Shelagh B. Coutts

Professor of Neurology

The University of Calgary, Calgary, CA


Dr Shelagh Coutts is Professor of Neurology at The University of Calgary, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Dr Coutts obtained her Undergraduate Medical Degree from the University of Edinburgh and undertook general medical training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary prior to specialising in neurology. She moved to Calgary to complete a Fellowship in Stroke Neurology with Dr Alastair Buchan and completed her Neurology Residency Training, receiving her FRCPC (Neurology) in 2006. 

Her research interests include the use of acute imaging in triage and treatment of stroke and TIA patients in the Emergency Department. She plans to design therapeutic trials in high risk TIA and minor stroke using imaging to identify patients. 

Dr Coutts has received a number of awards for her work, including the “Siekert New Investigator Award” from the American Stroke Association, the "Michael J. Pessin award" in stroke leadership from the American Academy of Neurology and the Petro Canada Young Innovator Award in Community Health. She is the first recipient of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Distinguished Clinician Scientist award, supported in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and AstraZeneca Canada Inc. She also hold a clinical investigator award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.