Dr. Chris Eagle

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Chris Eagle is a retired Professor at the University of Calgary (maintaining an adjunct appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences), and holds adjunct appointments at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria. He is an acknowledged leader in the field of health care administration.

Dr. Eagle twice graduated from the University of Calgary (BScHons 1973, MD 1977) and holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He specialized in cardiac anesthesiology. In 1991, he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Calgary. He has published more than 70 articles and has made many addresses to various professional societies, many in the area of health care quality and safety. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1981), Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiologists (1982), and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (1995).

Dr. Eagle has had a long career in health care administration. Most recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Health Services, an organization with a C$13Bn operating budget and 100,000 employees. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Calgary Health Region, Executive VP and Chief Clinical Officer, VP and CIO of the Calgary Health Region, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director of the Foothills Hospital (Calgary), and Head of the Department of Anesthesia. He has also worked as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is past-Chair of the Specialty Committee of Anesthesia, former Chief Examiner in Anesthesia, and past-Examiner in Anesthesia for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Eagle has served as a Board member on a number of health organizations. He was on the inaugural Board for the Health Quality Council of Alberta and recently served on the Board of the Canadian Institute of Health Information.