Dr. John Embil
Professor, Director of Health Sciences Centre, Infection Prevention and Control Unit


Degrees: MD, (Dalhousie 1989), FRCPC (Internal Medicine 1994, Infectious Diseases 1996)


Mailing Address:  Infection Prevention and Control Unit, Health Sciences Centre, MS 673-820 Sherbrook Street

Tel: 204-787-4654, FAX: 204-787-2989

Research Interests:

  • Nosocomial infections, their prevention, transmission and epidemiology
  • Infections in the lower extremities of persons with diabetes.
  • Blastomycosis.
  • New drug development: Clinical trials with new antimicrobial agents
  • Wound healing

Recent   Publications :

For a list of Dr. Embil's PubMed articles, please click here

  1. Embil JM , Trepman E. Microbiological Evaluation of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis. Clin Infect Dis 2006; 42: 63-5.
  2. Embil JM , Wiens JL, Oppenheimer M, Trepman E. Clinical Vista : Foot Ulcer and Osteomyelitis. Can Med Assoc J 2006; 174: 35, 36.
  3. Vinh DC , Embil JM . Rapidly Progressive Soft Tissue Infection – Authors Reply. Lancet Infect Dis 2006; 6: 66-7.
  4. Ofner-Agostini M, Mulvey M, Bryce E, Loeb M, McGeer A, Kiss A, Paton S, the Canadian Hospital Epidemiology Committee (includes Embil JM) and the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program. Clinical and Epidemiologic Features of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Hospitalized Elderly Adults. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006; 27:204-207.
  5. Embil JM , Oliver ZJ, Mulvey MR, Trepman E. A man with recurrent furunculosis. CMAJ 2006; 175: 143-44.
  6. Goulet S, Trepman E, Koulack J, Fong H, Duerksen F, Martin B, Simonsen JN, Nicolle L, Embil J . Revascularization for peripheral vascular disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients. J Vasc Surg 2006; 43:734-41.
  7. Vinh DC , Nicol KA, Rand F, Embil JM . Native-Valve Bacterial Endocarditis Caused by Lactococcus garvieae . Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2006; 56: 91-94.
  8. Lipsky BA, Berendt AR, Deery HG, Embil JM , Joseph WS, Karchmer, AW, Lefrock JL, Lew DP, Mader JT, Norder C, Tan JS. Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections. Plast Recontr Surg 2006;117(7S Supplement):212S-238S.
  9. Goodridge D, Trepman E, Sloan J, Guse L, Strain LA, McIntryre J, Embil JM . Quality of Life of Adults with Unhealed and Healed Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Foot Ankle Int, 2006; 27: 274-280.
  10. Embil JM , Soto NE, Melnick DA. A Post Hoc Subgroup Analysis of Meropenem verus Imipenem/Cilastatin in a Multicenter, Double Blind Randomized Study of Complicated Skin and Skin-Structure Infections in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Clinical Therapeutics 2006; 28: 1164 – 1174.
  11. Vinh DC , Embil JM . Severe Skin and Soft Tissue Infections and Associated Critical Illness. Curr Infect Dis Rep 2006; 8: 375 – 83.
  12. Embil JM , Soto NE, Melnick DA. Complicated Skin and Skin-Structure Infections in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus: Clinical Characteristics and Efficacy of Meropenem and Imipenem Cilastatin. Clinical Ther 2006; 28: 1164-74.
  13. Embil JM, Rose G, Duerksen F, Simonsen N, Trepman E, Koulack J, Fong H, Nicolle LE. Oral Antimicrobial Therapy for Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis. Foot Ankle Int 2006; 27: 771-779.
  14. Barton M, Hawkes M, More D, Conly J, Nicolle L, Allen U, Boyd N, Embree J, Van Horne L, Le Saux N, Richardson S, More A, Tran D, Waters V, Verancombe M, Katz K, Weese JS, Embil J, Ofner-Agostini M, Ford-Jones EL, The Writing Group of the Expert Panel of Canadian Infectious Disease, Infection Prevention and Control, and Public Health Specialists. Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus : A Perspective for Canadian Healthcare Practitioners. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2006; 17 (Suppl C): 4C-24C.
  15. Reid K, Martin B, Duerksen F, Nicolle L, Garrett MR, Simonsen N, Trepman E, Embil JM. Diabetic Foot Complications in a Northern Canadian Aboriginal Community. Foot and Ankle International 2006; 27: 1065-1073.
  16. Weber C, Bartley D, Al-Thaquafi H, Embil JM. Blastomyces dermatitidis Osteomyelitis of the Tibia. Am J Orthop 2007; 36: 29-32.
  17. Chuback J, Embil JM , Sellers E, Cheang M, Trepman E, Dean H. Foot Abnormalities in Canadian Aboriginal Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabet Med 2007; 24: 747-52.
  18. Czarnecki A, Ong GHF, Pieroni P, Trepman E, Embil JM . Gemella morbillorum Septic Arthritis of the Knee and Infective Endocarditis. Am J Orthop 2007; 36: E7-E9.
  19. Skinner S, Embil JM. Linezolid for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections. Therapy 2007; 4: 41-50.
  20. Christianson S, Golding GR, Campbell J, Mulvey MR, and the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program (CNISP) (Member of Group). Comparative Genomics of Canadian Epidemic Lineages of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus . J Clin Microbiol 2007; April 11, 2007 [EPUB ahead of print].
  21. Trepman E, Nihal A, Williams KL, Cheang M, Embil JM . Individual Didactic Sessions or Group Lectures for Teaching the Foot and Ankle to Orthopedic Residents. Foot and Ankle Surgery 2007; 13: 69-75.
  22. Jassal DS, Aminbakhsh A, Fang T, Shaikh N, Embil JM, Mackenzie GS, Tam JW. Diagnostic Value of Harmonic Transthoracic Echocardiography in Native Valve Infective Endocarditis: Comparison with Transesophageal Echocardiography. Cadiovasc Ultrasound 2007; 5: 20 .
  23. Embil JM. Can Self-Monitoring of Foot Temperatures Help Prevent Recurrence of Diabetic Foot Ulcers? Commentary on Lavery LA et al. Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrences in High-Risk Patients: Use of Temperature Monitoring as a Self-Assessment Tool. Diabetes Care 2007; 30: 14-20. Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab 2007; 3:568-9.
  24. Oppenheimer M, Cheang M, Trepman E, Crampton T, Bock G, MacDonald P, Black B, Limerick B, Wiebe L, Sarsfield P, MacDonald K, Embil JM. Orthopedic Manifestations of Blastomycosis. South Med J 2007; 100: 570-8.
  25. McIntryre I, Boughen C, Trepman E, Embil JM. Lower Extremity Problems of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Diabetic Patients with Endstage Renal Disease. Foot Ankle International 2007; 28:674-686.
  26. Vinh DC, Embil JM. Severe skin and soft tissue infections and associated critical illness. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2007;9:415-21.
  27. Verity S, Sochocki M, Embil JM , Trepman E. Treatment of Charcot Foot and Ankle with Prefabricated, Removable Walker Brace and Custom Insole. Foot and Ankle Surgery 2008; 14: 26 -31.
  28. Sochocki MP, Verity S, Atherton PJ, Huntington JL, Sloan JA, Embil JM, Trepman E. Health Related Quality of Life in Patients with Charcot Arthopathy of the Foot and Ankle. Foot Ankle Surgery 2008; 14: 11-15.
  29. Nihal A, Gellman RE, Embil JM, Trepman E. Ankle Arthrodesis. Foot and Ankle Surgery, 2008; 14: 1-10.
  30. Ofner-Augustini M, Johnston BL, Simor AE, Embil J, Matlow A, Mulvey M, Ormiston D, Conly J. Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program. Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Canada . Results of the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program. 1999-2005. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008; 29: 271-74.
  31. Silver S, Vinh D, Toole J, Embil JM. The Man Who Got Too Close to his Cows. Diagn Micro Infect Dis 2008; 60: 419-420.
  32. Vinh D, Finlayson N, Toole J, Hamza S, Embil JM .  Photoquiz:  An Elderly Woman with a Diffuse Annular Eruption.  Clin Infect Dis 2008 ;  46 :  1581, 1624-1625.
  33. Rose G, Duerksen F, Trepman E, Cheang M, Simonsen JN, Koulack J, Fong H, Nicolle LE, Embil JM. Multidisciplinary Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Canadian Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal People. Foot and Ankle Surgery 2008; 14: 74-81.
  34. Helewa RM, Embil JM , Boughen CG, Cheang M, Goytan M, Zacharias JM, Trepman E. Risk FAcotrs for Infectious Spondylodiscitis in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008; 29:567-71.
  35. Berendt AR, Peters EJ, Bakker K, Embil JM, Enroth M, Hinchliffe RJ, Jeffcoate WJ, Lipsky BA, Senneville E, Teh J, Valk GD. Specific Guidelines for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis. Diabetes Metab Res Rev 2008; 24(Suppl 1): S190-1.
  36. Berendt AR, Peters EJ, Bakker K, Embil JM, Enroth M, Hinchliffe RJ, Jeffcoate WJ, Lipsky BA, Senneville E, Teh J, Valk GD. Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis: A Progress Report on Diagnosis and a Systematic Review of Treatment. Diabetes Metab Res Rev 2008; 24(Suppl 1): S145-61.
  37. Light RB, Kralt D, Embil JM, Wiebe L, Limerick B, Sarsfield P, Hammond G, MacDonald K. Seasonal Variations in the Clinical Presentation of Pulmonary and Extrapulmonary Blastomycosis. Med Mycol 2008; 24: 1-7 [Epub ahead of print]

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