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 35 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) course director.

Dr. Ionescu is an enthusiastic advocate of pathologists participating in numerous patient education forums, TV shows, advocacy campaigns, being an Medical Advisor for Lung Cancer Canada and in 2015 appeared before the House of Commons Committee on Health.

Andrew Churg, MD, PhD

Speaker

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

Ondřej Hes, M.D., Ph.D.

Speaker

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

Education
• 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

Publications
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).

Alena SKÁLOVÁ, PhD, MD

Speaker

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

Education
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

Employment
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