About Us

Clinical Services

All members are actively involved in providing clinical consultative services in Allergy and Immunology to the community.

A major initiative at St. Paul’s Hospital is to improve the care of patients with primary immunodeficiency.  We have been at the forefront of providing home subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy (SCIG) as well as maintaining our intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (IVIG) at St. Paul’s Hospital. The Primary Immunodeficiency Transition Clinic led by Drs. Catherine Biggs and Persia Pourshahnazari has not only provided advanced diagnostic tests including exploring the genetic origins of many immune diseases but provides team based care for patients previously followed at BC Children’s.

Our division has created many clinical programs which are the first of its kind in the country. Drs Raymond Mak and Juan Ruiz have established the first Perioperative Anaphylaxis Clinic in Canada at Vancouver General Hospital which services the entire province. Dr Mak also helped establish the MED Safe clinic, a unique interdisciplinary adverse drug reactions clinic with a focus on severe cutaneous adverse reactions . This clinic combines translational research with clinical care. Dr. Mak is also involved in Canada’s first dedicated pregnancy penicillin allergy clinic at BC Women’s hospital.

Our entire faculty provides community and hospital care for patients with a wide variety of allergy and immunology conditions.  These include: allergic rhinitis, asthma, aspirin/NSAID sensitive asthma (also known as aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease-AERD), chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, drug allergy, food allergy, insect sting allergy, atopic dermatitis (eczema), urticaria (hives), angioedema, anaphylaxis, mast cell disorders such as mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome, eosinophilic esophagitis, other eosinophilic disorders, hereditary angioedema and immunodeficiency conditions such as common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) and IgA deficiency.

Many members of our Faculty are also actively involved in local, national and international committees dealing with their areas of interest.

 

Dr. Amin Kanani is an attending physician in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is the past president of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology and former interim program director of the adult allergy and clinical immunology fellowship program at UBC. Dr. Kanani’s areas of interest and research include hereditary angioedema, chronic spontaneous urticaria, allergic rhinitis,  food allergy and cannabis allergy.  Dr. Kanani has participated in developing guidelines for the management some of these conditions at the provincial, national and international level.

 

Dr. Godfrey Lam graduated from UBC medical school, and completed his allergy and clinical immunology fellowship in London. He works in a community clinic in Vancouver, and at both VGH and St Paul’s Hospital. He is currently a clinical instructor of UBC department of medicine and on the executive board of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology. His interests include food allergy and allergy immunotherapy.

 

Dr. Raymond Mak has a special interest in drug reactions and Quality Improvement. He sits on the BC Provincial Antimicrobial Clinical Experts (PACE) panel as an allergy representative and is collaborating with antimicrobial stewardship at VGH, BC CDC and PHSA to establish penicillin allergy de-labelling programs.

 

Dr. Siobhan Perkins graduated from McGill University Clinical Allergy and Immunology program.  She is currently the Vice President of the British. Columbia Society of Allergy and Immunology.  She works out of the Surrey Allergy clinic and her special interests are chronic urticaria, environmental and venom immunotherapy.

 

Dr. Persia Pourshahnazari cares for adolescent and adult patients with hypersensitivity and immunodeficiency disorders. She sits on the BC Secondary Immunodeficiency Provincial Working Group in guideline development. She also provides outreach services to beautiful Haida Gwaii, BC.

 

Dr. Juan Ruiz is a recent graduate of the Allergy and Immunology program at the University of British Columbia. He has focused his clinical interest on immunology, drug allergies, and peri-operative anaphylaxis. During his fellowship time, he pioneered a multidisciplinary Peri-Operative Anaphylaxis Clinic (POAC) at Vancouver General Hospital, and he has become the Director of Operations.

 

D. Kateryna Vostretsova is the Program Director for Allergy & Clinical Immunology at UBC. She works for both Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health and has a diverse outpatient practice where she sees both children and adults with allergies and immunodeficiencies. She is interested in quality improvement and has started a penicillin delabelling program at Richmond Hospital.