Education and Professional Standing
- FRCPC Medical Microbiology, 1985
- MSc Clinical Tropical Medicine, University of London, 1982
- FRCPC Internal Medicine, 1981
- MD, McMaster University, 1978
- BA Life Sciences, Queen's University, 1975
During the period 1985-2001, Dr. MacPherson was a member of the clinical Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology group in Hamilton, and provided services as the Director of the Regional Parasitology Laboratory, Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, Director of the Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, and Director of the Travel and International Health Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. During this time he also provided consultation services for provincial, national and international governments and agencies related to tropical medicine, parasitology, international health, and health management in emergency and disaster situations. His curriculum vitae contains over 250 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Recently, he has provided professional services to the national health and immigration departments of the Government of Canada in quarantine; tropical and travel medicine; health emergency contingency planning and response; counter-terrorism coordination; public health information networking; and immigration and migration health.
Multi-center prospective survey of adverse drug reactions to antimalarial drugs; Multi-center double-blinded, randomized treatment study in symptomatic patients with intestinal protozoa; Seroprevalence study, for vaccine preventable infections, in Canadian travellers; Seroprevalance study in Latin American Immigrants and refugees in Canada (Trypanosoma cruzi); Significance of free iron status in neonatal sepsis; Clinical association of non-pathogenic intestinal amoeba and urticaria; Risk behaviour survey for international travellers - tool development; Survey of parenteral exposures in International travellers; Serological survey for new infections due to Helicobacter pylori in international travellers; Prospective surveillance for new tuberculosis infections in Canadian travellers.
Inter-parasite correlations in enteric parasitology findings; Comparison of staining techniques in enteric parasitology; Diagnostic accuracy of three SAF preserved stool specimens compared to one pooled specimen; Multi-center study of inter-observer and intra-observer variability in diagnostic enteric parasitology; Fingerprinting of Toxoplasma gondii infections acquired during community associated outbreaks; Genetic fingerprinting and PCR identification of malaria isolates in Papua New Guinea; Development of PCR techniques in enteric protozoal infections (Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica/dispar).