Dr. Cheryl Mack

BSc. Hons, MD, MA, FRCPC


Pediatric Palliative Care (ASSIST Program) Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Alberta.

President, Medical Staff Society, University of Alberta Hospitals

Ethics and Palliative Care Lead, Office of Global Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alberta.

Chair, Clinical Ethics, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and WCM Health Sciences Centre.

Chair, Ethics Committee, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS)

Dr. Cheryl Mack is a pediatric and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiologist who has recently joined ASSIST. ASSIST is a team of physicians, nurses and psychologists who support pediatric patients and their families when they are facing serious illnesses or have complex medical needs. Her interests include clinical bioethics, perioperative palliative care, administrative and professional ethics, international healthcare development, and physician wellness. She is the communications and social media lead for the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Section for Environmental Sustainability @CAS_EnviroSus 

  1. Where were you born? Regina, Saskatchewan
  2. What university did you go to? My undergraduate degree was from the University of Regina and medical school was through the University of Saskatchewan. My training in anesthesiology was from the University of Alberta.
  3. What are my favorite activities? Hiking, cross-country skiing, in-door climbing, skating and cycling
  4. Any hobbies? Yep, quilting, knitting and reading fiction of all genres.
  5. Favorite movies? Anything with superheroes!
  6. Major obsession? Caffeine is my lifeblood and chocolate makes my heart sing.
  7. Favorite food? I love all food, better to ask what I won’t eat….
  8. Favorite snack? Popcorn with butter and truffle salt (ok I am a bit of a princess)
  9. Favorite sports team? Of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders! Go Riders!
  10. What are your life goals? Life goals? At my age its more appropriate to ask about retirement goals…
  • Why the picture of Beaker for Dr. Mack?
    Huh??? That is a pic of Dr. Mack… post call after an all nighter in the cardiac operating room.
    Is this one better?
    Oh wait that’s another post call pic again…
    I guess all we have are post call pics of Dr. Mack.