Department of Medicine

Clinical Service

Inpatient Consultation Services

The Division offers consultation services to all acute-care facilities in Edmonton, including the University of Alberta Hospitalthe Cross Cancer Institutethe Royal Alexandra Hospital and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital;the Misericordia Community Hospital; and the Grey Nuns Community Hospital.

Outpatient Consultation Services

Timely consultations for a variety of infection-related problems are provided through the ambulatory care facilities at the regional acute care hospitals. A significant proportion of these consultations are for HIV/AIDS and for chronic viral hepatitis, and are coordinated through the Northern Alberta HIV Program and Hepatitis Support Program (see below).

Hepatitis Support Program

The Hepatitis Support Program in Edmonton provides comprehensive care to Northern Albertans with hepatitis C and hepatitis B infections. Physicians from both Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Infectious Diseases participate in this program, with a Medical Lead representing each Division. Several members of the Division of Infectious Diseases are certified in performing FibroScan™ (transient elastometry). [Read More]

HIV Program

The Northern Alberta HIV Program and its affiliates, are the main source of care to all HIV-infected individuals in northern Alberta. A broad range of care and support, including antiretroviral therapy, is provided by a multi-disciplinary teams working from two primary sites: the Kaye Edmonton Clinic and Royal Alexandra Hospital. [Read More]

Telehealth services are used for remote communities and HIV care is provided by Division members to 5 prisons (see below).

OPAT Services

The Division operates two outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) clinics: one at the RAH, directed by Dr. Isabelle Chiu; [Read More] and the other at the UAH, directed by Dr. Lynora Saxinger

Transplant Infectious Diseases

The Transplant Infectious Diseases program is the largest such program in Canada. It provides consultation to the Multi-Organ Transplant program and the Cross Cancer Institute. [Read More]

Tuberculosis Program

The TB program comprises three components: outpatient clinics, an inpatient isolation ward on 5C3 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Center, University Hospital; and a consultation service that functions either in person (locally) or by phone (for the rest of the province, excluding Calgary). [Read More]

Infection Control

Drs. Geoff Taylor and Stephanie Smith are the Infection Control Officers at the UAH, and consultants to the Cross Cancer Institute; Dr. Mark Joffe is the Infection Control Officer for RAH; Dr. Lesia Boychuk is the Infection Control Officer for Covenant Health. [Read More]

Occupational Infectious Diseases

Dr. Robyn Harrison provides administrative and clinical support for infection-related occupational health issues in the Covenant Health system, and Dr. Mark Joffe provides those services for the rest of the Captial region. [Read More]

Travel Medicine

Drs. Stan Houston and Lynora Saxinger are regional consultants for travel medicine. Febrile returning travelers who are screened through our regional Travel Clinic are "fast-tracked" to see the attending physician on the Inpatient Consulting Service.

General Internal Medicine

Two Divisional members provide clinical care on the general medical inpatient services, and Dr. Stan Houston holds a cross-appointment to General Internal Medicine.

Federal and Provincial Prison Clinics

The Division operates clinics for the management of HIV and hepatitis C at the Edmonton Institution (Dr. Stephen Shafran), the Edmonton Institution for Women (Drs. Ameeta Singh and Mark Joffe), the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre (Dr. Rabia Ahmed), the Edmonton Remand Centre (Dr. Rabia Ahmed) and Grande Cache Institution (Dr. Stephen Shafran).