Dr. Michael Stickland


Department of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary Medicine
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About Me

Research scientist Dr. Michael Stickland completed his PhD at the University of Alberta and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. He was recruited to the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Stickland’s research strengths and clinical focus have resulted in many awards and publications, and importantly, new protocols for testing, assessing and rehabilitating patients with lung conditions. His contributions to the field include that of a reviewer for scientific articles submitted to leading pulmonary health journals and grants to funding agencies. He was named one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue magazine in 2013. 

Leadership and Collaborations:

Dr. Stickland is active on clinical and scientific committees of the university, major pulmonary non-profit associations and the health system. He is the director of G.F. MacDonald Centre for Lung Health, the scientific director of the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network of Alberta Health Services, a member of the board directors for the Lung Association of Alberta and North West Territories, and a member of the Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Clinical Assembly which develops national clinical practice guidelines and research priorities for patients with COPD.


Dr. Stickland supervises individual undergraduate and graduate trainees. He teaches pulmonary physiology as part of the medical education curriculum, and is part of the Adult Respirology Training Program.


Dr. Stickland’s research interests include: 1) examining the cardiovascular consequences of chronic lung disease, 2) understanding exercise intolerance in pulmonary and cardiac disease, 3) autonomic control of cardiovascular function in health and disease, 4) pulmonary rehabilitation, 5) health outcomes in COPD.

Dr. Stickland has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles, abstracts and reviews published by peer-reviewed journals.

Research Keywords

Asthma, autonomic function, cardiovascular, COPD, diffusion, dyspnea, Exercise, gas exchange, health care delivery, hospitalization, inflammation, pulmonary hemodynamics, vascular