Speakers at London Dermatopathology Symposium 2019




Doru Andea (USA)

Dr. Aleodor (Doru) Andea is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He has a particular interest in molecular biology of melanocytic neoplasms with a focus on developing precision ancillary molecular tests to help classify and predict prognosis in histologically ambiguous melanocytic tumors. At the University of Michigan he has established and is leading the Molecular Dermatopathology Research Laboratory which functions as a dermatopathology core facility for skin cancer research and the Dermatopathology Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory providing clinical testing including SNP microarray and FISH for melanocytic tumors. He is also Program Director for the Dermatopathology Fellowship. As a side hobby he enjoys playing with digital pathology tools and is interested in exploring the potential for implementation of virtual pathology into clinical work. He was invited to deliver numerous national and international presentations on a variety of dermatopathology topics, with a focus on the molecular biology of melanocytic tumors and digital pathology. Dr. Andea is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 abstracts, mainly in the field of dermatopathology.

Dr. Andea received his MD from “Victor Babes” University of Medicine, Timisoara, Romania in 1995. After completing 4 years of Orthopedic Surgery Residency in Romania he came to United States in 1999 to start an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This was followed by fellowships in Oncologic Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York, NY (2003-2004), Dermatopathology at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (2004-2005) and Molecular Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York, NY (2005-2006). He joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in July 2006 and spent six years at that institution, where he participated actively in teaching and clinical activities in Dermatopathology and Molecular Pathology. From 2008 he served as Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship program as well as Medical Director of the In-situ Hybridization Laboratory and from 2009 as Dermatopathology Section Head. In 2009 Dr. Andea received the “Leonard H. Robinson” Award for Excellence in Resident Education in Anatomic Pathology. At UAB Dr. Andea developed a research interest in the molecular biology of melanocytic neoplasms and precision molecular diagnostic tests for histologically ambiguous melanocytic tumors. While at UAB, Dr. Andea earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UAB School of Business (2007-2010). In July 2012, Dr. Andea joined the University of Michigan, Department of Pathology as Associate Professor.


Asok Biswas (UK)



Nooshin Brinster (USA)

Dr. Nooshin Brinster is a dermatologist and dermatopathologist on faculty at New York University in the United States. She did her undergraduate studies at Duke Univerisity where she graduated magna cum laude. She then graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she also spent 3 months studying with A. Bernard Ackerman M.D.  She completed an internship in internal medicine at The University of California San Francisco and trained in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins University where she was also chief resident.  She spent the next three years in private practice dermatology outside Philadelphia and then moved to Boston where she was on faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  The following year she completed her dermatopathology fellowship in the Harvard Program, training with Martin Mihm, George Murphy and Steve Tahan.  She has an interest in alopecia and cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease. She has authored several peer reviewed articles as well as the textbook High Yield Dermatopathology with Phillip McKee.  She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


David Cassarino (USA)

Dr. Cassarino performed his medical school and doctorate training at the University of Virginia, where he completed a combined M.D./Ph.D. (Neuroscience) program in 6 years.  His Anatomic Pathology residency training was done at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  He went on to complete a Dermatopathology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine, under Dr. Ronald Barr, and then worked as an attending physician at Stanford University for 3 years before moving to UCLA, where he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of pathology for 2 ½ years.  He joined the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles as a Consultant Dermatopathologist in 2009.  He continues to teach and engage in clinical-pathological research, having published numerous papers and books/book chapters on cutaneous pathology, especially in the realm of cutaneous neoplasia.  He is also actively engaged in the teaching of medical students and Dermatology residents, and gives lectures on Dermatopathology at many national meetings.


Fraser Charlton (UK)

Dr Fraser G. Charlton has been a Consultant pathologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne since 2002, with the probably unique specialty combination of Dermatopathology and Perinatal pathology; he also the lead for Infectious Diseases Pathology.

He graduated from Newcastle Medical School in 1991, with an intercalated BMedSci in Neurochemical Pathology. After his registration, he was awarded an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship to study for a PhD in Microbial Pathogenicity. Following completion of this in 1997, he trained in Cellular Pathology in Newcastle upon Tyne, developing his skin interest almost from the start. As well as being involved in teaching and service development, he was also Head of Department from 2012-2016, and is currently Deputy Head.

In his spare time, he is interested in writing and performing musical theatre and was ordained an Anglican Priest in 2015.


Ophelia Dadzie (USA)



Marijke van Dijk



David Elder (USA)


Lydia Essary (USA)

Dr. Essary is Staff Dermatopathologist at Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center, Dallas, Texas and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas Texas, USA.

Dr. Essary continues to train dermatology residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and trained dermatopathology fellows and dermatology residents during her tenure at Cockerell and Assoc Dermpath Diagnostics laboratories . She greatly enjoys teaching the residents at the multiheader microscope and reviewing with them challenging clinico-pathological correlations. Her areas of interest include melanocytic neoplasms, genetic and molecular testing of melanocytic lesions and podiatric pathology.

Dr. Essary completed her Dermatopathology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  She completed her residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee and served a Fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.   She is an avid lecturer and presents at local and international meetings.  Dr. Essary continues to serve in various committees of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Karen Fritchie


Jennifer Garioch (UK)


Whitney High (USA)



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.


Alexander Lazar


Will Merchant (UK)



Robert Phelps (USA)

Dr. Robert Phelps is Professor of Dermatology and Pathology and Director of the Dermatopathology Service at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Phelps is extensively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, fellows and faculty and he has been with Mount Sinai since 1986. His research interests include experimental models of skin disease, cutaneous oncology, and environmental skin disease. Dr. Phelps is an avid reader and also enjoys outdoor activities.

Thuy Phung (Vietnam)

Thuy Phung, MD, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.  She is a board-certified dermatopathologist and a physician scientist.  Dr. Phung specializes in skin pathology and is a staff dermatopathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She directs a cancer research laboratory that studies molecular causes driving cancer growth and metastasis, and the biology of vascular anomalies.  Her publications include topics in skin pathology and molecular pathogenesis of vascular tumors and tumor angiogenesis. She has recently published a textbook Pediatric Dermatopathology.

Dr. Phung has a strong interest in humanitarian medical work in Vietnam, and worked to establish the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.  She returns to the Center each year to participate in physician training and treatment of children with vascular birthmarks.  Her global health work also includes helping pathologists to improve dermatopathology practice in Vietnam.


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.


Beth Ruben (USA)



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.



Michael Tetzlaff (USA)



Nick Tiffin (UK)