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Dr. Penny Barnes – Course Chair

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

Philip Berardi – Molecular Diagnostics as Applies to the Current Practice of Hematopathology and Transition from Residency

Dr. Berardi completed his Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine training in Ottawa and is now a staff Hematopathologist at the Ottawa Hospital. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary.


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.

Hakan Buyukdere – Approach In Blood Transfusion & Quality Assurance In Transfusion Medicine

Dr. Hakan Buyukdere is a Staff Hematopathologist and currently working at EORLA Laboratory of Ottawa Hospital General Campus as a Section Head of Quality Assurance for Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department. His area of interests focus on ” Continuous Quality”, “Safe Transfusion Practices” , “Rapid Reversal of Anticoagulation” and”Multiparameter Flow Cytometry”

Clinton Campbell – Approach to the Hematological Pathology Fellowship Examination & The Standardized Bone Marrow Examination: Pearls For Senior Residents In Transition To Practice

Biography to come

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


Thomas Covello – Selected Topics in Coagulation & Laboratory testing in VWD and platelet disorders

Biography to come

Dr. Brian Cummings– A Overview Of Negotiation As Well As Financial, Inusrance And Tax Planning For The Pathologist And Pathologist-in Training

Dr. Cummings is both an Anatomical Pathologist and a Chartered Accountant and is in full-time practice at Grand River Hospital and Saint Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Brian attained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1986 and taught Taxation and Managerial Accounting at the University of Prince Edward Island from 1989 to 1991 while completing all pre-requisites for admission to medical school. Dr. Cummings completed medical school at Dalhousie University in 1995 and was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002. Since entering medical school in 1991, Dr. Cummings has been intimately involved in advocating for accounting, tax and financial well-being of medical students, residents and practicing physicians in Canada. Following over 6 years as a regular columnist for Strategy: The Financial Digest for Physicians, Dr. Cummings joined Practice Solutions (subsequently MD Physician Services Ltd. and Joule) in 2002 as a Physician Consultant responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of practice management curriculum to specialty residents in Canada. In addition to regularly speaking to graduating specialists, Brian was an invited speaker for many specialty societies and spoke of various facets of management of a physician’s practice as well as financial and insurance planning and other related topics. Dr. Cummings has developed a number of tools, including “Tax Tips for Physicians and Physicians in Training” and many educational modules which are still available on www.cma.ca. In 2015, Dr. Cummings became a speaker for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule as a co-presenter for “Dollars and Sense”. Dr. Cummings’ volunteer activities include Council member of the Laboratory Section of the Ontario Medical Association, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Pathologists, Board Member of the Ontario Association of Pathologists as well as a member of the Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee (FRROC) and Investment Oversight Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In August, 2019, Dr. Cummings was named to the CMA Audit and Finance Committee of the Canadian Medical Association. Brian lives in Waterloo, Ontario with his wife, Patricia and son, David.

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

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich is a transfusion medicine specialist and consultant hematologist, trained in internal medicine and clinical hematology residencies in Toronto, and in a transfusion medicine fellowship at Harvard. Based at the University Health Network for 15 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. Her chief interests in practice, leadership, and research are in immunohematology and hemovigilance.

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. Bojana Djordjevic is a gynecologic pathologist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Toronto. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta, anatomical pathology residency at the University in Toronto and fellowship training at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research program focuses on discovery of cancer biomarkers in gynecologic pathology and their implementation into daily clinical practice. She is the 2013 recipient of the Stephen F. Vogel award from the United States Academy of Pathology and the 2018 recipient of the 40 under Forty Top 5 award from the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Dr. Djordjevic is a nationally and internationally invited speaker and has directed several short courses and workshops in gynecologic pathology and pathologist career development.

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

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 Division Head of Anatomic Pathology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate 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. 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

CDr. David Hwang is a thoracic pathologist and Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He has served as Chair of the Lung Expert Review Panel for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, as a Canadian representative on the College of American Pathologists’ Protocol Review Panel for thoracic cancers, and as a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s Pathology Committee.

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.

Linda Kocovski – The RCPSC GP Exam – Format, General Information and How to Perform at Your Best & GP Scenarios

Dr. Linda Kocovski is a forensic pathologist at the Ontario Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit and an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University. She completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney, Australia. She completed both her specialty training in General Pathology and subspecialty training in Forensic Pathology at McMaster University. Her roles and interest in General Pathology education and advocacy have included past secretary for the General Pathology section of the CAP-ACP and national specialty society observer for the General Pathology specialty committee of the RCPSC.

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

Chelsea Maedler-Kron – Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology

Biography to come

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.

Tish O’Reilly – An Approach to Hemoglobinopathy Investigation

Completed medical school, and residency training in Hematopathology at Dalhousie University.

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

Biography to come

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

Dr Graeme Quest practices hematopathology, transfusion medicine, and histocompatibility at Kingston Health Science Centre. He completed his medical degree and residency training in hematological pathology at the University of Alberta. His academic focus is in application of flow cytometry and molecular pathology in hematolymphoid neoplasms, with particular focus on measurable residual disease detection.

Mahboubeh Rahmani – Quality Assurance in Hematological Pathology

I’ve been trained in anatomical and clinical pathology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA and completed my training with a year fellowship in hematolpathology at Yale (YNHH) followed by a year fellowship in transfusion medicine at Harvard Medical School joint program. I’m currently a hematopathologist in a rank of assistant professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Henike Rees – Quality Assurance in Surgical Pathology

Dr Henrike Rees received her Medical Degree at the University of Muenster in Germany. She moved to Canada and taught Anatomy at the University of Saskatchewan and spent her internship in Regina, Saskatchewan. She completed her Anatomical Pathology residency at the University of Saskatchewan and pursued a fellowship in Neuropathology and Forensic pathology in Vancouver before returning to Saskatoon. Initially she worked as Anatomical Pathologist in the Department of Pathology at the Royal University Hospital and then moved to Saskatoon City Hospital, where her clinical interests include breast pathology, cytopathology, quality assurance and global pathology. She was a Royal College Examiner in Anatomical pathology for 7 years and a member of the Anatomical Pathology Specialty committee for six years. She is a member of the CAP Section on Humanities and International Health, the CAP-ACP National Specialty Network on the Environment and the Workload and Human Resource committee.

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.

Heidi Sapp – The RCPSC AP Exam – Format, General Information and How to Perform at Your Best & Pancreatic Pathology Selected Topics

Biography to come

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 a clinical hematologist and the medical director for Coagulation at both the University Health Network and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, two large academic teaching hospitals at the University of Toronto. The coagulation laboratory at UHN also provides directorship to over 10 other hospital laboratories in Ontario and conducts all the special coagulation testing for a large Canadian community laboratory. She is a clinical consultant in thrombosis and hemostasis at Sunnybrook and the medical director of Sunnybrook’s anticoagulant clinic. She is an Associate Professor in the departments of Laboratory Medicine & Medicine at the University of Toronto Dr. Selby is the co-chair of the Test Review and Utilization Committee (TRUC) which is an advisory committee to the Laboratories and Genetics Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario. She served on the Hematology Scientific Committee of the Institute for Quality Management in Health Care (IQMH) from 2011 to 2017 which oversees mandatory laboratory proficiency testing in Ontario, and is a current member of the proficiency testing committee of the North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association (NASCOLA). Her research interests include coagulation laboratory quality assurance, appropriate utilization of laboratory testing and pragmatic clinical trials in anticoagulation and thromboembolism in trauma. She is the editor/author of the popular coagulation handbook, Bloody easy: Coagulation Simplified used for coagulation education across Canada. She has developed and taught the mandatory coagulation curriculum for the University of Toronto Hematology and Hematopathology residency program trainees since 2009. .

Audi Setiadi – Approach to Pediatric Hematopathology Pathology

Dr. Audi Setiadi is currently a staff Hematopathologist at BC Children’s Hospital (Vancouver, BC). She earned her BSc degree in Cell Biology & Genetics at the University of British Columbia, medical degree at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), and completed residency training in Hematopathology at UBC. Her main interest includes applications of flow cytometry in minimal residual disease, immunodeficiencies and acute leukemia


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


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. Ted Tweedie – Forensic Pathology for the Senior Resident

Obtained MD in 1990. Anatomical pathology residency at University of Western Ontario 1992-96. Forensic Pathology Fellowship Hamilton Regional Forensic Pathology Unit 1996-97. Anatomical and Forensic Pathologist at London Health Sciences Centre since 1997. Currently Director of the Southwestern Ontario Regional Forensic Pathology Unit. Current surgical pathology practice limited to cardiovascular pathology.


Robby Wang – Practical Laboratory Medicine, Errors, Utilization and Validation of Tests Review

University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine 2011 – 2014 General Pathology Residency University of Calgary 2014 – 2019 Red Deer Regional Hospital 2019 – Present.

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.