Education and Professional Standing
- MFA Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, 2018
- CCMG Clinical Genetics, 1996
- FRCPC, 1994
- MD, University of Toronto, 1990
The major focus of Dr. Nowaczyk’s research is genetic disorders both at the basic sciences and clinical level. Her greatest scientific contributions lie in the area of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, and new syndrome delineation where she is recognized as an expert internationally. She has participated in paradigm-shifting gene discovery of Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Floating-Harbor syndrome and encephalocranio-cutaneous lipomatosis.
Her other research endeavors relate to the way in which narratives shape the lives of patients and the patient-doctor interactions – a field called narrative medicine.
She has received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from University of British Columbia and her work has appeared in many Canadian and American literary journals.
Dr. Nowaczyk spends most of her professional time in the area of clinical genetics providing inpatient consultations to pediatric wards and the neonatal intensive care units, and of prenatal genetics where she provides consultations for both known and emergent genetic conditions.
Dr. Nowaczyk teaches undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, medical students, and post-graduate trainees in the pathology, paediatrics and obstetrics-gynaecology residency programs and CCMG administered clinical genetics fellows.