Suk Yin Chan-Colenbrander, MD, M.Med.Sc.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

Suk Yin Chan-Colenbrander

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250, Room D416 Mayo
Memorial Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Becca Johnson

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

General ID, HIV, Travel Medicine

Medical School, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , MN

Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Master's Degree, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Dr. Chan-Colenbrander received her medical degree from Western University (University of Western Ontario), Canada. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at University of Minnesota and Infectious Disease fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her medical training, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (hon), majoring in Microbiology at National University of Malaysia and later received her Master of Medical Sciences degree at University of Malaya. Her research was on the application of PCR in the rapid diagnosis of dengue virus infection. Previous research experiences include antibiotic resistance, prevention of hospital infections and interactions among the anti-retroviral drugs mediated by cellular drug transporters. Since her ID fellowship, she has been working as an Internal medicine and Infectious diseases physician in various healthcare settings. This experience has provided her with a good insight on how to provide good care, manage and prevent infections and diseases. My focus is on good patient care, learning and sharing of knowledge. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP) award - Scholar grant (2020-2021)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Virology HIV Fellows Research Award (2004)
  • University Book Prize in Microbiology (1990)


Research Summary/Interests

Current Research
  • Study the Impact of Early NSAID or Aspirin use and Vitamin D level in Patients Diagnosed with Influenza (AIRP- Scholar grant)

Previous Research

  • Interactions Among Drugs Mediated by Cellular Drug Transporters - Bristol-Myers Squibb Virology HIV Fellows Research Program (2004)
  • The Application Of Polymerase Chain Reaction In The Rapid Diagnosis Of Dengue Infection (1993)
  • Reduction Of Skin Flora By An Antiseptic Skin Lotion (1999)
  • Isolation And Genetic Analysis Of Strains Of Enteric Bacteria From Reared Animals That Are Resistant To Antibiotics (1990) 


  • Chan SY, Hulgan T, D'Aquila RT. The Role of Baseline HIV-1 Resistance Testing in Patients with Established Infection. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2004 Jun;6(3):243-249. doi: 10.1007/s11908-004-0015-4. PMID: 15142489.
  • Chan SY, Kautner IM, Lam SK. The influence of antibody levels in dengue diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction. J Virol Methods. 1994 Oct;49(3):315-22. doi: 10.1016/0166-0934(94)90146-5. PMID: 7868649.
  • Chan SY, Kautner I, Lam SK. Detection and serotyping of dengue viruses by PCR: a simple, rapid method for the isolation of viral RNA from infected mosquito larvae. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 1994 Jun;25(2):258-61. PMID: 7855637. 



Delaware Street Clinic (Infectious Disease/HIV Clinic)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine 
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases

Clinical Interests

General Infectious Diseases; HIV; Tropical/Travel Medicine

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview