Alberta Health Services

Department of Medicine

University of Calgary
  • Our Mission

    "To be widely recognized for advancing health and wellness, attracting best doctors, leading innovation, creating technologies, and disseminating knowledge"

  • Our Vision

    "Building the medical network of the 21st century, a network without walls, without boundaries, without limits to quality patient care, research and education for the benefit of society"

  • Our Core Principles

    "Innovation - Excellence - Patient Care - Scholarship - Education Leadership - Mentorship - Technology"

New Department Member

Dr. Cristina Moran Toro

Dr. Cristina Moran Toro has joined the Department of Medicine as a Clinical Lecturer in the Section of Rheumatology with interests in Medical Education. Prior to this,
Dr. Moran Toro completed her fellowship at the University of Calgary. Please join us in welcoming her to the department.

New Department Member

Dr. Aziz Shaheen

Dr. Abdel Aziz Shaheen has joined the Department of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Gastroenterology with interests in improving health outcomes of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. Prior to this, Dr. Shaheen completed his fellowship at the University of Calgary. Please join us in welcoming him to the department.

New Appointment

Dr. Kelly Zarnke

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kelly Zarnke as the new Department of Medicine Site Chief for the Foothills Medical Centre. Please join us in welcoming him to his new role.

New Appointment

Dr. Paul MacMullan

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul MacMullan as the new Department of Medicine Site Chief for the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. Please join us in welcoming him to his new role.

New Department Member

Dr. Paul Mitchell

Dr. Patrick Mitchell has joined the Department of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Respiratory Medicine with interests in Asthma, COPD, Inflammatory Airways Disease, Pulmonary Eosinophilic Disorders, Allergy and Pulmonary Immunology, and Sarcoidosis. Prior to this, Dr. Mitchell completed his fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mitchell to the department.

New Department Member

Dr. Alexander Leung

Dr. Alexander Leung has joined the Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism with interests in Hypertension. Prior to this, Dr. Leung completed his fellowship at the University of Calgary. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Leung to the department.

Patient Safety & Quality Management Certificate

A course designed for healthcare professionals who want to expand their working understanding of concepts in patient safety and quality management and learn from experts in the field.


When: September 8, 2016 - March 10, 2017
Registration: Opens May 20, 2016
To Register: www.patientsafetycourse.ca

Message from Dr. Subrata Ghosh

Dr. Subrata Ghosh

Former Zone Clinical Dept. Head
Dr. Subrata Ghosh

I remember, 5 years ago in January, I entered the 9th Floor office and Dr. Conly had left me with a book on procedures for conducting meetings. I decided to count how many meetings I did in 2014 and the number came out to be 702. So Dr. Conly was right. But Dr. Conly left behind many other things, especially a strong ARP and a strong sense of innovation.

I remember when I did my second medical executive committee meeting, Dr. Jane Lemaire, commented "You should be sitting at the head of the table, it is easier to run the meeting from there and everyone can see you". I sensed something evil – if people want to chuck things at you during the meeting you will take a direct hit from everyone, at the head of the table. I stuck to sitting at the side of the table, and the only things I got thrown at me were kindness, support, wisdom and collegiality. Our surveys show that we are the most collegial department.

The department faced many challenges - we could not change the direction of the wind, but we frequently adjusted our sails to often reach our destination. Taking on a Department Head role is always a big change. What drove me and gave me the most pleasure before was to get a paper into NEJM or Lancet or Nature Medicine, or diagnose a rare condition, or stop a GI bleed and save a life. However, you find as a Department Head that what matters a lot more is to see a young faculty member succeed in publishing a paper that made an impact, be recognized as an educator or a Master Clinician … or a senior member who can think they can do something different and take a new direction and be successful.

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Important Deadlines

Submissions for Promotion - Clinical Professor
October 31, 2016
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Submissions for Promotion - Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor
November 30, 2016
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