Karen L. Dallas

Medical Lead, Hematopathology and 
Transfusion Medicine

"What I've experienced is that I can't know the future. I can't know if anything that I do will change what happens tomorrow... but what I do know is if I do nothing, nothing will change." - Dr. James Orbinski (Co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada)


I was born in Minnesota and completed my pre-medical training years outside of Canada. I was one of the few American students admitted to study Medicine at McGill each year. Afterwards, I completed my residency in Hematopathology in Toronto and received fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine & Coagulation at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. I have practiced Transfusion and Hematopathology in both Saskatoon, SK and Edmonton, AB before coming to Vancouver. In Saskatoon, I was the Medical Director for Transfusion Medicine and also worked for the provincial government in the direction of Transfusion Medicine for the province. I was also a member of the National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products (NAC). I am passionate about Global Medicine and have worked abroad numerous times. In my spare time, I am actively involved in the fitness industry.

Academic Background

  • BA (summa cum laude, Microbiology & French) University of Minnesota 2001
  • NIH Research Fellowship 2002
  • MD, McGill University 2006
  • Diploma (Health Services Management) 2010
  • FRCPC (Hematological Pathology) 2010
  • Fellowship (Transfusion Medicine) BloodCenter of Wisconsin 2011

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Transfusion Medicine & Coagulation
  • Patient Blood Management
  • Utilization Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Laboratory Leadership/Management

Teaching Interests

  • Transfusion Medicine & Coagulation
  • Hematology & Hematopathology
  • Laboratory Management

Selected Publications

  • Dallas K, Sinha R. Exploring the challenges of effective factor distribution and management in the province of Saskatchewan. Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis. 2015 Jun; 13(s2):470.
  • AABB Annual Meeting 2014: "Building a PBM 'program' from the ground up: the Saskatoon experience".
  • AABB Annual Meeting 2013: "Making the connections: Engaging physicians, empowering the lab and effecting real practice change".
  • Schaan R, Neveling H, Dallas K. Assessing allogeneic perioperative blood transfusions for elective total hip replacement surgery patients in the Saskatoon Health Region. Transfusion. 2013 Sep; 53(s2):11A-218A.
  • Lin Y, Moltzan CJ Anderson DR, Whitman L, Anderson D, Alport T, Callum J, Dallas K, Devine D, Doncaster C, Fesser J, Howe D, Kingsbury E, Lane D, Laroche V, Morrison D,Muirhead B, Nahirniak S, Pavenski K, Petraszko T, Rajappannair L, Shabani-Rad MT. The evidence for the use of recombinant factor VIIa in massive bleeding: revision of the transfusion policy framework. Transfus Med. 2012 Dec;22(6):383-94


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
604-806-9355 (office)
604-230-3182 (mobile)