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.