Dr. Vivian Huang

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology
  • 2-36 Zeidler Ledcor Centre
    Contact details are for academic matters only.

About Me


Assistant Professor and Staff Gastroenterologist, University of Alberta

Training Director, CEGIIR research program, University of Alberta

Founder and Director, CEGIIR Lunch’N’Learn and Observership Series, University of Alberta

Founder and Director, Preconception and Pregnancy in IBD clinical research program, University of Alberta

Co-Founder and Secretary Treasurer, Maternofetal Outcomes Research – Canadian Registry in IBD  (MORe CaRe IBD), National Canadian Pregnancy in IBD Group


Dr. Huang teaches patients, physicians, undergraduate students, medical students, medical and subspecialty residents, fellows, colleagues, and anyone who wishes to learn.  She mentors students, residents, and other research trainees.

In 2015, Dr. Huang developed the first CEGIIR Lunch'N'Learn and Observership series for research trainees in the University of Alberta Division of Gastroenterology summer research student program.  She aims to encourage interest in translational research among the young future researchers, with focus on building collaborations between clinicians, clinician scientists, and basic scientists.  The series was held over May to August 2015 and involved guest speakers covering topics ranging from IBD to hepatitis.  Students who were interested in observerships were matched to a clinician and/or basic scientist to observe for at least half a day.  In addition, the series was opened up to and well attended by clinicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, and administration.  Dr. Huang will be hosting this series again for summer 2016.

Dr. Huang also presents at various medical conferences on the management of IBD during pregnancy, teaching clinicians about IBD management.


PRECONCEPTION and PREGNANCY in IBD clinical research program

1) consultation and research clinic

2) translational "bench-to-bedside" research program

  • "maternal IBD immunologic profile”
  • “biomarkers for predicting disease activity in pregnancy and IBD”
  • “Maternal Offspring Microbiome, Metabolomics and Immunologic profiling in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (MOM MII) 

3) knowledge translation – outreach program

  • "Improving Knowledge Regarding Pregnancy and IBD"

1) using fecal calprotectin as a biomarker for IBD, and to optimize medications for IBD

2) assessing biologics and biologic drug levels in the management of IBD


Dr. Huang's clinical and research interests focus on the management of inflammatory bowel disease, with special focus on the management of IBD during pregnancy.  She is also heavily invested in patient and physician education, as she is a firm believer of P4 medicine - predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory medicine.

Research Keywords

anti-TNF, IBD, loss of response, drug monitoring, e-health, fecal calprotectin, fecal calprotectin, FIT, mucosal healing, IBD, fecal calprotectin, infliximab, trough level, IBD, IBD, maternal, menopause, IBD, cytokines, hormones, microbiome, neonatal, point of care, pregnancy, pregnancy, IBD, knowledge, web-portal, Reproduction, pregnancy, breast feeding, IBD, ulcerative colitis, infliximab, pharmacokinetics