The Tropical Medicine clinic at Station Square, Metrotown is
the only walk-in tropical medicine clinic serving Vancouver and
the Lower Mainland. We see patients for infections and problems acquired in the
course of travelling or other unusual exposures. A few example of problems that
we see frequently post travel include (but are definitely not limited to!):
diarrhea, worm infections, unusual skin rashes, fevers, dengue fever,
coccidioides fungal infection, histoplasmosis infection, leptospira, sexually
transmitted infections and respiratory infections.
Concerns of acute malaria, which is a life threatening illness and can rapidly
result in death, should be referred immediately to the nearest Emergency Room,
preferrably at a centre with an Infectious Disease specialist on-call and
specialized malaria drugs available (e.g.
Vancouver General Hospital,
Surrey Memorial Hospital). If you are a patient and you believe you
have malaria, do not delay in getting immediate medical attention. For
more information on malaria, see the CDC website:
We do not see patients for pre-travel consultations and pre-travel
vaccinations. Please visit a dedicated travel medicine clinic,
such as the Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic (travelclinic.vch.ca
| 604-736-9244) or the Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre (www.tmvc.com
Referrals from your family doctor are accepted and are
required for pre-booked appointments. However, self referrals are accepted on a
walk-in, first-come, first-served bases.
If self-referring, please simply print and fill out the
patient information form and bring it to the clinic with you during clinic
times. Dr. Miguel Imperial currently runs 2-3 clinics times per week. Please see
the schedule for clinic times.
Dr. Miguel Imperial is a specialist physician in the
discipline of Medical Microbiology, a field which deals with the diagnosis and
treatment of infections due to bacterial, viral and parasitic agents.
He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and
the American Board of Medical Microbiology and holds a Certificate of Knowledge
in Travel Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine
Consultations are accepted for three areas:
1. Tropical Medicine and the Returning Traveler
Fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections acquired
during travels abroad may manifest as a variety of skin lesions,
gastrointestinal symptoms and constitutional complaints and are appropriate for
consultation at our clinic. Common travel related complaints includes symptoms
such as diarrhea and skin lesions.
2. New Immigrant Tropical Medicine
Recent immigrants and refugees may also present with
unusual infections related to their country of origin (such as leprosy,
schistosomiasis, brucellosis and deep fungal infections of the skin) and would
be appropriate for referral to our clinic for workup and treatment.
3. General Infectious Diseases
Consultation is available for general infectious disease
problems which may include: recurrent MRSA infections, cellulitis, urinary tract
infections with resistant organisms, Clostridium difficile diarrhea etc.