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University of Toronto: MPH, Public Health 2012
University of Ottawa: LLB, Law 2001
Queen's University: MD, Medicine 1993
University of Toronto: BPharm, Pharmacy 1984
Media Appearances (3)
The case against mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers
The Toronto Star online
There has been a good deal of recent media attention regarding what some see as a medical and ethical imperative that health-care workers be vaccinated against influenza. This view stems from two conclusions: vaccinating health-care workers protects patients from influenza-related harm, and current strategies have not been successful in achieving high vaccination rates...
We need a better flu vaccine before considering mandatory vaccination of health care workers
However, the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine is now being challenged, write Drs. Michael Gardam and Camille Lemieux from the Infection Prevention and Control Unit, University Health Network and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. A number of recent evidence reviews and vaccine effectiveness studies have found that the influenza vaccine is only moderately effective — about 60% — in healthy adults; this number can be much lower during some flu seasons...
Flu season has hsopital ERs scrambling across GTA
The Toronto Star online
“The magnitude of this outbreak is not comparable to those, but the lessons learned have allowed us to be confident in our approach to infection control,” he said. University Health Network associate director of infection prevention and control Dr. Camille Lemieux said it’s been a decade since numbers have been so high in non-pandemic situations...
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) can be associated with serious bacteraemia. The focus of this study was to characterize the molecular epidemiology of VRE from bacteraemia cases that were isolated from 1999 to 2009 as part of Canadian ...
Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been increasingly recognized for its ability to cause significant hospital-associated outbreaks, particularly since the emergence of multidrug-resistant strains. Biofilm formation allows the pathogen to persist in ...
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a pressing and imminent patient safety concern as they cause substantial preventable morbidity and mortality. Despite this, there is a strong tendency for healthcare administrators and providers to view them as far ...
Planning for the next influenza pandemic is occurring at many levels throughout the world, spurred on by the recent spread of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Central to these planning efforts in the health-care sector are strategies to minimise the ...
The degree of interindividual and intraindividual variability in acetylator activity was investigated with caffeine used as a probe of enzyme activity. Acetylator phenotype and relative N-acetyltransferase activity were estimated in 46 subjects by measuring the ...