Ron Spice

Dr. Ronald Spice

Pronouns: he, him


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.955.2714

Preferred method of communication

Admin Assistant

Barb Atkinson


Office: 403.955.2714


Educational Background

BMedSci , University of Alberta, 1983

Doctor of Medicine University of Alberta, 1985


Dr. Ron Spice graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 and went on to do a residency in Family Medicine in Edmonton. Dr. Spice practiced full scope rural medicine in High Level, AB and Claresholm, AB from 1987 to 2001. In 2001, he did extra training in Palliative Medicine and has practiced as a Family Physician Palliative Consultant ever since. He currently works clinically with the Calgary Zone Rural Palliative Consultation Service, and is the Zone Clinical Department Head for the Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone Department of Rural Medicine. Dr. Spice is also the Academic Rural Director for the Department of Family Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Palliative care
Summary of Research

Dr. Spice is primarily involved in research in palliative care and palliative/hospice care service delivery. He is a co-investigator on a project investigating the use of Web-based Videoconferencing to support Palliative patients in their homes. Dr. Spice is the co-investigator on a project investigating opportunities for experiences in nature by palliative patients. He is also co-investigator on a project to look at the experiences of family physicians in Calgary in caring for palliative patients.


  • Dr. Ian Bennet Meritorious Service Award, Distributed Learning and Rural Initiatives, Cumming School of Medicine. 2021
  • Luminary Award for Education, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary. 2009
  • Edna Wakefield Rowe Summer Research Award, 1983
  • Dr. A.J. Pauly Bursary in Medicine, 1981
  • Louise McKinney Post Secondary Scholarship, 1981