International Speakers

Pathology Update 2024 Invited International Guest Speakers
The Pathology Update 2024 International Guest Speakers are guests of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and are presenting at the invitation of Pathology Update 2024 Overseeing Committee and Scientific Program Committees.

Any enquires about any international guest speakers is requested to go through the RCPA Events and Sponsorship Manager Eve Propper or +61 2 8356 5806.

We delighted and honoured to have such distinguished International Speakers join us for this year’s Pathology Update!

Jan Damoiseaux

Dr Jan Damoiseaux is medical immunologist and as such involved in diagnostic testing for immune-mediated diseases. His career has started in basic immunology research and evolved, via research in animal models for autoimmune diseases, towards clinical immunology research. The research has predominantly been focussed on immune regulation via cytokines and/or T-lymphocytes, as well as on autoantibody testing. He is an active member of the Dutch College of Medical Immunologists, the European Autoantibody Standardisation Initiative , and the International Consensus on ANA Patterns working party. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Many of these papers were the result of close collaboration with renowned national and international scientists.

Dr Jan Damoiseaux will present in the Immunopathology Scientific Stream.

Shannon Haymond

Dr Shannon Haymond is Director of Clinical Mass Spectrometry and Vice Chair for Computational Pathology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Associate Professor of Pathology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She is immediate Past President of AACC. Her lab performs research and clinical testing using mass spectrometry methods, develops new assays, and applies data analytics to enable improved quality and efficiency. Dr Haymond’s computational pathology efforts are aimed at building the capacity for advanced data analytics in her department through innovations in infrastructure, education, and research to facilitate data-informed decision making for clinical care, operations, and quality assurance. She has a strong interest in providing education to build data literacy and R programming skills in clinical laboratorians through short courses, lectures, and interactive modules. In addition, she is a co-editor of the textbooks, Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, and Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Paediatric Disease.

Dr Shannon Haymond will present in the Chemical Pathology Scientific Stream and an Innovations Plenary.


Catherine Hayward

Dr Catherine Hayward is a clinical and laboratory haematologist who is Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Medicine, at McMaster University, and the Head of Coagulation for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program in Canada. Dr Hayward has published extensively with an H-index of 51. She is considered an expert on the clinical and laboratory diagnostic evaluation of bleeding disorders. Dr. Hayward is the Immediate Past President of the Thrombosis Hemostasis Societies of North America and the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Laboratory Haematology as a clinician scientist, Dr Hayward has received many honors and awards, including the gold Medal award from McMaster University and from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr Catherine Hayward will present in the Haematology Scientific Stream.

Jeffrey Myers

Dr Jeffrey Myers is A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality.  He came to Michigan in 2006 as Director of AP after 16 years at the Mayo Clinic Minnesota where he served for a decade as Chair of Anatomic Pathology. He received the Mayo Distinguished Clinician Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Clinician Award at Michigan in 2010. He has served as President of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, leading strategic planning efforts in both.  His interests in surgical and thoracic pathology are complemented by a strong commitment to quality, safety, service excellence, and innovation.  His current focus is understanding the value of working directly with patients and families to transform their experience of care from a laboratory-based platform.  He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles, over 20 book chapters, and is co-editor for the 11th edition of Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology textbook.

Dr Jeffrey Myers will present in the Anatomical Pathology Scientific Stream.


Liron Pantanowitz

Prof Liron Pantanowitz is Chair and Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA. He received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard in Boston. He subsequently completed a hematopathology fellowship at Harvard and Cytopathology fellowship at Tufts. He is also board certified by the American Board of Pathology in clinical informatics and completed his MHA at Ohio University. Dr Pantanowitz is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. He is the president of the Digital Pathology Association, president of the American Society of Cytopathology, and a past president and current council member of the Association of Pathology Informatics. He is widely published in the field of pathology informatics and cytopathology. His research interests include digital pathology and artificial intelligence, as well as non-gynecologic cytopathology.

Prof Liron Pantanowitz present the David Rothfield Memorial Oration and in the Anatomical Pathology Scientific Stream.


Robin Patel

Prof Robin Patel is the Elizabeth P and Robert E Allen Professor of Individualised Medicine and the Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, Co-Director of the Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory, Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and former Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, at the Mayo Clinic. Since the beginning of her tenure at the Mayo Clinic, Prof Patel has focused her research on bacterial infections. She has held or holds positions within the American Society for Microbiology, American Board of Pathology, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Board of Medical Examiners, Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Infectious Diseases She as published over 580 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Prof Patel’s strong commitment to mentorship can be translated into a long list of trainees from around the world; she had dedicated hours of teaching to train the next generation of clinical and research laboratory scientists.

Prof Robin Patel will present in the Microbiology scientific stream.


Munir Pirmohamed

Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed is David Weatherall Chair of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Liverpool University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. He is Director of the Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine and Director of HDR North. He is an inaugural National Institute for Health and Care Research Senior Investigator, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK, and Chair of the Commission on Human Medicines. He is also a non-executive director of NHS England, and a medical trustee for the British Heart Foundation.  He is the immediate Past-President of the British Pharmacological Society.  He was awarded a Knights Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015.

Prof  Sir Munir Pirmohamed will present in the Eva Raik Memorial Oration and in the Genetic Pathology Scientific Stream.



Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez

Prof Letticia Quintanilla-Martinez is a hematopathologist at the University hospital Tübingen´s Institute for Pathology since 2008. Dr Quintanilla-Martinez accomplished her PHD based on her studies on EBV associated lymphoproliferative disorders. She and her colleagues have made seminal contributions in several fields of hematopathology including mantle cell lymphoma, anaplastic large T-cell lymphoma and more recently in follicular lymphoma. She has more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in several books. She is co-editor of the second edition of “Hematopathology” book together with Dr Elaine S Jaffe and Dr Elias Campo. She is a highly cited scientist with a Hirsch index of 63 and an i10-index of 185 and total citations of 14361. She participated in the clinical advisory committee for the 4th and revised 4th edition of the WHO classification and more recently for the International consensus classification. She also has written several chapters in the 5th edition series of the WHO, including thoracic tumours, head and neck and paediatric tumours.

Prof  Letticia Quintallina-Fend will present in the Haematology Scientific Stream.

Margaret Stark

Prof Margaret Stark is a consultant forensic physician. She has worked with the Metropolitan Police Service in London, in Surrey, Sussex, and with the British Transport Police, in the UK. She was the first Medical Director of the Forensic Healthcare Service in London and the Director of the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit for NSW Police, based in Sydney, from 2011 - 2014. Previously she was a Principal in General Practice. She has a Master of Science in Medical Education from UCL, a Master of Laws from Cardiff, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Past-President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine , Chair of the FFLM’s Forensic Science Sub-Committee, Lead Facilitator for the Faculty’s Course in General Forensic Medicine, and an Educational Advisor for the Faculty’s examinations. She was the Founding Academic Dean for the FFLM leading the team to establish the FFLM Membership examinations. She was awarded the David Jenkins Professorship in Forensic and Legal Medicine in 2011/12 and was an Adjunct Professor at Sydney University from 2012-2015. She is now an Honorary Visiting Professor at Teesside University.

Prof Margaret Stark will present in the Clinical Forensic Medicine and Forensic Pathology Scientific Streams.


Rhonda Yantiss

Dr Rhonda Yantiss received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and graduated from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by fellowship training in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  She served as Chief of Gastrointestinal Pathology and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College for 17 years, then joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she holds the position of Director of Surgical Pathology. Dr Yantiss has chaired the Nominations and Education Committees of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society and served as President of that society. She is the immediate Past-President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists and Chair of the Education Committee of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Dr Yantiss lectures widely in the United States and abroad. She has received several teaching and professional awards, including the F. K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Pathology Annual Prize, and the Jack Yardley Investigator Award of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. Dr Yantiss has published more than 150 original articles as well as numerous books and book chapters related to gastrointestinal pathology. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than fifteen journals and is a member of the editorial boards of Human Pathology, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology, and The American Journal of Surgical Pathology. She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Senior Associate Editor of Modern Pathology

Dr Rhonda Yantiss will present in the Anatomical Pathology Scientific Stream.


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