Finlay McAlister

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept
(780) 492-7387
5-134c Clinical Sciences Building
11304 - 83 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G3


Area of Study / Keywords

Outcomes research in hypertension heart failure perioperative care coronary artery disease clinical epidemiology methodology evidence-based medicine implementing evidence at the bedside methodology of trials systematic reviews


Personal Statement:

“The big payoff for me is the thought that my research might improve people’s health outcomes. I think anybody who does research wants the research to make an impact in the real world. I extend this to my teaching where I prefer to have a small group of learners with actual patients with real diseases and conditions.”

General internist and clinical researcher Dr. Finlay McAlister is a professor in the General Internal Medicine Division. He is widely recognized for his research on health outcomes, health services, hypertension and heart failure. He is an awarded educator whose contributions to learning range from improved physician guidelines for treating disease to one-on-one trainee teaching at patients’ bedsides.

Leadership and Collaborations:

Dr. McAlister is the lead for the Alberta Support for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Data Platform. He is past-president of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine and past-chair, Outcomes Research Task Force for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program. He helped create national guidelines for hypertension treatment that are associated with high rates of hypertension control in Canada.

Clinical Interests

Dr. McAlister cares for patients on the General Internal Medicine teaching units in the University of Alberta Hospital and the Heart Function Clinic at the Mazankowski Heart Institute.


Dr. McAlister spends 75 per cent of his time on health outcomes research. His focus is assessing interventions in care and in health services delivery and implementing ways to improve them.  He is a provincial leader in the use of large datasets in clinical research and patient-centred approaches to research and care. 

Dr. McAlister has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles. 

Dr. McAlister has been widely recognized for his research with awards including: Merck Frosst/Aventis Chair in Patient Health Management, the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Young Investigator Award, the Royal College Gold Medal in Research for Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada (2005), Senior Investigator Awards from the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (2013) and Hypertension Canada (2013), and the Alberta Health Services Chair in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (2012-2022).


Dr. McAlister was awarded a 2015 Killam Annual Professorship by the University of Alberta for his contributions to educational excellence, research and the community.

Featured Publications

Yogasundaram H., Dover D.C., Hawkins N.M., McAlister F.A., Goodman S.G., Ezekowitz J., Kaul P., Sandhu R.K.

Journal of the American Heart Association. 2022 August; 11 (15) 10.1161/JAHA.121.024868


JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE. 2022 August; 28 (8):1298-1308 10.1016/j.cardfail.2022.04.015

Wijeysundera H.C., Abdel-Qadir H., Qiu F., Manoragavan R., Austin P.C., Kapral M.K., Kwong J.C., Sun L.Y., Ross H.J., Udell J.A., Roifman I., Yu A.Y.X., Chu A., McAlister F.A., Lee D.S.

AGING CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH. 2022 July; 10.1007/s40520-022-02173-1

Pishoy Goudaab, Wendimagegn Alemayehua, Sarah Rathwella, D. Ian Paterson, Todd Andersonc, Jason R. B. Dyck, Jonathan G. Howlettc, Gavin Y. Oudit, Finlay A. McAlister, Richard B. Thompson, Justin Ezekowitz, Alberta HEART Study Investigators

CURRENT PROBLEMS IN CARDIOLOGY. 2022 July; 47 (11):101337 10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2022.101337

Udell J.A., Behrouzi B., Sivaswamy A., Chu A., Ferreira-Legere L.E., Fang J., Goodman S.G., Ezekowitz J.A., Bainey K.R., van Diepen S., Kaul P., McAlister F.A., Bogoch I.I., Jackevicius C.A., Abdel-Qadir H., Wijeysundera H.C., Ko D.T., Austin P.C., Lee D.S.

Scientific Reports. 2022 June; 12 (1) 10.1038/s41598-022-13598-z

Chauhan U., McAlister F.A.

JAMA-Network OPEN. 2022 June; 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.19113


JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE. 2022 May; 28 (5):710-722 10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.12.004

McAlister F.A., Dong Y., Chu A., Wang X., Youngson E., Quinn K.L., Verma A., Udell J.A., Yu A.Y.X., Razak F., Ho C., de Mestral C., Ross H.J., van Walraven C., Lee D.S.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2022 May; 194 (19):E666-E673 10.1503/cmaj.220272

Miller R.J.H., Nabipoor M., Youngson E., Kotrri G., Fine N.M., Howlett J.G., Paterson I.D., Ezekowitz J., McAlister F.A.

EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY. 2022 April; 9 (3):1564-1573 10.1002/ehf2.13869

Wick J., Campbell D.J.T., McAlister F.A., Manns B.J., Tonelli M., Beall R.F., Hemmelgarn B.R., Stewart A., Ronksley P.E.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2022 April; 10 (2):E390-E399 10.9778/cmajo.20210265

Ezekowitz J.A., Colin-Ramirez E., Ross H., Escobedo J., Macdonald P., Troughton R., Saldarriaga C., Alemayehu W., McAlister F.A., Arcand J.A., Atherton J., Doughty R., Gupta M., Howlett J., Jaffer S., Lavoie A., Lund M., Marwick T., McKelvie R., Moe G., Pandey A.S., Porepa L., Rajda M., Rheault H., Singh J., Toma M., Virani S., Zieroth S., Ezekowitz J., McAlister F., Pandey A.S.

LANCET. 2022 April; 399 (10333):1391-1400 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00369-5

McAlister F.A., Nabipoor M., Chu A., Lee D.S., Saxinger L., Bakal J.A.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2022 April; 10 (2):E400-E408 10.9778/cmajo.20210323

Ganesh A., Stang J.M., McAlister F.A., Shlakhter O., Holodinsky J.K., Mann B., Hill M.D., Smith E.E.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2022 March; 194 (12):E444-E455 10.1503/CMAJ.211003

McDonald E.G., Wu P.E., Rashidi B., Wilson M.G., Bortolussi-Courval É., Atique A., Battu K., Bonnici A., Elsayed S., Wilson A.G., Papillon-Ferland L., Pilote L., Porter S., Murphy J., Ross S.B., Shiu J., Tamblyn R., Whitty R., Xu J., Fabreau G., Haddad T., Palepu A., Khan N., McAlister F.A., Downar J., Huang A.R., MacMillan T.E., Cavalcanti R.B., Lee T.C.

JAMA Internal Medicine. 2022 March; 182 (3):265-273 10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.7429

Finlay A. McAlister, Zoe Hsu, Yuan Dong, Carl van Walraven, Jeffrey A. Bakal

MedRxIV. 2022 March;

Garrison S.R., Kolber M.R., Allan G.M., Bakal J., Green L., Singer A., Trueman D.R., Mcalister F.A., Padwal R.S., Hill M.D., Manns B., Mcgrail K., O'neill B., Greiver M., Froentjes L.S., Manca D.P., Mangin D., Wong S.T., Maclean C., Kirkwood J.E.M., Mccracken R., Mccormack J.P., Norris C., Korownyk T.

BMJ Open. 2022 February; 12 (2) 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059711

Lee D.S., Wang C.X., McAlister F.A., Ma S., Chu A., Rochon P.A., Kaul P., Austin P.C., Wang X., Kalmady S.V., Udell J.A., Schull M.J., Rubin B.B., Wang B.

Lancet Reg Health Am (New Journal). 2022 February; 6 10.1016/j.lana.2021.100146

Sepehrvand N., Youngson E., Fine N., Venner C.P., Paterson I., Bakal J., Westerhout C., Mcalister F.A., Kaul P., Ezekowitz J.A.

JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE. 2022 February; 28 (2):237-246 10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.08.016

Zandijk A.J.L., van Norel M.R., Julius F.E.C., Sepehrvand N., Pannu N., McAlister F.A., Voors A.A., Ezekowitz J.A.

JACC-Heart Failure. 2021 December; 9 (12):904-915 10.1016/j.jchf.2021.07.006

Lee D.S., Ma S., Chu A., Wang C.X., Wang X., Austin P.C., McAlister F.A., Kalmady S.V., Kapral M.K., Kaul P., Ko D.T., Rochon P.A., Schull M.J., Rubin B.B., Wang B.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021 December; 69 (12):3377-3388 10.1111/jgs.17425

Orlandi M., Dover D.C., Sandhu R.K., Hawkins N.M., Kaul P., McAlister F.A.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. 2021 December; 38 (1):77-84 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.09.021

McAlister F.A., Wang T., Wang X., Chu A., Goodman S.G., van Diepen S., Jackevicius C.A., Kaul P., Udell J., Ko D.T., Kwong J.C., Austin P.C., Lee D.S.

Journal of the American Heart Association. 2021 November; 10 (21) 10.1161/JAHA.121.022330

Aravind Ganesh, Jillian M. Stang, Finlay A. McAlister, Oleksandr Shlakhter, Jessalyn K. Holodinsky, Balraj Mann, Michael D. Hill, Eric E. Smith

Med Rx iV, Preprint Server for Health Sciences. 2021 October;

Al Sayah F, McAlister FA, Ohinmaa A, Majumdar SR, Johnson JA.

QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH. 2021 September; 30 (9):2583-2590 10.1007/s11136-021-02835-z.

Kaul P., Klassen N., Dover D.C., Sepehrvand N., Sandhu R.K., van Diepen S., Bainey K., Sean McMurtry M., Welsh R.C., Ezekowitz J.A., Goodman S.G., Armstrong P.W., McAlister F.A.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. 2021 September; 4 (2):180-188 10.1016/j.cjco.2021.09.017

Wang K, Youngson E, Bakal JA, Thomas J, McAlister FA, Oudit G

ESC Heart Failure. 2021 August; 8 (4):3106-3118 10.1002/ehf2.13417

Hawkins NM, Youngson E, Sandhu RK, Scheuermeyer FX, Ezekowitz JA, Kaul P, McAlister FA.

ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE. 2021 August; 78 (2):242-252 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.03.014

Finlay A. McAlister, Majid Nabipoor, Anna Chu, Douglas S. Lee, Lynora Saxinger, Jeffrey A. Bakal on behalf of the CORONA Collaboration

Med Rx iV, Preprint Server for Health Sciences. 2021 August;

Hawkins NM, Er L, Sandhu RK, Kaul P, McAlister FA, Levin A, Andrade JG

AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL. 2021 August; 238 doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2021.03.004

Gupta A., Lin M., McAlister F.A., Ye C.

Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism. 2021 July; 39 (4):712-718 10.1007/s00774-021-01216-3

Lau D, McAlister FA*.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. 2021 May; 37 (5):722-732 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.11.001

Florine E C Julius, Margje R VAN Norel, Arietje J L Zandijk, Sarah Rathwell, Cynthia Westerhout, Finlay A McAlister 3, Nariman Sepehrvand, Adriaan A Voors, Justin A Ezekowitz

JOURNAL OF CARDIAC FAILURE. 2021 May; 27 (9):934-941 10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.05.005

Finlay A McAlister, Tara A Whitten, James A King, Jeffrey A Bakal.

CHEST. 2021 May; 159 (5):1803-1806 10.1016/j.chest.2020.11.043

McAlister F.A., Bushnik T., Leung A.A., Saxinger L.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2021 April; 193 (17):E617-E621 10.1503/cmaj.210529

McAlister FA*, Lethebe BC, Leung AA, Padwal RS, Williamson T

PLoS One. 2021 April; 16 (4):e0248362 10.1371/journal.pone.0248362

Sarak B., Savu A., Kaul P., McAlister F.A., Welsh R.C., Yan A.T., Goodman S.G.

Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2021 April; 14 (4):445-454 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.120.006646

Finlay A. McAlister, Tracey Bushnik, Alexander A. Leung and Lynora Saxinger


Finlay A McAlister, Erik Youngson, Brian H Rowe.

ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE. 2021 April; 77 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2020.11.005

Colin Gw Weaver, Finlay A McAlister.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. 2021 March; S0828-282X (21):00134-3 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.03.003

Raghuveer A, Youngson E, Mathura P, Kassam N, McAlister FA*

JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE. 2021 February; 36 (9):2579-2584 10.1007/s11606-020-06427-4

Sandhu RK, Islam S, Dover D, Ezekowitz JA, McAlister FA, Hawkins NM, Kaul P.

European Heart Journal Quality Care. 2021 January; 22 10.1093/ehjqcco/qcab002

King JA, Whitten TA, Bakal JA, McAlister FA

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2021 January; 193 (1):E1-E9 10.1503/cmaj.202065

Justin A Ezekowitz, Anamaria Savu, Robert C Welsh, Finlay A McAlister, Shaun G Goodman, Padma Kaul.

CIRCULATION. 2020 December; 142 (23):2231-2239 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.048015

Szczeklik W, LeManach Y, Fronczek J, Polok K, Conen D, McAlister FA, Srinathan S, Alonso-Coello P, Biccard B, Heels-Ansdell D, Gorka J, Devereaux PJ.

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL. 2020 December; 192 (49):E1715-E1722 10.1503/cmaj.200840

McAlister FA*, Zheng Y, Westerhout CM, Buse JB, Green JB, McGuire DK, et al

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEART FAILURE. 2020 November; 22 (11):2026-2034 10.1002/ejhf.1958