Diana N. Ionescu, MD, FRCP(C), FCAP

Conference Chair

Consultant Pathologist, BC Cancer Agency
Medical Director Clinical Trials, BCCA VCC Laboratory
Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Ionescu is a graduate of University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” in Cluj Napoca, Romania. She completed her postgraduate training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Fellowship in Gynecological Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital. She has practiced as a Consultant Pathologist at BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver since 2006. She is currently a Clinical Professor of Pathology at UBC and served as the residency program director for the Anatomic Pathology Residency Program between 2009 – 2017.

Her specific areas of diagnostic expertise are lung, gynecologic and breast pathology. She is an author of over 60 scientific publications and book chapters. She is the author and invited speaker at numerous regional, national and international lectures. Her investigation interests include oncologic pathology and molecular biomarkers, lung cancer and adult health education. She is the Canadian Anatomic and Molecular Pathology (CAMP) and CAMP pathology Oncology Digital Series (CAMP-PODS) course director.

Dr. Ionescu is an enthusiastic advocate of pathologists participating in numerous patient education forums, TV shows, advocacy and fundraising campaigns, being Medical Advisor for Lung Cancer Canada, moderator, presenter and community excellence awardee at ROMPOST TV on Omni TV, and in 2015 supporting biomarker testing before the House of Commons Committee on Health.

Andrew Churg, MD, PhD


Professor, Department of Pathology
University of British Columbia
Pathologist, Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Andrew Churg received his MD and PhD (Experimental Pathology) from the University of Chicago. He has been at the University of British Columbia, where he is now Professor of Pathology, since 1980. He is also a pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital. His areas of interest are lung and pleural pathology. He has published 400 journal articles, 75 book chapters, and 9 books in this area, including the 4th Series Fascicle: Tumors of the Serosal Membranes, and Atlas of Interstitial Lung Disease Pathology, now in its second edition. He serves as Chairman of the US-Canadian Mesothelioma Reference Panel. He is an editorial board member on 13 journals in the fields of clinical and experimental respiratory medicine, pathology, and particle toxicology

Jennifer Hunt, MD


Chair of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine,
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Hunt is a physician executive who has served in many leadership roles, including her current role as Chair of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In her past role, she was Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas and also the first female Chief of Staff for that institution. Dr. Hunt is a certified executive coach and has extensive experience in coaching aspiring, emerging and current women leaders in medicine. Dr. Hunt’s personal passion is to help increase the number of women in leadership in healthcare by being a mentor, sponsor, coach and promoter for women across the country. Dr. Hunt created and facilitates a popular and impactful leadership development program, “Unlocking the Authentic Self”, which helps women to build confidence, abandon self-doubt, overcome impostor tendencies, to live more powerful and intentional professional lives. In all of her roles, from Chair, to physician leader, to executive coach, Dr. Hunt finds great joy in teaching people practical tools, skills, and strategies for personal empowerment and growth.

Ondřej Hes, M.D., Ph.D.


Professor, Department of Pathology,
Head of Laboratory of Special Diagnostics
Charles University Hospital
Prague, CZ

• 1993 graduation M.D., general medicine, Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Charles University, CZ
• 1996 Board Certificate in Pathology 1st degree
• 1999 Board Certificate in Pathology 2nd degree
• (both certificate at Institute for Post Graduate Training of Physicians and Pharmacists in Prague, CZ)
• 2001 Graduation Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Charles University, CZ
• 2003 Associated Professor of Pathology, Charles University, Prague, CZ
• 2009 Professor of Pathology, Charles University, Prague, CZ
Present appointment
Head of Laboratory of Special Diagnostics and full professor, Department of Pathology, Charles University Hospital Pilsen, CZ

377 papers according Medline (October 2020)

Professional interests:
• GU pathology, particularly renal tumors. Among renal tumors, odd lesions, super-rare and challenging cases are highly appreciated.
• Already evaluated more than 25 000 renal lesions- (archives around the world, institutional and consult cases).

Sigurd F. Lax, MD, PHD


Professor of Pathology, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Head, Department of Pathology, Hospital Graz II
Academic Teaching Hospital of the Medical University Graz

Professional data:
1.10.1979 – 30.1.1987: University of Graz, School of Medicine, Dr. med. univ.
1.2.1987 - 31.01.1993: Residency in Pathology, Dept. of Pathology, Univ. of Graz, Board certified for Pathology incl. Cytopathology and Human Genetics (2000)
1.10.1995 - 30.11.1997: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Pathology Johns Hopkins University (Medical Institutions), Baltimore, MD (USA)
20.1.1999: Habilitation (Venia legendi and facultas docendi) for Pathology, Univ. Graz
1.3.1999 – 31.10.2004: Associate Professor (tenured position), University of Graz
1.8. 2002 until date: Head, Department of Pathology, Hospital Graz II
2008: University Professor
2013-14: President, Austrian Society of Pathology/Austrian IAP Division
2015-17: President, German IAP Division
Since 2018: Vice President for Europe, IAP
Since 1.3. 2019: Professor of Pathology, Johannes Kepler University Linz, School of Medicine

Scientific Work:
Approx. 170 scientific articles acc. to PubMed (343 incl. review articles, letters and proceedings acc. to Google Scholar); approx. 8400 citations; H-index 44 (acc. to Google Scholar); Approx. 25 book chapters.

Editorial Board Standing Member 5th edition WHO blue books
Senior Editorial Consultant Virchows Archiv
Member of Editorial Boards: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology; Pathobiology; Der Pathologe; European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology; Acta medicobiotechnica

Medical Teaching: Johannes Kepler University Linz, School of Medicine; Medical University Graz; University of Maribor/Slovenia
Postgraduate teaching: lectures, seminars and tutorials at national and international meetings

Membership (incl. current functions) of national and international scientific associations:
ESP; Austrian Society of Pathology and Austrian IAP Division (board member); German Division of IAP; German Society of Pathology; International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (board member); UEMS Section Pathology; International Academy of Cytology; USCAP; Endocrine Pathology Society; Austrian Societies of Surgery, of Gynecology and Obstetrics and of Gastroenterology; European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)

Marc Ladanyi, MD


Attending Pathologist and Chief of the Molecular Diagnostics Service,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Dr. Marc Ladanyi (MD) is Attending Pathologist and Chief of the Molecular Diagnostics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. As Chief of Molecular Diagnostics Service at MSKCC, he oversees large scale prospective clinical genotyping efforts based on a variety of next-generation sequencing technologies which is part of a center-wide precision medicine strategy. His research laboratory studies the genomics and therapeutic targets of lung adenocarcinoma, mesothelioma, and several types of sarcoma. He also holds the William J. Ruane endowed chair in Molecular Oncology at MSKCC. Formerly a Montrealer, Dr. Ladanyi received his medical degree from McGill University in 1984, began his pathology training there, and completed it at MSKCC.

Glenn McCluggage, FRCPath


Honorary Professor in Gynaecological Pathology,
Queen’s University
Consultant Histopathologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

I am a consultant Histopathologist in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast and an Honorary Professor in Gynaecological Pathology of Queen’s University of Belfast. I have published approximately 550 papers in peer reviewed journals, including original publications and many invited editorials and reviews. I am on the Editorial Board of several major pathology journals (Modern Pathology, Human Pathology, Advances in Anatomic Pathology, International Journal of Gynecological Pathology), a member of the International Advisory Board of Journal of Clinical Pathology and associate editor of Histopathology. I am past President of International Society of Gynecological Pathologists and was previously secretary of this society. Previously I was President of the British Association of Gynaecological Pathologists. I am on the council of European Society of Pathology. I have an extremely busy referral practice and receive numerous consultation cases from all over the world. I have been invited to lecture at numerous national and international meetings. I have authored or coauthored the various Royal College of Pathologists datasets in United Kingdom on reporting of gynaecological malignancies and have chaired the ICCR (International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting) panels developing international guidelines for reporting endometrial, ovarian and cervical carcinomas and will be chair of the upcoming vulval carcinoma dataset. I am also the ICCR series champion for gynaecological neoplasms. I have been part of the last three World Health Organization (WHO) groups formulating the classification of Tumours of the Female Genital Tract and am one of the editors on the latest 2020 WHO Classification.

Peter Sadow, MD, PhD


Director, Head and Neck Pathology
Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MS

Dr. Sadow, Director of Head and Neck Pathology, is also a subspecialist in Genitourinary Pathology and a consultant in Endocrine Pathology, a subspecialty with many homes by organ system. He returned to MGH almost two decades after getting his first taste of research at MGH as a summer student while an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sadow's first project (and publication) involved the effects of thyroid hormone on tissue remodeling and wound repair. It was a desire to advance our knowledge of human disease that drove Dr. Sadow to pursue a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Chicago rather than pursuing his other academic passion of Egyptian art and archaeology, having studied Egyptology along with biology as an undergraduate. He has maintained his archaeological interests, even as a pathologist at MGH, and he was in Egypt with a Johns Hopkins excavation team during the Arab Spring in January of 2011.

Dr. Sadow's doctoral thesis at the University of Chicago utilized transgenic mouse models with altered thyroid hormone response genes in order to understand and advance our knowledge of the effects of thyroid hormone on human physiology.

This desire to understand the pathophysiology of endocrine dysfunction led Dr. Sadow to pursue clinical training in Anatomic Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he was born, followed by subspecialty training in Endocrine, Genitourinary, and Head & Neck Pathology.

His clinical and research interests have continued in endocrine pathology, studying the mechanisms of endocrine carcinogenesis through translational studies involving the proteomics and genomics of endocrine neoplasia, primarily of the thyroid & adrenal glands.

In addition to his clinical & research interests, Dr. Sadow has a prominent teaching roles in the hospital, medical school, and in continuing medical education courses.



Professor of Pathology, Medical Faculty in Plzen,
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

1979 Graduated from Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Plzen, Czech Republic- M.D. degree, General Medicine
1982 Board Certificate in Pathology 1st degree
1989 Board Certificate in Pathology 2nd degree
(both certificates at the Institute for Post Graduate Training of Physicians and Pharmacists in Prague, Czech Republic)
1991 Scientific degree CSc (Ph.D.) thesis entitled "The role of myoepithelial cells in secretion and deposition of extracellular matrix in salivary gland tumors."
1994 Docent of Pathology (Associate Professor of Pathology) at the Medical Faculty of Charles University in Plzen - thesis entitled "Cell proliferation in salivary glands and in tumors of salivary gland origin."
2001 Professor of Pathology, Charles University

1979-1994 Department of Pathology, Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Plzen - position of Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Pathology
2001- Department of Pathology, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Plzen - position of Professor of Pathology
1979-1995 Pathologist and Professor at Medical Faculty Hospital, Plzen
1995- Chairman and Pathologist Consultant at Private Bioptic Laboratory, Plzen

The most important professional experiences
1991: Scholarship at the Department of Pathology of University of Helsinki (grant awarded by Finnish Ministry of Education) - 5-months
1993: Scholarship at the Depatment of Pathology of University of Helsinki (Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grant- awarded by International Union Againts Cancer UICC in Geneva ) 6-months
1996: Study grant from UICC (International Union against Cancer) 2-months

Scientific Awards and Medical Council Registrations
1997 Hlava Award for the best scientific paper in pathology from Czech Society of Pathology (CSP)
2009 Hlava Award for the best original scientific paper in pathology (CSP)
2010 Hlava Award for excellent original paper in pathology (CSP)
2011 Hlava Award for outstanding scientific paper in pathology (CSP)
1995 Member of Czech and Slovac Division of International Academy of Pathology
1995 Member of European Society of Pathology and Member of Working Group of Head and Neck Pathologists of European Society of Pathology (ESP)
1997-2005 Member of Committee of Czech Society of Pathology
2009-2011 President of Working Group of Head and Neck Pathology, European Society of Pathology