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

Browse By All Topics


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.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use.

How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.