Eva Thomas is Division Chief of Microbiology/Virology in the Department of Pathology at Sidra Medical and Research Center and the Acting Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control. She joined Sidra in 2014.
As Division Chief, Eva is responsible for setting up Sidra’s Microbiology/Virology laboratory. This includes the recruitment of specialists; assay development and implementation; creation of a quality assurance plan and collaboration with Sidra’s clinical teams.
In addition to her role at Sidra, Eva is teaching undergraduates in Microbiology/Virology at Qatar University and is an active participant in Sidra’s Mini Med School for High School students.
Prior to joining Sidra, Eva an attending Medical Microbiologist at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH) since 1986. Eva completed her doctoral thesis in Virology from Gothenburg University, Sweden in 1985 and is board certified in Clinical Virology from the Swedish Board of health and Welfare since 1984. She is board certified in Medical Microbiology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada since 1990. She is on the UK GMC specialist register in Medical Microbiology since 2015. She has taught extensively and held academic appointments at the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 1992 and became Clinical Professor in 2002.
In 2006 Eva was appointed Corporate Director for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) where she reorganized and integrated the entire IPC Service across 6 tertiary care institutions in British Columbia.
Throughout her career at BCCH, Eva held many administrative positions including Head of Virology Services, Program Director for Microbiology, Associate Director of Pathology and Acting Department Head in 2014.
During her tenure at BCCH, Eva established a brand new diagnostic virus laboratory and pioneered the introduction of real time PCR in the pediatric/obstetric diagnostic microbiology arena. She created a Rapid respiratory-virus testing program, “VIRAP”, which is still operational at BCCH and allows for daily result reporting in 4 hours. This program has significantly changed the management of pediatric respiratory infections in the Emergency Room.