University of Calgary

Cynthia H-T. Seow

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty


Dr. Cynthia Seow completed medical school, internal medicine and gastroenterology training in Australia, then undertook a 2 year clinical research fellowship in IBD at Mount Sinai Hospital concurrent with a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and has a clinical practice in gastroenterology with 50% protected research time. She joined the University of Calgary in 2009 with three leaves of absence related to parental leave totaling 24 months between 2009 and 2014.

Her primary research interest is in Materno Fetal outcomes in IBD. Dr. Seow co-runs the University of Calgary IBD pregnancy clinic which was established September 2012, and which is linked to a research registry and biorepository. She is the research chair of MORe CaRe – IBD (Maternofetal Outcomes Research, a Canadian Registry in IBD), a national working group which aims to link researchers and clinicians interested in the area, and to establish a nation-wide clinical database and biorepository based on pregnant women with IBD and their infants. She is on the steering committee for SCOPE-IBD (The Scientific Consortium for Optimizing Pharmaco-Epidemiologic data in IBD) representing the IBD and pregnancy section. Dr. Seow is the co-author of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology endorsed Clinical Practice Guidelines in IBD and pregnancy which was e-published ahead of print in ‘Gastroenterology’ in December 2015. Other research interests include pharmacokinetics and she published that trough infliximab levels were predictive of clinical outcomes in ulcerative colitis in ‘Gut’ in 2010. Dr. Seow currently combines her research interests of maternofetal outcomes and pharmacokinetics in IBD.  She presents regularly at local and national meetings on the above research topics, and also provides small group education. Other research interests include active involvement with the Cochrane collaboration for which she is an author on a number of systematic reviews and metanalyses in the area of IBD.

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Curriculum Vitae

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