Dr. Alexandra King is Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness and Assistant Professor General Internal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She was previously an internist in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a general internist at the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre and the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She is doing her PhD at Simon Fraser University and is member of the Canadian National Aboriginal Working Group on HIV & AIDS.
Dr. King first graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BBA in finance and economics. She then decided to focus on medicine, and went on to obtain her medical degree at the University of Toronto, and completed her core internal medicinal residency at the University of Alberta.
Throughout her medical training, she received numerous awards for her activism in the area of indigenous health, including the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, the President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year and the Dr. John Big Canoe Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on Indigenous women, a key HIV-risk population. Her research answers the need for an assessment of Indigenous women who are making the move from the criminal justice system to community care.
Dr. King was a CTN Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014-2015. Her study focused on linking indigenous women transitioning from the criminal justice system with community care cascades. She contributed to a CTN research publication that looked at improvements in HIV treatment outcomes among indigenous people who use illicit drugs (using data from the ACCESS study).