CAP-ACP 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

CAP-ACP 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Focused on the Future

Start Date :
End Date :
Reg. Deadline : July 10, 2023 00:00
Venue :
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau St,
Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Location Change!

Please make note of some last minute changes to our venue location.

The new location is the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario.

Registration Deadline Expired on Jul 10, 2023

RSS ***Notice – VENUE CHANGE*** | CAP-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting July 2023

It has been a while! The CAP-ACP is thrilled to be hosting the in-person 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting in beautiful Gatineau, QC.

Much has changed since we were last together therefore it is only fitting that our theme for the 2023 program represent where we are going.  Join us for "Focused on the Future".  

We will Focus on four in-depth subspecialty sessions, designed to meet practice challenges head-on with insights and tools from leaders in pathology, while networking and collaborating with colleagues and industry partners.*

  • Breast Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • General Pathology
  • Essential Skills Program (Pathologists' Assistants & Residents.)

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

The Annual Scientific Meeting in Gatineau is a starting point to restructuring the delivery of our education both in-person and virtual. 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.

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Call for Abstracts

CAP-ACP is eager to see all of the new innovations from our community when we finally reunite in person at the beautiful Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau QC. Please note should you be accepted, registration for the CAP-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting is still required to participate.
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Breast Pathology Program

Opening Remarks
Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room

Essential Skills Symposia - PA & Resident Program

Opening Remarks
Essential Skills Symposia Renaissance Room

General Pathology Program

Opening Remarks
General Pathology Program Laurier Room

Refreshment Break w/ Industry Partners


Lunch w/ Industry Partners


General Pathology Program

All Hematopathologist Panelist Q&A Session

Refreshment Break w/ Industry Partners


Essential Skills Symposia - PA & Resident Program

Case series
Essential Skills Symposia Renaissance Room

Breast Pathology Program

Interesting Cases
Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room

Essential Skills Symposia - PA & Resident Program

Closing Remarks
Essential Skills Symposia Renaissance Room


Adam Room


Adam Room

(Day 3)


Breakfast Sponsored by Hologic

Updates in Cytopathology Reporting - A Case-Based Guide
Laurier Room

Updates in Cytopathology Reporting - A Case-Based Guide

Opening Remarks
Laurier Room

Breast Pathology Program

Opening Remarks
Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room

Refreshment Break


Updates in Cytopathology Reporting - A Case-Based Guide

Updates On Cytopathology Reporting Systems: Thyroid And Salivary Glands (part 2)
Dr. Syed Ali Laurier Room

Lunch Sponsored by Roche

Practical considerations for implementing PRAME IHC testing in your laboratory
Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room

Resident Networking Lunch

Essential Skills Symposia - PA & Resident Program
Essential Skills Symposia Laurier Room

Breast Pathology Program

Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room

Refreshment Break


Breast Pathology Program

Breast Pathology Program Drawing Room


Dr. Syed Ali

Dr. Ali serves as Professor of Pathology and Radiology and Director of Cytopathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Known globally as an innovative educator, Dr. Ali has over 350 invited lectures, keynote speeches and visiting professorships all over the world. Dr. Ali has published extensively with over 315 peer-reviewed articles, over 35 books and book chapters. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology (JASC). He is a past-President of the ASC, President-elect of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) and chair of the International Board of Cytopathology of the IAC. He is recipient of the ASC's "Warren R. Lang Award" in 1996, "President's Award" in 2012, "Excellence in Education Award" in 2015, the IAC's "Maurice Goldblatt Award" in 2019 and Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology's "LC Tao Educator of the Year Award" in 2022.

Dr. Omar Al-Nourhji

Dr. Omar Al-Nourhji is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa and staff Cytopathologist/Anatomical Pathologist at the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA)/the Ottawa Hospital. A graduate of Damascus University Faculty of Medicine, he initially completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southern Illinois University. Following two years of practice in Newfoundland, he returned to pursue additional postgraduate training in the field of Pathology. Dr. Al-Nourhji completed an anatomical pathology/clinical pathology residency at St. Louis University followed by a cytopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2016, he returned to Canada to join the University of Saskatchewan before moving to his current position at the Ottawa Hospital, where he is part of the cytology and gynecologic pathology groups. He additionally serves as chair of the Canadian Society of Cytopathology executive committee

Dr. Arif Ali Awan

Dr. Awan completed his BSc (Biochemistry) and MDCM in 2013 from McGill University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and medical oncology in 2018 from McGill University. He completed a breast cancer fellowship at the University of Ottawa under the guidance of Drs. Mark Clemons and John Hilton. He's currently a medical oncologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa leading breast, molecular oncology and tumor agnostic clinical trial groups. His clinical and research interests include genomics/proteomics, precision oncology and clinical trials.

Dr. Anita Bane

Anita Bane is a staff pathologist at UHN and a consultant breast pathologist. She has an interest in TNBCs and biomarker development and implementation. She also serves as the breast pathology adviser to Ontario Health.

Dr. Penny Barnes

Dr. Penny Barnes received her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She began postgraduate training Internal Medicine at Western University, and then completed Anatomical Pathology residency at Dalhousie University. She pursued subspecialty training in Breast Pathology at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is a Professor in the Department of Pathology at Dalhousie University and staff pathologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her clinical and academic interests include breast pathology, cytopathology, quality assurance for immunohistochemistry and clinical-pathologic correlation research. She is co-chair of the CAP-ACP Annual Residents' Review Course Committee, and a member of the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program Advisory Council and the CAP-ACP Breast Pathology Special Interest Group and National Standards Committee for High Complexity Testing.

Dr. Amy Bromley

Dr. Amy Bromley completed her medical training at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2007, followed by Anatomical Pathology Residency at the University of Calgary. Upon completion in 2012, Dr. Bromley became the group leader for the Adult Medical Autopsy service at the Foothills Medical Centre, which provides services to Southern Alberta. She has additional training in patient safety and quality management, and is involved in mortality quality reviews with clinical departments.

Dr. Bromley is also interested in medical education. She developed the Pathologists' Assistant program at the University of Calgary from 2012-2015, and then became the Co-Program director of the AP program from 2015-2018, followed by CBD Lead for the residency until 2023. She is the Director of Education for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the Director of the Professional Role for the new pre-clerkship undergraduate medical education curriculum at the University of Calgary.

Ms. E. Heidi Cheek-Norgan

Heidi has been a Pathologists' Assistant at Mayo Clinic since 2010 and holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, College of Medicine.

She is heavily involved with expanding the PA scope of practice at Mayo Clinic with microscopy and has aided in the development of a placenta rotation and integration of PAs into a consult review rotation. Her academic accomplishments include authoring and co-authoring scientific papers, authoring a book chapter on gross examination of the liver, providing lectures to pathology residents on grossing and tumor staging guidelines, and lecturing on placental pathology to the audiences in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology-perinatology, and anatomic/clinical pathology. For her efforts she has been honored with ASCP's 40 under 40 in 2017, Mayo Clinic's Allied Health 2019 DLMP Innovation & Leadership in Education award, the Pathologist 2020 Powerlist, and Anatomic Pathology's 2023 Outstanding Educator award.

Dr. Shaheed Hakim

Dr. Shaheed Hakim completed his residency training in Anatomical Pathology, at the University of Ottawa. He then completed a fellowship in surgical pathology with a focus in gastrointestinal pathology at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a staff pathologist at Unity Health Toronto (St. Michael's Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre) where his expertise lies in upper GI and pancreaticobiliary pathology, as well as pancreaticobiliary cytopathology.

Dr. Rebekah Jacques

Rebekah Jacques currently works as a forensic pathologist at the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario and as an investigating coroner with the Office of the Chief Coroner. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University where she teaches on subjects such as trauma, postmortem examinations, and the role of pathologists as expert witnesses. In her career, Rebekah has focused on the ethics of how legal and medical investigations engage with Indigenous peoples, including how information about cause of death can be better shared to support healing. She appointed to the Tri-agencies reference group for the appropriate review of Indigenous Research. She has a played a key role in the creation of hundreds of waived post-secondary tuition fees and privacy rights for former foster care kids. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Residential School Missing Children and Unmarked Burials.

Dr. Kiran Jakate

Dr. Kiran Jakate completed her medical and pathology training at the University of Toronto. Subsequently she completed a fellowship in breast pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She is currently a staff breast pathologist at Unity Health Toronto/St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto

Dr. Teaghan Koster

Dr. Teaghan Koster is a 4th year Anatomical Pathology resident at Queen's University. She completed her medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Thunder Bay Campus. Her interest include forensic pathology, medical education and the social aspects of medicine.

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. 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. Recently, she became a member of the exam committee of the CCCPA after becoming certified in 2022, and is also 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. This is her first conference talk, but hopefully not her last.

Dr. Larissa Liontos

Dr. Larissa Liontos completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto in 2012. Her doctoral work, in the laboratory of Dr. Jane McGlade at the Hospital for Sick Children, involved studying the negative regulation of cytokine receptors and receptor tyrosine kinases in hematopoietic cells. In 2018, Dr. Liontos completed the Hematological Pathology Royal College Residency Program at the University Toronto prior to joining the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center as a staff Hematopathologist. Her primary academic interest is in the education of medical students and residents in hematological pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She teaches weekly lectures to Internal Medicine residents, and coordinates rotations for Hematopathology and Hematology residents. She hopes to inspire future medical students to choose a career in Lab Medicine.

Ms. Chelsea Lightbourne

My name is Chelsea Lightbourne and I am recently-graduated certified pathologist's assistant. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2016, I decided to teach abroad for 3 years before returning to Canada to attend the University of Calgary's PA program. Upon graduation in 2021, I was able to secure a PA job in my hometown of Toronto by joining the pathology department at St. Michael's Hospital. I am now working at St. Joseph's Hospital, which specialized in hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgeries and thoracic surgeries.

Dr. Fang-I Lu

Dr. Fang-I Lu is a staff pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada, and an associate professor at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Her area of clinical expertise is in breast pathology. She also actively participates and researches in medical education. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Her recent research interests include standardization of pathologic assessment of breast specimens post neoadjuvant therapy, utilization of artificial intelligence and machine learning in breast pathology for diagnostic, predictive and prognostic purposes, competency-based Anatomic Pathology resident education and innovation in Pathologists' Assistant student education.

Dr. Adnan Mansoor

Prof. Adnan Mansoor, a consultant hematopathologist and Professor at the University of Calgary, obtained his undergraduate degree from Punjab University and completed training at prestigious institutions such as St. Thomas Hospital London, National Cancer Institute at NIH, Bethesda, The George Washington University, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center USA. With over 160 research papers and presentations on blood cancer , he has advanced genomic techniques in cancer biology while working under prominent academic leaders. As division head of Hematopathology at the University of Calgary (2004-2014), he developed an advanced, integrated center, fostering innovation and collaboration. He has served, the local community for over 25 years, earning awards like the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Award for his community engagement. His dedication to research, teaching, patient care, and community service has had a profound impact within and beyond the University of Calgary.

Ms. Evgeniya (Zhenya) Morgatskaya

Evgeniya (Zhenya) Morgatskaya is a Pathologists' Assistant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She received her Master of Science in Pathology at the University of Maryland

  • Baltimore in 2020, and is certified by both the ASCP and CCCPA. She works predominantly in Surgical Pathology and is involved in training and teaching of medical residents and PA students.

Dr. Miralem Mrkonjic

Dr. Miralem Mrkonjic is a staff pathologist and a Site Director of breast pathology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a member of the women's health group focusing on breast and gynecologic pathology. Dr. Mrkonjic completed Anatomical Pathology residency training at the University of Toronto followed by a breast pathology fellowship at the University Health Network. His research interest involves discovery, development and utilization of prognostic and predictive biomarkers in breast and gynecologic malignancies. He is currently involved in national ring trials in harmonization and standardization of HER2-low and Ki-67 testing in breast cancer. He has served on the AstraZeneca National Advisory Board on Insights on Evolving Diagnostic Testing Practices in HER2-low Metastatic Breast Cancer and on Canadian Pathology Scientific Exchange Forum on Defining HER2-low expression in patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Dr. Christopher Naugler

Dr. Naugler is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine where he also serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. He has published over 200 scientific papers and several books. His research focuses on laboratory test use.

Dr. Ngoc-Nhu Jennifer Nguyen

My name is Ngoc-Nhu Jennifer Nguyen. I am an Anatomical Pathology Resident at the University of Toronto. I completed medical school at the University of Montreal in 2021.

Dr. Sharon Nofech-Mozes

Dr. Sharon Nofech-Mozes obtained her medical degree from Tel Aviv University in Israel, where she was trained as an anatomic pathologist. She then completed 3 year fellowship in breast and gynecologic pathology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Nofech-Mozes is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She works as a staff pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2007, where she previously led the breast pathology team. Her academic interest is in the area of prognostic and predictive markers in breast cancer hormone receptors, HER2/neu, Ki67 testing and utilization of multigene predictive assays in invasive breast carcinoma. She has a career-long interest in ductal carcinoma in situ. She acts as the leading pathologist for the Ontario DCIS cohort, one of the largest population-based cohorts in the world.

Dr. Raheem Peerani

Dr. Raheem Peerani MD PhD is a hematopathologist affiliated with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the

University of Toronto (UofT). He completed his medical undergraduate and Anatomical Pathology training at UofT followed by a Hematopathology fellowship at Stanford University. His research interests include the development of digital pathology and machine learning tools for prognostication in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

He also leads a quality improvement project within the Cytology-Hematology Interinstitutional Collaboration (CHIC) regarding CNS lymphomas. Outside work, he has two young kids who keep him busy, travels to new destinations whenever possible, and looks forward to his next home improvement project.

Dr. Henny Rees

Dr. Henrike Rees is an Anatomical Pathologist from Saskatoon. She received her Medical Degree in Germany and completed her Anatomical Pathology residency at the University of Saskatchewan. For more than 20 years she has been working at Saskatoon City Hospital, where her clinical interests include breast pathology, cytopathology, quality assurance and global pathology. Since 2021 she is the first Provincial Departmental Wellness Lead. She was a Royal College Examiner in Anatomical pathology for 7 years and a member of the Anatomical Pathology Specialty committee for six years. She is a member of the CAP Section on Humanities and International Health, the CAP-ACP National Specialty Network on the Environment, the Wellbeing National Specialty Network (WNSN) and the Workload and Human Resource committee.

Dr. Dara Ross

Dr. Dara S. Ross is an Associate Attending Pathologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Ross is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed fellowships in Breast Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In August 2013 she joined the staff of the Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has been practicing on the Breast Pathology and Diagnostic Molecular Pathology services there since.

Dr. Ross has a clinical and academic interest in the assessment of HER2 amplification in solid tumors, with a focus in breast cancer, with multiple publications examining this gene. Her past and ongoing research also focuses on correlative studies involving surgical and molecular pathology.

Dr. Theodora (Dorien) Ruijs

Theodora (Dorien) Ruijs completed her medical school in the Netherlands and a residency in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology in the USA. She is a General Pathologist in Ontario, recently retired from William Osler Health System in Brampton where she was in charge of the Transfusion Laboratory. She is currently the Laboratory Director at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, and the Clinical Project Coordinator Physician with the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN).

Dr. Harmon Sekhon

After graduating from medical school, he obtained M.Sc and Ph.D from UBC, Vancouver and did post-doctoral fellowship at Tulane University, LA.

He completed Pathology Combined AP/CP residency training (OHSU, Portland, OR), Cytopathology fellowship (University of Washington, Seattle, WA) and Surgical Pathology fellowship (OHSU). After working in USA, he joined the Ottawa Hospital and is currently Eastern Ontario Regional Head of Anatomic Pathology and Professor at the University of Ottawa. He is also Regional CCO Pathology Lead, Ottawa-Site PI for Ontario Tumour Bank and Deputy Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

His main research interest is cancer pathogenesis, modulation, and possible therapeutic targets. He has authored or co-authored 200+ original publication and abstracts. He is former Chair of Canadian Society of Cytopathology, Editorial board member of Canadian Journal of Pathology and Member of many Provincial and National organizations including C-PAC.

Dr. Hubert Tsui

Dr. Tsui completed his BSc, MD, PhD (Immunology) and residency in hematological pathology at the University of Toronto (U of T). He started his career at UHN (2015) and joined Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2018 as Division Head of Hematological Pathology. He is co-PI of the Sunnybrook Hematology Biobank, Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute and Assistant Professor Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology / Immunology at U of T. He is the Ontario representative for the Hematological Pathology Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Research Director of the U of T Hematological Pathology Residency Training Committee; Co-Chair of the joint UHN-Sunnybrook MPN Rounds, expert consultant for Cancer Care Ontario and Canadian Leukemia Study Group advisory panels and an alumnus of the prestigious American Society of Hematology / European Hematology Association Translational Research Training in Hematology program

Dr. Sonal Varma

Dr. Varma is the Chief of Breast pathology at the Kingston Health Sciences Center and Associate Professor at the

Queen's University. After completing her Anatomic Pathology residency at Queen's, she pursued a breast pathology fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. She came back to Queen's as an Attending Pathologist in

  • 2013. Dr. Varma has taught short courses at the ASCP and College of American Pathologist (CAP) annual conferences as well. Dr. Varma is actively involved in basic science and translation research including clinical trials in breast cancer.
  • Her basic science work mainly focuses on developing a small molecule inhibitor against 'ezrin' to reduce chemoresistance against conventional therapies. She sits on the Ontario Cancer REB panel (OCREB) and is also in the breast disease site group for the (Clinical Trials Group) CCTG.

    Dr. Angela Wang

    Dr. Chiyun (Angela) Wang is a gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathologist at The Ottawa Hospital. She completed her residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Toronto, followed by a clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Gatrointestinal Pathology.

    Dr. Jessie Wu

    Jessie Wu is a staff pathologist at Unity Health

    • St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is the organizer of the biannual Community of Interest Breast Pathology meeting.

    Dr. Zuzana Kos

    Dr. Zuzana Kos is a breast and gynecological pathologist at BC Cancer

    • Vancouver Centre and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She serves as the breast pathology supervisor for residents and fellows at BCC and is the pathology lead for the provincial Breast Screening Program. She participates in multiple national and international collaborations and working groups. Her research interests focus primarily on biomarkers in breast cancer.