Board of Directors - Verna Yiu

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Dr. Verna Yiu

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Dr. Verna Yiu is one of 2 members representing Canada-at-large on the CIHI Board of Directors. She is currently president and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the only single provincial healthcare system in Canada and also, the largest employer in Canada providing 24/7 service with over 100,000 employees (and over 7000 physicians). Dr. Yiu’s previous role at AHS, vice-president, quality and chief medical officer, helped oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, multifaceted, complex end-to-end health delivery model for the province through the five accountability functions: quality & 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 & 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 (U of A) and Harvard University, and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Since returning to the U of A 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 both within the healthcare delivery system and academic setting.