Bold medical visionary to receive Honorary Degree

By Greg Campbell Posted: October 18, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce BSc (Hons)’78 (Campion College)
Dr. Elizabeth Bryce BSc (Hons)’78 (Campion College) Paul Joseph, University of British Columbia Photography

At the 45th annual Fall Convocation being held at the Conexus Arts Centre on October 19 at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Elizabeth Bryce is receiving the University of Regina’s highest honour – an honorary degree for her life-long dedication to medicine.

Bryce is an alumna of the University of Regina (Campion College) having earned a BSc (Honours)’78. She went on to pursue medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and, through a long and distinguished career in medical microbiology and infection prevention, has made significant contributions to this field. She is qualified in medical microbiology and internal medicine and is a clinical professor at UBC.

Bryce is the co-founder of the Vancouver Coastal Health Biological Response Advisory Team whose practices were adopted by Health Canada. She was seconded to the SARS Medical Advisory Committee and later received the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Award of Excellence for her team’s successful efforts to contain SARS in B.C. She was also part of the team developed Canada’s hospital infection prevention response to the H1N1 pandemic.

She served as regional medical director for Infection Control at Vancouver Coastal Health Acute and is the co-director of the Provincial Infection Control Network of B.C. She is the co-lead for the UBC Certificate in Infection Control program and the co-creator of several on-line educational infection control modules. Her module on how healthcare workers can protect themselves from infections has been translated and distributed throughout South America. She has published numerous scholarly articles and in 2011 was awarded (along with her colleague Dr. Annalee Yassi), the Canadian Medical Association Journal Merit Award for Top Achievements in Health Research.

She also received the Champion for Change Award from the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and GroYourBiz. The award recognizes global leaders who envision innovative ways of benefiting their community. More recently she received the B.C. Health Care Gold Apple Award for Top Innovation and the People First Award for Innovation for her team’s creation of a canine scent detection program to detect hidden hospital reservoirs of infectious diarrhea.

As a volunteer she travels to other countries to help them build safer healthcare environments that minimize the risk of exposure to transmissible diseases.