Kyle Cowan


Kyle Cowan
Cross-Appointed Member, Associate Professor

BSc Honours in Human Biology, Victoria College, University of Toronto
PhD Philosophy, University of Toronto
Doctor of Medicine - Honors standing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Room: Division of Paediatric Surgery, CHEO Research Institute
Office: 613-737-7600 ext. 2878
Fax: 613-738-4849
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Dr. Kyle Cowan


Dr. Cowan completed a PhD in cardiovascular research under the supervision of Dr. Marlene Rabinovitch at the Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto where he studied the pathophysiology of primary arterial hypertension and approaches to its reversal. He then started medical studies at the University of Toronto, which followed by a 5 years of general surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario. During his residency, Dr. Cowan continued his basic science training with the completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in the area of cell communication (connexins and pannexins) and tumor biology in the laboratory of Dr. Dale W. Laird at the University of Western Ontario, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. After finishing his general surgery residency and postdoctoral fellowship in 2009, Dr. Cowan completed a paediatric surgery fellowship (2009-2011) at CHEO.

Dr. Cowan is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation joint Resident Research Award, Physician Services Incorporated Foundation Resident Research Award, and the American College of Cardiology Young Investigator’s Award.

Fields of Interest

  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Elastases
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases
  • Tenascin
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Pannexins
  • Cellular differentiation
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