Sonia  Butalia

Dr. Sonia Butalia

MD, FRCPC, MSc (epi)


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences


Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: (403) 955-8327


Educational Background

B.Sc. , University of Western Ontario, 2000

Doctor of Medicine , University of Toronto, 2004

M.Sc. , University of Calgary, 2012


Dr. Sonia Butalia is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Butalia is actively involved in clinical medicine, research, and teaching. She was awarded prestigious fellowship awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (AI-HS) during her training. Her research program is supported by funding from the CIHR, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Diabetes Canada.  She is the 2018 National Diabetes Canada New Investigator.

Her research interests are in innovative tools and strategies to improve diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors in the community. Her program of work importantly engages and is informed by people with diabetes (i.e. patients), physicians, care providers and decision-makers.

Finally, she is a co-author of several national clinical practice guidelines for Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association) and Hypertension Canada. Follow her on Twitter @Sonia_ButaliaMD.


Areas of Research

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Discovery of Novel Risk Factors for Diabetes


  • Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Calgary. 2023
  • 2022 CIHR/Diabetes Canada Young Scientist Award, CIHR/Diabetes Canada. 2022
  • The Todd Anderson Cardiovascular Research Award, The Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary. 2022
  • 2020 Certificate of Excellence Award (Team Award: CV & Me), Hypertension Canada. 2020
  • 2020 Diversity Award (Team Award: Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative), University of Calgary. 2020
  • 2018 Diabetes Canada New Investigator, Diabetes Canada. 2018