Faculty and Staff

Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Jon Meddings, MD, FRCPC, has a long and accomplished history with the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He began his first term as Dean of the school in July 2012 having served as Vice Dean since 2009, and previously as Interim Vice-President (Research) of the University of Calgary (2010), head of the Division of Gastroenterology, and as a professor in the Department of Medicine, while continuing to be an active member of the medical community. He also served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta from 2004 to 2009.

After receiving his BMSc and MD from the University of Alberta, Dr. Meddings completed his internship in Dunedin, New Zealand at Wakari Hospital, his residency in Edmonton at the University of Alberta Hospital, and two fellowships in Dallas at the University of Texas Health Science Centre. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983 and was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2010.

He has been honoured with several awards and distinctions for his research innovations in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel permeability. He is dedicated to excellence in research and education, and improving patient care in Calgary and beyond.

Dr. MacQueen joined the University of Calgary in the fall of 2008 as head of the Department of Psychiatry, in conjunction with her appointment as Regional Clinical Department Head, Psychiatry for the then Calgary Health Region. She later also served as the medical lead for the addiction and mental health program in the Calgary Health Zone, Alberta Health Services. With research interests in structural and functional brain changes associated with mood disorders and the factors that predict outcome in mood disorders, Dr. MacQueen has received funding through several national and international agencies.

Dr. Bridges is currently a professor of Medicine. His fields of interest include work force planning, colon cancer screening, quality assurance and the development of a national digestive health strategy. He has received numerous teaching awards, and is a member of the President’s Council, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, Past President’s Council, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and strategic advisory boards for the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

Since 2012, Dr. Maureen Topps has been the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. Prior to that, she was an associate professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Executive Director of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program.

Dr. Topps’ medical degree was completed at the University of Aberdeen Medical School in Scotland. Then in 2014, she earned an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University. She is also a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

In 2005, after serving as one of the earliest rural clinical preceptors in family medicine at the University of Calgary and as program director for the family medicine residency training program, Dr. Topps became the inaugural Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).

During her time at NOSM, she was instrumental in achieving program approval and accreditation for 10 postgraduate medical programs and successfully integrating infrastructure support for residency education.

With extensive experience in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education, Dr. Topps has been recognized with a Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year Award and an Award of Excellence for Long Term Education Contributions (University of Calgary). She was also part of the team that received an Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award for Education - Gold Award (Northern Ontario School of Medicine).

Dr. Topps served for many years on the Accreditation Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was recently appointed the first Vice-Chair of the International Program Review Committee in May of this year.

She was also heavily involved in the Future of Medical Education in Canada – Postgraduate Project as a steering committee member, as the lead on several international consultations and continues this work through service on implementation groups.

Dr. Tonelli is the Associate Vice-President (Research) in the Office of the Vice-President (Research), and Senior Associate Dean (Health Research) within the Cumming School of Medicine. He identifies potential advances that our institution can make in clinical research, drawing on expertise from across our faculties and plays a major role in advancing our research priority areas in health sciences. Within the Cumming School of Medicine, Dr. Tonelli is developing and leading faculty strategies to enhance clinical and population health research.  He will also engage in designing and supporting the necessary infrastructure for this type of research.

Dr. Zamponi is the former head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. His research focuses on the mechanisms that control electrical activities of brain and heart cells, and how they are compromised in disorders such as epilepsy, pain and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He has contributed to building capacity in the scientific community through trainee education and mentorship. He is a widely-published and internationally renowned neuroscientist, and his research programs have resulted in numerous impactful contributions to both basic and applied science.

Angela is a designated accountant with 20 years of experience in budgeting, process improvement and project management. She has held roles in a variety of industries including telecommunications, airline, manufacturing, oil and gas and railway.

Prior to joining the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) in January 2017 as the director of strategic operations, Angela spent six years at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). During her time at SAIT, Angela analyzed finances, improved processes within Student Services, implemented enterprise information management and discovered her passion for post-secondary education. 

For Angela, working for the University of Calgary isn’t just a job; it’s a way of living. She enjoys knowing that what she does today will impact future generations. Over the past 14 months, Angela has influenced significant positive changes including the implementation of new processes and procedures which have resulted in efficiencies and cost savings for the CSM.

Angela’s innovative nature and willingness to search for solutions make her an invaluable member of the CSM’s leadership team.