Diana N. Ionescu

Conference Chair

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

Abbas Agaimy


Abbas Agaimy, M.D.
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute of Pathology,
Friedrich - Alexander University Erlangen - Nuremberg, University Hospital
Erlangen, Germany

Education and Qualifications:
1987‐1994 Study of medicine (M.B.B.S.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
1997‐2004 Residencies in Histopathology, Clinic Centers of Nuremberg, Amberg, & Berlin‐Buch, Germany
03/2004 Board certification in anatomic pathology “(Facharzt für Pathologie), Bavarian Medical Council, Munich, Germany
2004‐2008 Senior Histopathologist (Oberarzt) and supervisor of the Immunohistochemistry Lab, Institute of Pathology, Klinikum Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany.
11/2006 Doctorate thesis (Dr. med.) with “summa cum laude”, University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany.
Thesis: “Minute Sclerosing Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST tumourlets) of the Proximal Stomach: Potential Precursors of Clinical GIST “. Published in “Am J Surg Pathol 2007;31:113‐120“.
04/2008 Habilitation (Postdoctoral Thesis) in “Pathology”, University of Regensburg, Germany.
Thesis (Habilitationsschrift): “Pathomorphological and molecular genetic studies on gastrointestinal stromal tumors and their preclinical precursor lesions”.
09/2008 Lecturer (Privatdozent) in Pathology, University of Erlangen, Germany
06/2008 ‐ 03/2010 Senior histopathologist and lecturer, University of Erlangen
04/2010 ‐ Now Deputy Director, Institute of Pathology, University of Erlangen
10/2012 Professor of Pathology, University of Erlangen

Pierre-Olivier Fiset


Pierre-Olivier Fiset, MDCM, PhD, FRCPC
Anatomical Pathologist
McGill University Health Centre Glen Site
Montreal, QC

Pierre-Olivier Fiset MDCM, PhD, FRCPC is an Anatomical Pathologist practicing at the McGill University Health Centre Glen site since 2016. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr Qutayba Hamid at the Meakins-Christie Institute. He is a medical graduate from McGill University (2010) and completed his residency in Anatomical Pathology (2015) also at McGill University. He completed his fellowship in Thoracic Pathology (2016) in the University of Toronto Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology program under the supervision of Dr David Hwang and Dr Ming-Sound Tsao. His practice consists of Thoracic Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Medical Renal Pathology and Biomarker and Molecular Pathology. He participates in numerous research endeavours and has acted as an expert consultant in each of these respective fields. His current interests include practical implementation of computer vision and artificial intelligence into clinical workflows.

Marius Ilié


Marius Ilié, PU-PH
Professor of Pathology, Nice Medical School
Côte d’Azur University
Surgical Pathologist, Clinical and Experimental Pathology Laboratory
Nice University Hospital
Nice, France

Marius Ilié is Professor of Pathology at the Nice Medical School, Côte d’Azur University and Surgical Pathologist at the Clinical and Experimental Pathology Laboratory, Nice University Hospital. He has special interest in thoracic pathology, melanoma and thyroid cancer, molecular pathology. He has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Liquid biopsy Unit, as well as management of several projects with industry partners within the Biobank. He has a longstanding interest and expertise in the area of prognostic and predictive biomarkers in thoracic oncology as well as in Biobanking. He has contributed to several publications in the field of biomedical research and biorepository science. He is also dedicated to teaching as Deputy Director of the MSc “Biobanks and Complex Data Management” and Director of the Research Master “Oncology and Translational Research” at the Côte d’Azur University.

Marilyn Kinloch


Marilyn Kinloch, MD, FRCPC
Gynecologic Pathologist
Division Head, Anatomic Pathology, Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Kinloch is a practicing gynecologic pathologist and division head of Anatomic Pathology in Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory, homeland of the Metis.

Her research is primarily on the molecular classification of endometrial carcinoma and quality improvement and standardization work within anatomic pathology including tissue preservation in lung biomarker assessment in patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma.

Locally, she sits as the co-chairs for anatomic pathology in the province, provincial Biomarker Quality Assurance and Development Committee and provincial Cervical Cancer Screening task force. She is also vice president for the Saskatoon Regional Medical Association, and volunteer chair for the Women Leading Philanthropy campaign for the Royal University Hospital Foundation. Her work nationally is through her role on the executive of both the Special Interest Group for Gynecologic Pathology and as a board member for the Canadian Association of Pathologists. Internationally she is a member of the education committee for the International Association of Pathology.

Most recently she is the pathology lead for CCTG’s clinical trial, EN.10, in endometrial cancer which will require molecular classification of a patient’s endometrial cancer for patient enrollment and trial arm determination.

Teri A Longacre


Teri A Longacre, MD
Richard Kempson Endowed Professor of Surgical Pathology
Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology
Director, Gynecologic Pathology
Stanford Medicine & Stanford Cancer Center
Stratford, USA

Dr. Teri Longacre is the inaugural endowed Richard L Kempson Professor of Surgical Pathology, Director of Gynecologic Pathology and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology at Stanford University. She has established a clinical research program that is focused on gynecologic and gastrointestinal pathology with an emphasis on diagnosis and screening of hereditary gynecologic and gastrointestinal cancer syndromes. She was a member of the 2013 consensus meeting in Lyon, France and the editorial working group for the WHO Classification of Tumors of the Female Genital Tract and expert editor for the 2019 new edition of the WHO Classification of Tumors of the Female Genital Tract in Lyon. She has published extensively in national and international journals, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and invited monographs in gynecologic and gastrointestinal pathology. She is co-author of a textbook on the Uterine Corpus and Cervix. She serves on a number of editorial boards, including the American Journal of Surgical Pathology and International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology and is the new Chief Editor for Sternberg’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology. She has extensive national and international teaching experience in gynecologic and gastrointestinal pathology.

Gabriela Gheorghe


Gabriela Gheorghe, MD
Associate Member
Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN, USA

Embracing new opportunities in my educational life, travels around the world, and professional career has benefited my personal growth and so Is very important to me. When I found out about an opening for a hematopathology faculty position at Saint Jude Research Hospital, I knew it was a great opportunity. Two months later and after visiting Saint Jude twice I am convinced that the position is a perfect match.

I am a graduate of Victor Babes Medical School Timisoara, Romania. A few years after finishing Medical School, I was the recipient of a French Government scholarship (Diplôme Interuniversitaire de Spécialité-DIS) to study Internal Medicine at Saint Antoine University in Paris, France. The experience of working in the Hematology/Oncology Department at Hotel Dieu Hospital definitely influenced my choice for a career in hematopathology.

I moved to the USA in 1998 and completed a pathology residency at the University of Colorado, a fellowship in Hematopathology at Indiana University, and a fellowship in Pediatric Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During my training I had the chance to work with outstanding mentors and role models Attilo Orazi and Ronald Jaffe. What made my work really rewarding, even as a trainee, was the interaction with clinical providers, particularly the Hematology/Oncology teams.

My area of expertise focuses on the pathologic characterization of hematopoietic entities in pediatric patients, including pediatric leukemias, lymphomas and histiocytic lesions. In addition, I am interested in detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) by flow cytometry. Through my active involvement in interdisciplinary tumor conferences and research activities I became a key member and collaborator within the hematology/oncology programs.

My passion for teaching and sharing my knowledge made me an asset for pathology resident and fellow teaching programs at Children's Hospital Wisconsin and Minnesota Children's.

I am strongly interested in participating in clinical and translational research. The topic of my publications is related to pediatric hematopathology. I presented my work at various national and international venues and am looking forward to becoming even more involved in the future. In the last few years I became a key partner at two annual Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation meetings with international participation in my home country. My desire to give back to the community where I grew up inspired me to help organize and present at these meetings.

Expertise is a responsibility. I worked hard to develop an expertise in pediatric hematopathology. As a former clinician, I know how critically important it is to have a strong, dependable, timely and efficient Hematopathology Program that would continue building its national and international recognition. I respect your institution outstanding reputation for excellence and commitment to career development. I am looking forward to be part of the outstanding group of pathologists and clinicians at Saint. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I am delighted to share my expertise and passion for the field of pediatric hematopathology.

David Schaeffer


David Schaeffer, MD, FRCPC
Associate professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
Head, Division of Anatomic Pathology
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Schaeffer is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia and the Head of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where he practices as a gastrointestinal pathologist. Dr. Schaeffer obtained his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. After a residency program in Anatomical Pathology in Vancouver he completed his gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Schaeffer is a co-director of Pancreas Centre BC and also heads the Gastrointestinal Biobank (GIBB) at VGH. He has an active research program focusing predominately on translational research in colonic and pancreatic cancer.

Zu-Hua Gao, MD, PhD, FRCPC


Zu-Hua Gao
Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Zu-hua Gao obtained his Medical degree from Qingdao Medical College, Master degree from Harbin Medical University, and PhD degree from Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Gao received his post-doctoral fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, pathology residency training at Dalhousie University, and subspecialty pathology fellowship at the University of Chicago. As a surgical pathologist, Dr. Gao’s clinical expertise is gastrointestinal and liver pathology. As an educator, Dr. Gao teaches undergraduate medical students pathology courses, supervises graduate students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Gao has written three textbooks: The Clinical Skills Review for medical students (3 editions), the Pathology Review and Practice Guide book for pathology residents (2 editions, translated into 4 languages) and Gross Morphology of Common Diseases. As a research scientist, Dr. Gao research interest is on transplantation immunology and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Gao received many awards including the Junior Scientist Award at CAP-ACP, the Dalhousie Medical Foundation award, the McGill University Health Center Foundation award, etc. As an administrator, Dr. Gao has been the Chair and Chief of the Department of Pathology at McGill University between 2012-2021. Since 2019, Dr. Gao has been the President of Canadian Chairs of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Gao became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London UK). In 2019, Dr. Gao became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Starting November 2021, Dr. Gao became the Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.