Faculty Governance


Richard N. Fedorak, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (London), FRSC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Dr. Richard N. Fedorak is dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology.

In addition, he serves as director for the Centre of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR) and director of the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC).

Outside of the university, Dr Fedorak is president, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) and chairman, Research Committee, World Gastroenterology Organization.

He is a member of the Active Medical Staff at both the University of Alberta Hospital and the Cross Cancer Institute, and is a consulting physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

In 1978, Dr. Fedorak received his medical degree with First Class Honours from the University of Alberta.. His postdoctoral training included an internship at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, and residency training in general internal medicine at the University of Toronto. His gastroenterology clinical and research fellowship training was carried out at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, New York. In 1987, Dr. Fedorak returned to the University of Alberta as an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research clinical investigator.

A recipient of numerous awards, research fellowships and grants, Dr. Fedorak is a recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease. He has an active basic gastrointestinal research laboratory in the area of mucosal immunology, inflammation and membrane function and structure. In addition, he leads a large gastrointestinal disease clinical research group. Dr. Fedorak serves on multiple national and international scientific advisory boards. He has published more then 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, produced two patents on colonic-specific drug delivery and has lectured around the world. He has multiple grant review committee memberships and editorial positions with front-ranked gastrointestinal journals.

Dr. Fedorak has served as president of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, president of the University of Alberta Hospital Medical Staff, president of the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, president of the World Congress of Gastroenterology Bid Federation, general secretary of the Pan American Congress of Gastroenterology and president of the World Congress of Gastroenterology. In 2008 Dr. Fedorak was appointed fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London; in 2009, fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; and in 2011 fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

At home Dr. Fedorak enjoys life to its fullest with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Kristin and Bryan.