Speakers at London Dermatopathology Symposium 2018


1_0028_Mona Abdel-Halim

Mona Abdel-Halim (Egypt)

Mona Abdel-Halim, MD is a professor of dermatology at the Dermatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University.

Dr. Abdel-Halim was born in the United Kingdom, 1971.  She spent her child hood and adolescence between United Kingdom, Libya and Saudi Arabia. Finally she settled in Egypt, her home country, where she was graduated in 1994 from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University with a first degree honor.  After finishing her residency training in dermatology at the Dermatology Department, Cairo University Hospital, she started her subspecialty training in Dermatopathology under the supervision of her Professor, El-Darouti M.A. (Fellowship of Dermatopathology, Ackerman Institute of Dermatopathology, New York).  She has both MSc. and MD degrees in dermatology. In December, 2010, she succeeded in the ICDP-UEMS board certifying exam in Dermatopathology held in Frankfurt and received her Diploma in Dermatopathology. Since then, she is working solely as a dermatopathologist. Together with one of her colleagues, Dr El Nabarawy E., she founded her private practice, DermaPATH, where she works in addition to her university career.

Dr. Abdel-Halim is the head of the Dermatopathology Unit in the Dermatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. The unit is responsible for diagnosis of skin biopsies taken in the department, organizing clinicopathological meetings, and teaching dermatopathology for residents, post graduates and interested dermatologists or pathologists.  Dr. Abdel-Halim has structured the Dermatopathology Modules of both the MSc. and MD degrees in Dermatology.  She has co-authored 34 peer reviewed articles including many interesting clinicopathological case reports published in international journals and together with other members of the unit, she is involved in Dermatopathology related research.

Dr. Abdel-Halim was one of the first contributors in the great educational web site “DermpathPRO” in June 2010. In February 2012, she became an editor in the website. She writes monthly blogs and news articles and is among the panel that is consulted about difficult cases.



Giuseppe Argenziano (Italy)

Giuseppe Argenziano is Professor of Dermatology at the Second University of Naples, and Coordinator of the Skin Cancer Unit at the Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy. His main research field is dermato-oncology and, particularly, melanoma screening and the development of more accurate methods for the early recognition of skin cancer. He is author of numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, a new technique increasing the performance of clinicians in the diagnosis of benign and malignant skin tumors.

He has established a successful pigmented lesion clinic particularly devoted to the management of patients with skin tumors. During his time at the University, he has supervised over 30 foreign students and 20 residents in Dermatology.
Over the past 15 years he has established scientific collaborations with more than 200 colleagues from more than 30 Nations, and organized more than 40 national and international scientific activities, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy, the International Short Course on Dermoscopy, and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society).
He is co-founder and president of the International Dermoscopy Society; project leader for the development of a high diagnostic technology oncologic center at the Dermatology Unit, Medical Department, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS, Reggio Emilia; faculty member of the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-oncology, and the Short Course in Dermoscopy, two e-learning courses by the Medical University of Graz and by the Department of Dermatology of Cardiff University, respectively; and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Professor Argenziano has authored more than 290 full scientific articles and produced landmark primary publications and books in in the field of dermoscopy. Over the past 15 years he has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 380 national and international conferences in the field of melanoma. His combined publications have received a sum total of 4675 citations with an h-index value of 35 (July 2012).


Sasi Attili

Sasi Attili (India)

Dr. Sasi Kiran Attili is a Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, currently practicing at Visakhapatnam, India. He graduated from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam in 2002 and subsequently did his General Medical Training at Sandwell General Hospital, Birmingham. He obtained his MRCP in 2004 and subsequently did a 1.5 year fellowship in Photodermatology with Prof. Ferguson (Dundee). In 2006, he obtained a dermatology training number (Ninewells Hospital, Dundee) and was awarded his CCT in 2010. He had a keen interest in Dermatopathology and did an part-time 2-year fellowship with Dr. Alan Evans (Dundee), along with a short 3-month stint at Warwick with Dr. Richard Carr. He was awarded the International Diploma in Dermatopathology (Frankfurt) in 2012. He relocated to India in 2014 and has successfully set up his own dermatology clinic (Visakha Institute of Skin & Allergy). He also runs an online dermatology consultation service (onlineskinspecialist.com). He is also the founding member of LDPath-India, an overseas venture of LDPath-UK. He has a special interest in pigmentary disorders and has a number of publications to his name. He has been a speaker and various national and international dermatology and dermatopathology meetings/conferences.


Phyu Aung (USA)

Dr. Aung earned her Medical Degree from the Institute of Medicine of Rangoon (Burma). She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from Hiroshima University School of Medicine in Japan. Subsequently she completed a research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, OH and clinical residency in Anatomic Pathology at the National Cancer Institute/NIH, MD under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Jaffe. After completing a clinical fellowship in Dermatopathology at Boston Medical Center, under the supervision of Dr. Jag Bhawan, Dr. Aung joined the UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her work in Cancer biology and cutaneous lesions has resulted in more than 40 original publications in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters and approximately 100 poster/platform presentations at national (USA) and international conferences. Dr. Aung is a member of multiple Pathology and Dermatopathology Societies. Special interests include melanocytic neoplasms, cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders and molecular advancement of diagnostic Dermatopathology.



David Cassarino (USA)




Fraser Charlton (UK)




Clay Cockerell (USA)

Dr. Clay Cockerell is a well known Dermatopathologist. He was the President of the American Association of Dermatology in 2004. For many years, Dr. Cockerell has overseen an educational program designed to train the next generation of Dermatopathologists. He receives five people in his office annually for the training. Dr. Cockerell also sees patients in the UT Southwestern General Dermatology clinic.


Shawn Cowper

Shawn Cowper (USA)

Dr. Cowper is an associate professor of dermatology and pathology at Yale University, where he has been a practicing dermatopathologist since 2001. He completed his fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco, and is a native of Michigan. While at UCSF, Dr. Cowper was the lead author on the first papers describing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. He was fortunate to be actively involved in the medical investigations leading to the discovery of the cause of NSF, and has witnessed and documented its demise as the Primary Investigator in charge of the NSF Registry at Yale. Dr. Cowper developed and directs the Yale Fibrosis Symposium (YFS). This two-day seminar endeavors to accelerate fibrosis research by promoting cross-disciplinary discussion and research collaboration. The eighth YFS is scheduled for April 2015 in New Haven, CT. He is also a founder and current Chairman of the Board of a medical non-profit, the Global Fibrosis Foundation, which provides grant awards supporting the eradication of organ-based and systemic fibrosing disorders. Since 2009, Cowper has conducted alopecia consultation sessions at the American Society of Dermatopathology. In 2012, he coauthored “An Atlas of Hair Pathology with Clinical Correlations” with Len Sperling and Eleanor Knopp. Dr. Cowper has had an interest in pathology informatics since creating the pathology education website, Pathmax.com, in 1997. He developed and co-chaired the ASDP Informatics Committee and is currently directing the Virtual Slide Library (VSL). The VSL aims to make a 10,000+ high-resolution zoomable microscope slide archive available to ASDP members over the web in the next few years. Dr. Cowper also serves on the Board of Directors of the ASDP as a member at large.





Akhtar Husain (UK)

Dr Akhtar Husain is a consultant Dermatopathology and Lead Dermatopathologist in Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust. He received his MBBS degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi in 1983. He had done his pathology and dermatopathology training in Dublin, Glasgow and Aberdeen UK. He is working as a consultant Dermatopathologist for over 16 years. He is also running a fellowship program in Dermatopathology.

Dr Akhtar Husain’s interests include pigmented melanocytic lesions and skin tumours. His research interest are mainly skin tumours, including genetic abnormalities associated with adnexal tumours. He is a speaker in Glasgow Dermatopathology course and presented in national and international meetings.


Doina Ivan

Doina Ivan (USA)

Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Dr. Doina Ivan received her medical degree from “University of Medicine Carol Davila” in Bucharest, Romania. She completed and graduated pathology residency-training program at University of Texas, Houston where was awarded with Helen Chu Wagner Excellence Award for Best Resident in Pathology. She joined the faculty at Dermatopathology section at MD Anderson in 2006 upon completion of two fellowships in Surgical Pathology and Dermatopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center (the hospital was nominated for the seventh consecutive year and 10 times in 12 years the US top hospital for cancer care).
Dr. Ivan is the director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a very passionate teacher and has coordinated and directed courses and seminars for medical students, residents, and practicing pathologists in national and international societies. She is an active member and serves in the Executive Committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology. Her research interests include cutaneous adnexal tumors, cutaneous lymphomas, and melanoma. She has authored/co-authored numerous publications and book chapters, especially in the area of cutaneous adnexal neoplasms.



Athanassios Kolivras (Brussels)





Joaninha Costa Rosa

Dr Joaninha Costa Rosa is a senior consultant histopathologist working at the  Instituto Português de Oncologia of Lisbon since she graduated from Nova Medical School/ Faculdade de Ciências Médicas in 1985. Her training was carried out in the same place where she still works. She is guest lecturer of Nova Medical School/ FCM  and author or co-author of 22 scientific papers. She acquired expertise in Dermatopathology and has the subspeciality in dermatopathology, which is recognized by the Colleges of Pathology and Dermatology. She is actually engaged in the teaching of junior pathologists and dermatologists in the area. She leads the dermatopathology area in the Department and is engaged in the cutaneous tumours multidisciplinary decision team of the Instituto Português de Oncologia.


Ed Rytina BSc MB BS PhD FRCPath

Ed Rytina is a consultant histopathologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. He qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London and trained in clinical pathology, then histopathology, at Guy’s, the Norfolk and Norwich hospital and Addenbrooke’s.
His PhD was as a research fellow in cell biology at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) and University College, London, in the Keratinocyte Laboratory with Dr. Fiona Watt, investigating keratinocyte stem cell behaviour and the epidermal proliferative unit.
Initially a consultant general histopathologist in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, he is now lead consultant for dermatopathology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where there is a local and regional referral practice, with particular interest in inflammatory dermatoses and melanoma. The department has been reporting sentinel lymph node biopsies for over 16 years and for melanoma since 2010.



Gerald Saldanha (UK)




Bruce Smoller (USA)



Tony Subtil

Tony Subtil (USA)

Dr. Antonio Subtil is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA). He works primarily at Yale Dermatopathology Laboratory and is part of a highly skilled team of eight board-certified, fellowship-trained dermatopathologists who are committed to excellence and expertise in making accurate dermatopathologic diagnoses. This practice is recognized as one of the most technically advanced referral centers for expert diagnosis of benign and malignant skin diseases, hair and nail disorders, and hematopoietic diseases. The laboratory is equipped with both routine and advanced techniques, including comprehensive immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, as well as access to multiple molecular diagnostic tests and flow cytometry.

Dr. Subtil received his MD from Federal University of Goias School of Medicine in Brazil and his MBA from University of Missouri Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. He completed his pathology residency and surgical pathology fellowship at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, his dermatopathology fellowship at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), and his hematopathology fellowship at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). Dr. Subtil is one of the very few physicians with combined training and expertise in both Dermatopathology and Hematopathology. This unique combination is a perfect fit for expert diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders and for the Yale Cutaneous Lymphoma Program, which is world-renowned for the study and treatment of cutaneous lymphomas and includes specialists from Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Diagnostic Radiology, Medical Oncology, and Radiation Oncology. This group uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide patients with accurate diagnosis and a wide range of treatment options varying from standard treatments to cutting-edge clinical therapies. Dr. Subtil’s research interests include cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders, alopecia, infectious diseases, and atypical melanocytic neoplasms.


Uma Sundram (USA)

Dr. Uma Sundram received her MD and PhD degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Anatomic Pathology at Stanford University, including a surgical pathology fellowship with Drs. Richard Kempson and Ronald Dorfman.  She also completed her dermatopathology fellowship at Stanford University with the late Dr. Sabine Kohler. After twelve years at Stanford as an assistant professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Dr. Sundram elected to return home to southeast Michigan. She is currently a staff dermatopathologist at William Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak and assistant professor of Pathology at William Beaumont Oakland University School of Medicine.  She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology (American Board of Pathology) and Dermatopathology (American Boards of Pathology and Dermatology). Her research interests include cutaneous lymphoma, interobserver analysis of difficult melanocytic lesions, and the peer review process in pathology.



Mike Tetzlaff (USA)



Curtis Thompson (USA)

Dr. Thompson is an expert in nail and hair loss pathology, with active research projects in both areas. In hair loss, Dr. Thompson collaborates closely with Dr. Athanassios Kolivras in Belgium in research to identify molecular tools (esp. immunohistochemistry) which aid in diagnostic impasses. Dr. Thompson is also active in basic science research in early melanoma, especially mechanisms of intraepidcermal melanocyte movement and proliferation, at the new Knight Cancer Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University.



Claudia Vidal (USA)