Dr. Marcus Lem is the Medical Health Officer for Fraser East, based in Abbotsford, BC. He graduated from McMaster University Medical School in 1996 and completed his M.H.Sc. in Public Health and Epidemiology and a residency in Community Medicine at UBC. Dr. Lem received training in aerospace and diving medicine at the School of Operational Medicine, DRDC Toronto, and worked as a federal field epidemiologist in the Office of Public Health Security and the Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Division of the Population and Public Health Branch of Health Canada. He was a member of a joint Health Canada – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team investigating SARS in Toronto in 2003, and has served as a short-term consultant with UNICEF. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Lem was the Communicable Disease Control Specialist and Tuberculosis Consultant for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Headquarters in Ottawa, and represented FNIHB on the Canadian Tuberculosis Committee and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Subsequently, Dr. Lem held senior medical and executive level positions with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. Dr. Lem is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.
Response of Aboriginal infants to pertussis vaccine components: results of a controlled comparison study. Scheifele D, Halperin S, Lajeunesse C, Dawar M, McCormick R, Lem M. Int J Circumpolar Health 2013, 72:20930.
Gardy JL, Johnston JC, Ho Sui SJ, Cook VJ, Shah L, Brodkin E, Rempel S, Moore R, Zhao Y, Holt R, Varhol R, Birol I, Lem M, Sharma MK, Elwood K, Jones SMJ, Brinkman FSL, Brunham RC, Tang P. Whole genome sequencing and social network analysis of a tuberculosis outbreak. 2011. NEJM. 364:730-9.
Lem, M. Epidemiologic considerations in network modeling of theoretical disease events. In Visualising Network Information. Meeting Proceedings RTO-MP-IST-063, Paper 11. Neuilly-sur-Seine, France: RTO. 2006; (11-1 – 11-6).
Lem M, Moore D, Marion S, Bonner S, Chan K, O’Connell J, Montaner JS, Hogg R. Back to work: correlates of employment among persons receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. AIDS Care. 2005 Aug;17(6):740-6.
Ofner M, Lem M, Sarwal S, Vearncombe M, Simor A, SARS Investigative Team, CDC,
Cluster of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Cases Among Protected Health Care Workers – Toronto, April 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 52 / No. 19 / May 16, 2003.
Dr. Lem’s research interests include Aboriginal health, communicable disease control, tuberculosis, healthy aging and public health tool development.