• portrait of Bernie Chodirker
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Pediatrics and Child Health
    University of Manitoba
    Room FE229 - 820 Sherbrook Street
    Health Sciences Centre
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-898-4803
    Fax: 204-787-1419

Leadership style

My leadership style is based on the book "Make It So" which analyzes the style of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He is considered a great leader in that he surrounds himself with quality staff with different types of expertise. He then listens to their opinion and in most cases takes their advice.

Teaching philosophy

Having been the post-graduate education director for the Royal College Medical Genetics training program at the University of Manitoba, I have been very interested in education throughout my career. My favorite form of teaching is small group sessions. My favorite topics include genetic math, critical appraisal and pedigree analysis. I also enjoy teaching in other areas relating to my clinical practice including cancer genetics, prenatal diagnosis and syndrome identification.


Dr. Bernie Chodirker did his undergraduate and post-graduate training at the University of Manitoba. He initially trained in pediatrics and subsequently in medical genetics. He is the Prenatal Genetics Discipline Leader for the Shared Health Program in Genetics and Metabolism and is the clinical director for the Manitoba Maternal Serum Screening Program.

He was the post-graduate education director for Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba for 17 years. He became the medical director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (now Shared Health) Genetics and Metabolism program in January of 2015.

He is a full professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and also in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. He is currently working approximately half-time devoting his clinical practice to cancer genetics and prenatal diagnosis. Although he is primarily a clinician and educator, he has been a co-author on over 100 peer-reviewed papers.


Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Medical Genetics (1996)

Fellow of the Canadian College of Medical Genetics - Clinical Genetics (1988)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Pediatrics (1988)

Master of Science (MSc), University of Manitoba - Human Genetics (1988)

Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Manitoba (1980)


Canadian College of Medical Genetics F. Clarke Fraser Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching (2020)

Manitoba Medical Students Association Nomination for Med II Award: Mentorship and Inspiration (2019)

Manitoba Medical Students Association Nomination for Med II Award: Inspiration (2015)

Contact us

Pediatrics and Child Health
CE-208 Children's Hospital, Health Sciences Centre
840 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1 Canada