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David Patrick

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David Patrick is Director of Research and the medical epidemiology lead for antimicrobial resistance at the BCCDC and a professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health.


Dr. David Patrick is an infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist with a career interest in responding to emerging infectious diseases. He has published on a range of topics including HIV epidemiology, impacts of immunization on population health and vector-borne and zoonotic disease, and has become quite involved in responding to the epidemic of COVID-19.

His current focus is on the broad effort to contain the threat of antimicrobial resistance in Canada and around the world. He is particularly interested in understanding the drivers of antibiotic utilization in the community, intervening to reduce unnecessary use and understanding the connection between antibiotic use and asthma in populations. His projects include Do Bugs Need Drugs? and Antibioticwise.  


Dr. Patrick is a respected public health leader, researcher and educator with expertise in epidemiology and infectious diseases. He joined the BCCDC in 1991and worked on clinical and epidemiological approaches to sexually transmitted infections and HIV throughout the 1990s and assumed leadership of the BCCDC’s epidemiology division in the 2000s. From 2011 to 2016 he was director of the UBC School of Population & Public Health, for which he was recognized for distinguished service, and during 2019, he served as Interim Executive Lead for BCCDC.

He has developed his own graduate course in Control of Communicable Diseases and contributed to a wide array of other courses, including courses in medicine, dentistry and public health. He was responsible for the birth of the only tropical medicine course in western Canada. 

He was awarded the Cortland Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the James M. Robinson Award for Contributions to Public Health.


Dr. Patrick has published over 200 articles in the peer-reviewed literature.

  • For a list of publications, see PubMed
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