Dr. Sarah Bowdin

Co-Director, Centre for Genetic Medicine, SickKids

Dr. Sarah Bowdin is scientific lead at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Toronto and is a physician, Centre for Genetic Medicine co-director, and Research Institute project investigator at the Hospital for Sick Children.

She joined SickKids as staff geneticist in 2008 and was cross-appointed to the division of cardiology, in order to establish and run a cardiac genetics service. She is the clinical lead for cardiac genetics, which is now supported by a full time cardiac genetic counsellor. Together, Dr. Bowdin and her genetic counsellor colleague provide clinical consultations to over 300 patients per year, with the aim of establishing a genetic diagnosis for children with heart disease, and identifying family members at risk who would benefit from appropriate screening or diagnosis.

Dr. Bowdin has developed expertise in vascular connective tissue disorders and is a member of the medical board of directors for the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, dedicated to research and support for this disease which affects all ages.

Dr. Bowdin’s clinical research is in the field of applied genomics, and she is co-director of the SickKids Genome Clinic, which was the model followed when designing the Ted Rogers Cardiac Genome Clinic.

Dr. Bowdin graduated from the University of Southampton medical school. She completed her training in general pediatrics and neonatology in London and Edinburgh, obtaining membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2001. Dr. Bowdin then trained in clinical genetics, and during this four-year clinical training program, she earned a master’s degree in prenatal genetics and fetal medicine at University College London.