Youth IFOS Canadian Representative

University of Western Ontario


Leigh Sowerby MD, MHM, FRCSC currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Division Head of Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Western University.  Dr. Sowerby completed his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University in Quebec, before heading out west for medical school at the University of Calgary. He subsequently completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, followed by a fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the University of Alberta and a masters degree in Health Management from McMaster University during his first 3 years on faculty. Dr. Sowerby is cross-appointed to the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery and the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Western University.

He is a fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and the Triological Society and is an active member of several national and international societies.  He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed papers, has lectured internationally on topics in rhinology, anterior skull base surgery and facial plastic surgery and is the Associate Editor for Rhinology with the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Areas of active research include monoclonal antibody therapy, aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, COVID-19 and olfaction. Dr. Sowerby is also actively involved in international medical outreach in Guyana.