Kirsten Fiest

Dr. Kirsten Fiest



Scientific Director

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


Educational Background

B.Sc Honours Psychology, University of Calgary, 2008

Doctor of Philosophy Epidemiology, University of Calgary, 2014


Dr. Kirsten Fiest is the Scientific Director, O'Brien Institute for Public Health. She brings a wealth of expertise, a commitment to advancing public health, and an inspiring vision for the institute to the role.

Fiest is an accomplished academic, currently an associate professor of critical care medicine, community health sciences and psychiatry at the CSM. Her research is focused on partnering with patients and family members to improve care and outcomes of critically ill patients and their families. 


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Areas of Expertise

  • Comorbidity
  • Critical Care
  • Epidemiology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Tool Validation