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Dr. Verna Yiu - President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Verna Yiu

President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Health Services
Edmonton, Alberta


Dr. Verna Yiu is 1 of 2 members representing Canada at large on CIHI’s Board of Directors. She is currently president and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the only single provincial health care system in Canada and also the largest employer in Canada providing 24/7 service with more than 100,000 employees (and more than 7,000 physicians). In Dr. Yiu’s previous role at AHS, vice-president of Quality and chief medical officer, she helped oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, multifaceted, complex end-to-end health delivery model for the province through the 5 accountability functions: quality and health care improvement, strategic clinical and operational networks, clinical informatics and clinical information systems, medical affairs, and partnerships with academic institutions and other physician-led organizations. Prior to joining AHS in August 2012, Dr. Yiu served as the interim dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, preceded by senior positions in the dean’s office since 2000. Dr. Yiu is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Harvard University, and is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Since returning to the University of Alberta in 1994 as a pediatric nephrologist, her leadership roles have spanned heading clinical programs to spearheading medical education reform. She has had 15 years of leading in areas of health administration, within both the health care delivery system and academic setting.