Leslie A. Sadownik


Leslie A. Sadownik

BSc, MD, MEd

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Division of Gynaecologic Oncology

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Dr. Leslie Sadownik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and an Associate Member of the Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She is a gynaecologist with a clinical practice exclusively in lower genital tract disease. She is the Director of the Centre for Vulvar Health located at Vancouver Coast Health – a new multidisciplinary health care centre for women with chronic benign and pre-malignant vulvar diseases. She has a Masters in Adult Education and is an Educational Consultant for the Provincial Colposcopy Program. She had various Medical Education roles (Director, Postgraduate Liaison, Project Leader) within the Faculty Development Office (Faculty of Medicine) from 1997-2016. 



Postgraduate Residents in formal and clinical settings.

Research Interests/Skills

Her current research interests focus on the impact of chronic vulvar diseases, and their treatment, on the quality of life of the affected woman.



1. Smith KB, Sadownik LA, Basson R, Isaacson J, Brotto LA. Clinicians’
Perspectives and Experiences Regarding Maternity Care in Women With Vulvodynia. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016 Sep;38(9):811-819. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2016.04.008.PubMed PMID: 27670706.

2: Sadownik LA, Smith KB, Hui A, Brotto LA. The Impact of a Woman’s Dyspareunia
and Its Treatment on Her Intimate Partner: A Qualitative Analysis. J Sex Marital
Ther. 2016 Jul 11:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27398766.

3: Fernandez A, Sadownik L, Lisonkova S, Cundiff G, Joseph KS. Determinants of
research engagement in academic obstetrics and gynaecology. BMC Med Educ. 2016 Apr 16;16:111. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0640-2. PubMed PMID: 27083408; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4833960.

4: Lester RA, Brotto LA, Sadownik LA. Provoked Vestibulodynia and the Health Care
Implications of Comorbid Pain Conditions. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2015
Nov;37(11):995-1005. PubMed PMID: 26629720.

5: Al-Bannai R, Miller D, Sadownik L, Blake Gilks C. Vulvar Acanthosis With
Altered Differentiation (VAAD): Report of a Case With Progression to Poorly
Differentiated Carcinoma Over a 5-Yr Period. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2015
Jul;34(4):385-9. doi: 10.1097/PGP.0000000000000182. PubMed PMID: 26068020.

6: Brotto LA, Yong P, Smith KB, Sadownik LA. Impact of a multidisciplinary
vulvodynia program on sexual functioning and dyspareunia. J Sex Med. 2015
Jan;12(1):238-47. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12718. PubMed PMID: 25354520.

7: Yong PJ, Sadownik L, Brotto LA. Concurrent deep-superficial dyspareunia:
prevalence, associations, and outcomes in a multidisciplinary vulvodynia program.
J Sex Med. 2015 Jan;12(1):219-27. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12729. PubMed PMID: 25345552.

8: Sadownik LA. Etiology, diagnosis, and clinical management of vulvodynia. Int J
Womens Health. 2014 May 2;6:437-49. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S37660. Review. PubMed PMID: 24833921; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4014358.

9: Brotto LA, Sadownik LA, Thomson S, Dayan M, Smith KB, Seal BN, Moses M, Zhang A. A comparison of demographic and psychosexual characteristics of women with primary versus secondary provoked vestibulodynia. Clin J Pain. 2014
May;30(5):428-35. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31829ea118. PubMed PMID: 23887337.

10: Dudek NL, Marks MB, Wood TJ, Dojeiji S, Bandiera G, Hatala R, Cooke L,
Sadownik L. Quality evaluation reports: Can a faculty development program make a
difference? Med Teach. 2012;34(11):e725-31. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.689444.
PubMed PMID: 23140304.

11: Sadownik LA, Seal BN, Brotto LA. Provoked vestibulodynia-women’s experience
of participating in a multidisciplinary vulvodynia program. J Sex Med. 2012
Apr;9(4):1086-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02641.x. PubMed PMID: 22353181.

12: Sadownik LA, Crawford RI. Post-surgical treatment of melanoma in situ of the
vulva with imiquimod. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Aug;32(8):771-4. PubMed PMID: 21050510.



CIHR Dissemination Grant. Exploiting an effective and feasible multidisciplinary vulvodynia program to the community. PI Dr. L Brotto. CoI: Drs. L. Sadownik, C Klein. 2013

VHCRI Pairs-Partner and Intimate Relationship Study. PI Dr. L. Sadownik, CoI: Drs.L Brotto, Basson,K Smith. 2013

CIHR Integrated Mindfullenss-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia. PI: Dr. L Brotto CoI: Drs. R. Basson, S Bergeron, A Grabovac, L. Sadownik, K. Smith. 2012

Remicalm UC Measurement of Digital Colposcopy for Fluorescence spectroscopy of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia.
PI: Dr. Tom Ehlen Co: Drs. M Carey, S Finlayson, M Heywood, J Kwon, J McAlpine, D Miller, L Sadownik, G Stuart.2011

NVA Medical Rearch Fund. Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Pain Outcomes in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia; PI L Brotto CoI: Drs. K Smith, L Sadownik ,R Basson. 2011

The Terry Fox Foundation Randomized Controlled trial comparing routine colposcopy to HPV testing to identify persistent or recurrent high grade cervical cancer precursors. Started recruitmen
PI: Dr. T Ehlen Co: Drs M Carey, S. Finlayson, M. Heywood, J Kwon, J McAlpine, D Miller, L Sadownik, G Stuart. 2010

WHRI Catalyst Grant. The Improved Study: Integrated Mindfulness for Provoked Vestibulodynia. PI Dr. L. Brotto, CoI: Drs. R. Basson, L. Sadownik, S Thomson, G Knudson. 2009

BC Mental Health and Addictions. Research Network Development Grant. Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Research Program. PI Dr. L. Brotto CoI: Drs. L. Sadownik,S. Thomson. 2010

AIME Education Research Grant. Completing a Quality ITER Can We Influence the Demonstrated Skills of Clinical Supervisors. PI Dr. N Dudek, CoI Dr. G. Gandiera, Dr. L. Cooke, Dr. S. Dojeiji, Dr. R. Hatala, Dr. M. Marks, Dr. L. Sadownik, Dr. T Wood. 2008

UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant. The Power of One-The Impact & Nature of Highly Effective Clinical Intstruction. PI Dr. D. Pratt CoI Dr. B. Kassan, Dr. L. Sadownik. 2006

RCPS Peer Review of Teaching: A Recognition of Scholarship. PI Dr. D. Fairholm, CoI Dr. L. Sadownik. 2005

UBC TLEF The Utility of an Objective Structured Teaching Encounter (OSTE) Exam to Reinforce Effective Clinical Teaching Behaviours. PI Dr. L Sadownik, CoI Dr. R. Hatala. 2005

RCPS Teaching Residents Feedback Skills: Assessing Self-Evaluation of Learning. PI Dr. M. D’Eon CoI A. Harrison, Dr. J. Nation, Dr. L Sadownik. 2002





UBC Distinguished Service for Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development UBC Faculty of Medicine 2013.

UBC Clinical Faculty Teaching Award UBC Clinical Faculty Association 2006
Excellence in Teaching Award Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2000

ACMC-Glaxo-Smith-Kline Young Educator’s Award Association of Medical Colleges of Canada (ACMC) 2002