Dr. Kenneth Butcher

Department of Medicine
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About Me

Personal Statement

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth most common cause of death among adults in North America. My goal as a clinician scientist is to find optimal therapies to prevent and treat stroke.  As a clinician scientist, I can perform studies and develop experiments at the bedside and see the results of my work translated into clinical results in a much quicker way.

Dr. Butcher is a professor in the Division of Neurology, a consulting neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital, a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute and a site trial principal investigator with Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials. His award-winning research is funded provincially and nationally and includes a Tier Two Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences worldwide. In addition to medical curriculum clinical instruction, Dr. Butcher is active in delivering continuing medical education and public presentations about stroke. 

Leadership and Collaborations

Dr. Butcher is a frequent collaborator with research teams and clinical trials networks studying stroke. He has served on provincial, national and international committees for research review; graduate and undergraduate education; examination and accreditation; academic awards; data safety; and editorial committees for numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Other information

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZqW4CNjfgQ  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br-8_0_npl0

Stroke Imaging Laboratory


Dr. Butcher delivers medical curriculum courses and supervises trainees at all levels. He is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at regional, national and international scientific conferences on the topic of cerebrovascular medicine. He is active in medical education sessions for physicians.


Dr. Butcher is a Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease (Tier Two) and has received prizes and honours for his research scholarship throughout his career. These include the Martha Cook Piper Research Award from the University of Alberta and the Henry J.M. Bartlett Research Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 

His research aims to reduce the devastating effects of stroke. His work is multifaceted and includes developing blood-flow-based criteria for selecting patients to receive clot-dissolving drugs, identifying optimal anticoagulants to prevent stroke recurrence inpatients who have had minor stroke, and studying blood pressure and its effects on hemorrhagic stroke. His prize-winning research garners funding support from national and provincial agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Stroke Trials for Optimized Results (CaSTOR) and Alberta Innovates. He is one of the inaugural recipients of the Servier Alberta Innovation in Health Fund (SAIHF), launched in 2017. 

Dr. Butcher has published more than 200 articles and abstracts, and dozens of articles as an invited reviewer, editorialist and case report author.  

Research Keywords

blood pressure management, cardioembolic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, stroke imaging