Alexander B. Magil (retired)

Renal Pathologist

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain


I was born and raised in Montreal. My undergraduate years at university were spent at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and at McGill University where I received my B.Sc. degree in physics. I received my medical training at Queen's University and my anatomical pathology training at the University of Toronto. I did a fellowship in renal pathology under Dr. Bill Chase at UBC. I have been on professional staff at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto (1976-1977) , Shaughnessy Hospital (1977-1993), Vancouver General Hospital (1977-) and St. Paul's Hospital (1993-). I am currently a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UBC where I have been on the academic faculty since 1977. I have been the head of the provincial renal biopsy service since 1977.

Academic Background

  • B.Sc., McGill U. (physics) 1965
  • MD, Queen's U. 1969
  • Rotating Internship, Toronto General Hospital 1969-1970
  • Postgraduate Immunology Training, University of Toronto 1970-1971
  • FRCPC (Anatomic Pathology) 1974
  • Fellowship in Renal Pathology, UBC 1975-1976

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Renal Pathology
  • Role of monocytes in glomerular disease and renal transplantation
  • Renal allograft pathology
  • Lupus glomerulonephritis

Teaching Interests

  • Renal Pathology

Selected Publications

  • Magil AB, Wadsworth LD, Loewen M. Monocytes and human renal glomerular disease: a quantitative evaluation. Lab Invest. 1981 Jan;44(1):27-33.
  • Magil AB, Wadsworth LD. Monocyte involvement in glomerular crescents: a histochemical and ultrastructural study. Lab Invest. 1982 Aug;47(2):160-6.
  • Magil AB. Histogenesis of glomerular crescents. Immunohistochemical demonstration of cytokeratin in crescent cells. Am J Pathol. 1985 Aug;120(2):222-9.
  • Magil AB, Puterman ML, Ballon HS, Chan V, Lirenman DS, Rae A, Sutton RA. Prognostic factors in diffuse proliferative lupus glomerulonephritis. Kidney Int. 1988 Oct;34(4):511-7.
  • Magil AB, Cohen AH. Monocytes and focal glomerulosclerosis. Lab Invest. 1989 Oct;61(4):404-9.
  • Herzenberg AM, Gill JS, Djurdjev O, Magil AB. C4d deposition in acute rejection: an independent long-term prognostic factor. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2002 Jan;13(1):234-41.
  • Magil AB, Tinckam K. Monocytes and peritubular capillary C4d deposition in acute renal allograft rejection. Kidney Int. 2003 May;63(5):1888-93.
  • Tinckam KJ, Djurdjev O, Magil AB. Glomerular monocytes predict worse outcomes after acute renal allograft rejection independent of C4d status. Kidney Int. 2005 Oct;68(4):1866-74.
  • Sis B, Bagnasco SM, Cornell LD, Randhawa P, Haas M, Lategan B, Magil AB, Herzenberg AM, Gibson IW,Kuperman M, Sasaki K, Kraus ES, the Banff Working Group. Isolated Endarteritis and Kidney Transplant Survival: A multicenter collaborative study. J Am Soc Nephrol 2015 May 26(5): 1216-27.


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