Board MemberMD, FRCPC
President and CEO, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Verna Yiu joined Alberta Health Services (AHS) in August 2012 as Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she oversaw the integration and co- ordination of a health delivery model for the province and was accountable for Quality & Healthcare Improvement, Strategic Clinical Networks, Clinical Informatics and Clinical Information Systems, Medical Affairs, and partnerships with academic institutions and other physician-led organizations.
The principal focus of her initial role within AHS was quality and patient safety, engagement, leadership development and fostering relationships between medical staff and the health care system.
Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Yiu served as interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta preceded by senior positions in the dean’s office from 2000.
She is a graduate of the University of Alberta (U of A) and Harvard University, and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. She has also led various areas of health administration for more than 18 years, both within the health care delivery system and in academic settings.
Since returning to the U of A in 1994 as a pediatric nephrologist, a clinical role she continues to have today, her leadership roles have spanned heading clinical operations, leading medical education reforms and developing strong partnerships with academic institutions, government bodies and other clinician-led organizations.
Dr. Yiu was appointed interim President and CEO of Alberta Health Services by the AHS Board effective January 11, 2016 and became the permanent President/CEO June 3 rd , 2016. Since being appointed in this role, Dr. Yiu has led the organization in the development of a new vision, refreshed values, and a health and business plan focused on the quadruple aim based on 4 foundational strategies (patient first, people, research/innovation/analytics, and IMIT strategies).