Faces of our Medical School

Since opening our doors in 1967, our medical school has grown and evolved into an internationally recognized leader in education and research with a focus on precision medicine and precision public health. We are incredibly proud of the rich history of our medical school, and look we forward to working together to create the future of health in Calgary and beyond.


Dr. Elizabeth MacRae | Forging the path for women in neurosurgery

Dr. Elizabeth MacRae | Forging the path for women in neurosurgery

Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) MacRae was just a three-year-old when she began to dream of a career in medicine.  

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Patty Beug-Jang

Patty Beug-Jang | A lot to be proud of

About 10 years ago, Patty Beug-Jang joined the human resources (HR) team at the University of Calgary as an HR co-ordinator.

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Shaunna Huston

Shaunna Huston | A life-changing opportunity

Shaunna Huston never looks at a job as Monday to Friday 9-5 p.m.

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Joyce Forster

Joyce Forster | A sense of belonging

“I failed retirement,” says Joyce Forster with a giggle. “But I didn’t come back because I failed. I came back because this is where I’m meant to be.” 

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Stephanie Smith

Captain Stephanie Smith | Canadian hero for people in need

“I always wanted to be a doctor,” says Captain Stephanie Smith, now in her second year of the MD program at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM). 

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Jennifer Logan

Jennifer Logan | Supporting BHSc students on their undergraduate journey

“I would like people to know that I have the very best job at CSM”, says Jennifer Logan, an almost 11-year veteran of the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM).  

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Jeffrey Veale

Dr. Jeffrey Veale | From Calgary to the red carpet in California

Inspired by children’s smiles, Jeffrey Veale applied for medical school to become the next Patch Adams, a physician, social activist and clown whose life’s work is memorialized in a Hollywood movie. 

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Stacy Lee Lockerbie

Stacy Lee Lockerbie | From bike trails to community based research: A few paths less travelled

“We all take our own path”, says Stacy Lee as she describes how she ended up working at the Department of Family Medicine, at the Cumming School. 

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Leigh Hurst

Leigh Hurst | Planting a tree

When Leigh Hurst started working at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) in 1998, she was only four days removed from finishing her last exam at the University of Calgary. 

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Derrick Rancourt

Derrick Rancourt | Biologist, family man and ‘opportunity guy’

“People have said to me, ‘You should pick a disease to study and stick to it for your whole life.’ But that’s just not my approach, I’m more of an opportunity guy,” says Derrick Rancourt, PhD, a professor in the departments of Oncology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medical Genetics.

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Dr Liam Martin

Dr. Liam Martin | Rheumatologist, patient champion and soccer fan extraordinaire

Liam Martin has seen a lot of changes since he came here from Ireland in 1986 to work in Marv Fritzler’s lab. 

Giovanna Trotta

Giovanna Trotta | From Italy to Calgary

“My parents come from a town called San Giovanni in Fiori, Italy. There was no work for them in Italy to raise a family,” says Giovanna (Jo) Trotta. “My father came to Canada alone to see what it was like and then called my mother and older sister to join him. That was 60 years ago.” 

Charlene Wrona

Charlene Wrona | Bringing top talent to the Cumming School of Medicine

On her way to get coffee in the morning, Human Resources (HR) advisor Charlene Wrona often sees the many familiar faces whom once walked into her office as a new employee of the University of Calgary.

Jesse Kon

Jesse Kon | Knowlegeable in varied technologies, helping others do better

Jesse Kon keeps himself on top of things by reminding himself to do better. “My personal motto is simple,” he says, “you can’t get complacent.  No matter how good you are at something, you can always learn more and do better!”

Kevin Johnston

Kevin Johnston | Helping others achieve success one workshop at a time

Kevin Johnston considers himself an administration and logistics guy in his role as program coordinator for the Cumming School of Medicine’s (CSM) Office of Faculty Development (OFD)

Dr Lawrence Korngut

Dr. Lawrence Korngut | Family man and neuromuscular medicine champion

“When I was 12, I found a book about the brain in a used bookstore,” says Dr. Lawrence Korngut.

Tyler Murphy

Tyler Murphy | Here to make a difference

“Customer service is hard, but I believe we make a difference every day.”  

Anne Heiligsetzer

Anne Heiligsetzer | A familiar face

By the time most people arrive at work for the day, Anne Heiligsetzer has already helped patients get to their appointment, greeted students on their way to class, and welcomed colleagues as they rush off to start on their to do lists. 

John Kornelson

John Kornelson | Family man and Harley fan

The human body is a fascinating machine, while we often think how well it serves us during our lifetime; we know it still has a lot of use after death. 

Mathieu Chin

Mathieu Chin | Superstar student on the pathway to medicine

Mathieu Chin is a busy man. “From the first day on campus, there have been a million opportunities,” he says.