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    Robert L. Cowie, MB ChB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Respiratory Medicine

    Robert L. Cowie, MB ChB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Respiratory Medicine

    Dr. Robert L. Cowie reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Cowie, a specialist in respiratory medicine, is a professor at the University of Calgary in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences. He is a member of the Division of Respiratory Medicine of the University of Calgary and the Calgary Health Region. In addition, Dr. Cowie is director of Tuberculosis Services of the Calgary Health Region and director of the Calgary COPD and Asthma Program. He has also been a staff physician with the Department of Medicine at Foothills Hospital in Calgary since 1990.

    His career as a teacher, writer, and researcher makes him a sought-after speaker addressing clinical and research groups throughout North America, South Africa, and Europe.

    Dr. Cowie has written numerous scientific research studies and textbooks focusing on asthma, tuberculosis, and occupational lung epidemiology. In 2002, he received the Alberta Lung Association Award of Excellence, a Lorraine Award.

    Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

    Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older
    Lung Cancer
    Asthma in Children
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    Acute Bronchitis


    MB ChB: University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1962
    FCP (SA): College of Medicine of South Africa, 1968
    MSc: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1987
    MD: University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1988
    MFOM: Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London, England, 1988

    Academic Appointments

    Professor of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1995?present.
    Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB 1995?present.
    Head, Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1997?2003.

    Hospital Affiliations

    Foothills Hospital, Calgary, AB

    Professional Affiliations

    American Thoracic Society
    British Thoracic Society
    Canadian Thoracic Society
    College of Medicine of South Africa, Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine and Fellow of the Faculty of Community Health
    European Respiratory Society
    International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
    Royal College of Physicians, Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

    Selected Publications

    1. Cowie RL, Sharpe JW (1998). Tuberculosis in immigrants: Interval from arrival in Canada to diagnosis: A five year study in southern Alberta. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 158(5): 599?602.
    2. Cowie RL, Underwood MF, Little CB, Mitchell I, Spier S, Fort GT (2002). Asthma in adolescents: A randomised controlled trial of an asthma program for adolescents and young adults with severe asthma. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 9(4): 253?259.
    3. Cowie RL, Underwood MF, Field SK (2004). Inhaled corticosteroid therapy does not control asthma. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 11(8): 555?558.
    4. Cowie RL, Underwood MF, Field SK (2007). Asthma symptoms do not predict spirometry. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 14(6): 339?342.
    5. Cowie RL, Field SK, Fanning EA (2007). Nontuberculous mycobacteria. In R Long, E Ellis, eds., Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 6th ed., pp. 221?236.

    Financial Disclosure

    Dr. Cowie has served on advisory boards and/or received fees for presentations from GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Merck Frosst (Canada), Nycomed, Novartis, and Boehringer Ingelheim.

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