Dr. Alison M. Clarke

Dr. Alison M. Clarke

Dr. Alison Clarke is a family physician and fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada who has practiced for over 20 years. She has been involved with primary care networks since the PCN concept was first established and participated in the original planning and implementation. She serves currently as the medical director of the Calgary Rural PCN and also as an admitting physician in acute care for Strathmore District Health Services.

Dr. Clarke was the AMA's President for 2018-19.


(One of the benefits of working with the AMA is) working together for common goals of influence with Alberta Health and Alberts Health Services. I have spent a lot of time in the PCN world and see how an idea for a need to improve service delivery in primary care has led to a robust system engaging physicians and changing the delivery and perspective of primary care.
(Dr. Alison Clarke)

An active AMA member

Dr. Clarke has been an AMA member since her family practice residency in 1990. She has committed her time to various roles within the association, such as:

  • Representative Forum delegate (1998-2010)
  • AMA Board of Directors (2010-2013)

Other AMA positions have included the Nominating Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee to Review AMA’s Regional Structure and delegate to the Canadian Medical Association General Council.

She has also been a leader in other roles including president of the Rural Medical Staff Association and chief of staff of Strathmore District Health Services. Her writing has appeared in Vital Signs magazine on the topic of medical practice from a rural perspective.

Favorite AMA memory?

"The AMA is a family affair. My older son and I were the poster people for the Negotiating Campaign in the early 2000s and my younger son attended his first RF at 2 months old."

On a personal note

"As a family we love to travel. After my time on the Board, I took my kids out of school for 6 months and we traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East."

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.