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Chemistry

  • Dr. Kent Dooley, PhD, FCACB

    Chemistry Discipline Head

    Specialty:
    Clinical Biochemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    inherited metabolic diseases, newborn screening, pediatric and maternal-fetal clinical chemistry

    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. Kristin Hauff, PhD, FCACB

    Specialty:
    Clinical Biochemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Mass Spectrometry, Tumor Markers, Autoimmunity and Quality Assurance procedures.

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Hauff completed a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Microbiology at the University of Manitoba (2001).  She obtained her PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics from the University of Manitoba (2009) on the topic of Hypocholesterolemia in Barth Syndrome.  She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at McMaster University (2012).

    Dr. Hauff has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and abstracts at international conferences, receiving various awards in research excellence.  Dr. Hauff has been an invited speaker at conferences, community groups, and lectured at both the graduate and undergraduate university level at the University of Manitoba and McMaster Universities.  Most recently, Dr. Hauff received a cross appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia.  Dr. Hauff joined LifeLabs' Clinical Chemistry department in 2012.

  • Dr. Jan Palaty, PhD, FCACB

    Specialty:
    Clinical Biochemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Urine drug testing; substance use disorders; bone metabolism

    Biography:

    ​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 has worked as a lab technologist at WorkSafe BC and clinical biochemist at BC Children's Hospital.  He has worked at LifeLabs (or its subsidiary, the former BC Biomedical) since 2005, with a particular interest in clinical applications of mass spectrometry.

  • Dr. Cheryl Tomalty, PhD, FCACB

    Specialty:
    Clinical Biochemistry

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Routine Biochemistry; Immunoassay, Protein electrophoresis, Urinalysis, Fecal Immunochemical Testing, Cardiac Markers

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Tomalty graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and 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. She received her certification in Clinical Biochemistry from the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemists (CACB) in 1982.

    Dr. Tomalty joined Dynacare Medical Labs (now Gamma-Dynacare) in Ottawa in 1985 as a Clinical Chemist, and was later appointed as Technical Director of Chemistry and Hematology. In 1994, she became the Laboratory Coordinator of the Montreal General Hospital responsible for administration of all the clinical laboratories, and she went on to lead the laboratory integration team of the three hospitals of the McGill University Health Centre. She then returned to Ottawa in 2000 as a Clinical Chemist with Abbott Point of Care, manufacturer of the i-STAT System, located in Ottawa.

    Dr. Tomalty is a Founding fellow in the CABC and she was President of the Ontario Society of Clinical Chemists from 2005-2007. Dr. Tomalty joined LifeLabs in November 2007. She holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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

    Medical Director

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Medical Microbiology, Marine Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Antibiotic Discovery

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Kelly received his MD/PhD (microbiology) from Indiana University and did 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, BC 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, enteric section; and Shaughnessy Hospital as Division Head of Microbiology and Infection Control. He has been MDS Metro's Medical Director of Laboratory Services since 1998. He is also the President and owner of Ocean Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Seatek Marine Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Kelly has also written more than 100 articles published in medical and scientific journals.

  • Dr. Miguel Imperial, MD, MHSc D (ABMM), FRCPC

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Clinical tropical and travel medicine, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and MALDI-TOF

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Imperial received his MD, MHSc (Epidemiology) and FRCPC training at the University of British Columbia. He received additional training in Tropical Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has worked as a Medical Microbiologist at the Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the former BC Biomedical Labs prior to joining Lifelabs.

  • Dr. Luis Martinez, MD, FRCPC

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Clinical relevance in Medical Microbiology

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Martinez graduated from the National University (Universidad Nacional) in Bogotá, Columbia. He started his post-graduate training at the University of Connecticut and completed it at McGill University in Montreal.  He obtained his Quebec certification as Microbiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist in 1974, his Canadian Microbiology fellowship in 1976 and became a USA Diplomat (ASCP & ASM) in 1979

    He served as Chief Microbiologist and Infectious Disease consultant at the Royal Victoria, St. Mary's and Veterans Hospital in Montreal; while a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology at McGill he was the Director of the Medical Microbiology residency training program.  In the mid-1980s, Dr. Martinez joined Island Medical Laboratories (now LifeLabs) as Head of Microbiology and then became an advisor at the BC Centre for Disease Control.  In 1996, Dr. Martinez became a Microbiology consultant at Intercounty Laboratories in Toronto and also operated a general practice in Oakville and Hamilton.  And in 2006, Dr. Martinez returned to the west coast and re-joined LifeLabs' medical/scientific team.

  • Dr. Fred Roberts, MD, FRCPC

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Blood cultures and bacteremia, mycology, postsurgical infections and environmental aspects of infection control

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Roberts received his MD from University of Saskatchewan and interned at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster BC.  He obtained a Certification in General Pathology and then a Fellowship in Medical Microbiology.

    Since then, Dr. Roberts has been part of the medical laboratory and infection control groups at Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia Cancer Agency and was Medical Director of Infection Control for Fraser Health Authority.  He was also involved in the infection control requirements for new hospitals and outpatient clinics and a member of CHES.  Research interests have been varied and included blood cultures and clinical interpretation of blood cultures and postmortem cultures, laboratory method evaluations, burn sepsis in addition to a variety of other topics.  

    Dr. Roberts has also been heavily involved in training programs as Director of the VGH Medical Technologist training school and participated in both the undergraduate and residency training programs at UBC and is currently a Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine.

  • Dr. Romina C Reyes, MSc, MD, FRCPC

    Microbiology Discipline Head, Burnaby Regional Laboratory Deputy Medical Director

    Specialty:
    Medical Microbiology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Clinical epidemiology and statistical analysis.

    Biography:

    Dr. Reyes completed a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at the University of British Columbia (1996) and Master of Science degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario (2000). She obtained her Medical Degree from UBC (2004). In 2009, Dr. Reyes completed her residency training in medical microbiology at UWO and obtained the FRCPC certification. Dr. Reyes joined the LifeLabs microbiology department in 2009.

Pathology

  • Dr. Clinton Ho, MD, FRCPC

    Specialty:
    Hematological Pathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Morphology, Coagulation, Flow Cytometry, Blood Transfusion

    Biography:

    ​Dr Ho is certified in General Pathology and has completed a one-year fellowship training in cytopathology.  He practiced as a general pathologist with interest in cytopathology for several years.  He was a member of the Examination Committee for General Pathology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  In 2009, he decided to specialize in hematopathology and he re-entered residency training at the University of Alberta.  He obtained certification in hematological pathology and joined Lifelabs in 2012.

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

    Specialty:
    Hematology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Thalassemia & Hemoglobinopathies; Thrombophilia & Coagulation; Blood morphology, Clinical Correlations of Hematologic abnormalities; Lab Informatics to promote cost-effective medical care ; Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking & Transplant

    Biography:



    Dr. Mangal trained at the Fiji School of Medicine, where he received four Gold medals and was awarded the "School Dux Prize" for graduating top of his class.   He did his internship at the War Memorial Hospital in the Fiji Islands and was in community medical practice before immigrating to Canada.  1975  - 1978, Dr. Mangal  did l Residency training  at both Shaughnessy Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital at the University of British Columbia, where he was also Chief Resident in Hematology from 1978-1980. In 1982, he completed his Hematopathology Training at VGH.  After receiving his fellowship in Hematology, Dr. Mangal joined the staff at Vancouver General Hospital then moved to UBC Health Science Centre Hospital to be Head of Laboratory Hematology and Transfusion Medicine.

    Dr. Mangal became Head of Hematology at Metro-McNair Clinical Laboratories (MDS Metro) in 1984, and in 1986, assumed the role of Senior Pathologist as well.  1990 - 1996, Dr. Mangal became Vice President of Medical Affairs. During this period, he obtained his MBA from Simon Fraser University, with his Final MBA paper on "Medical Informatics:  A Strategic Analysis of the Use of LIS to Promote Cost Effective Medical Care."   1996 - 2000, Dr. Mangal was the Chair, Tariff Committee of the BC Association of Laboratory Physicians (BCALP) and 1997   2001, he was Medical Director at Canadian Blood Services (CBS), BC & Yukon Division. 2001-2006, Dr. Mangal held hematopathologist positions at Vancouver General and BC Biomedical Laboratories/CJ Coady Associates.  2005-2008, he was in Clinical Hematology Practice at the Surrey Memorial Hospital.  2005 - 2013, Dr Mangal  has been Medical and Scientific Director at Life Banks Cryogenic Corporation, involved with Cord Blood Stem cell cryopreservation. Dr. Mangal re-joined MDS Metro's Hematology Department in May 2006, as Consultant Hematopathologist

     

    Dr Mangal has held UBC Faculty appointment since 1982 and was honoured with the Quarter Century UBC Award in 2008 for his 25 years of teaching.  He has 10 peer reviewed/ refereed publications, 14 posters and abstracts at national and international conferences. One of his publications in Transfusion Medicine (1984) "Hemolytic Anemia due to Auto-antibody in renal transplant recipients" has been cited in excess of 70 times, as of 2012.  In addition to being invited speaker at National and Local conferences, Local Hospitals Grand Rounds and community groups; 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 been involved in planning and supervision of undergraduate co-op students, from various institutions (UBC, SFU, Uvic, BCIT), and also high school students in their Career Development Programs.

    Dr Mangal is currently a Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC and continues to be actively involved in UBC Medical Student Selection Interviews and Teaching at various levels.  He was actively involved in development of a "new community Hematopathology Program" for UBC Hematopathology Residents for onsite training at Lifelabs Medical Laboratories, Burnaby Labs, where they can get unique exposure to community and primary care hematology laboratory practice.  Dr. Mangal is currently a member of UBC Hematopathology Resident Training Committee and the On-Site Coordinator for the UBC Hematopathology Residency Program at Lifelabs.

  • Dr. Suseela Reddy, MBBS, FRCPC, Diplomat of the American Boards of Anatomical Pathology and Clinical Pathology

    Hematology Consultant

    Specialty:
    General Pathology

    Areas of Special Interest:

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Reddy was raised in India and came to Montreal, PQ in March 1965 with MBBS degree. She trained in General Pathology at the Vancouver General and St Paul's Hospitals and worked at Shaughnessy Hospital in Hematology in 1977 - 1978 after FRCPC.  She joined Metropolitan Clinical Laboratory in June 1978. Dr. Reddy worked in Hematology and Chemistry until 1994 and has specialized in Hematology since 1995.

  • Dr. Ekram Zayed, MD, ChB, FRCPC

    Hematology Discipline Head

    Specialty:
    Hematopathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Morphology, Coagulation, Flow cytometry, Blood Transfusion

    Biography:

    ​Dr. Zayed obtained his medical degree from Alexandria, Egypt. He did his residency training in Ottawa and obtained 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 Halifax's Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre and was also a Professor in the Department of Pathology and the Program Director for Hematopathology Residency Training program at Dalhousie University. Dr. Zayed was an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. moved to the west coast and joined Lifelabs in 2002.

  • Dr. Ayesha Vawda, MD, FRCPC

    Specialty:
    Hematological Pathology

    Areas of Special Interest:
    Lymphoma, Flow Cytometry, Lymph Node Morphology, Molecular Diagnostics

    Biography:

    ​Originally from South Africa, 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 BC through the University of British Columbia. She served as chief resident in Hematopathology from 2012-2013 and obtained her FRCPC certification in 2014.

    Dr. Vawda recently undertook research into the role of the lymph node microenvironment in lymphoma pathogenesis. Earlier studies included the role of cytogenetics in MDS as well as functioning of the ING tumor suppressor protein.  Dr. Vawda's academic awards include the Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher Scholarship, the William, Sadie & Edwin Rowan Scholarship in Medicine, NSERC and BC Cancer Foundation Research Awards, and invited membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society. She joined the Hematology Department at LifeLabs in August 2014.

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