DR. SARA FORSYTH - MSc, MD
CCFP (SEM), DipSportMed (CASEM)
Dr. Sara Forsyth is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician at Footbridge Centre for Integrated Orthopaedic Care and Fraser Orthopaedic Institute. She is the Medical Consultant for Canadian Sport Institute: Pacific, Whistler Campus.
She sees active individuals of all ages and abilities. Areas of special interest include high performance exercise medicine and nutrition, female athlete health, sports endocrinology, bone health, recurrent stress fractures, RED-S, health optimization through perimenopausal transition and andropause, overtraining/under recovery, endurance medicine, running and triathlete health.
An accomplished triathlete herself, Sara has completed multiple marathons, Ironman and Half Ironman competitions.
Dr. Sara Forsyth earned her BSc (1998), MSc (2012) and MD (2002) from The University of British Columbia. Additionally, she has completed a 2 year Sport and Exercise Medicine Fellowship at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre (2009) under Dr. Jack Taunton. She holds a Diploma of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and CCFP with Certificate of Added Competence in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Dr. Forsyth works with Professional, Varsity, Provincial and National level athletes in a variety of sports including track and field, cross country running, gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, Freestyle skiing. She is currently with Swimming Canada, The Vancouver Warriors and the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team. She is a consultant sport and exercise medicine physician for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
EDUCATIONMasters of Science, University of British Columbia (The effect of exercise on platelets in a platelet rich plasma preparation) UBC Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Diploma,(CASEM) CCFP, UBC Family Practice Residency MD, University of British Columbia Medical School Bachelor of Science (Biopsychology), University of British Columbia
ATHLETIC HISTORYMultiple time Ironman and Half Ironman Canada finisher: 2011 to present 2nd Place BC Criterium Championships 2004 Multiple marathon and half marathon finishes – including Boston Marathon 2017 and Berlin 2018, New York 2019 2nd in AG 2018, 2020 Sigge's Payak Ironman Arizona 2021
AREAS OF SPECIAL INTERESTHigh Performance Exercise Medicine Female Athlete Triad, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) Female athlete health: endocrinology and bone health Hormone Health Track and Field, Cross Country and Road Running injury prevention and management Triathlete health and Endurance performance optimization Eating disorders and disordered eating Athlete Wellness Exercise dependence
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONBC Medical Association Canadian Medical Association Canadian Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine American College of Sports Medicine Canadian College of Family Physicians Female Athlete Triad Coalition