Andrew Shih

Contact Information
Vancouver General Hospital
Department of Pathology, JPP1, room 1553
855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Tel: 1-604-875-4111 Ext. 61109
Fax: 1-604-875-4798

Current Positions

  • Medical Director (Vancouver Acute) and Regional Medical Leader, Transfusion Medicine, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
  • Staff Hematopathologist, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia.

Research Interests

  • Appropriateness of transfusion, critical appraisal of research, best practice guidelines.


  1. Tseng EK, Jo D, Shih AW, Hogg K, Chan TM.  Window to the Unknown: Using Storytelling to Identify Learning Needs for the Intrinsic Competencies Within an Online Needs Assessment.  AEM Educ Train 2018; Accepted November 27, 2018.
  2. Pi D, Shih AW, Sham L, Zamar D, Roland K, Hudoba M.   Establishing Performance Management Objectives and Measurements of Red Blood Cell Inventory Planning in a Large Tertiary Care Hospital in British Columbia, Canada.  ISBT Science Series 2018; Accepted September 18, 2018.
  3. McGinnis E, Heddle NM, Shih AW.  Top Ten Mistakes Made in Research.  Transfusion 2018;58(11):2478-82.
  4. Shih AW, Liu A, Elsharawi R, Crowther MA, Cook RJ, Heddle NM.  Systematic Reviews of Guidelines and Studies for Single Versus Multiple Unit Transfusion Strategies.  Transfusion 2018; ePub October 12, 2018.
  5. Yazer MH, Spinella PC, Allard S, Roxby D, So-Osmon C, Lozano M, Gunn K, Shih AW, Stensballe J, Johansson PI, Bagge Hansen M, Maegele M, Doughty H, Crombie N, Jenkins DH, McGinity A, Schaefer RM, Martinaud C, Shinar E, Strugo R, Chen J, Russcher H.  Vox Sanguinis International Forum on the use of prehospital blood products and pharmaceuticals in the treatment of patients with traumatic haemorrhage.  Vox Sang 2018; 113(7):701-6.
  6. Chan TM, Jo D, Shih AW, Bhagirath VC, Castellucci LA, Yeh C, Tseng EK, Thoma B, Hogg K.  The Massive Online Needs Assessment (MONA) to inform the development of an emergency hematology educational blog series.  Perspect Med Educ 2018;7(3):219-23.
  7. Dunbar N, Yazer MH, OPTIMUS Study Investigators.  O- Product Transfusion, Inventory Management and Utilization during Shortage: the OPTIMUS study.  Transfusion 2018; 58(6);1408-13.
  8. Diep C, Shih AW, Jamula E, Heddle NM, Parvizian M, Hillis CM.  Impact of organizational interventions on reducing inappropriate intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) usage: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Transfus Apher Sci 2018; 57(2):215-21.
  9. Goldman M, Shih AW, O’Brien SF, Devine D.  Donor deferral policies for men who have sex with men (MSM): past, present, and future.  Vox Sang 2018; 113(2):95-103.
  10. Shih AW, Crowther MA, Jamula E, El-Sharkawy R, Brown M, Paterson G, Lui M, Don-Wauchope AC.  Assessment of the Measurement Error in Cyclosporine Levels Drawn Between Peripheral and Central Sources.  Am J Clin Pathol 2018;149:76-81.
  11. Shih AW, Sheppard JI, Warkentin TE.  Platelet count recovery and seroreversion in immune HIT despite continuation of heparin: further observations and literature review.  Thromb Haemost 2017;117(10):1868-74.
  12. Hodgkinson KM, Kiernan J, Shih AW, Solh Z, Sheffield WP, Pineault N.  Intersecting Worlds of Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine: An International Symposium organized by the Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation.  Transfus Med Rev 2017;31(3):183-192.
  13. Shih AW, Lam AS, Warkentin TE.  Levofloxacin-induced Acute Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia of Rapid-Onset.  J Pharm Pract 2017:897190017702306.
  14. Shih AW, Jamula E, Diep C, Lin Y, Armali C, Heddle NM, Traore A, Doherty J, Shah N, Hillis CM.  Audit Of Provincial IVIG Request Forms And Efficacy Documentation In Four Tertiary Care Centres In Canada.  Transfus Med 2017;27(2):122-131.
  15. Shih AW, Bhagirath V, Liaw PC, Acker JP, Eikelboom JW, Heddle NM.  Quantification of Cell Free DNA In Red Blood Cell Units In Different Whole Blood Processing Methods.  J Blood Transfus 2016:9316385.
  16. Shih AW, Crowther MA.  Reversal of Direct Oral Anticoagulants: A Practical Approach.  Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program (ASH Education Book) 2016;612-619.
  17. Walsh GM, Shih AW, Solh Z, Golder M, Schubert P, Fearon M, Sheffield WP.  Blood-borne Pathogens: A Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation Symposium.  Transfusion Medicine Reviews 2016;30(2):53-68.
  18. Shih AW, Hillis CM, Heddle NM.  Differential diagnosis and reporting of acute transfusion reactions: current best practice.  International Journal of Clinical Transfusion Medicine 2016;4:1-14.
  19. Jaffer AM, Wang G, Barty RL, Shih AW.  Evaluation of CONSORT compliance in TRANSFUSION.  Transfusion 2016;56(4):789-790.
  20. Shih A, Arnold DM.  Transfusion Trials and Tribulations.  Comment on:  Transfusion of Fresh Frozen Plasma in Critically Ill Patients with a Coagulopathy Prior to Invasive Procedures: a randomized clinical trial.  Transfusion 2015;55(1):14-16.
  21. Shih AW, Kolesar E, Ning S, Manning N, Arnold DM, Crowther MA.  Evaluation of the Appropriateness of Frozen Plasma Usage In The Era of Prothrombin Complex Concentrates: A Retrospective Study.  Vox Sang 2014;108(3):274-280.
  22. Shih AW, Nazi I, Kelton JG, Arnold DM.  Novel Treatments For Immune Thrombocytopenia. La Presse Medicale 2014;43:e87-e95.
  23. Shih AW, McFarlane A, Verhovsek M.  Haptoglobin Testing In Hemolysis: Measurement and Interpretation.  Am J Hematol 2014;89:443-447.
  24. Shih AW, Weir MA, Garg AX, et al. Oral bisphosphonate use in the elderly is not associated with acute kidney injury. Kidney Int 2012;82:903-8.
  25. Jolly US, Shih A, Moist L, Clark W, Gabril M. Influenza A H1N1, microscopic polyangiitis and pulmonary haemorrhage. Nephrology (Carlton) 2010;15:781.


  • Graduate, Physician Leadership Program, University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, 2018.
  • Graduate, Health Research Methodology Program (Thesis-Based), McMaster University, 2017.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinical Investigator Program, McMaster University, 2017.
  • Doctorate of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2009.
  • B.Sc. General in Physiology with Great Distinction, University of Saskatchewan, 2005.