Kate Chipperfield

Contact Information
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
Division of Hematopathology, BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital
Room 2K49, 4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6H 1M9
Tel: 1-604-875-2044
Email: kate.chipperfield@cw.bc.ca
Lab Website: http://www.bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/kate-chipperfield

Current Positions

  • Division Head, Hematopathology, BCCH.
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  • Regional Medical Leader, Blood Transfusion Medicine.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health.

Research Interests

  • Development of massive transfusion guideline and policy for Vancouver Coastal Health. Implemented at VGH and Richmond Hospital. 2007.
  • Safety in Transfusion Medicine; Completion of pilot trial of automated patient identification in Transfusion Medicine. 2005-2006.
  • Collaborated with CBS/CBR scientists on correlating clinical transfusion outcome with a novel in-vitro method of assessing quality of platelet concentrate. 2007-2008.
  • I am currently supervising a project to audit RBC transfusions administered across various hospitals in Greater Vancouver. We will gauge whether the transfusion was appropriate or inappropriate based on most current guidelines. The cumulative results of the audit will provide information to hospital Transfusion Medicine (TM) leaders, ordering clinicians, hospital executive and the Ministry of Health (MoH), and form a baseline for future RBC Utilization Management (UM) endeavors. This information will have the potential to influence quality outcomes for patients.


  1. Maurer-Spurej, E and Chipperfield, K, “Could Microparticles Be the Universal Quality Indicator for Platelet Viability and Function?,” Journal of Blood Transfusion, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6140239.
  2. Maurer-Spurej E, Larsen R, Labrie A, Heaton A, Chipperfield K. Microparticle content of platelet concentrates is predicted by donor microparticles and is altered by production methods and stress. Transfusion and apheresis science : official journal of the World Apheresis Association : official journal of the European Society for Haemapheresis, 2016, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 35-43, 2016.
  3. Ponnampalam A, Growe G, Loftus P, Chipperfield K, Bigham M. Acquired peanut hypersensitivity following platelet transfusion. Transfusion medicine (Oxford, England), 2014, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 426-427, 2014.
  4. Trudeau JD, Waters T, Chipperfield K. Should intraoperative cell-salvaged blood be used in patients with suspected or known malignancy? Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d’anesthesie, 2012, vol. 59, no. 11, pp. 1058-1070, 2012.
  5. Heidary B, Bell N, Ngai JT, Simons RK, Chipperfield K, Hameed SM. Temporal trends in the treatment of severe traumatic hemorrhage. American journal of surgery, 2012, vol. 203, no. 5, pp. 568-573, 2012.
  6. Maurer-Spurej E, Pittendreigh C, Yakimec J, De Badyn MH, Chipperfield K. Erroneous automated optical platelet counts in 1-hour post-transfusion blood samples. International journal of laboratory hematology, 2010, vol. 32, no. 1 Pt 1, pp. e1-8, 2010.
  7. Bruyère H, Sutherland H, Chipperfield K, Hudoba M. Concomitant and successive amplifications of MYC in APL-like leukemia. Cancer genetics and cytogenetics, 2010, vol. 197, no. 1, pp. 75-80, 2010.
  8. Maurer-Spurej E, Labrie A, Pittendreigh C, Chipperfield K, Smith C, Heddle N, Liu Y, Yi QL, Barnett M. Platelet quality measured with dynamic light scattering correlates with transfusion outcome in hematologic malignancies. Transfusion, 2009, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 2276-2284, 2009.
  9. Maurer-Spurej E, Chipperfield K. Past and future approaches to assess the quality of platelets for transfusion. Transfusion medicine reviews, 2007, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 295-306, 2007.
  10. Saxena A, Dyker KM, Angel S, Moshynska O, Dharampaul S, Cockroft DW. Posttransplant diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of “lymphomatoid granulomatosis” type. Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology, 2002, vol. 441, no. 6, pp. 622-628, 2002.
  11. Maurer-Spurej E, Dyker K, Gahl WA, Devine DV. A novel immunocytochemical assay for the detection of serotonin in platelets. British journal of haematology, 2002, vol. 116, no. 3, pp. 604-611, 2002.


  • M.D., University of Saskatchewan, 1996.