Finlay McAlisterFinlay McAlister, MD

Office:     Room 2F1.21, Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
Mail:        University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2R7
Phone:     780-407-1399
Fax:         780-407-2680





Current Position

Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

AIHS Senior Health Scholar

Research Area

 Clinical epidemiology and health outcomes research

Current Research Activities


He has published over 275 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics and his research interests focus on outcomes research in hypertension, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, perioperative care, and coronary artery disease, as well as clinical epidemiology methodology with a focus on guideline development and implementation schemes, trial methodology, and systematic reviews.



MD, University of Alberta and MSc, University of Ottawa.  Dr. McAlister is a general internist and a Senior Health Scholar of AIHS.

He has received the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Young Investigator Award, the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine Translational Research Award, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Gold Medal in Medicine Research.



FA McAlister, J Man, L Bistritz, H Amad, P Tandon.  Diabetes mellitus and coronary artery bypass surgery: an examination of perioperative glycemic control and outcomes.  Diabetes Care. 26:1518-24, 2003.


A Yee, SR Majumdar, SH Simpson, FA McAlister, RT Tsuyuki, JA Johnson.  Statins delay starting insulin in type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Diabetic Medicine. 21:962-67, 2004.


SR Majumdar, FA McAlister, CD Furberg. From publication to practice in chronic cardiovascular disease – The Long and Winding Road.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 43:1738-42, 2004.


FA McAlister, J Ezekowitz, MR Tonelli, PW Armstrong. Renal insufficiency and heart failure: prognostic and therapeutic implications from a prospective cohort study.  Circulation. 109:1004-9, 2004.


LC Brown, JA Johnson, SR Majumdar, R Tsuyuki, FA McAlister.  The management of cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and symptomatic atherosclerosis is suboptimal.  CMAJ. 171:1189-92, 2004.


R Padwal, SR Majumdar, JA Johnson, J Varney, FA McAlister.  A systematic review of drug therapy to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Diabetes Care. 28:736-44, 2005.


FA McAlister, SR Majumdar, BH Rowe, S Blitz, TJ Marrie.  The relation between hyperglycemia and outcomes in a cohort of 2471 patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Diabetes Care. 28:810-15, 2005.


FA McAlister, M Man-Son-Hing, SE Straus, WA Ghali, D Anderson, SR Majumdar, P Gibson, J Cox, M Fradette, for the DAAFI Investigators. The impact of patient decision aids on care in patients with atrial fibrillation: a cluster randomized trial [ISRCTN14429643].  CMAJ. 173:496-501, 2005.


DT Eurich, SR Majumdar, FA McAlister, RT Tsuyuki, JA Johnson. Improved Clinical Outcomes Associated with Metformin in Patients with Diabetes and Heart Failure.  Diabetes Care. 28:2345-51, 2005.


AM Clark, L Hartling, B Vandermeer, FA McAlister.  Randomized trials of secondary prevention programs in coronary heart disease: a systematic review.  Ann Intern Med. 143:659-72, 2005.


NRC Campbell, K Tu, M Duong-Hua, R Brant, FA McAlister.  The impact of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program on antihypertensive prescribing trends. Hypertension. 47:22-28, 2006. 


FA McAlister, NRC Campbell, M Duong-Hua, Z Chen, K Tu.  Antihypertensive prescribing in 27 822 elderly Canadians with diabetes mellitus over the past decade.  Diabetes Care.  29:836-41, 2006.


M Toma, FA McAlister, L Bialy, D Adams, B Vandermeer, PW Armstrong.  Transition from meeting abstract to full-length journal article for randomized controlled trials.  JAMA. 295:1281-1287, 2006.


FA McAlister.  The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) – A Unique Canadian Initiative.  Can J Cardiol. 22:559-64, 2006.


FA McAlister, WA Ghali, Y Gong, J Fang, PW Armstrong, JV Tu.  Aspirin use and outcomes in a community-based cohort of 7352 patients discharged after first hospitalization for heart failure. Circulation. 113:2572-78, 2006.


SR Majumdar, RT Tsuyuki, FA McAlister.  Impact of opinion leader endorsed evidence summaries on quality of prescribing for patients with cardiovascular disease:  randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN26365328] Am Heart J.  153:22-29, 2007. 


FA McAlister, SR Majumdar, DT Eurich, JA Johnson.  The effect of specialist care within the first year on subsequent outcomes in 24,232 adults with new onset diabetes mellitus:  population-based cohort study.  Qual Saf Health Care. 16:6-11, 2007.


FA McAlister, A Oreopoulos, CM Norris, MM Graham, RT Tsuyuki, M Knudtson, WA Ghali for the APPROACH Investigators.  Exploring the treatment-risk paradox in coronary disease.  Arch Intern Med. 2007.

FA McAlister, J Ezekowitz, N Hooton, B Vandermeer, DM Dryden, C Spooner, RL Page, M Hlatky, BH Rowe. The role of cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction: a systematic review.  JAMA. 2007.