Speakers

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Dr. Penny Barnes – Quality Assurance in Surgical Pathology

Dr. Penny Barnes received her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1988.  She completed a Rotating Internship and one year of Internal Medicine residency at Western University, before completing Anatomical Pathology residency at Dalhousie University in 1995.  She practiced as a staff pathologist at the Halifax Infirmary until 1997, and then joined the Division of Anatomical Pathology at the Queen Elizabeth II HSC, also in Halifax.  She pursued subspecialty training in Breast Pathology at the University of Nottingham, UK in 1999.

 

Dr. H. Benediktsson Kidney Pathology

 

Dr. Gillian Bethune – Breast Pathology

Dr. Bethune is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax, NS. She is the Program Director for Anatomical Pathology at Dalhousie University. Her subspecialty area is breast pathology, and to a lesser degree gynecologic pathology. Her research interests include Medical Education, Quality Assurance in Pathology, and HER2 testing in breast cancer. She loves baking (and eating baked goods), staying active outdoors, and keeping up with her three sons.

 

  Jagdish Butany – Autopsy, Quality Assurance in Surgical Pathology

Dr. Mathieu Castonguay – Cardiovascular Surgical and Autopsy   Pathology – An Overview

Dr. Castonguay practices surgical and autopsy cardiovascular and pulmonary pathology at the QE2 Health Sciences Centre, in Halifax, NS, and is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Surgery at Dalhousie University. He graduated from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, and completed residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Western Ontario and fellowship in Cardiovascular Pathology at the Mayo Clinic

 

 

Dr. Brian Cummings – Luncheon Seminar

 Dr. Christine Cserti-Gazdewich – Transfusion Reaction Essentials for Laboratory Medical Directors

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich is a transfusion medicine specialist and consultant hematologist, originally trained in internal medicine and clinical hematology in Toronto, with fellowship training in transfusion medicine at Harvard. Based at the University Health Network for 14 years, she co-directs a large blood transfusion service through several teaching hospitals of the University of Toronto, with oversight responsibilities to a number of community/rural client sites across the province too. Her chief interests in practice, leadership, and research are in immunohematology, hemovigilance, and complex/constrained hemotherapy scenarios.

Dr. Kelly Dakin Hache – Quality Assurance in Immunohistochemistry, Review of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

Kelly Dakin Hache is an anatomical pathologist at the QE II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax (Nova Scotia Health Authority – Central Zone). She specializes in orthopedic pathology and breast pathology. She is the medical director of the immunohistochemistry laboratory. She completed a BSc at Mount Allison University, a PhD at Queens University, Medicine and Residency at Dalhousie University and a fellowship in Orthopedic Pathology at the University of Chicago Medical Centre.

Dr. Bojana Djordjevic  Gynecological Pathology 

 

 Dr. Michelle Downes -Gross Pathology (How to Recognize and Make the Diagnosis)

Dr. Downes graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical school with first class honours and undertook training in surgery leading to her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCSI). Following this she completed a two year research fellowship in prostate cancer at University College Dublin and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine (MD) by thesis. She trained in Anatomic Pathology in Dublin, Ireland and then completed a clinical fellowship in genitourinary pathology at the University Health Network, Toronto during which time she was awarded FRCPC. Dr Downes is a Genitourinary pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with a large uro-oncology practice. She provides expert opinion on GU malignancies to pathologists across the province and to clinicians at the Odette Cancer Centre. She is director of research in the division of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics and an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She is actively engaged in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests are in prognostic and predictive biomarkers of urologic malignancy, particularly in prostate and bladder, with a focus on immune infiltrates and determinants of therapeutic response. She is also engaged in collaborative work examining radiology-pathology correlation and pre-clinical prostate cancer research.

 

Dr. David Driman – The RCPSC AP Exam, Pancreatic Pathology Selected Topics

Dr. Driman graduated from the University of Cape Town medical school in Cape Town, South Africa. He did residency training in Anatomical Pathology (AP) at Queens University and the University of Toronto. Following fellowship training in gastrointestinal pathology, he has worked in London for the past 20 years and is a Professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, cross appointed with the department of Surgery. His main areas of professional interest revolve around postgraduate education and the practice of GI, liver and pancreas pathology. He is currently the Director of Education in the UWO Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a past director of the UWO AP residency program. He served on the Royal College AP Examination Board for 10 years, five years as Chair of the Examination Board. He is a recipient of the UWO Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Postgraduate Award of Excellence in Education and the Department of Pathology Award for Resident Teaching

  Dr. Sandra Fischer – Liver Pathology: Recognizing and Appropriately Classifying Key Morphologic Features

Staff Pathologist University Health Network. Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto.

Dr. Fischer completed her post-graduate medical training in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. In 2003 she received M.Sc. degree and her study addressed tumor progression in head and neck cancer. From September 2004 until August 2006, she joined the CIHR Training Program under the supervision of Dr. Asa during which period her work involved thyroid cancer biomarker discovery. In September 2006, she was awarded a research fellowship funded directly by the Thyroid Foundation of Canada. From July 2007 to July 2008, she was a Clinical Fellow at the University Health Network. Currently she is an active staff with expertise in Liver Pathology at the Department of Pathology of UHN, TGH site.

 

Dr. David Hwang – Thoracic Pathology Review

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich is a transfusion medicine specialist and consultant hematologist, originally trained in internal medicine and clinical hematology in Toronto, with fellowship training in transfusion medicine at Harvard. Based at the University Health Network for 14 years, she co-directs a large blood transfusion service through several teaching hospitals of the University of Toronto, with oversight responsibilities to a number of community/rural client sites across the province too. Her chief interests in practice, leadership, and research are in immunohematology, hemovigilance, and complex/constrained hemotherapy scenarios.

Dr. Martin Hyrcza – Selected Entities in Head and Neck Pathology

Dr Hyrcza is an anatomical pathologist in Calgary, Alberta. He completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto , anatomical pathology training at the University of British Columbia, and a fellowship in Head & Neck and Endocrine Pathology at UofT. He is currently the consultant pathologist in Head and Neck, Ophthalmic & Endocrine Pathology for the Alberta Public Laboratories at the Foothills Medical Center and Rockyview General Hospital.

Dr. Joerg Schwock – Cytology – Review of the Basic Principles

Dr. Schwock completed studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany and the University of Toronto. He received RCPSC certification in Anatomical Pathology and diplomate status in Cytopathology. Dr. Schwock is cytopathologist at the University Health Network and assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Phillipe Lagace-Wiens – Medical Microbiology

Dr. Philippe Lagacé-Wiens obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and completed specialty training in Medical Microbiology in 2008. He obtained a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Peru in 2007. He is the medical microbiologist at the Saint-Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba and a clinical consultant for the Travel and Tropical Medicine Services and Community Intravenous Programme of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He has published over 80 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters on a variety of topics including clinical microbiology and diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance, novel antimicrobials and tropical medicine.

Dr. Zaiping Liu – Diabetes/Cardiac Markers/Toxicology/Lab Safety

I completed my Medical school in China, which was followed by 10 years of research/teaching in Biochemistry and Pharmacology both in China and Canada. I then successfully completed five years of residency training in General Pathology in Canada and became a Royal College certified general pathologist in 2014 (FRCPC).

Throughout my medical training and research experience, I aspire a career in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. I have finished a year of fellowship training in clinical biochemistry and mainly focus on Newborn screening and biochemical genetics laboratory testing. Now I am serving in IWK health centre and taking up a leadership role in the division of clinical biochemistry and Maritime newborn screening program. My main interest is in the field of Newborn screening and in Inherited metabolic disease diagnosis

Dr. Brennan M. – The RCPSC GP Exam

 

Dr. Etienne Mahe – Approach to Work-up and Diagnosis of Lymphoproliferative Disorders

Etienne Mahe, MD, MSc, is an hematological pathologist based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Mahe has specialist certificates from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada in both Anatomical and Hematological pathology, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Mahe completed his medical degree and residency at McMaster University, as well as a research based master’s degree in pathology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mahe is a local leader in molecular hematology, with a significant interest in next-generation sequencing. Dr. Mahe’s primary research interests relate to T- and B-cell clonality technologies and assay development. Dr. Mahe is actively involved in medical education, including the coordination of undergraduate teaching. Dr. Mahe is the secretary-treasurer of the Alberta Section of Laboratory Medicine and is a member of the College of American Pathologists’ Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Committee.

Dr. Susan Poutanen – Infection Control Pearls for the Pathologist

Dr. Poutanen is a Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital & University Health Network in Toronto, Canada and an associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Poutanen received her Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and completed Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology Residencies at the University of Toronto and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Stanford University, California. She received her Masters of Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Her broad research interests include: the epidemiology and detection of antimicrobial resistance; the use of fecal microbiota transplantation in patients with gastrointestinal dysbiosis; and the optimization of microbiology laboratory practices using point-of-care tests, rapid diagnostics, automation, and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Russel Price– GP Scenarios

 

  Dr. Graeme Quest – Flow Cytometry in the Evaluation of Hematopoiesis and Hematological Neoplasms

 

Dr. Shachar Sade – Skin Pathology

Dr. Shachar Sade is a staff pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with specialization in dermatopathology and is a member of the melanoma site group at the Odette Cancer Centre. Dr. Sade completed his medical training at Western University in London, Ontario and his residency training in Anatomical Pathology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec prior to his fellowship training in Dermatopathology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sade is appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and actively participates in medical education and is a former Residency Program Director of Anatomical Pathology at the University of Toronto. Research interests center around translational studies particularly in the areas of melanoma and cutaneous lymphoma.

Dr. David Schaeffer – Gastrointestinal Pathology: Snapshot Review of Relevant Topics for an Emerging Pathologist

Dr. Schaeffer is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia and the Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where he practices as a gastrointestinal pathologist. Dr. Schaeffer obtained his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. After a residency program in Anatomical Pathology in Vancouver he completed his gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Schaeffer is a co-director of Pancreas Centre BC and also heads the Gastrointestinal Biobank (GIBB) at VGH. He has an active research program focusing predominately on translational research in colonic and pancreatic cancer.

 

Dr. Rita Selby – Laboratory Coagulation: Overview for the Practicing Pathologist

Dr. Rita Selby is the Medical Director of the Coagulation Laboratories at the University Health Network and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, both academic teaching hospitals fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. These coagulation laboratories provide special coagulation testing for the two hospitals, several GTA hospitals, one major commercial laboratory and also provide medical directorship to several Northern Ontario cluster hospitals through a partnership with the University Health Network.

She is a consultant hematologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre specializing in thrombosis and hemostasis and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

She has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and her research interests include coagulation laboratory quality assurance and clinical trials in thrombosis.

 

Dr. Allam Shawwa – GP Scenarios, Practical Approach to Hematological Evaluation of Peripheral Blood

 

Dr. Davinder Sidhu – GP Scenarios

Dr. Sidhu completed his Pharmacy and Law School training at UBC and practiced Corporate Commercial Tax litigation for a few years in Vancouver before attending medical school and completing his residency training in General Pathology in Calgary. He then went on to complete his fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine and Apheresis at Yale University and is the current Division Head for Transfusion Medicine in Calgary

Dr. Namita Sinha – Neuropathology

I am a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology and fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Canada in both anatomical pathology and neuropathology. After completing my residency from Dalhousie University in 2018, I did two years of neuropathology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Thereafter, I joined University of Manitoba as assistant professor in pathology. I have received eight awards including one CIHR resident research award. I also received The Samuel R. McLaughlin Fellowship scholarship of $13, 000. I received in total $5000 + $3000 grant award during my residency and fellowship. I have in total 18 publications in peer reviewed journal, 12 as a first or last author.

Dr. Jeff Terry – Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology

Terry trained in anatomical pathology at Vancouver General Hospital and pediatric pathology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He presently practices pediatric and perinatal pathology at BC Children’s Hospital. He is an investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and his present research interests include novel diagnostic techniques in placental pathology, etiology of Crohn’s disease, and genetic causes underlying developmental abnormalities and recurrent pregnancy loss.

 

Dr. Ted Tweedie – Forensic Pathology for the Senior Resident

 

Dr. Stephen Yip – Application of Molecular Pathology in Solid and Liquid Tumours

Stephen completed his combined M.D-Ph.D. training followed by 4 years of neurosurgical training at UBC. He switched to neuropathology and obtained his Royal College certification in 2007. He completed fellowship training in molecular neuro-oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital under the mentorship of Dr David Louis (RC Clinician Investigator Program) and molecular genetic pathology at MGH/Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr John Iafrate. He currently practices neuropathology at Vancouver General Hospital and is the directors of the Cancer Genetics & Genomics Laboratory and Centre for Clinical Genomics at BC Cancer. His research interests include dissecting the molecular pathology of brain and spine cancers, practical deployment of advanced diagnostic assays including panel- based and whole genome sequencing, and the application of deep learning as a practical diagnostic tool integrating glass- and genome- based pathology features. Relevant papers Levine AB, Schlosser C, Grewal J, Coope R, Jones SJM, Yip S. Rise of the Machines: Advances in Deep Learning for Cancer Diagnosis. Trends in Cancer. Doi: 10.1016/j.trecan.2019.02.002. 2019. Wong D, Lounsbury K, Lum A, Song J, Chan S, LeBlanc V, et al. Transcriptomic analysis of CIC and ATXN1L reveal a functional relationship exploited by cancer. Oncogene. 2018. Wong D, Yip S. Machine learning classifies cancer. Nature. 2018;555(7697):446-7. Tarpey PS, Behjati S, Young MD, Martincorena I, Alexandrov LB, Farndon SJ, et al. The driver landscape of sporadic chordoma. Nat Commun. 2017;8(1):890. Yip S, Butterfield YS, Morozova O, Chittaranjan S, Blough MD, An J, et al. Concurrent CIC mutations, IDH mutations, and 1p/19q loss distinguish oligodendrogliomas from other cancers. J Pathol. 2012;226(1):7-16.