduate Medical School, in the Post-Graduate residency training program and in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Laboratory Quality Management Course.

     

    Publications and Additional Information

    University Website

    Google Scholar

    LinkedIn

     

  • Dr. Robert S. Liao PhD, D(ABMM)

    ​Clinical Microbiologist, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Liao joined the Microbiology team at LifeLabs in 2017 as a Microbiologist. Focused on providing consultative services for Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology in British Columbia, he also has a professional interest in the development of new molecular microbiology diagnostic testing.

    Dr. Liao received his PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta and completed an American College of Microbiology CPEP fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology with the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Liao worked for several years as a Clinical Microbiologist in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University and the Kingston General Hospital. He also served as the Director of Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics and Serology at PeaceHealth –a reference laboratory for a 10 hospital medical system based in Oregon and Washington State. Dr. Liao has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and presented abstracts at numerous international conferences. He has a research interests in Molecular Microbiology, Virology, Serology and the development of novel diagnostic testing.

     

    Publications and Additional Information

    ResearchGate

    LinkedIn

     

  • Dr. Diana Whellams, MD, MPH, FRCPC

    ​Medical Microbiologist, LifeLabs


    Biography:

    ​Dr. Whellams joined LifeLabs in the summer of 2017. Her interests include antibiotic susceptibility testing, quality control, and education.

    Dr. Whellams completed a master degree in Public Health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2009. She subsequently pursued her MD and residency training in Medical Microbiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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