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Immunology

A world-leading innovative team providing quaternary care to children of British Columbia and the Yukon for Immunology disorders.
About

We are a referral-based clinic providing comprehensive care for children and youth with disorders of the immune system.

We acknowledge that the land on which we work and where our clinic is located is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide care to the people of British Columbia from this land. 

The Immunology Clinic at BC Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats children with immune system disorders. Most of these disorders are rare, and present with recurrent infections and inflammatory conditions. Because immune system disorders affect many systems in the body, we work very closely with other pediatricians and subspecialists to ensure children receive the best possible care.

 

We are an internationally recognized center of excellence for Immunology teaching and research. Trainees in the clinic include medical students, medical residents, and physicians pursuing sub-specialty training in Allergy and Immunology who join us from across Canada and internationally. Research conducted in our program is world leading. We have identified many new immune system disorders and through our research program we have discovered novel, patient-specific treatments. Our immunology physicians have been recognized for excellence in teaching and research through many national and international awards.

 

You need a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner to attend this clinic. ‎

 

As a tertiary care center, we are experts in diagnosing and treating rare and complex conditions including antibody deficiencies, combined immune deficiencies and immune dysregulation disorders.

 

The clinic consists of outpatient consultations. We also offer province-wide consultation through virtual health visits and inpatient consultations.

 

https://www.bcchr.ca/cbiggs

https://www.bcchr.ca/khildebrand

https://www.bcchr.ca/sturvey

 

More info:

Preferred sources of information for immune disorders‎

Our dedicated and highly experienced health professionals work diligently to create a safe and compassionate environment for children, families and caregivers.

 

Physicians:

Dr. Catherine Biggs 

MD, FRCPC, MSc 

Medical Lead, Immunology Clinic


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Dr. Kyla Hildebrand 

MD, FRCPC, MScCH (HPTE)  

Director, Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Residency 


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Dr. Elliot James

MD, FRCPC


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Dr. Stuart Turvey 

MBBS, DPhil, FRCPC 

Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Precision Health

Aubrey J. Tingle 

Professor of Pediatric Immunology


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Training Program

Dr. Meriem Latrous

MD, FRCPC


Administrative staff

Tracy Peso


Your Visit

Referral for this service is open to all physicians and nurse practitioners in BC.

 

Virtual health visits are available for children and families unable to travel to Vancouver for assessment.

 

Preparing for your visit:

 

Please bring all medications to the appointment.

 

Parking can be a challenge at BC Children’s Hospital, so allow extra time when coming to your appointment. Valet parking is available free of charge at the Oak Street entrance, next to the new Sunnyhill Center.  

 

We are part of the division of Allergy and Immunology and share our clinical space with the Allergy clinic. We are located in the 1982 building, which is attached to the new Teck Acute Care Center.


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We are a teaching institution and proud to offer a specialty residency program for pediatricians training to be specialists in the field of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. During your visit, you will likely be assessed by a medical student or resident (a medical doctor who is training to be an independent practitioner). We value the role students have in the assessment, diagnosis and management of children referred to our clinic.


Many patients seek services in other areas of BC Children’s hospital:

  1. Laboratory Blood Collection Center (Outpatient Laboratory)
    • Many patients require blood work to be drawn following their appointment at the Immunology Clinic. There is a blood collection lab located on the second floor of the building, a short walk from the Immunology Clinic. 
    • How to get there: 
      • Locate the lobby where the Gift Shop and Second Cup are located at the Oak Street entrance of the hospital.
      • Take the lobby elevators up to the second floor. Turn left and follow the sign to the Blood Collection Center.

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2. Chieng Family Medical Day Unit 

  • Some patients require ongoing treatments as an outpatient. These treatments take place at the Medical Day Unit, located on the second floor of the 1982 building, a short walk from the Immunology Clinic and down the hallway from the Blood Collection Center (outpatient laboratory).
  • How to get there: 
    • Locate the lobby where the Gift Shop and Second Cup are located at the Oak Street entrance of the hospital
    • Take the lobby elevators up to the second floor. Turn left and follow the sign to the Blood Collection Centre. 
  • http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/hospital-services/medical-day-unit

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