Derek Exner


Cardiac Sciences, Community Health Sciences


Alberta Health Services

Associate Dean of Clinical Trials

Cumming School of Medicine

Contact information


Office: 403.220.3219


Office location : TRW GE 69


Dr. Exner earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. He went on to complete post-graduate training in internal medicine, cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary. Following that he completed his Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins and a research Fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute before returning to Calgary in 2000. Dr. Exner is the Associate Dean, Clinical Trials at the Cumming School of Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials and is a Professor of Cardiac Sciences and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Exner is leading multiple large international trials, is a world authority on arrhythmias, has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and multiple patents related to using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals to evaluate cardiac structure and the risk of serious arrhythmias. He is actively engaged in research with multiple small and large biotech companies in Canada and beyond and has obtained over $50 million in funding from peer-reviewed and industry sources over the past two decades. Dr. Exner has authored or co-authored more than 185 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including publications in leading medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.