Academic Rank:
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Research Centre: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI)
Vice-Dean, Health Engagement
Short Bio:

Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Allard obtained a BSc and MD at UBC. Following an internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, he returned to UBC to undertake a residency in clinical pathology that included training in renal pathology at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London England and a pulmonary research fellowship with Dr. James Hogg.

Subsequently, he undertook cardiovascular research training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Dr. Sanford Bishop and Dr. Peter Anderson, returning to UBC as an Assistant Professor in 1990.

Dr. Allard is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, and has provided headship of the Department since August 2009. He is also a clinician scientist at St. Paul’s Hospital where he is a Cardiovascular Pathologist, a Principal Investigator in the James Hogg Research Centre, Director of the Biobank, and Chair of the Library Advisory Committee.

His research program focuses on how substrate use by the heart is altered by physiologic conditions and pathologic processes such as cardiac hypertrophy and diabetes mellitus, including delineation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible, and how these alterations influence heart function.

Dr. Allard is actively involved in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate educational programs at UBC and currently serves as coordinator of a graduate-level course on cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.

As Department Head, Dr. Allard provides leadership and foster excellence and scholarship in education, research, and service (2009 – 2018).

Dr. Michael Allard has been appointed as the Vice-Dean, Health Engagement effective December 1, 2018.


Academic background

  • UBSc (Biology), University of British Columbia 1974-1978
  • MD (Medicine), University of British Columbia 1977-1981
  • Residency, Anatomic Pathology, University of British Columbia 1983-1988
  • Certification in Anatomic Pathology, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, FRCP(C), 1988
  • Research Fellow (Pulmonary Research), Pulmonary Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia 1985-1987
  • Research Fellow (Cardiovascular Pathology), University of Alabama at Birmingham 1988-1990

Research Interest

  • Energy metabolism in normal and pathologic hearts
  • Physiologic and Pathologic Cardiac hypertrophy
  • Contribution of Metabolism to myocardial dysfunction after ischemia and reperfusion, especially in the setting of cardiac hypertrophy
  • Cardiovascular Pathology