On December 30, 2012, Dr. David Scheifele was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to improving health care through the prevention of infectious disease. The Order of Canada is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours and is awarded to recognize a lifetime of achievement and contribution to society.
Dr. Scheifele is recognized as a leading infectious diseases and vaccine expert in Canada. He has made substantial contributions to patient care, medical education, vaccine programs and vaccine research during his 35-year professional career as an academic clinician-scientist. He co-founded the Vaccine Evaluation Centre (VEC) at BC Children’s Hospital, the first academic vaccine research centre in Canada. As Director of the VEC, Dr. Scheifele leads a group of investigators who have completed over 225 studies to date, many contributing to the licensing of new vaccines, assessments of vaccine safety and the refinement of public immunization programs. Dr. Scheifele has also served on a number of important committees involved in vaccine policy-making and professional education. He has contributed to the training of over two dozen subspecialists and several young faculty members.
Currently, Dr. Scheifele is the data centre chief for the Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT), a program that monitors vaccine safety and preventable disease control at 12 pediatric centres across Canada. He is also a co-leader of the Public Health Agency of Canada / Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network, where he led the Rapid Trials group from 2009 to 2012.
Dr. Scheifele is a Senior Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. In addition to being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Scheifele has been recognized with many awards and honours including the Outstanding Investigator award from the Child & Family Research Institute, the UBC Killam Prize for Teaching and the Alan Ross Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from the Canadian Paediatric Society.