Sylvie Champagne

Medical Microbiologist


Born and raised in “La belle province” of Québec, I obtained my M.D. from Université de Sherbrooke. Following graduation I pursued an internship in Pediatrics at Université Laval in Québec City. I then completed my Pediatric residency with three years at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, including a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. My interest in Pediatric Infectious Diseases brought me to Vancouver to complete a research fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital followed by another residency program in Medical Microbiology at University of British Columbia. I have worked in various sites in Vancouver including community laboratory, VGH, BCCDC and currently at Providence Health Care as Medical Microbiologist for the past 12 years. I have been involved in Medical Education as Program Director and Site Director for Medical Microbiology Residency Training Committee. I was recipient of the Resident Teaching Appreciation Award by Medical Microbiology residents (2010-2011). I also served as Board examiner in Medical Microbiology for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for five years.

Academic Background

  • MD, Université de Sherbrooke 1978
  • Corporation professionnelle des médecins du Québec (Pédiatrie) 1983
  • FRCPC (Pediatrics) 1983
  • FRCPC (Medical Microbiology) 1987
  • Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Expertise / Research Interest

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • MRSA
  • C.difficile

Selected Publications

  • Champagne S, Fussell S, Scheifele D. Evaluation of skin and antisepsis prior to blood culture in neonates. Infection Control 1984; 5:489-491.
  • Kelly M, Champagne S, Sherlock C, et al. Commercial latex agglutination test for detection of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1987;25:1244-1247.
  • Champagne S, Thomas E. A case of mumps meningitis: a post-immunization complication? CDWR Vol. 13-35, 1987. Reprinted in CMAJ, Vol 138, p.135, January 15, 1988.
  • Pollard AJ, Probe G, Trombley C, Castell A, Whitehead S, Bigham JM, Champagne S, Isaac-Renton J, Tan R, Guiver M, Borrow R, Speert D, Thomas E. Evaluation of a diagnostic PCR for Neisseria meningitis in North America and field experience during an outbreak. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2002 Oct; 126 (10); 1209-1215.
  • Skowronski D, De Serres G, MacDonald D, Wu W, Shaw C, Macnabb J, Champagne S, Patrick D, Halperin S. The changing Profile of Pertussis: Age and Seasonal Effects. Journal of Infectious Diseases, May 15, 2002; 185:1448-1453.
  • Bigham M, Patrick DM, Bryce E, Champagne S, Shaw C, Wu W, Ng H, Roscoe D, Roy J, and Isaac-Renton J. Epidemiology, antibiotic susceptibility, and serotype distribution of Streptococcus pneumoniae associated with invasive pneumococcal disease in British Columbia - A call to strengthen public health pneumococcal immunization programs. Can J Infect Dis. 2003 Sep-Oct; 14(5):261–266.
  • Hoang L, Fyfe M, Harb J, Ong C, Dixon B, Champagne S, Isaac-Renton J. An outbreak of cyclosporiasis in May 2001associated with imported Thai basil in British Columbia. Epidemiol Infect. Feb 2005; 133(1):23-27.
  • Hull MW, and Champagne S. Check Sample Exercise: Community-Associated  Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Epidemiology, clinical presentation and laboratory details. American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2007; 50:17-29.
  • Romney MG, Hull MW, Gustafson R, Sandhu J, Champagne S, Wong T, Nematallah A, Forsting S, Daly P. Large community outbreak of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 5 invasive infection in an impoverished, urban population. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008;47:768-74.


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6