International Speakers

RCPA Pathology Update 2020 Invited International Guest Speakers
The Pathology Update 2020 International Guest Speakers are guests of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and are presenting at the invitation of Pathology Update 2020 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.

William Clarke

Dr William Clarke received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 2000, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ending in 2002.  In addition, he received an MBA focused on medical services management from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins in 2007.  Following his post-doctoral fellowship, he remained at Johns Hopkins, where he is a Professor in the Department of Pathology, as well as the director of both Point-of-Care Testing and Clinical Toxicology for the hospital.  His research interests include clinical mass spectrometry, method development and evaluation for therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical toxicology, point-of-care testing, and development/validation of biomarkers for use in drug management.  Dr Clarke has published as an author or co-author over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts or book chapters, is the Editor of the textbook Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Practical Laboratory Medicine. 
Dr William Clarke is presenting in the Chemical Pathology scientific stream. 

Jeffrey Myers

Professor Jeffrey Myers is the A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Quality at the University of Michigan Medical School.  He matriculated at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine before transferring to Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis where he received his MD degree.  Following residency training at Washington University he did a fellowship with his mentor, colleague, and lifelong friend, Anna-Luise Katzenstein, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was appointed Assistant Professor.  From Alabama he joined the Mayo Clinic staff where he served for a decade as Division Chair in Anatomic Pathology and received the Mayo Distinguished Clinician Award. In 2006 he was appointed A. James French Professor and Director of AP at Michigan Medicine where he received the Outstanding Clinician Award in 2010.  At Michigan he led a project team that designed novel faculty space intended to nurture collaboration and creativity.  He has mentored over a dozen fellows in thoracic pathology including highly visible spokespersons in the academic community.  He 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 interest in surgical pathology with a focus in thoracic pathology is 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 160 peer reviewed articles, over 20 book chapters, and is co-editor for the 11th edition of Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology textbook.  He has served as an invited speaker and/or visiting professor on nearly 400 different occasions. 
Professor Jeffrey Myers is presenting in the Anatomical Pathology scientific stream. 

Liron Pantanowitz

Prof Liron Pantanowitz received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard in Boston. He 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. Prof Pantanowitz is currently a Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Vice Chair for Pathology Informatics and Director of the Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. He is also the Director of Cytopathology at UPMC Shadyside. Prof Pantanowitz is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. He is a past president and current council member of the Association of Pathology Informatics, serves on the executive board of the American Society of Cytopathology, is a member of the Digital Pathology Association board of directors, as well as the digital pathology committee of the College of American Pathologists. He is widely published in the field of pathology informatics and cytopathology. His research interests include digital pathology and artificial intelligence. 
Professor Liron Pantanowitz is presenting the Eva Raik Plenary and in the Anatomical Pathology scientific stream. 

Jason Payne-James

Professor Jason Payne-James is a specialist in Forensic and Legal Medicine. He has been a forensic physician for 30 years. Previously he worked in hospital medicine, predominantly in surgical, trauma and gastroenterological specialties. He has published on a wide range of subjects including injury, wound and scar documentation and interpretation, imaging of injury and scars, clinical and ethical aspects of healthcare in custody, complaints against healthcare professionals, forensic evidence collection, restraint and less-lethal systems, miscarriages of justice, harm and death in custody and torture. He is Honorary Clinical Professor, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London; external Consultant to the UK National Crime Agency; Consultant Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine; Member of the Executive Committee, European Council of Legal Medicine; Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia;  a member of the UK  Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons; and a member of the International Forensic Expert Group of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. He was President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, London and President of the World Police Medical Officers. Jason has co-authored and co-edited a variety of publications including the Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (1st and 2nd editions); Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse; Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine;  Age Estimation in the Living;  Current Practice in Forensic Medicine (1st and 2nd volumes); Monitoring Detention, Custody, Torture and Ill-treatment; and he is lead author of the 13th and 14th Editions of Simpson’s Forensic Medicine. He designed the ForensiGraph® and the ForensiDoc® App.  He regularly receive requests to review a range of cases including those in the criminal justice system, deaths and care in state custody and possible miscarriages of justice. 
Professor Jason Payne-James is presenting in the Forensic Pathology and Clinical Forensic Medicine scientific streams. 

Munir Pirmohamed

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is currently David Weatherall Chair in Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  He is Director of the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine. He is also an inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK. He has authored over 500 peer-reviewed publications, and has an H-index of 97 (Google Scholar).  His research focuses on genomic and non-genomic technologies that can be developed and used to progress the field of personalized medicine in an evidence-based, cost-effective and equitable manner. Given his background in clinical pharmacology, most of his research focuses on the use of medicines with the aim of improving their efficacy and minimizing their toxicity, thereby optimizing their harm-benefit ratio. 
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is the presenting the Faculty of Science Plenary and in the Chemical and Genetic Pathology scientific streams. 

Bobbi Pritt

Professor Bobbi Pritt, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and holds a joint appointment in the Division of the Infectious Diseases. She serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, the Head of the Infectious Diseases Pathology Working Group, the Program Director for the Medical Microbiology fellowship and the Chair of Education for the Department. Professor Pritt received her medical degree at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine, in Burlington, Vermont, USA, and then went on to complete residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, during which she served as Chief Resident. After residency, she undertook a fellowship in Medical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic, followed by a Master’s degree in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK, where she receive the Patrick Buxton award. She also obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Professor Pritt’s primary areas of interest are clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases, infectious diseases pathology, and medical education. She has received multiple awards for her achievements including Teacher of the Year award in Clinical Pathology at Mayo Clinic (5 times in the past 8 years), Mayo Clinic 2018 Distinguished Educator Award, and the 2017 Early Achievement Award from the University of Vermont. She has published more than 130 articles including descriptions of two new tick-borne human pathogens in the United States and has authored 4 books and 14 book chapters. She is also the author of the popular international parasitology case blog Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites ( Prof Pritt’s research focuses on the development and use of novel molecular amplification and sequencing assays for diagnosis of human parasitic and vector-borne diseases.  
Prof Bobbi Pritt will present the Innovations Plenary and in the Anatomical Pathology and Microbiology scientific streams. 

John Semple

Professor John W Semple obtained his PhD in Immunology from Queen’s University at Kingston and was a Diabetes Canada Fellow at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research in the C.H. Best Institute, University of Toronto. He joined St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in 1990 and became Head of the Toronto Platelet Immunobiology Group at St Michael’s and a Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2016, he moved to Lund University where he is currently a Professor of Transfusion Medicine and Group Leader in Platelet Immunology. In addition to being the recipient of many awards, he is a member of several organizations and has delivered over 160 presentations at international meetings. He is currently the Scientific Secretary of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, a member of the Scientific Committee on Megakaryocytes and Platelets of the American Society of Hematology and serves on the editorial boards of the Blood and Transfusion journals. His primary research interests include the pathogenesis of immune thrombocytopenia where he studies animal models of platelet immunity.  His lab also focuses on the pathogenic mechanisms that lead to transfusion related acute lung injury .His lab also first described Toll-like receptor expression on platelets in 2004, and since then he has had an interest in platelet-immune interactions. He has authored more than 175 publications in the area of platelet immunology and TRALI.  
Prof John Semple is presenting the Haematology scientific stream. 

Joanna Sheldon

Dr Joanna Sheldon is Director of the Supraregional Protein Reference Unit (PRU) at St George’s Hospital in London.  She started her training at the Westminster Hospital as a Biomedical Scientist in Chemical Pathology but became interested in proteins and Immunology on rotation through the Protein Reference Unit.  She completed a PhD on cytokines, acute phase proteins and immunological monitoring in the critically ill and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.  In 1996, the PRU moved to St George’s Hospital in London and she became Consultant Immunologist and Director of the Protein Reference Unit.  The PRU is a NHS laboratory service receiving samples sent from all round the UK and occasionally elsewhere in the world.  The test repertoire is large and covers allergy, autoimmune serology, CSF analysis, cytokines and monoclonal protein identification.  The lab has research interests in diagnosis and monitoring of patients with B cell malignancies, the inflammatory response and cytokines.  Joanna chairs the IFCC Committee on the Harmonisation of Autoantibody Testing that had developed the first certified reference materials for the ANCA associated antibodies to proteinase 3 and myeloperoxidase.  The committee is now preparing reference materials for other autoantibodies.  There is a strong educational component to the PRU and they run a variety of teaching sessions and scientific meetings for people interested in developing their knowledge and expertise in protein and immunological analyses.  Joanna has also enjoyed engaging with the public and had been part of the Royal College of Pathologists exhibits on plants and pathology at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. 
Dr Joanna Sheldon is presenting in the Immunopathology and Chemical Pathology scientific streams. 

Rhonda Yantiss

Dr Rhonda Yantiss received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  She completed training in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident and the Benjamin Castleman surgical pathology fellow, followed by a gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre.  She holds the title of Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and serves as Chief of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Service at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Dr Yantiss serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals and is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Modern Pathology, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, and Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology.  She is an Associate Editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr Yantiss was recently appointed to the ARP Press 5th series/AFIP Fascicles Editorial Advisory Board and has served as guest editor for Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Surgical Pathology Clinics. Dr Yantiss is the Chair of the USCAP Abstract Review and Assignment Subcommittee and co-directs the USCAP Diagnostic Pathology Update annual course.  She is a former president of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society and served as chair of the Education and Nomination Committees of that organization. She is also a member of the Anatomic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee of the American Board of Pathology. Dr Yantiss has published more than 100 original manuscripts and review articles and has edited several textbooks and book chapters.  She has received multiple teaching awards and received both the Arthur Purdy Stout Society Annual Prize and Jack Yardley Investigator Award of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.  Dr Yantiss lectures broadly in national and international venues and has directed numerous courses in gastrointestinal pathology.   
Dr Rhonda Yantiss is presenting in the Anatomical Pathology scientific stream. 

Gina Zini

Dr Gina Zini accomplished her medical studies at Catholic University in Rome, Italy. After specialising in Haematology and Internal Medicine, she has been working, teaching, supervising PhD students and haematologists in training and carrying out her research studies as a Professor of Haematology and Laboratory Medicine in the Haematology Department of UCSC. She has been Chief of the Haematology Laboratory and, since 2010, she has been Director of the Haem transfusion Service and of the Cord Blood Bank of the Fondazione Policlinic Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS–Roma. In 1999 she completed a Master in Anthropological Sciences and in 2002 a Degree in Humanities and Philosophy. She is author/co-author of more than 80 chapters/sections in specialised national and international scientific treatises, more than 200 peer reviewed publications and abstracts in qualified journals in diagnostic haematology, morphology, haematology laboratory, transfusion medicine, and onco-haematology, several editorials and textbooks on haematological diagnosis, such as Morphology of Blood Disorders. She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Laboratory Haematology. Gina has held leadership positions in several major medical societies and scientific committees, such as the International Society of Laboratory Haematology, the European Haematology Association, the European Leukemianet, the European School of Haematology and in a number of Italian Haematological Associations. She is Scientific Secretary of the International Committee of Standardization in Haematology (ICSH) and Member of the Technical Committee of the WHO on ‘Use and interpretation of hemoglobin concentrations for assessing anaemia status in individuals and populations’. She has been regularly invited to give international lectures and training courses in morphology and interactive interpretation of peripheral blood and bone marrow film cellular characteristics, as well as in her other fields of interest, such as myelodysplastic syndromes, standardization in haematology, bone marrow and progenitor cell transplant, therapeutic apheresis and stem cell cryobiology. She received grants as partner of five EU projects and three non-EU funded projects. 
Dr Gina Zini is presenting in the Haematology scientific stream. 

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