Dr. Todd McMullen

Dr. Todd McMullen is a fellowship trained endocrine surgeon with specialized training in thyroid ultrasound techniques.

Dr. Todd McMullen’s academic background is in Biochemistry and Physiology. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, then completed a Medical Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Having received his PhD and additional training in Physiology, Dr. McMullen went on to complete medical school at the University of Toronto and a residency in General Surgery at the University of Alberta. He further specialized in Endocrine Surgery  at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, where he finished a TS Reeve Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery.

Since that time, Dr. McMullen has been an active member of the University of Alberta staff as part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, where he now holds positions in Surgery and Oncology (Division of General Surgery), an Adjunct appointment in the Division of Endocrinology (Department of Medicine) and also serves as the Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology (Department of Oncology) based at the Cross Cancer Institute.

In his role as Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology he has participated in the creation of clinical care pathways both provincially and nationally for thyroid and parathyroid disease, and has undertaken a number of important initiatives regarding synoptic reporting for surgical oncologists. Dr. McMullen is also one of the leaders of the national Head and Neck Cancer Committee for the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

Specialties:     Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Oncology


  • TS Reeve Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

  • Residency in General Surgery

University of Alberta

  • Doctor of Medicine

University of Toronto

  • Medical Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

University of Alberta

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry                                                 

University of Alberta

University of Alberta Academic Appointments:

Director, Division of Surgical Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute

Associate Professor, Surgery and Oncology, Division of General Surgery

Adjunct appointment, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine

Adjunct appointment, Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering

Professional Memberships:

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Member, Canadian Association of General Surgeons

Member, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

Member, International Society of Surgeons

Member, Association of Academic Surgeons


Dr. McMullen is a clinician scientist in the departments of Oncology and Surgery. His research focuses on the mechanisms of the metastases for endocrine tumors, namely thyroid, breast, and neuroendocrine tumors. Dr. McMullen has received a number of grants within the last five years and is supported by a major operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. McMullen has made a number of important contributions to potential biomarkers for metastatic disease in these tumors; he has completed one patent and is preparing a second one that focuses on the role of platelet derived growth factor receptor in mediating aggressive disease. Dr. McMullen has initiated and coordinated clinical trials of surgical devices and manages a translational research laboratory. His current laboratory includes a combination of six research associates and trainees. Selected published research articles can be found here Dr. Todd McMullen Research


Contact Information

Telephone 780-407-1108               Fax 780-407-2729

Email: todd.mcmullen@ualberta.ca