Alberta Top Doc

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photo of Dr. James TalbotDr. James Talbot was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Health in 2012. We refer to him as Alberta's Top Doc

The Alberta Top Doc page provides information and resources on current health topics and issues. More information on various health topics is available using the left navigation.

Current health issues

Stay healthy

Childhood obesity

In response to the growing rate of overweight and obese children in Canada, Canada’s Ministers of Health have launched Our Health Our Future: A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights – a key step in identifying actions to curb childhood obesity and to promote healthy weights.

Need medical advice?

Call Health Link Alberta:

  • Toll-free in Alberta, call 1-866-408-5465
  • In Edmonton, call 780-408-5465
  • In Calgary, call 403-943-5465

Top Doc videos on YouTube

Top Doc on flu shots

Dr. James Talbot encourages you to be healthy this flu season by getting immunized with a flu shot.

The Future of Health:
Top Doc at TEDxEdmonton

Alberta's Top Doc, Dr. James Talbot, spoke on the Future of Health at a TedX Edmonton talk in June 2013.

More videos

Dr. André Corriveau was Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health from 2009 to May 2012. The Top Doc videos below feature Dr. Corriveau, providing answers to questions on a number of seasonal illnesses, such as influenza, hantavirus, lyme disease, West Nile virus and more.



In the fall and winter, you have an increased chance of getting a cold, influenza, or other virus to make you sick. Cleaning your hands by washing or using sanitizer is a great way to reduce your chances of getting sick, or getting someone else sick.

West Nile virus

Lyme disease


Watch more Government of Alberta videos on Your Alberta YouTube.