McMaster University

McMaster University

Deborah Yamamura


Associate Professor
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Medical Microbiology

Associate Member: Department of Medicine

Hamilton General Hospital
Microbiology Department, Rm W11-90
Hamilton, Ontario
905-527-4322 ext. 46111
Fax: 905-577-8027

Assistant: Michelina Bozzo

Deborah Yamamura

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • FRCPC Infectious Diseases, 1998
  • FRCPC Medical Microbiology, 1998
  • FRCPC Internal Medicine, 1996
  • MD, Queens University, 1992
  • BSc, University of Toronto, 1988


Research and Clinical Focus

Main research Areas: Detection of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, epidemiology of invasive candidiasis, diagnostic medical microbiology, quality management and laboratory safety.

Dr. Yamamura is Chair of the Royal College of Medical Microbiology Examination Committee and a member of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. She has been an assessor for the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation Program and the College of American Pathologists.

Academic Interests

Dr. Yamamura is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is the Head of Bacteriology and Mycology for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program, and a consultant in infectious diseases for Hamilton Health Sciences.

After earning a degree in palaeontology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Yamamura obtained a degree in Medicine at Queen's University and then completed a fellowship in internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology at McMaster University. She currently teaches in McMaster's MD Postgraduate Program.

Selected Publications

  • Yamamura D, Gucalp R, Carlisle P, et al. Open randomized student of cefepime verus piperacillin=gentamicin for the treatment of febrile neutropenic cancer patients. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1997; 41:1704-1708
  • Yamamura DLR, Rotstein C, Nicolle LE, et al. Candidemia at selected Canadian sites: results from the Fungal Disease Registry. 1992-1994. CMAJ 1999; 160:493-499
  • Yamamura DLR. TB Screening. American College of Physicians. PIER modul. 2007
  • Maganti H, Yamamura DLR, Xu JP. Prevalenlt nosoccomial clusters among causative agents for candidemia in Hamilton, Canada. Med Mycol 2011; 49(5): 530-8
  • Black M, Singh V, Belostotsky V, Roy M, Yamamura D., Gambarotto K, Lau K, Kam AJ. Process mapping in a pediatric emergency department to minimize missed urinary track infections. Int J Pediatr. 2016; 2016:2625870
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