Dr. Owens is a UW assistant professor within the Division of Cardiology. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and specializes in inherited heart disorders, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology. He directs the UW Cardiovascular Genetics and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy clinics, is a member of the UW Center for Sports Cardiology, and serves as a cardiovascular consultant to athletic teams at the university and professional level.
Dr. Owens’ education and training include a B.S. from Carleton College, an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.S. in epidemiology/clinical research methodology from the University of Washington. He completed residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before completing cardiology fellowship training at the University of Washington. He has been on staff at the University of Washington Medical Center since 2009 and is currently supported by a KL2 research award.
Dr. Owens’ research has focused on the genetics of calcific aortic valve disease, clinical aspects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and issues related to cardiovascular screening and sudden death in athletes. He has written multiple book chapters on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and has published research in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation and other journals.
Dr. Owens believes patients and families with rare or inherited heart conditions face many uncertainties and challenges, and has sought to build a space where those with uncommon heart disorders can feel understood. He enjoys working with patients to help put their heart disease into life context and emphasize patient education and a partnership approach to treatment decisions. He believes sports and exercise are key components to healthy living and work with athletes of all levels to ensure safe exercise and sports participation. Dr. Owens' personal interests include spending time with family, running, hiking, soccer, reading, and philosophy.