- Clinical Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta
- Chair, Governance Committee, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
- Past President, Misericordia Medical Staff Association
Dr. Alakija obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1990. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in anatomical pathology and is board certified in anatomic pathology and forensic pathology. She obtained a Masters Degree of Science in medical education in 2009. She has completed 11 Physician Management Institute Courses (now called Joule) through the Canadian Medical Association.
Since 2014, she had been an elected member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) where she is on the Finance and Audit Committee, and she is Chair of the Governance Committee. At the University of Alberta, she is on the Breast Pathology Fellowship Committee, and she teaches Breast Pathology Fellows at DynaLIFE, where the majority of breat core biopsies in Edmonton are diagnosed. She is on the Executive Committee of the Misericordia Medical Staff where she has the position of immediate Past President. On the Editorial Boards of the Journals "Atherosclerosis" and "Cardiovascular Pathology", she reviews articles from all over the world for publication.
Formerly, she was the Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for Alberta, and she still works on contract at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as a forensic pathologist. From 2007 to 2013, she served as a board member of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and is a Past President of the AMA Section of Laboratory Physicians.
Dr. Alakija has a wide range of past work experience in pathology and other areas of medicine, such as general practice and surgical assisting. Her awards include the NATO Medal for Peace and Freedom for her forensic work in Kosovo in 1999 and many Gold Star Teaching Awards from the University of Calgary.
Areas of clinical and research expertise: Medical professionalism, quality assurance in anatomical pathology, governance, equality/diversity in medicine, and improving communications between pathologists and clinicians.
In her spare time, Dr. Alakija practices her bagpipes with the Viscount Park Pipe Band.
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