Dr. Michelle Graham


Department of Medicine

Division of Cardiology
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About Me

Personal Statement:

The exciting thing about research is its potential to have profound impacts on peoples’ lives. My areas of research focus are informed by my patients, who have taught me the value of not only living longer, but living better.

Dr. Graham obtained her MD at the University of Ottawa, trained in Internal Medicine at Western University, Cardiology at Dalhousie University and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Calgary. 

Leadership and Collaborations:

Dr. Graham is former Chair of both the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Scientific Program Committee and Guidelines Committee.  She is Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and the Inaugural Editor in Chief of CJC Open, which published its first issue in January 2019.  She has extensive experience with peer review agencies, including Chair or Scientific Officer duties for committees of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She also Chairs the Quality Management Committee at the Alberta Strategic Clinical Network for Cardiovascular Health and Stroke.


Dr. Graham spends 50 percent of her time conducting outcomes research. Dr. Graham’s primary research interests are varied and include perioperative medicine, cardiac care in the elderly, processes of care, and precision medicine.  She currently holds funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Innovates/Health Solutions and has over 100 peer review articles to date, including a 2018 publication in Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reviewed the 2014 POISE-2 clinical trial data to show a reduced risk of heart attack when patients with previous percutaneous coronary intervention took low-dose aspirin around the time of noncardiac surgery. This was a Late-Breaking Clinical Trials presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in 2017.

Dr. Graham is also co-author of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiac Risk Assessment and Management for Patients Who Undergo Noncardiac Surgery. She is a member of the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) team which created one of the most comprehensive registries of cardiac catheterization patients used to track long-term outcomes. The APPROACH team’s work was named one of the top six health research achievements in Canada in 2011 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Graham was awarded the Department of Medicine’s Paul W. Armstrong Research Award in 2017.

Mentorship is an important area to Dr. Graham.  She has received mentoring awards from trainees in the Core Internal Medicine program, as well as those from the Division of Cardiology.  She received a Tier II Clinical Mentoring Award in 2011 from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and in 2017 was the recipient of the Thomas J. Marrie Mentorship Award from the Department of Medicine.

Research Keywords

acute coronary syndromes, cardiac care in the elderly, contrast-induced acute kidney injury, interventional cardiology, Outcomes