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Former Fellows

Michael Cabanero, MD

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Staff Pathologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine Program

Dr. Michael Cabanero obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston followed by residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. His clinical and research interests focus on the pathogenesis, molecular signature, and prognoses of cancer. Under the supervision of Dr. Ming Tsao, he completed a molecular pathology research fellowship at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where he investigated tumor heterogeneity in non-small cell lung cancer to better understand the process of cancer evolution as it applies to targeted therapy resistance. Subsequently, he finished a thoracic pathology clinical fellowship at the University of Toronto. He now works at the University Health Network, where he continues to pursue his clinical and research interests as a consultant thoracic pathologist.

Deepti Mary Ravi, MBBChBAO, LRCPI, LRCSI, FRCPC

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Clinical Fellow

Dr. Ravi graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland / National University of Ireland with honours medical degree of MBBChBAO along with Licentiates in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Following this she graduated from the General Pathology residency program at McMaster University with FRCPC in June, 2017. She received the prestigious 40 under 40 ASCP award for contributions to Lab Medicine at the age of 25 making her the youngest Canadian to have received this award till date. Under the supervision of Dr. Tsao, Dr. Liu and Dr. Cutz she pursued a research fellowship on pancreatic pathology at the PMCC. She is currently pursuing a clinical fellowship in GI.

Hirotsugu Notsuda, MD, PhD

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Staff Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Notsuda received MD degree from Tohoku University School of Medicine (2003) followed by Residency in General Thoracic Surgery at Miyagi Cancer Center, Natori, Japan (2008); and PhD in 2012. In 2015, Dr. Notsuda completed fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at the Tohoku University Hospital in Japan. In 2014, he received a funding for research fellowship from the Toshibo Kurokawa Memborial Foundation for Cancer Research for new molecular target candidate “p10-A RhoGAP” in lung cancer. From 2015-2018, Dr. Notsuda was involved in studying therapeutic target and personalized treatment for lung cancer at Dr. Tsao laboratory.  During his fellowship he also interacted with Michael Moran’s group studying carbon metabolic pathway, Mitsu Ikura's group analysing oncogenic signaling pathways and protein interaction, and PMLB establishing cancer 3D organoids in lung cancer. Upon his return to Japan, Dr. Notsuda plans to continue to expand his research endevours as a surgical oncologist and clinician-scientist.

Basile Tessier Cloutier, MD

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Pathology Resident

Dr. Basile Tessier-Cloutier completed his medical training at McGill University in Montreal and later moved to Vancouver to begin a residency program in Anatomical Pathology at the University of British Columbia. His current research focuses on molecular profiling of cancer through proteomic analysis of formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue. Under the supervision of Dr. David Huntsman, he did a research fellowship at the British Columbia Cancer Agency Research Centre where he studied potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers to help resolve diagnostic conundrum in ovarian tumors. Dr. Tessier-Cloutier resumed pathology residency at the BCCA.

Michael Herman Chui, HBSc, MD, FRCPC

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Research Fellow

Clinical FellowDr. Herman Chui obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Toronto, followed by residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the UofT-affiliated hospitals. His clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis and pathogenesis of gynaecologic malignancies. Herman pursued a research fellowship in Dr. R. Rottapel’s lab, where he was studying the functional genomics of serous ovarian cancer identifying novel therapeutic targets for this disease. Prior to his entry to the training program, Dr. Chui was successful in obtaining an individual CIHR Fellowship award ($50,000 CAD). He has demonstrated excellent progress in his work and upon completion of this training program in June 2017, he will be pursuing a combined clinical and research fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkin University.

Hector Li-Chang, MD, MSc, FRCPC

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Assistant Professor & Staff Pathologist

Dr. Li-Chang received his medical degree in 2007 from Western University in London, Ontario. After completing a residency in Anatomical Pathology at Western, he trained for a year as a clinical fellow in gastrointestinal pathology at the University of Toronto (Tri-Hospital GI/Liver Pathology Fellowship). Dr. Li-Chang participated in the program between July of 2013 and September 2014, working under the supervision of Drs. David Huntsman and David Schaeffer in the areas of gastrotintestinal and gynecologic neoplasia and genomics. After working briefly as a pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital, he's begun working alongside his wife, a gynecologic oncologist at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.

 

Etienne Mahe, MD, FRCPC

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Hematopathologist, Assistant Professor, Calgary Lab Services & University of Calgary

Dr. Mahe received his medical degree from McMaster University and then undertook residency training in Hamilton in Anatomical Pathology. He then completed a Hematopathology Fellowship with Calgary Lab Services, in conjunction with the University of Calgary. Dr. Mahe’s primary interests pertain to hematopathology, and in particular how novel technologies can be used to assist in the optimal diagnostic work-up of these often devastating diseases. In conjunction, Dr. Mahe has an interest in incorporating the use of advanced molecular technologies for the development and testing of novel targeted therapeutics. During years 2014-15, he pursued research fellowship in hematology at Dr. Kamel-Reid lab. Starting June 2015, Dr. Mahe has undertaken a position as a Hematopathologist at the Calgary Lab Services.

 

Shingo Sakashita, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Pathology

Dr. Sakashita obtained his medical degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan (2005). He completed a PhD in 2011 followed by pathology residency at same University (2011). During the years of 2011-2012, he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgical Pathology at the University of Tsukuba. From August 2012, he was a Research Fellow at Dr. Tsao laboratory and focused his work on studying lung cancer. As of September 2014, Dr. Sakashita is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Diagnostic Pathology at the University of Tsukuba Hospital.

 

Natalia Guggisberg, MD, M.Sc.

Instructor, Concorde College

Dr. Guggisberg obtained her MD degree in Russia and continued studies in US. After receiving Master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, she completed a residency program in pathology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 2006; and in 2007 she completed Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship program at the Medical College of Georgia. Upon completion of the Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship program, she worked in Sylvester Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research at the University of Miami and contributed to several publications in Clinical Cancer.

Dr. Guggisberg joined the program at end of September 2011 under the direction of Dr. Magliocco and Dr. Morris and completed it in 2013. Currently, Dr. Guggisberg is teaching Anatomy, Pathology, Physiology, Microbiology and Labs at Concorde College.

 

Adewunmi Adeoye, MSc, MBChB, FWACP (Lab. Med.)

Lecturer/Consultant Pathologist

Dr. Adeoye obtained his medical degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1997), and Pathology residency at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, leading to the fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in the Faculty of Laboratory Medicine (2007). He was a visiting clinician at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, visiting fellow at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda Maryland, and a visiting clinician at the University of Chicago Medical Centre. He commenced research fellowship in May 2012 at Dr. Done's laboratory where he focused his interests in the area of triple-negative breast cancers. Currently, Dr. Adeoye is a Lecturer/Consultant Pathologist at the Departments of Pathology, University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

 

Dominique Trudel, MD, MSc, PhD

Adjunct Professor and Staff Pathologist

Dr. Trudel obtained her medical degree in Québec City at the Université Laval in 2005 while completing a master degree in Experimental Medicine in 2004 (combined MD/MSc program) working on prostate cancer. She completed her residency in Anatomical Pathology at the Université Laval in 2011. During her residency, she also entered the Clinician-Investigator (CI) Program of the Royal College of Canada to pursue her PhD in the field of ovarian cancer and she was appointed as residents' representative in the CI Program. Dr. Trudel worked under the direction of Drs. van der Kwast and Bristow in the area of prostate cancer. Effective January 2014, Dr. Trudel comences clinical practice as an Adjunct Professor and Pathologist; and clinician scientist at the CHUM (Centre Hospitalier de léUniversité de Montréal).

 

King Tan, MD, FRCPA

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Tan obtained his medical degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2004. He completed his training in anatomical pathology in 2010, obtaining Fellowship with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He joined Dr. Gascoyne's laboratory in February 2011 with research efforts aimed at translating genomic data and observations into immunohistochemistry and related assays. Currently, Dr. Tan is a Anatomical Pathologist, Westmead Hospital, Department of Tissue Pathology, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR), Sydney, Australia.

 

Jean-Claude Cutz, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor & Staff Pathologist

Dr. Cutz received his undergraduate, Master's and Medical degrees at the University of Toronto. He received his Royal College certification in Anatomical Pathology in 2002 after completing his residency training at McMaster University. His research interests lie in translational research exploring the role of inter and intracellular signalling pathways in the development of disease states such as cancer.

Dr. Cutz was the first trainee accepted into the CIHR Molecular Oncologic Pathology Program and completed 2 years of training at the end of 2004. He spent his first year at the BC Cancer Agency in the lab of Dr. Wan Lam studying changes in gene expression of developmental signaling pathways in lung cancer. In his second year, Dr. Cutz was involved in a cross-site collaboration between the labs at BCCA and PMH/OCI. The project involved validation of a human lung cancer tissue xenograft model using molecular cytogenetics techniques.

Since January 2005, a Staff Pathologist at the St. Joseph's Healthcare at the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program; and the Assistant Professor, at the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University.

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Jose Ramon Torrealba, MD, FCAP 

Associate Professor & Director of Surgical Pathology, IHC and Histology Laboratories; Associate Director, Anatomic Pathology

Dr. Jose Torrealba is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He obtained his MD degree Magna Cum Laude, at the Central University of Venezuela. After a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology of heart failure at the Universisty of Wisconsin, Madison, USA; he then completed a residency in combined Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology at the same academic institution. His recent research activity has focused on the immunopathology of solid organ transplantation and allograft tolerance, and it has resulted in a number of publications and presentations in national and international scientific meetings. He was awarded the 2003 and 2004 Sheard Sanford Pathology Awards by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and the 2003 Young Investigator Award by the American Transplant Congress for his research activities. The Federation of Clinical Immunology awarded him with a FOCIS 2004 Travel Award. He presented the results of his research endevours at at the 12th International Congress of Immunology and 4th Annual Conferene of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societes held i Montreal in July 2004.

Since December 2003 up until February 2005 he was a Research Fellow at Dr. Li Zhang's laboratory of transplant immunology where he continued research efforts in the transplant field.

 His research project investigated the role of regulatory CD3+CD4-CD8- (double negative) T cells and transforming growth factor β1 in the development of tolerance in a semi-allogeneic model of cardiac transplant in mice.

On March 1, 2005, Jose accepted a position as Associate Pathologist at the Department of Pathology at the Saskatoon Health Region, Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Since 2006 he is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

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Mauro Saieg, MD, PhD

Staff Pathologist and Assistant Professor

Dr. Saieg completed his medical studies (2001) and the Residency in Pathology (2006) at the Santa Casa Medical School, in Sao Paulo, Brazil followed by his PhD studies at the University of Sao Paulo (2009). Since 2007, in addition to his role as a Junior Professor, Dr. Saieg has begun the practice at the FNA clinic in Santa Casa. Under Dr. Santos’ supervision, he was involved in cancer research applying molecular techniques using cytopathological material. During his last month, he was also involved in clinical practice, doing a clinical fellowship in Cytopathology at the University of Toronto/UHN, Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Saieg has then returned to Brazil and is currently a Pathologist and an Assistant Professor at the Santa Casa Medical School.

Joerg Schwock, MD, PhD, FRCPC, MIAC

Assistant Professor & Staff Pathologist

Dr. Schwock graduated from the University of Leipzig (Germany) in 2001. He received his Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.) degree for his thesis prepared at the Institute of Biochemistry under Dr. G. Kopperschlager. In 2002 he started his postgraduate training in Surgical Pathology at the Institute of Pathology in Leipzig under Dr. Ch. Wittekind. Dr. Schwock was among the first trainees accepted into the CIHR Training Program for Clinician-Scientists in Molecular Oncologic Pathology at the Toronto site in 2003 where he joined Dr. Hedleys's lab at the Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute. He became a graduate student of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto in 2005 where he completed his studies in 2010 with a PhD degree. In 2009 he was accepted into the residency program in Toronto and successfully completed his training as Anatomical Pathologist in 2014. He is currently specializing in Cytopathology at the University Health Network and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. As a trainee, he is involved in the development of a RCPSC Area-of-Focused-Competence Diploma Program for Cytopathology at our institution. Dr. Schwock has joined the faculty as academic staff cytopathologist in July 2015. His interests involve mechanisms of progression and metastasis in solid tumors, the application of molecular oncologic pathology to minimal specimen types, and Cytopathology training and education.

Pedro Farinha, MD, PhD

Staff Pathologist, Assistant Professor

Pedro Farinha was a Research Fellow in Molecular Oncologic Pathology at Dr. Gascoyne's lab at the BC Cancer Agency from January 2004-December 2005. He concluded his Surgical Pathology residency in Lisbon, Portugal during which time he collaborated with Dr. Randy Gascoyne from the Pathology Department at BCCA. His research interests centres around the molecular genetics and expression profiles of lymphoid tumours and their translational applications. Dr. Farinha was involed in studies of transformation follicular lymphoma to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and cytogenetic, molecular genetic gene expression profiling and correlation with the immune response. To further his research endevours, he has accepted the hematopathology fellowship at the BCCA and completed it in June 2007.

Dr. Farinha returned to Portugal, and was appointed as a Staff Pathologist at the Central & University Hospital (Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa, Zona Central) in Lisbon. He continues towards a PhD degree at the Universidade de Ciencias Medicas. As of 2012, Dr. Farinha is a staff pathologist at the BCCA in Vancouver.

 

Sarit Aviel-Ronen, MD

 Senior Staff Pathologist

Dr. Aviel-Ronen is a licensed pathologist in Israel. She graduated from medical school at the Technion in Haifa, Israel and did residency in Surgical Pathology at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, where she continued working as a senior pathologist until the beginning of her fellowship. During her residency she was involved in research, combining differenct aspects of clinical work with molecular biology laboratory work. She also worked with DNA microarrays and got familiar with multiple bioinformatics approaches in their analysis.

Her fellowship commenced in January 2004 at the Lung Cancer Translational Laboratory, directed by Dr. Ming-Sound Tsao. Her training focused on two main projects:

1). Gene expression profiling and array CGH studies on brain metastasis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLS).

2). A comparison of lung bronchioloalveolar carcinoma to moderately differentiated - a whole genome array - CGH study.

In July 2007, Dr. Aviel-Ronen returned to Israel to practice pathology at the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre. 

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Blaise Clarke, MD, FRCPC

Staff Pathologist, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Dr. Clarke studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1992 to 1997. He has completed anatomical pathology residency program from 2000 to 2003 at the University of KwaZulu Natal. In 2004 worked as a consultant in the Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of KwaZulu Natal.

From February 2005 to June 2006, Blaise has joined Dr. Huntsman's lab at the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre in Vancouver.  His primary projects involved analysis of hereditary gastric and assessment of treatment response in xenografts and biomarkers in ovarian cancers using tissue microarrays.

In July 2006, he commenced clinical fellowship at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital.  Effective September 1, 2007, Dr. Clarke is a Staff Pathologist at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

 

Sandra E. Fischer, MD, FRCPC

Staff Pathologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

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 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 using a proteomic approach.  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.

 

Ashish Rajput, MD

Research Fellow

Dr. Rajput completed his medical residency in pathology in 2002.  After that he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario until October 2004.  In November 2004, he joined the CIHR Training Program at the BCCA.  His projects involved assessment of biomarkers and therapeutic targets in thyroid, breast, ovarian, prostate cancers, and cranial tumors using tissue arrays.  Through these studies, Dr. Rajput has validated novel tumor biomarkers, and has performed large-scale clinical correlative studies.  In 2007, he was invited to deliver a keynote presentation on "Gene fusions in prostate cancer" at the Annual Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.  Currently, he continues research activities at the Queen's University. 

 

Abderrahman Ouban, MD, MPH

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Ouban obtained his MD degree in 1992. After receiving a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MPH) at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 1998, he went on to complete a residency in combined anatomic and clinical pathology at the same institution in 2004. He then went on to serve as a Transfusion Medicine Fellow at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Missouri in 2004-2005. From March 2005 to February 2007 he has completed the fellowship in the Molecular Pathology of Cancer at Dr. Kamel-Reid laboratory. His primary research involved studying Claudins in human cancer.

In May 2007 Dr. Ouban returned home to practice pathology at the Tayeh Medical Centre. 

 

Vladimir Iakovlev, MD, FRCPC, FCAP

 Staff Pathologist, Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Adjunct Scientist in the Kennan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Iakovlev obtained MD degree in Russia. In 2001, he started an Anatomical Pathology residency program at the University of Manitoba. During the final years of the residency his teaching activities included a block of lectures for medical students, weekly sessions with the Pathology Assistant students and teaching rounds with residents. He was a Chief resident during two consecutive years. To achieve his career goals, he elected to join the fellowship in 2005 to expand his abilities in molecular field and obtain basic sciences research experience. After the first year of the fellowship Vladimir completed certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and American Board of Pathology and continued his basic science work. While in the program he completed a number of projects under joint supervision of Dr. Susan Done and Dr. David Hedley. His major focus at Dr. Done's lab was method development of detection of circulating epithelial cells by Q-RT-PCR and genomic analysis of breast cancer stages by array CGH. At Dr.Hedley's lab Vladimir worked on heterogeneity and sampling strategies for molecular markers using a surrogate hypoxia marker carbonic anhydrase IX as well as he studied vascularity and tumor invasiveness. Dr. Iakovlev accepted offer of an academic pathologist at St. Michael Hospital, Toronto.

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Joao M. Magalhaes, MD, M.Sc.

 

Staff Pathologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Biopathology

Dr. Joao Magalhaes received degree in medicine in 1999 at the University Hospital de Sao Joao in Porto, Portugal; this included a 2-year training period in general residency. He received M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine in the Medical School of Porto in 2004; and in 2005 completed specialty in anatomic pathology at the University Hospital de Sao Joao. Upon completion of residency, he accepted a faculty position to serve as Assistant Professor in the discipline of Biopathology.

From January 2006 to December 2007, he elected to join the CIHR Training Program under direction of Dr. David Hedley. His studies involved working on the study of the Src oncogene, including responsibilities in the development of biomarkers for Src inhibitors.

Effective January 2008, Dr. Magalhaes is a Staff Pathologist at the Biopathology Department in the University Hospital de Sao Joao, Portugal.

 

Nathalie Johnson, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Associate Professor

Nathalie is a hematologist from Montreal, Quebec. Her career began when she completed her medical degree at Ottawa University in 1998. She pursued a residency in internal medicine followed by a combined hematology and oncology residency at McGill University in Montreal. Although a clinician, her main interest is in the biology of lymphomas. She has started a molecular pathology fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Randy Gascoyne studying the molecular pathways leading to the transformation of follicular lymphomas to large cell lymphomas. Their approach will be to study the interaction between the neoplastic cells and the microenvironment using gene expression profiling and whole genome array CGH. As of July 2010, Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor at McGill University and Principal Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute focusing primarily on the clinical impact of genomic alteration in lymphoma. She will also be heading the expansion of the Quebec Leukemia cell banking to include lymphoma tissue.

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Stefano Serra

Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

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Dr. Serra, graduated in Medicine and Surgery, and completed his residency in Pathology at the University of Cagliari, Italy.Thereafter, he spent one year studying the genetics of Wilson’s disease in Sardinian families, at the Department of Pathology and General Pathology, Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Technischen Universität, Munich, Germany. He then obtained a six-months GI/Liver Fellowship under the supervision of Dr. R.H. Riddell, Mount Sinai Hospital; followed by 1-year Research Fellowship  in gastrointestinal/pancreas pathology under the supervison of Dr. R. Chetty at the Princess Margaret and the Toronto General Hospital in Toronto.

His main interests are in gastroenteropancreaticpathology, particularly in neuroendocrine tumors. From  April 2006 to March 2008 he did a fellowship at Dr. Asa's laboratory, followed by clinical fellowship in 2009. As of October 2009, Dr. Serra is an Assistant Professor at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital.

 

Rashmi Goswami, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAP

Staff Hematopathologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Dr. Goswami obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto and subsequently accepted an Anatomical Pathology residency position at McGill University. Upon completion of her residency she became a fellow in the CIHR Clinician-Scientist Training Program in Molecular Oncologic Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Kamel-Reid. During this time she worked on a number of projects including the proteomic analysis of acute promyelocytic leukemia, the genetics and epigenetics of head and neck carcinoma as well as a project on microRNAs as prognostic markers in mantle cell lymphoma, which she defended as a Ph.D. thesis. She continued on to obtain clinical subspecialty training in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology at the Vancouver General Hospital/British Columbia Cancer Agency and MD Anderson Cancer Center, and holds U.S. board certification in both subspecialties. She is a recipient of several awards including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Fellows’ Research Awards, the USCAP Stowell-Orbison Certificate of Merit, the European Hematology Association/American Society of Hematology Translational Research Training in Hematology Award, the NCIC/Terry Fox Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship Award. In August 2015, Dr. Goswami joined University Health Network as a staff hematopathologist and is an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Her research interests include applying molecular techniques to assist in the diagnosis and prognosis of solid and hematologic tumours, as well as understanding the genetic and epigenetic landscape of leukemias and lymphomas. In particular she would like to explore how changes to this molecular landscape affect disease pathogenesis.

 

Gulisa Turashvili, MD, PhD

 Pathology Resident

Dr. Turashvili graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in Georgia in 2002, followed by residency training in Pathological Anatomy at Tbilisi State Medical University and PhD program in the Department of Pathology, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. From June 2007 to May 2009, she obtained research fellowship under the supervision of Drs. Aparicio and Watson at BC Cancer Agency. Her research activities included the METABRIC (Molecular Taxonomy of Breast Cancer International Consortium) project, and columnar cell lesions of the breast. She continued as a research associate in the Molecular Oncology and Breast Cancer Program, BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver until 2011. Dr. Turashvili will complete her residency training at Queen's University in 2016 and move on to Breast and Gynecological Pathology Fellowships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

 

Danh Tran-Thanh, MD, MSc, FRCPC

 Staff Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

Dr. Tran-Thanh obtained his medical degree at the Université de Montréal in 2002 and has completed a MSc degree in Microbiology (combined MD-MSc program) working on cervical cancer. He subsequently entered a residency training program in Anatomical Pathology at the Université de Montréal, which he completed in 2007. He was appointed a Chief resident of the Pathology Department in his final years. During 2 years (2007-2008 and 2009-2010), he has undertaken the molecular fellowship program under the direction of Dr. Done with primary focus on breast cancer, followed by Clinical Fellowship in Breast Pathology at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital (2008-2009).

As of August 2010, Dr Tran-Thanh is a staff pathologist at the Department of Pathology at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).

Osama M. Al-Agha, MD, FCAP, FRCPC

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Al-Agha obtained a Bachelor's degree (MBBS) in Medicine and General Surgery at the University of Sana'a, Republic of Yemen (2000). He completed a residency training in anatomical and clinical pathology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn (2007) where he has served as Chief Resident in the final year of his training; followed by a fellowship in Cytopathology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (2008), and a fellowship in Oncologic Pathology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo (2009). From July 2009 to September 2010 he has spent at Dr. Huntsman's lab. His primary research focused in the field of gynecologic pathology. As of October 2010, Dr. Al-Agha is a staff pathologist at the Department of Pathology-Regina Health Region at the Pasqua Hospital and Regina General Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Derek Kohler, MD, MSc

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Kohler obtained a BSc in Biology and Psychology in 1993, followed by an MSc in Medical Sciences in 1996, both at McMaster University. In 2003, he received an MD from the University of Toronto. In June 2008, he completed Anatomical Pathology residency at the University of Ottawa. During residency, his research involved studying various renal tumors. His research fellowship (August 2008 - December 2010) at Dr. Tsao's laboratory focused on studying of genes in lung carcinoma. Dr. Kohler then completed a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Hospital, 2011/2012), followed by a fellowship in Cytopathology at Drexel University (2012/2013) and a fellowship in Surgical Pathology subspecialties at the University of Western Ontario (2013/2014). Dr. Kohler provides anatomical pathology services to hospitals in Edmonton.

 

Naoki Yanagawa, MD, PhD

 Staff Pathologist

Dr. Yanagawa obtained his MD in 1997 followed by PhD Medical Science in Pathology in 2004, and in 2006 completed Pathology Residency at the Yamagata University School of Medicine. During the years of 1997-2000, Dr. Yanagawa undergone residency training in the discipline of Surgery at the Yamagata University School of Medicine and Tsuruoka Municipal Shonai Hospital, and Thoracic Surgery at the Yamagata Prefectuaral Nihonkai Hospital. In 2008, he received grants-in-aid for scientific research funded by Japanese Society for promoting science. During years April 2009 to March 2011, he has undertaken research fellowship at Dr. Tsao's laboratory where devoted his research endeavours to studying carcinogenesis and development of lung cancer using molecular methods. His training focused on:

1) Analysis of molecular pathological character of primary non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) xenograft
2) Relation between humanpapillomavirus (HPV ) and overexpression of p16 protein in NSCLCs
3) Molecular pathological analysis of early NSCLCs that were received tyrosine-kinase inhinitor (TKI) therapy

Currently, Dr. Yanagawa is a Staff Pathologist at the Yamagata University.

 

Marina Pacheco, MD

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Pacheco obtained her medical degree in 2000 and Anatomical Pathology in 2007 both at the University of Panama. During the last two years of residency, she acted as a Chief Resident in the Department. In 2008, she worked as a Pathologist in the Children's Hospital in Panama. During years 2009-2010, she joined the fellowship program under the supervision of Drs. Nielsen and Horsman where she has studied soft tissue tumours. In 2011, Dr. Pacheco returned to staffing position at the Children’s Hospital in Panama.

 

Charles Leduc, MD, M.Sc

Pathology Resident

Dr. Leduc completed his medical degree at McGill University in 2009. Prior to entering medicine, he obtained his B.Sc. in Plant Biology at the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal. He is currently a resident in Anatomical Pathology at Queen's University in Kingston. He joined the molecular oncologic fellowship program in July of 2010 under the co-supervision of Dr. Squire and Dr. Tsao, where he worked on cell survival pathways in lung adenocarcinoma. Dr. Leduc resumed pathology residency training program at the Queen's University.

 

Clarissa Cassol, MD

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Cassol obtained her MD degree at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil in 2005.  She subsequently entered a residency training program in Anatomical Pathology at the Sao Paulo University, which she completed in January 2009.  Her research fellowship at Dr. Asa's laboratory focused in a field of endocrine pathology, primarily thyroid, adrenal and paraganglia neoplasms. She has completed the pathology residency at the University of Toronto (2011-2016); followed by clinical fellowship in renal pathology (2016-2017). She is a staff pathologist at the University Hospital at Syracuse in New York.

 

Juan Moreno, MD, MSc

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Juan Moreno obtained his medical degree at McMaster University in 2004. Prior to entering the medicine program he completed a MSc degree in Nuclear Medicine in the field of osteoporosis. He subsequently joined the residency program in Anatomical Pathology at McMaster University, which he completed in 2009. In 2009 he joined Dr. Susan Done lab as part of the molecular fellowship program and was involved in a project on breast cancer. Currently, Dr. Moreno is a Staff Pathologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

 

Ghassan Allo, MD, MSc

Staff Pathologist

Dr. Allo obtained his medical degree at Baghdad University, Iraq in 2003, and joined the Anatomical Pathology residency at the University of Toronto in 2007. In July 2010, he joined the Molecular Pathology Fellowship Program and the Clinician-Investigator Program, under the supervision of Dr. Tsao and Dr. Clarke. His research focused in studying thoracic tumours. In 2012, Dr. Allo obtained a masters degree; and in 2013 resumed pathology residency at the University of Toronto. Currently, he serves as a Staff Pathologist at the Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit, USA.

 

David Scott, MBChB, PhD, FRCPA, FRACP

Clinician Scientist, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & University of British Columbia

Dr. Scott obtained his medical degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2001. He completed a PhD at the same University in 2006, producing a model of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. He remained in Auckland for his registrar training in Haematology and has completed Fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia at the end of 2010. He joined Dr Randy Gascoyne's laboratory in July 2010 at the BCCA, Vancouver, to research prognostic factors for Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. In 2014, he became a Clinician Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, where he spends 25% of his time caring for patients with lymphoid cancers and 75% on research. His research focuses on biomarkers in B cell lymphomas applicable to routinely produced biopsy material.

 

Tao Wang, MD, MSc

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Senior Resident

Dr. Tao Wang obtained his medical degree from Queen's University in 2010. After three years of anatomical pathology residency, he enrolled in the RCPSC Clinician-Investigator program and the CIHR/TFF Molecular Oncologic Pathology research fellowship in 2013 under the supervisor of Dr. Tsao. During his fellowship, Tao investigated the effects of senescent cancer associated fibroblasts on the progression of pancreatic cancer. He is currently a senior resident at the University of Toronto.

 

Iram Siddiqui, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC

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Assistant Professor & Pediatric GI and liver pathologist

Dr. Siddiqui obtained her medical degree from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Pakistan. After completing a one year internship, she moved on to obtain Pathology Teaching Fellowships at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada and later at Western University, London, Ontario. She completed her M.Sc degree in Pathology from Western University, where she later continued her anatomical pathology residency. She trained for a year as a clinical fellow in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Toronto (Tri-Hospital GI/liver Pathology Fellowship). She joined the program in July of 2014 and is now completing her part-time molecular pathology fellowship under the supervision of Dr. David Hedley. Her focus for her research fellowship is to study effects of hypoxia in pancreatic cancer and tumour microenvironment with particular emphasis on the use of patient-derived xenograft models. She is currently appointed as a full-time pediatric GI and liver pathologist at The Hospital for Sick Children.

 

Tamara Jamaspishvili, MD, PhD

Research Fellow

Dr. Jamaspishvili obtained her medical degree from Tbilisi State Medical University in Georgia in 2004 followed by residency training in Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Pathology in Tbilisi, Georgia (2005-2007). Thereafter she earned her PhD at the Department of Clinical & Molecular Pathology, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. At the same department Tamara was working as a junior researcher mainly focusing on molecular pathology of prostate cancer. From 2012-2015 she undergone a CIHR fellowship training in molecular pathology under supervision of Dr. Squire, Dr. Tron, and Dr. Berman at the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston; followed by Transformative Pathology Fellowship Program funded by OICR under supervision of Dr. Berman, expert GU pathologist and the director of Cancer Research Institute at the Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics, Queen’s University. Dr. Jamaspishvili’s research interest and the project goals are to identify and validate promising diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for early prostate cancer that may be used as complementary tests by pathologists to identify subset of cancers with hidden aggressive nature.

 

Eric Morgen, MD, MPH, FRCPC

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Prenatal Pathologist and Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Dr. Eric Morgen obtained his medical degree, residency training in pathology, and masters degree in epidemiology from the University of Toronto. His research has focused on using molecular epidemiologic and statistical methods to identify genetic biomarkers in common cancers. Dr. Morgen under direction of Dr. Liu and Dr. Jurisica utilized his fellowship to develop epidemiology and bioinformatics skills and relate them to high throughput germline polymorphism analysis. He has increased the capacity of the Canadian health research community in an understudied field, pharmacogenetics and molecular epidemiology with a bioinformatics background. He is only one of two in Canada trained in bioinformatics, and the first in Molecular Pathology to focus on germline pharmacogenetics. From July 2016, Dr. Morgen serves as a Prenatal Pathologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

 

Tomo Osako, MD, PhD

Clinician-Scientist and Staff Pathologist

Dr. Osako obtained his medical degree at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (Kyoto, Japan) in 2001. After practicing for six years as a general/breast surgeon, in 2007 he was involved in research training at Division of Pathology with the Cancer Institute of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (Tokyo, Japan). In 2011, he received a PhD at the same university. For his research, he was awarded three Young Researcher's Awards from the Japanese Breast Cancer Society, the Japanese Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP), and the Japanese Society of Pathology. In 2012, he completed his training in anatomical pathology. During 2013-2015, he got trained under Dr. Aparicio & Dr. Watson at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre in Vancouver on genomic and translational research on breast cancer. Currently, Dr. Osako is a clinician-scientist and clinical-diagnostic Staff Pathologist at the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research.

Anthony N. Karnezis, MD, PhD

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Staff Scientist 2

Dr. Karnezis obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and his PhD studying cell cycle control from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He then moved to the University of California San Francisco for his Pathology residency and fellowship, and postdoctoral training studying lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma. In September 2013, he joined Dr. Huntsman's group at the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics in Vancouver where he studied the genetics of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and pursued further clinical training in Gynecologic Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital with Drs. Blake Gilks and Phil Clement. Currently he is a Staff Scientist 2 at the BCCA.

Last Updated ( June 4, 2015)