Tracey Hillier, BScN, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MEdHSE

/Tracey Hilly-er/

Executive Dean and Director, Alberta Instititue , Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - MED International
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Dept

Pronouns: she/her/hers/iskwêw;


Executive Dean and Director, Alberta Instititue , Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - MED International

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Collaborative Curriculum Development Student led curricular change Social Accountability Indigenous Health Equity Diversity& Inclusion Community Engagement Medical Humanities Assessment for Learning Education Quality Improvement International Medical Education Mental Health Indigenous Methodology Professionalism Ethics Radiology Computer-Based Assessment


Executive Dean and Director of the Alberta Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, an international medical school collaboration between the University of Alberta and Wenzhou Medical University. Co-director of Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place (SKIPP) for the University of Alberta. 

I was born and raised in Stephenville, Newfoundland, a small town on the island's west coast in traditional Mi'kmaq territory and belong to the Qalipu First Nation. In addition to my academic career, I was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. I joined the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2012 and was the first Indigenous Associate Dean for an MD Program in Canada.  

I completed an MD degree (1997) and a residency in family medicine (1999) at McMaster University. I practiced family medicine in St Albert, Alberta, and at the Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton. I later completed a radiology and diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Alberta and a fellowship in emergency trauma and cardiac radiology at the University of British Columbia (2011). I completed a Master's in Education (Health Sciences Education) from the University of Alberta (2016). I am a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council for the University of Alberta and the Indigenous Engaged Research Strategy Task Force. For the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, I am a member of the Executive Council and the EDI and Indigenous Initiatives Multi-Institute Committee and mentor Indigenous Medical Students. 

Nationally, I am a board member of the Canadian Emergency Trauma and Acute Radiology Society, Vice-Chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group for the Canadian Association of Radiologists, a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada Champions Committee and the National Committee on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) Assessment Committee. I am also a member of the CIHR Accelerating Clinical Trials (ACT) Consortium Indigenous Sub-Committee and the ACT Consortium Training Committee.

I am passionate about social accountability and improving health care for diverse and marginalized populations. My research and scholarly interests include curriculum development using a decolonizing and anti-oppressive approach and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I have led extensive MD Program curricular renewal with increased focus on the social determinants of health, community engagement, cultural safety, and the significant health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, including introducing an Indigenous Health Curriculum in 2012. I welcomed an Indigenous Elder onto the MD program leadership team as an integrated member and advisor to the team and as a full-time support for learners. I have actively promoted student and community-led curricular change and have a long-standing interest in improving learners' and communities' mental health and well-being.

I believe that medicine is a service profession and that we will have the best patient outcomes when we better reflect the populations we serve. To that end, I have led a review of medical school admissions for the University of Alberta to identify and remove barriers to increasing diversity in the medical student population. As a result of my commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity, I received a University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion award in 2016. I am particularly interested in supporting diverse learners in their medical education journey. I know first-hand how hard it can be to be the first person in a family to go to University, to struggle academically, to pursue medicine when you do not have the same social capital as others, to transition from life in a small town to work at a quaternary academic health center; and the challenges of fitting into a university environment that rewards individual accomplishment when you have a different and more community-centered worldview.

Featured Publications

Rachel Livergant, Kelsey Stefanyk, Catherine Binda, Georgia Fraulin, Sasha Maleki, Sarah Sibbeston, Shahrzad Joharifard, Tracey Hillier, emilie joos

PLOS Global Public Health. 2023 August; 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001805

Hillier, E., Hodgson, C., S., Lebel, K., Spalluto, L.B., Trop, I., Yap W.W., Hillier, T., Darras, K., D., Sharma, S., & Yong-Hing, C.

Heliyon. 2023 August; 9 (8) 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e18852

Livergant, R.,J., Alayande, B.,T., Stefanyk, K., Binda, C., Fraulin, G., Maleki, S., Sibbeston, S., Joharifard, S., Hillier, T., & Emilie Joos, E.

PLOS Global Public Health. 2023 June; 08 (16) 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001805

Taylor, J., Sharma, S., Supersad, A., Miller,E., Lebel,K., Zabihaylo, J., Glanc, P., Doria, A., Cashin, P., Hillier, T., & Yong-Hing, C.

Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. 2023 May; 10.1177/08465371231174897

Livergant, R.J., Fraulin, G., Stefanyk, K. Binda, C., Maleki,S., Joharifard, S., Hillier, T. & Joos, E.

Pediatr Surg Int 39, 129. 2023 February; 39 (129) 10.1007/s00383-023-05377-2

Yap WW, Hodgson CS, Spalluto L, Lebel K, Trop I, Hillier E, Darras K, Hillier T, Yong-Hing CJ.

Can Assoc Radiol J. 2022 October; 74 (2):288-297 10.1177/08465371221132465

Effect of Integrating a Short Health Economics Course into the Surgical Curriculum.

Association of Surgical Education, 2022 Annual Meeting. 2022 May;

Cusson T., Lebel K., Spalluto L., Hillier T., Darras K., Yong-Hing C.


Does perception of discrimination and bullying vary according to gender, ethnicity and the level of training?

Canadian Association of Radiologists Annual Meeting. 2022 May;

Mathura P., Barber P., Han T., Hillier T., Kassam N.

Clinical Teacher. 2022 March; 19 (3):240-246 10.1111/tct.13473

Daniels VJ, Strand AC, Lai H, & Hillier, T. I

Medical Teacher. 2021 September; 41 (9):1039-1044 10.1177/2382120521992323

Daniels V, Ortiz S, Sandhu G, Lai H, Yoon M, Bulut O, Hillier, T

Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. 2021 January; Volume 8 (January-December) 10.1177/2382120521992323

Underschultz, Jack G. and Barber, Paul and Richard, Daniel and Hillier, Tracey

UTMJ. 2021 January; 98 (1):35-40 10.2139/ssrn.3605193

Wei L, Goez H, Hillier T., & Brett-MacLean P

MedEdPublish. 2020 September; 9 (1) 10.15694/mep.2020.000190.1

Goez H, Lai H, Rodger J, Brett-MacLean P & Hillier, T.

Medical Teacher . 2020 September; 42 (9):1058-1064 10.1080/0142159X.2020.779919

Hillier T, Lai H, Sonnenberg L, Lewis M, Goez HR, Schipper S.

Academic Medicine. 2020 September; 95 (9S):S563-S565 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003292

Wang XR, Hillier, T., Oswald A, & Lai H.

Medical Teacher . 2019 October; 42 (1):111-113 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1670339

Tran UE, Kircher J, Jaggi P, Lai H, Hillier, T., Ali S.

Journal of Pain Research . 2018 August; 2018 (11):1479—1488 10.2147/JPR.S159422

Tan A, Babenko O, England A, Humphries P, Hillier T

MedEdPublish . 2017 September; 6 (168):1-10 10.15694/mep.2017.000168

Deutscher, J., Miazga, S., Goez, H., Hillier, T., & Lai, H. (2017). P045: . , 19(S1), S93-S93. doi:10.1017/cem.2017.247

Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 May; 19 (S1):S93 10.1017/cem.2017.247

Fatmi M, Hartling L, Hillier T., Campbell S, Oswald A.

Medical Teacher. 2013 November; 35 (12):e1608-e1624 10.3109/0142159X.2013.849802

Talbot M, Meunier B, Tottier V, Christian M, Hillier, T., Berger C, McAlister V, Taylor S. 
1 Canadian Field Hospital in Haiti: surgical experience in earthquake relief. Can J Surg 2012 Aug;55(4):271-274 DOI: 10.1503/cjs.039010.

Can J Surg. 2012 August; 55 (4):271-4 10.1503/cjs.001411

Sheehan, D., Bridle, B., Hillier, T., Feightner, K., Hayward, S., Lee, K. S., Krueger, P., Sword, W., & James, M. (1999). . Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique, 90(6), 408–411.

Canadian Journal of Public Health. 1999 November; 90 (6):408-411 10.1007/BF03404147

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