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Dr. Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Medical Microbiologist

Hospital/Academic Appointments.

Medical Director, Microbiology and Immunology, St Joseph’s Medical Centre, Bellingham, W.A.

Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Kelly had been in the role of Medical Director and Medical Lead at LifeLabs from 1998 – August 2020.  He had been responsible for all medical operations across B.C., overseeing eight laboratories, 120 patient service centres and mobile lab services to provide diagnostic testing for 25,000 patients a day. With a commitment to ensuring the highest medical quality of patient and physician services, he works in partnership with the medical/scientific staff and Quality and Regulatory Affairs to assist primary care providers and specialists in the diagnosis and management of their patients. Dr. Kelly’s clinical interests lie in general laboratory medicine with emphasis on the diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases and a special interest in enteric infections and molecular diagnostics.

Dr. Kelly received his medical degree and PhD in microbiology from Indiana University and completed post-graduate training at University of Minnesota Medical School and US National Institutes of Health. He worked for several years in Salt Lake City VA Hospital as Acting Chief, Laboratory Services, and the University of Texas Medical Branch as Professor of Pathology. Dr. Kelly moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 1984 to become Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia and microbiologist at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1987, he joined MDS Metro (now LifeLabs) as Head of Microbiology; the BC Provincial Lab as medical head of the enteric section; and Shaughnessy Hospital as Division Head of Microbiology and Infection Control. Dr. Kelly has served as the President and owner of Ocean Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Seatek Marine Biotechnology, Inc.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Regional Leadership Committee and Quality Committee at the BC Lab Agency and PDR Committee, BC College of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Kelly’s research interests have led to more than 170 published articles and abstracts and has five patents and trademarks.

For rush results (NAAT within 12 hours and PCR within 24 hours)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition
  2. Book an appointment at a LifeLabs location below.
    • Bring your printed FlyClear requisition and Passport
    • Select your ordered Province’s Rush Test to start booking:
    British Columbia

    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h) / Rush 12h NAAT


    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h)
    Rush 12h NAAT
    Rapid Antigen (2h)

Pre-Departure testing now available from the comfort of your home with MyVisit (Currently Greater Toronto Area only)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition.
  2. Book your Home Visit appointment with the MyVisit portal or, if your flight is within the next five days, contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST)

MyVisit Pre-departure testing offers:

  • COVID-19 PCR/NAAT swab testing
  • COVID-19 Antibody Blood (serology) testing

The MyVisit fee is $80 per person.

Pre-Departure testing

Book your appointment online here. If your flight is within the next five days and you have received your FlyClear requisition, please contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST).

Your health & safety is important to us

Please note that face masks are mandatory at all times at all of our locations to ensure the health and safety of all customers and employees.

Please inform staff if you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. 

Thank you for your cooperation!