College of Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • The determinants of Indigenous health and wellness
  • Health systems research in relation to Indigenous populations
  • Promotion and monitoring of Indigenous wellness and resilience


Dr. Malcolm King, a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is a health researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, joining the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology in October 2017. There, he serves as as the Scientific Director of SCPOR, the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research; he also continues to teach and research in Indigenous health, with a particular focus on wellness and engagement.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr. King led the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health as its Scientific Director, spearheading the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nations People, Métis and Inuit in Canada. Dr. King’s international Indigenous health interests include improving Indigenous health through workforce development and provision of culturally appropriate care, and developing Indigenous health indicators to monitor progress in programs aimed at achieving wellness and health equity.

Dr. King was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999, and in 2016, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

Selected Publications

  • Gracey M, King M. Indigenous health: Determinants and disease patterns. The Lancet 2009; 374: 65–75.
  • King M, Smith A, Gracey M. Indigenous perspectives on health: The underlying causes of the health gap. The Lancet 2009; 374: 76–85.
  • Long R, Hoeppner V, Orr P, Ainslie M, King M, Abonyi S, Mayan M, Kunimoto D, Langlois-Klassen D, Heffernan C, Lau A, Menzies D. Marked disparity in the epidemiology of tuberculosis among Aboriginal peoples on the Canadian prairies: the challenges and opportunities. Can Respir J 2013; 20: 223-230.
  • King M. Addressing the Disparities in Aboriginal Health through Social Determinants Research. Chapter 8 of Trovato F, Romaniuk A, eds. Aboriginal Populations: Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Perspectives. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2014, 197-209.
  • King A, King M. Improving the Health of Indigenous People through Health Practitioner Training. Chapter 30 of Menzies P, Lavallée LF, eds.  Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues. Toronto: CAMH Publications, 2014, 413-434.
  • King M. Contextualization of socio-culturally meaningful data (letter to editor). Can J Public Health 2015; 106: e457. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.106.5328
  • Anderson I, and others (one of 65 collaborators). Indigenous and tribal peoples’ health (The Lancet Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): a population study. The Lancet, published online April 20, 2016
  • Abonyi S, Mayan M, Jody Boffa J, Lopez-Hille C, McMullin K, Heffernan C, Hoeppner V, King M, Orr P, Long R. “Finally when I started falling down”: Indigenous TB patient experiences of health and illness on the Canadian Prairies. Intl J Indigenous Health 2017; 12(1): 3-23.
  • Macklin C, King M, Kallos A, Jinkerson-Brass S, Laframboise S, Masching R, Prentice T, King A. Community-directed research priorities for Indigenous peoples in Canada and hepatitis C: a scoping review. Can J Aboriginal Community-based HIV/AIDS Res 2016-17; 8: 22-42.
  • van der Spuy I, Karunanayake CP, Dosman JA, McMullin K, Zhao G, Abonyi S, Rennie DC, Lawson J, Kirychuk S, MacDonald J, Jimmy L, Koehncke N, Ramsden VR, Fenton M, Marchildon, GP, King M, Pahwa P. Determinants of excessive daytime sleepiness in two First Nation communities. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017; 17: 192.
  • Patel S, Paulsen C, Heffernan C, Saunders D, Sharma M, King M, Hoeppner V, Orr P, Kunimoto D, Menzies D, Christianson S, Wolfe J, Boffa J, McMullin K, Lopez-Hille C, Senthilselvan A, Long L. Tuberculosis transmission in the Indigenous peoples of the Canadian prairies. PLOS ONE 2017; 12(11): e0188189.
  • Fayed ST, King A, King M, Macklin C, Demeria J, Rabbitskin N, Healy B, Gonzales S (Sempulyan). In the eyes of Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Exposing the underlying colonial etiology of Hepatitis C & the imperative for trauma-informed care. Can Liver J 2018: 1.3 doi: 10.3138/canlivj.2018-0009
  • Macklin C, Beaudoin E, Lu K, King M, King A. A Synthesis: Indigenous Wellness Indicators Day. IAPH-FNHA-IGIHM Conference Report, 2018, 25pp.
  • Dudgeon P, Ring I, Leyendekkers G, McClintock K, Lawson-Te Aho K, King M, King A, Skawen GS, Connolly M, Stoor JPA. Global Overview: Indigenous Suicide Rates. Perth, WA: University of Western Australia, 2018; 28 pp.
  • King M, King A. Fostering support for Indigenous adolescents facing health inequities. Chapter 6, pp. 92-100, in Stewart M, ed. Supporting Children and Their Families Facing Health Inequities in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2021.