University of Calgary

Christopher J. Doig

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty
  • +1 (403) 944-1691


Dr Christopher Doig is Head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine (November 1, 2013) and the immediate past Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences.  He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 (MD with distinction), trained in Vancouver and Calgary with specialization in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has additional training in clinical epidemiology and health care ethics. Dr. Doig is a Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He was the Medical Director of the Multisystem ICU at the Foothills Medical Centre from 2004-10. He was the President of the Alberta Medical Association 2009-10.

Dr. Doig’s current research focuses on outcomes research in critical care with a special focus on severe sepsis. Dr. Doig has received funding as a principal or co-investigator from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation. Dr. Doig has over 130 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as Nature Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and international and national critical care journals. He is an editor and contributor to the online publication Healthy Debate ( He is an often quoted expert in lay media, and has contributed opinion pieces to the editorial pages of local and national newspapers.

Dr. Doig has been awarded multiple undergraduate and post-graduate teaching awards in Medical Ethics and Clinical Skills. He is a past-recipient of the McLeod Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty from the University of Calgary, the E. Garner King Award from the Canadian Critical Care Society, AMA Medal for Distinguished Service Award, and 2016 CMA Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics.

Dr. Doig is married with 4 children. He is an avid cyclist, skier, swimmer, and soccer player….currently ranked 4th in his family in goal scoring, but hoping to improve.

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