University of Calgary

Dr. Michael D. Hill

HBI - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta Professorship in Stroke Research


Dr. Hill's research interests include clinical trials in stroke and the use of administrative data for stroke research and surveillance. He has participated in multiple clinical trials, leads the Calgary Stroke Program Clinical Trials Group and is leading four large clinical trials as the PI, co-PI or Steering Committee member. He has made contributions to the understanding of acute stroke thrombolytic treatment that has helped patients worldwide heal from the devastation of stroke-related brain injury.

He has begun fundamental work on stroke surveillance using administrative data to monitor stroke rates and stroke outcomes.

Educational History

He was born in Toronto, ON and received undergraduate training in Biochemistry at McGill University (BSc 1989). He completed medical school and an internal medicine residency at the University of Ottawa (MD 1993 and FRCPC 1997). He undertook further residency training in neurology at the University of Toronto (FRCPC 1999) before moving to Calgary in July 1999. There he completed fellowship training in Stroke Neurology and received a Master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc 2003). He joined the faculty of medicine in 2001. He is currently primarily appointed as Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences with cross-appointments to Medicine, Community Health Sciences and Radiology.

He currently holds the HBI-Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/NU Professorship in Stroke Research and is the Director of the Stroke Unit.


In recognition of his research contributions Dr. Hill has received:

  • Henry J.M. Barnett Scholarship for Stroke Research (2001)
  • Francis McNaughton Award from the Canadian Neurological Society (2002)
  • Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize from the American Academy of Neurology (2004)

Funding and Publication

Dr. Hill has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/NU and the NINDS (NIH) since 2001. He was awarded an AHFMR Health Scholarship in 2007. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed original articles and multiple review articles and editorials.