Samir Patel Bio

Samir Patel



Dr. Samir Patel is a Clinical Microbiologist at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and an Assistant Professor in Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He has a MSc and PhD in Tropical Disease/Infectious Disease both from the University of Toronto. He also completed his fellowship in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Toronto. 


In his position at PHO, Dr. Patel provides clinical scientific oversight for vector borne disease testing, including Lyme disease as well as tick surveillance program in Ontario. He oversees Lyme disease testing in Ontario and has extensive experience in diagnostic microbiology, including the processing and storage of clinical specimens. Dr. Patel has co-authored a technical report on Lyme disease at the request of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and currently co-chairs the PHO-Health Quality Ontario  working group responsible for developing a clinical algorithm for diagnosis and management of Lyme disease. He is also a member of the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network (CPHLN) Lyme disease diagnostic working group. 


Dr. Patel is a Principal Applicant on the grant and will act as the Networks Scientific Co-Director. He will also co-lead the establishment of foundational resources (national cohort and biobank). In particular he will oversee and coordinate patient recruitment in Ontario with colleagues from the Southeastern Ontario region. He will also be involved with research activities in clinical science and health services research (Pillar 3) and on novel detection and diagnostics (Pillar 1).