University of Calgary

Ronald Sigal

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


Dr. Ron Sigal is Associate Professor of Medicine, Kinesiology, Cardiac Sciences and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He is active in clinical medicine, teaching and research. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at McGill University in 1987-92, and a research fellowship at the McGill Nutrition and Food Sciences Centre in 1992-93. He completed a Master of Public Health degree and a research fellowship in Epidemiology and Genetics at Harvard University in 1993-96. He was on the faculty at the University of Ottawa between 1996 and July 2006, where he was Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Health Research Institute, and Medical Director of the Diabetes Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital. He is a Senior Health Scholar of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and previously held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award from 1999-2004 and the OHRI Research Chair in Lifestyle Research. Dr. Sigal’s current research focuses on clinical trials related to physical activity, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is the principal investigator of four randomized trials evaluating exercise interventions in people with or at risk of diabetes, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and/or the Canadian Diabetes Association. He was the principal author of the 2006 American Diabetes Association Statement on Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes, headed the writing committee for the physical activity chapters in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2003 and 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines, and is a co-author of the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine guidelines on Exercise in Type 2 Diabetes.

Photograph of Ronald Sigal

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