CAP-ACP 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

CAP-ACP 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

Diving Deep

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The CAP-ACP Scientific Planning Committee has an exciting line up of educational sessions relevant to pathology practice across Canada.  The diverse and high quality events will showcase new advances and current trends with content for all learners to apply into their daily practice. The Local Organizing Committee have prepared a fantastic social event program, in the picturesque city, where members will have ample time to relax and network with colleagues across the country.

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The CAP-ACP is thrilled to be hosting the in-person 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting in wonderful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Join us for "Diving Deep", where we'll dive into several subspecialty of pathology during our in-depth sessions. The CAP-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to meet practice challenges head-on with insights and tools from leaders in pathology, while networking and collaborating with colleagues and industry partners.*

This year marks a continuation in restructuring the delivery of our education to both in-person and virtual attendees. We look forward to hearing from you, our valued members, on how we can continue to improve our portfolio while remaining fiscally responsible and education focused.

* Expect to see intriguing abstracts, a robust exhibit hall, exciting social events and more as we celebrate this long-awaited reunion.


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 9.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

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CAP-ACP Resident Summit

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Breakfast Symposium with Roche


Opening Remarks - all


Refreshment Break w/ Industry Partners


Lunch w/ Industry Partners


Refreshment Break w/ Industry Partners


Genitourinary Pathology Program

Interesting case session

Alexander Keither's Brewery Bash

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Opening Remarks - all


Refreshment Break


Head & Neck Pathology Program

Interesting Cases

Gastrointestinal Pathology Program

Interesting Cases

Dr. Mahul Amin

Dr. Mahul Amin is an internationally recognized Urologic and Oncologic pathologist, researcher, and educator who has served as laboratory medical director and Chairman of Pathology at major academic departments. Dr Amin is the coauthor of 12 medical books, 430 papers and travels worldwide delivering over 450 lectureships in 31 countries. He has had the distinction of leading the effort for uniform pathology cancer reporting across US as Chair of the Cancer committee, authored two AFIP Pathology fascicles, participated over two decades in 3 editions of the WHO classifications on Urologic tumors, in being the first pathologist to be the Editor in Chief of the AJCC TNM staging system which is used worldwide as the authority to drive uniform cancer classification and care. Besides maintaining an active academic career, In addition to his academic appointments, Dr Amin works for industry as Divisional Medical Officer for laboratories and hospital systems in 17 states across the US.

Dr. Tom Arnason

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Arnason is originally from Ottawa, ON and graduated from the MD program at the University of Ottawa in 2007. He graduated from residency training in Anatomical Pathology at Dalhousie (Halifax, NS) in 2012 and did fellowship training in gastrointestinal pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard University (Boston, MA) in 2013. He has been practicing at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax since 2013, predominantly in clinical GI pathology practice. He has an interest in medical school education in pathology. He is a four-time winner of the Dalhousie Medical School "Professor of the Year" award and was recently recognized with the 2023 Canadian Association of Medical Educators Certificate of Merit Award.

Ms. Cassie Buick

Cassie fell head-over-heels in love with pathology after finding an incidental tumour in a sheep's eye in her grade 8 biology class. For the last 20 years, she has been making her 13 year-old self proud by working in both surgical and autopsy pathology. Cassie's PA journey has taken her from Vancouver to New Brunswick where she has taken on a provincial pathology leadership and training role; she strives to promote a positive learning environment where PAs, residents and students can thrive. Cassie is currently the Director of the Exam Committee for the CCCPA-CCCAP.

Dr. James Conner

Dr. James Conner is a gastrointestinal pathologist practicing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON. His research and clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, and gastric cancer. Dr. Conner completed anatomic pathology residency and fellowships in gastrointestinal pathology and cytopathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Michelle Downes

Dr. Downes graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical school and undertook training in surgery followed by a research fellowship in prostate cancer. She did her AP residency in Dublin, Ireland followed by a clinical fellowship in GU pathology at the University Health Network, Toronto. She is Director of GU pathology, Division Head of Anatomic Pathology and Research Director for the Precision Diagnostics and Therapeutics Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Dr Downes is Secretary of the International Society of Urological Pathology, dataset author for the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting Urothelial datasets and member of the Board of Directors for the CAP-ACP. She is actively engaged in teaching at the national and international level. Her research interests are in prognostic and predictive biomarkers in prostate and bladder cancer.

Mr. Bill Gorday

I am the Program Director for the University of Calgary Pathologists' Assistant program and the instructor of record for many courses within the program. I have been a PA for over two decades in Calgary, Alberta and I am passionate about the PA profession and the education of PAs.

Ms. Katie Greenall

Kathryn Greenall has a bachelors degree in Forensic Science from Trent University, and a Masters degree in Pathology from the University of Western Ontario. She has been a working as Pathologists' Assistant for 12 years and is currently active at Sunnybrook Heath Sciences Center in Toronto, Ontario. She has a passion for the advocacy and continuing education for the profession of PAs, and hopes to never stop learning.

Dr. Sara Hafezi-Bakhtiari

Dr. Sara Hafezi Bakhtiari is a consultant gastrointestinal/ Pancreas pathologist at the department of Laboratory medicine at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, and an assistant professor of pathology at Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Program, University of Toronto School of Medicine as well as a member or Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada and a member of American Board of pathology. She is involved in educational activities as a member of pathology residency training committee, didactic course planning and teaching for pathology residents, medical and dentistry students at U of T. Her areas of interest include biobanking, digital pathology and AI as well as translational research in study of biomarkers in pre/malignant lesions of gastrointestinal tract. She is currently the physician lead for digital pathology and director of biobank at Lakeridge Health Oshawa as well faculty lead for anatomical pathology in CCQI program.

Ms. Cassie Hillock-Watling

I am currently a CCCPA certified PA at the University Health Network in Toronto. I graduated from the UofT PA program in 2023, so I am relatively new to the field! I also have a Master's Degree in medical illustration, which I like to incorporate into my practice.

Dr. Jason Hornick

Jason Hornick is the Director of Surgical Pathology and Immunohistochemistry and Chief of Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and the Mass General Brigham Endowed Chair in Pathology. He is President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society and President-Elect of the USCAP. Dr. Hornick is the Editor-in-Chief of the 5th series of the AFIP Atlases of Tumor and Non-tumor Pathology; an Associate Editor for Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology; a Regional Editor for Histopathology; and the Consulting Editor for Surgical Pathology Clinics. He served on the expert editorial boards for the 4th and 5th editions of the WHO Classification of Tumors of Soft Tissue and Bone and previously chaired the CAP Immunohistochemistry Committee. Dr. Hornick has published over 500 original papers, review articles, and book chapters and edits the textbook Practical Soft Tissue Pathology. He sings and plays keyboards for a rock band.

Dr. Martin Hyrcza

Dr Hyrcza is a pathologist and a molecular biologist. He has completed a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto, after which he trained in anatomical pathology at the University of British Columbia. He then finished a combined Head and Neck / Endocrine Pathology Fellowship in Toronto. He is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and is currently a consultant pathologist in Head and Neck, Ophthalmic, & Endocrine Pathology at the Foothills Medical Center and Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary. Dr Hyrcza's research interest include molecular pathology of salivary and lacrimal gland tumours and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Dr Hyrcza is an editor on the fifth edition of the WHO Classification of the Head and Neck Tumours.

Dr. Ipshita Kak

Dr. Kak is a graduate of the McMaster Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology (DCP) Program. She received the prestigious OICR transformative Pathology award during her final year of residency (2016). She completed gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at University of Toronto and then joined St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (2018). She serves as the Education Section Chair as well as a member of the Virtual Education Series Planning Committee of CAP-ACP. She is currently the Program Director for the McMaster DCP Program as well as the Co-Chair of the McMaster Pathology and Molecular Medicine EDI-IR Committee. She also served as the Digital Pathology Section Lead for the most recent update of the Standards2Quality guidelines. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Society for Clinical Pathology Top 40 under 40, Teaching Excellence Award for University of Toronto MD Program and McMaster Pathology and Molecular Medicine inaugural Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Yen Chen Kevin Ko

Dr. Ko is a dual-degree pathologist. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia and his medical degree from Columbia University. He then went on to complete a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at New-York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Stanford University, and a fellowship in Dermatopathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He holds active dental and medical licenses in the United States and British Columbia. Dr. Ko is board-certified in anatomic pathology, dermatopathology, and oral and maxillofacial pathology. He is currently a full-time consultant pathologist at Vancouver General Hospital. His interest is in the classification and study of disorders related to the oral cavity and holds a special interest in inflammatory and neoplastic conditions of the skin and head and neck.

Dr. Konstantin Koro

Dr. Konstantin Koro is a practicing pathologist at the University of Calgary in Alberta. He completed his fellowship training in Gastrointestinal Pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Koro's academic practice includes gastrointestinal, hepatic, and endocrine pathology. He has a particular interest in medical education, specializing in the development of innovative methodologies for pathology education. His work involves integrating 3D modelling and simulation techniques into training curricula designed for medical students, residents, and pathology assistants.

Ms. Emily Kyle

Emily Kyle completed her Bachelor of Medical Science, Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy, and the Pathologists' Assistant program at Western University, and she has been a PA at Peterborough Regional Health Centre since she graduated in 2018, and is board certified with the ASCP and the CCCPA. During this time, she also completed two part time temporary contracts at Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and continues to work casual hours as a PA at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She is a member of the CCCPA exam committee and the education committee, and is passionate about teaching anatomy and pathology whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, ballet, and playing competitive ultimate frisbee, travelling across the country to participate in tournaments.

Ms. Danielle Lee Davis

Danielle Lee Davis has been a national leader for PAs in Canada for over a decade and now has retired from benchwork to teach grossing staff and to write SOPs and other procedures and processes across Canada.

Dr. Jennifer Merrimen

Dr Merrimen completed her Anatomical Pathology residency in 2007 at Dalhousie University and completed a Urologic Pathology fellowship with at McMaster University with Dr John Srigley. She is an Associate professor in the Depts of Pathology and Urology at Dalhousie University and practices cytopathology and surgical pathology at the QE2 Sciences Medical Centre in Halifax, NS.

Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth Montgomery, MD trained at Walter Army Medical Center in Pathology. She is currently Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair, Academic Development, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

She has published numerous articles and books on gastrointestinal and soft tissue pathology and has trained numerous fellows in these disciplines. Dr. Montgomery was formerly a Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Division Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology. She is the Editor in Chief of Innovative Science Press.

She continues to be a highly sought speaker worldwide.

Dr. Ngoc-Nhu Jennifer Nguyen

Dr. Ngoc-Nhu Jennifer Nguyen is an incoming PGY4 in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Toronto with a special interest in Genitourinary Pathology and has completed many electives in this subspecialty. She is passionate about research in Genitourinary Pathology -she has recent publications in the field, and presented platforms and posters at conferences including USCAP and the European Congress of Pathology, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Downes from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Stephanie Reid

Dr. Stephanie Reid completed medical school and Anatomical Pathology training at Memorial University in Newfoundland. She subsequently completed a gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital (University of Toronto) and Master of Science in Health Science Education (McMaster University). Dr. Reid works at the Health Sciences Centre in St. Johns, NL and as an Assistant Professor at Memorial University. She is heavily involved in curriculum planning and assessment in the medical school and holds multiple educational leadership roles. Her medical education research interests include interdisciplinary medical education, assessment validation, and multimedia curriculum development. Dr. Reid is involved in research on hereditary gastrointestinal cancers prevalent in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently a member at large of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Pathology Section of the CAP-ACP.

Dr. Robert Riddell

Robert (Bob) Riddell graduated from the University of London (UK) a long time ago, and also trained in GI Pathology in London. He moved to the University of Chicago for what should have been 2 years, but stayed for 10 before moving to McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. He moved to Mount Sinai, Toronto in 2001 and has been there since. Bob enjoys teaching and discussing GI pathology with anyone that will listen, and has been part of GI pathology fellowship training programs for 30+ years. He has over 300 publications and a few books. He has several awards for teaching including from the University of Toronto, and the Harvey Goldman award from the GI Pathology Society (GIPS), and also has an honorary doctorate.

Dr. Rola Saleeb

Dr. Saleeb is a Genitourinary Pathology site lead and the medical director of Immunohistochemistry at St. Michael's Hospital/Unity Health Toronto. She is a Clinician Scientist at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the Keenan Research centre; and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Saleeb's research lab works on studying renal cell carcinoma and on establishing novel molecular platforms. Dr. Saleeb had her medical degree from Cairo University, Anatomical Pathology and PhD training from the University of Toronto. Saleeb received the 2022 "Junior Scientist Award" from the Canadian Association of Pathologists. Dr. Saleeb has participated in renal cell carcinoma guideline articles and updates from the Genitourinary Pathology Society, the WHO "Urinary and Male Genital Tumours, 5th edition" book and is on the authorizing committee for the International collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) kidney dataset.

Dr. Heidi Sapp

Dr. Heidi Sapp was raised in Valley, just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia. She earned her undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. At Dalhousie University, she graduated from medical school and completed a residency in Anatomical Pathology. She continued her training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts where she completed two years of fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Gastrointestinal Pathology. In 2002, Dr. Sapp returned to Dalhousie University where she specializes in Gastrointestinal, Liver and Pancreatic Pathology. She is a former program director for the Anatomical Pathology residency program at Dalhousie and a former member of the Royal College Anatomical Pathology Examination committee. Presently, she is the vice chair of the Royal College Anatomical Pathology Specialty committee. Heidi is married to Dr. John Sapp, a cardiac electrophysiologist, and they have four wonderful children.

Dr. David Schaeffer

Dr. Schaeffer is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia and the Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 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 the co-director of Pancreas Centre BC and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Chair at Vancouver General Hospital. He has an active research program focusing predominately on translational research in colonic and pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Sameer Shivji

Sameer Shivji is a board-certified surgical pathologist specializing in Gastrointestinal Pathology. He completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Toronto, which was followed by a fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology based at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Riddell. He currently practices as a staff surgical pathologist at William Osler Health System, specializing in GI pathology. His research interests include identification of novel diagnostic markers in colorectal cancer, application of digital pathology and artificial intelligence to surgical pathology practice, and medical education. Dr. Shivji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (AP).

Dr. Alena Skálová

Dr. Alena Skalova, PhD is Professor of Pathology at Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Plzen, and Director of Head and Neck Pathology Consult Practice at Biopticka laboratory in Plzen, Czech Republic. She is an expert in the surgical pathology diagnosis of head and neck diseases. She has published more than 280 articles, 20 book chapters in numerous pathology textbooks, and co-authored a textbook on Pathology of the salivary glands. She is a great promotor of inter-institutional collaboration and gives numerous lectures and seminars virtually all over the world. Dr. Skalova has contributed with numerous sections in the 2005 and 2017 Head and Neck WHO books and is the responsible editor for the salivary gland chapter in the upcoming 5th edition of WHO Classification of Head and Neck tumours. In 2010 she and collaborators described a new salivary tumor entity, named secretory carcinoma. She is a member of the editorial boards of Am J Surg Pathol, Virchows Archiv, and Hum Pathol.

Dr. Stephanie Snow

Dr. Stephanie Snow is a staff Medical Oncologist at the QEII hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, treating thoracic and GI malignancies. After pursuing undergraduate training at McGill, she completed her training at Dalhousie, where she is now a full professor in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Snow has a strong interest in Medical Education and is Vice Chair of the Royal College Medical Oncology Examination Board. From a research perspective she is involved in clinical research, is Associate Editor of the peer reviewed journal Current Oncology and has been widely published in prominent journals. Finally, Dr. Snow is active in patient advocacy, serving as the current President of Lung Cancer Canada, and sits on the medical advisory committees of several other patient advocacy groups in colorectal and gastric cancer.

Dr. Geneviève Soucy

Dr Soucy is a pathologist and associate professor at the Université de Montréal. She has been practicing gastrointestinal, pancreatic-biliary, and hepatic pathology for 15 years at the CHUM, University of Montreal's teaching hospital. She actively participates in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and contributes regularly to various conferences for both patients and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Theodorus Vander Kwast

Full professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands since 1994 and from 2004 at the University of Toronto. Main professional interests are in prostate and bladder cancer, involved in several large clinical trials such as the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer and lead pathologist of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Consortium. I (co-)authored more than 600 publications and my main discoveries were the identification of persistent androgen receptor expression in hormone therapy-resistant prostate cancer, involvement in the demonstration of the FGFR-3 mutation in bladder cancer and the independent prognostic impact of cribriform and intraductal prostate cancer. As President of the International Society of Urological Pathology I organized several international consensus conferences, including the 2019 ISUP Consensus Conference on prostate cancer grading. Further, I served for 13 years on the prostate cancer guideline panel of the EAU.

Dr. Cheng Wang

I am a Diagnostic and Clinical pathologist and an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dalhousie University. I also hold a cross-appointment in the Department of Urology at Dalhousie University. I am passionate about residency training, and I am currently the DCP program director. My specialty areas include genitourinary pathology and cytopathology. I was appointed as the Cytopathology section head in 2023 at the Nova Scotia Health Central Zone.

Dr. Gang Wang

Dr. Wang is a distinguished surgical pathologist specializing in genitourinary pathology. He earned his MD from Tongji Medical University and completed his Ph.D. and Anatomic Pathology residency at UBC. Following a fellowship in GU Pathology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Wang commenced his role as a consultant pathologist at BC Cancer in 2017. Currently, he serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC, heads the Department of BC Cancer Pathology, and leads as the principal pathologist of BC Cancer GU BioBank.

Recognized as a prominent clinician-scientist and academic pathologist, Dr. Wang boasts an impressive publication record, with over 60 peer-reviewed original articles featured in esteemed journals such as Nature Communications and the American Journal of Surgical Pathology. Additionally, he has contributed to two book chapters, been invited as a speaker for various conferences, and received numerous awards from UBC Health, Faculty of Medicine, and Pathology department.

Dr. Jason Wasserman

Jason Wasserman is a Pathologist at the Ottawa Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He completed both medical school and residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Ottawa followed by a fellowship in Head and Neck Pathology at the University of Toronto under the mentorship of Dr. Ilan Weinreb. In 2018, Dr. Wasserman created the educational website to help patients read and understand their pathology reports. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Anne-Marie and their three boys Jonathan, Nicolas, and Alexandre.

Dr. Asli Yilmaz

Dr. Yilmaz She has completed her Anatomic Pathology residency training at The Ohio University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Yilmaz completed her subspeciality training with a year on Oncological Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Her career focus became Genitourinary tumors after an additional training under the mentorship of Dr. Victor Reuter. She is an Associate Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Her research focus is testicular cancer, her publications are focused on the prognostic predictors of metastasis in germ cell tumors of the testis. She is a contributing author on the testis chapters of the current of the WHO book for the Urinary and Male Genital Tumors. Dr. Yilmaz has given lectures, courses, slide seminars, and workshops nationally and internationally and is involved in establishing guidelines and practice standards in testicular cancer with several national and international organizations, expert panels and committees.