Dr. Karen Kroeker

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology
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About Me

Dr. Karen I. Kroeker is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. After receiving her BSc (Zoology and Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology) from the University of Calgary, she worked in a medical research laboratory for 2 years. She subsequently received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2004. She completed 3 years of internal medicine residency at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Following the completion of her gastroenterology residency at the University of Alberta (2009), she completed an Advanced Clinical & Research Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). She received her Masters of Experimental Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2012.

Dr. Kroeker joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2010. She is a member of the Active Medical Staff at the University of Alberta Hospital. She has a large practice of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and runs a pediatric IBD transition clinic.


Dr. Kroeker was appointed as the Gastroenterology Residency Program Director in July 1, 2015. She is actively involved in the teaching of residents and fellows in gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease and previously served as the Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship Director. She will serve as the CBME lead, as gastroenterology moves to competence based training in July 2019. 


Her research interests include understanding the impact of a pediatric diagnosis of IBD on the psychosocial impact of IBD, adherence to therapy and therapeutic monitoring in IBD, and the role of vitamin D in the treatment of IBD. 

Research Keywords

Anti_TNF, Anti-TNF, Biologics, CD, Chart Review, Chart-review, Colectomy, Collection of biopsies from endoscopy, Crohn's, Crohn's Disease, FACIT-F, Fatigue, IBD, Intestinal Resection, Pediatric, Qualitative Analysis, Recruitment of IBD patients, Registry, Surgery, therapy, Time-Trend, Transition, UC, Ulcerative colitis, Vitamin D