Dr. May Choi, MD MPH FRCPC

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Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Associate Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Phone number

Clinic: 403.955.8733

Location

Office: HRIC3A10

Background

Educational Background

BHSc (Hons) Biomedical, University of Calgary, 2010

Doctor of Medicine Medicine, University of Alberta, 2014

MPH Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2021

Biography

Dr. May Choi is a rheumatologist and clinician scientist who started on faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary in 2020. She is an early career investigator, and her research is focused on biomarker discovery and validation for prediction of clinical outcomes in autoimmune rheumatic diseases, and the prevention of autoimmune disease development and disease-related complications. Her background and training include a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at Harvard University and a lupus fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) under the supervision of Dr. Karen Costenbader (epidemiologist, lupus expert and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School). Dr. Choi is also the Associate Director of MitogenDx Laboratory for novel autoantibody and biomarker testing for autoimmune diseases and the Associate Director of Research for the University of Calgary Lupus Centre of Excellence, which complement her research.  She is funded by several career development awards including the Helios UCMG Post Fellowship Training Award, Dr. Subrata Ghosh Fellowship Award, and the Lupus Foundation of America Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award. She also received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research project grant in her first year as an early career investigator. 

Projects

SLE-CALCULATOR Systemic Lupus Erythematosus CArdiovascuLar Disease Event Risk PrediCtion Using Machine LeArning Techniques and NOvel ThRombotic Autoantibodies

Investigators: Choi (PI), Clarke, Skeith, Costenbader, Elliott

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: CIHR


SOAR UP: Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis NOvel Autoantibody and Biomarker Research Utilizing Proteome Microarray

Investigators: Choi (PI), Fritzler, Tarnopolsky, Hudson, Costenbader

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: VPR Catalyst Grant


SOAR: Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis NOvel Autoantibody and Biomarker Research

Investigators: Choi (PI), Tarnopolsky (Co-PI), Fritzler, Hudson, Costenbader

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: Myositis Canada


Longitudinal Analysis of ANA Assay Performance in SLE

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: Lupus Foundation of America

Awards

  • Future Leader Award, Alberta Medical Association, Section of Rheumatology. 2021
  • Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award, Lupus Foundation of America. 2019
  • Dr. Subrata Ghosh Fellowship Award, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Practice Reflection Silver Award, Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Meeting. 2019
  • Helios UCMG Post Fellowship Training Award, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2019
  • 2021