Faculty Members

Dr. Alison Clifford

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Rheumatology
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About Me

Personal Statement:

Autoimmune diseases can happen at any age and are a significant cause of ill health and decreased quality of life. My interest is in vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessel walls.  Vasculitis results in reduced blood flow to the body’s organs, potentially leading to serious tissue damage. I study the natural history and immune responses of large vessel vasculitis, called giant cell arteritis (GCA), with the aim of translating findings into clinical application.

Dr. Alison Clifford completed medical school and residencies in internal medicine and rheumatology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She then did a combined clinical and research vasculitis fellowship at the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She was recruited to the University of Alberta in 2015 and has a research and clinical focus on vasculitis.

Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Clifford is an associate member of CanVasc, the Canadian network for vasculitis investigators.


Dr. Clifford is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine.


Dr. Clifford is interested in vasculitis, particularly giant cell arteritis (GCA), a form of vasculitis affecting the large vessels. This can have serious complications as blindness, stroke or aortic dissection. She assesses the potential of biologic therapies, imaging and genomics tools to better understand and diagnose vascular conditions. She is lead author and co-author on several research papers published in such journals as Arthritis & Rheumatology, Current Opinion in Rheumatology and Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery.

Research Keywords

aortitis, giant cell arteritis, imaging, PET/CT, Vasculitis