London Dermatopathology Symposium

LDS Speakers 2015

Symposium Speakers

London Dermatopathology Symposium 14-15 May 2015 Covent Garden London

The following speakers will be part of London Dermatopathology Symposium 2015:

Maria Angelica Selim

Maria Angelica Selim

Associated Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center (DUMC), USA

Maria Angelica Selim MD joined the Duke faculty in 1999, upon completion of a pathology residency-training program at New England Deaconess Hospital and a fellowship in Dermatopathology at Harvard Medical School. She is presently the Director of the Dermatopathology Unit at Duke, ranked as one of the ten top hospitals in United States. Her research interests include vulvar pathology and cutaneous lymphomas, and she is an active member of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas and International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases including the North American Chapter. She has authored/co-authored more than 90 publications, primary in the area of dermatopathology. Her second true passion is teaching. She is the director of the dermatopathology fellowship at DUMC and has coordinated and directed courses and seminars for medical students, residents, and practicing pathologists in national and international societies.

Richard Carr

Richard A. Carr, MBChB, BMedSci, FRCPath, DipRCPath(DMT)

Dr Carr qualified in 1991 from Sheffield University Medical School and trained in cellular pathology in Birmingham and the South East Thames Regional Rotation culminating in 4 years as a Clinical Lecturer at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Dr Carr previously participated in an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health in to the pathology of cerebral malaria.

Dr Carr developed his interest in Dermatopathology training with world renowned experts Dr Phillip H. McKee and Dr Eduardo Calonje at St Thomas’ hospital and the St John’s Institute of Dermatology. Dr Carr has the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) Diploma in Dermatopathology (set at expert referral level) and became an examiner for the diploma in 2005. Dr Carr receives cases for expert opinions from other histopathologists throughout the UK. Dr Carr is on the executive committee of the UK Dermatopathology EQA scheme.

Dr Carr has authored/co-authored 50 published papers and lectures regionally, nationally and internationally in dermatopathology and has active research interests in dermatopathology and laboratory organisation in cellular pathology. He also organises a slide of club of leading experts in the field of melanocytic pathology (allied with the National Dermatopathology EQA scheme), is commited to post-graduate teaching and receives regular local, national and international visitors to share his extensive slide collection.

Shawn Cowper

Shawn Cowper

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,, 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.

Meenakshi Batrani

Meenakshi Batrani

Dr. Meenakshi Batrani is a consultant dermatopathologist in Delhi Dermpath Laboratory, a unit of Delhi Dermatology Group, an academic group practice based in New Delhi, India.  Dr. Batrani is a graduate of Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi. She completed her residency in Pathology from T.N. Medical College & B.Y.L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai, followed by, three years of senior residency in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research & R.M.L. Hospital, New Delhi. She trained as a fellow in dermatopathology at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston. She holds ICDP-UEMS certification in dermatopathology. Dr. Batrani is a member of Dermatopathology Society of India and also serves as member of editorial board of Indian Journal of Dermatopathology and Diagnostic Dermatology. Her principal interests include clinico-pathological correlation of inflammatory dermatoses and immunofluorescence based diagnosis of bullous disorders.

Trevor Beer

Dr Trevor Beer is a dermatopathologist with 25 years experience in anatomical pathology both in Australia and the UK. Originally from London, he graduated in Birmingham and trained in pathology in the West Midlands and on the south coast of England before practising as a consultant at the Royal Hospital Haslar military centre near Portsmouth.

Dr Beer reviews patients with complex melanomas in a multidisciplinary team clinic for the West Australian Melanoma Advisory Service. He previously undertook visiting fellowships to Dr Ackerman and McKee’s dermatopathology establishments in the US. He is the convener of the Dermatopathology Quality Assurance Program for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, a reviewer for numerous pathology journals and an editorial board member for the American Journal of Dermatopathology. He is the current treasurer of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society.

Dr Beer has practised in Perth, Australia for 12 years, with the last 9 years in full time private dermatopathology. He has written more than 70 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters. Current research includes prognostic markers in Merkel cell carcinoma, thin metastasising melanoma and atypical fibroxanthoma.

Jag Bhawan, USA
Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Head of the Dermatopathology Section, Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

Dr. Bhawan is Professor of Dermatology and Pathology and Head of the Dermatopathology Section at Boston University School of Medicine. He is also the director of the International Dermatopathology training program and of Skin Pathology Laboratory Inc. He received his M.D. degree Maulana Azad Medical College in 1968 and a doctorate degree in Pathology in 1972 from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He trained in Pathology and Dermatopathology at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA from 1973 to 1975, prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Medical School as the head of Dermatopathology and Assistant Professor of Pathology in July 1975. He was promoted to the rank of tenured professor in 1985. He also trained in Dermatology at the combined Boston University/Tufts Dermatology program from 1980 to 1983 before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1986.

Dr. Bhawan is board-certified in Pathology, Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Dermatopathology and the International Pigment Cell Society as well as the Society of Investigative Dermatolgy. He has published over 200 original articles, written several book chapters and recently co-authored an interactive dermatopathology atlas on CD-ROM. His research interests include cutaneous aging and pigmentary disorders.

Dr. Bhawan serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Dermatopathology, and trustee of the Dermatology Foundation. Dr. Bhawan served as the President of the American Society of Dermatopathology (September 2001 to October 2002). He was a member of Ethics committee of the American Academy of Dermatology (2002-07). Dr. Bhawan is recipient of many awards including 1998 Best Teacher of the year award from the dermatology residents of the combined Boston-Tufts Universities Dermatology program. He is recipient of 2006 Walter Nickel award for excellence in teaching of dermatopathology & 2008 Founders award given by the American Society of Dermatopathology. He has helped create two endowed professorships and two endowed international training fellowships in dermatopathology at Boston University School of Medicine. Most recently he was honored to become a member of The Chester S. Keefer, MD Society at Boston University School of Medicine for recognition of his generous contributions and commitment to the institution.

Rino Cerio

Professor Rino Cerio MBBS BSc FRCP (Lond.) FRCP (Edin.) DipRCPath FRCPath ICDPath
Barts Health NHS Trust, The Institute of Cellular Molecular Science (School of Medicine and Dentistry) Queen Mary’s University of London, London, UK

With nearly 30 years in dermatology & dermatopathology, at the highest level both nationally and internationally, I continued dermatology & dermatopathology teaching at all levels i.e. undergrads, DipDerm and MSc. Currently I am MBBS, DipClinDerm and DipRCPath examiner. I contribute to the undergraduate MBBS and our established Diploma in Clinical Dermatology for QMUL. I remain intercalated BSc in pathology tutor and supervised research projects including MD thesis & PhDs.
I have secured more than £1.4m of research funding & published over 168 peer reviewed publications .

Current NHS consultant posts held- on SPECIALIST REGISTER FOR DERMATOLOGY in UK

-Head of Dermatology Service (1991-1993) ROYAL LONDON & St BARTHOLOMEW’S
-Dermatology Clinical Director (93-99) NHS Trust BARTS and The LONDON NHS TRUST
-Immediate past CLINICAL ACADEMIC DIRECTOR of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (Dermatology, Plastic Surgery including Trauma & Tissue Viability) July 2008 –April 2012 BLT
-Bart’s Health NHS Trust (BHNT) – 1 April 2012 – 30-9-12

I was North Thames Deanery SpR trainee chairman for over 6 years and remain educational director and supervisor.

My contributions to medical literature include over 168 peer-reviewed publications, 5 books and 12 chapters including “Skin Histopathology” in the 6th, 7th and latest edition of the “ROOK” book. I have made major contributions to the latest published WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION classification text on SKIN TUMORS. I am currently on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Dermatopathology and EJDermpath.

I am examiner for the University of London, the Royal College of Pathologists and International Committee of Dermatopathology and UEMS. For 5 years he was founder and President of the European Society for Dermatopathology. I sit on local, national and international committees of learned and professional societies. In 2010 I was elected President of the Section of Dermatology at The Royal Society of Medicine. I remain on the executive committee as past president.

Paul Craig
FRCPath, DipRCPath (Dermpath), UK

Dr. Craig is a Consultant Dermatopathologist in the Departments of Histopathology in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Cheltenham General Hospital) and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (Bristol Royal Infirmary), UK.

Dr. Craig’s medical training was at The Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and subsequently trained in Histopathology at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals, London. He then worked as a Consultant Histopathologist at Fremantle Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, before returning to the UK to be the Fellow in Dermatopathology in the Department of Dermatopathology, St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, and obtained the Diploma in Dermatopathology of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the UK and of Australasia.

He is currently President of the British Society for Dermatopathology 2014-2017 (the BSD) who will be the host organisation for the International Society for Dermatopathology Annual Meeting in Glasgow 2017. Dr Craig was formerly Secretary of the British Society for Dermatopathology 2011-2014. Dr. Craig is currently an Examiner for the Diploma in Dermatopathology of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK and is a Committee Member of the British Society of Dermatopathology. His principal interest is inflammatory dermatopathology.

Maite Fernandez-Figueras

Maria Teresa Fernandez-Figueraz

Dr Fernández-Figueraz is Head of Section at the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol (GTP), Barcelona, Spain, and Coordinator of the Histopathology and Electron Microscopy Platform at the GTP Health Sciences Research Institute.

Dr Fernández-Figueraz obtained her MD degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and trained in Anatomic Pathology at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (UAB), where she defended her PhD thesis on “Patterns of cytokeratin distribution in cornification diseases”. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Pathology at UAB, where she coordinates the teaching of Anatomic Pathology to Biomedical Sciences and Medical students.

Dr Fernández-Figueraz has organized and presented at numerous national and international meetings and is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, She serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Dermatopathology and other medical journals. Her academic interests are cutaneous carcinogenesis, HIV-related cutaneous diseases and inflammatory dermatoses.

Gerardo Ferrara
MD, Italy

Dr. Ferrara is Consultant Pathologist in the Department of Oncology, Anatomic Pathology Unit, at the Gaetano Rummo General Hospital of Benevento, Italy.

Dr Ferrara completed his residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the ‘Federico II’ University of Naples, Italy. Subsequently, he undertook residency training and qualified in Dermatology at the same institution.

Dr. Ferrara’s principal interests include the clinical-pathologic correlation of dermatoscopic examination of pigmented skin lesions, the histopathologic and molecular diagnosis of skin-based and nodal-based lymphomas, and immunofluorescence diagnosis of immune-mediated bullous disorders. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 publications, primarily in the area of dermatopathology and clinical dermatology.

Anjela Galan
MD, USA. Self Assessment Speaker

Dr. Galan is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine, USA, where she is dedicated to the clinical and academic aspects of Dermatopathology. Dr. Galan received her Medical Degree from “N. Testimitanu” Kishinev State Medical Institute (USSR/Moldova) and completed her Pathology residency training at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, followed by Surgical Pathology and Dermatopathology Fellowships training at Yale University School of Medicine (USA). Dr. Galan has presented at national (USA) and international conferences and is member of multiple Dermatology and Dermatopathology Societies. Special interests include melanocytic neoplasms, viral and spirochetal associated skin disorders, and advancement of diagnostic Dermatopathology.

Dr. Marc Haspeslagh
MD, Belgium

Dr M. Haspeslagh is consultant dermatopathologist in the department of dermatology of the University Hospital of Gent. He is also director of the privat ‘Dermpat’ lab in Ardooie in the West Flanders province of Belgium.

He trained in general medicine and general pathology and clinical genetics at the University Hospital of Louvain, Belgium. For more than 20 years he worked as a general surgical pathologist at the city hospital of Roeselare, Belgium. In 2005 he got his International Dermatopathology Board certification and works since then as a full time dermatopathologist. As a member of many dermatology and dermatopathology societies he was organizer of the Belgium meeting of the AngloFrancoBelgian club of dermatopathology in Gent 2012. His main interest and research field are syndromic skin disease and pigment lesions of skin, especially the correlation between dermoscopy and morphology.


Dr Akhtar Husain , MBBS, DCP, FRCPath , 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, MD

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.

Will Merchant

Will Merchant, Consultant dermatopathologist, UK

Dr. Merchant has been a Consultant Dermatopathologist at the St James’s University Hospital in Leeds since 1997. The Histopathology department is the largest in the country and receives 11,000 skin biopsies per annum. The department serves as the referral centre for the Yorkshire Cancer Network, and he has a thriving referral practice. He is also an examiner for the Diploma in Dermatopathology of the Royal College of Pathologists.



Dieter Metze

MD, Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Münster, Germany

Dr. Dieter Metze is Senior Professor for Dermatology and Vice-chairman in the Department of Dermatology, University of Münster, Germany, as well as Director of the Dermatopathology Unit and the International Training Centrefor Dermatopathology of the ICDP/UEMS,
Dr. Dieter Metze is Secretary of the International Society of Dermatopathology, former President and Secretary of the International Committee of Dermatopathology, former president of the German Society of Dermatopathology (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Histologie, ADH) and the Society for Cutaneous Ultrastructural Research (SCUR), Executive committee member of the European Society of Dermatopathology (ESDP), Section Editor Dermatohistology, Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft (JDDG), Editorial board member of the Am J Dermatopathol, and Delegate of the International League of Dermatologic Societies.
Dr. Dieter Metze has authored/co-authored more than 300 publications and book chapters and serves as a reviewer for many journals.
Dr. Dieter Metze’s main interests are Clinical Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Immunohistochemistry, Electron Microscopy, and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. His current Lectureships focus on clinico-pathological correlation in dermatology. He organizes annual courses on basic and advanced Dermatopathology in Münster. His research fields are Dermatopathology of auto-inflammatory diseases, drug eruptions, and genodermatoses.

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Nicolas Ortonne

Dr. Ortonne is an Assistant Professor and a Medical Practitioner at Faculté de Médecine de Créteil (Paris Est Créteil university, U-PEC) and groupe hospitalier Henri Mondor (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, AP-HP). He is a researcher in the INSERM unit 955 Team 9 (directed by Pr Philippe Gaulard) of the IMRB (Institut Mondor de Recherche Biomédicale). Dr Ortonne’s particular experience and research works are in the field of cutaneous lymphomas, cutaneous sarcomas (especially in tumours of patients with neurofibromatosis) and cutaneous lymphocytic infiltrates, especially in drug reactions and auto-immune diseases.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Nice, France in 1991 and was admitted as a medical student at the University of Nice, then received his Residency admission test in 1997. He passed his residency training period in Paris and after getting his scientific Master’s degree from Paris 7 Université, he went on to receive his Diploma in Pathology and MD in medicine from Paris 5 Université in Paris. Dr Ortonne received his PHD in 2008 and completed his post-doctoral degree in 2014 at the U-PEC.

He was the recipient of Jean Civatte international prize of dermatopathology (“Prix international Jean Civatte de Dermatopathologie”) in 2007.

Dr Nicolas Ortonne is the coordinator of the French diploma of dermatopathology (diplôme Universitaire de dermatopathologie (U-PEC)) since september 2006, initially set by the Dr Janine Wechsler in 2000. He’s also a member of the French societies of Dermatology (SFD) and Pathology (SFP), of the society of dermatological research (SRD), the association for dermatopathology development (association pour le développement de la dermatopathologie (ADDP)) and of the international society of dermatopathology (ISDP). Dr Ortonne is also a member and treasurer of the French study group on cutaneous lymphomas (groupe Français d’étude des lymphomes cutanés (GFELC)), of the scientific council of the GFELC, and expert pathologist for the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphomas in the Lymphopath French Network (Institut National du Cancer, INCa). He is also a member of the editorial committee of the journal Images en Dermatologie: Edimark Santé.

Phyu Aung

Phyu P Aung, Assistant Professor of Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 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.

Robert Phelps

Robert Phelps

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.

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Victor Prieto, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Victor G. Prieto, M.D., Ph.D., received his BA degree from the International School Lope de Vega, Benidorm, Spain; his M.D. from the University of Alicante, Spain; and his Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He took residency training in Pathology at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona and at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He took Fellowship training in Oncologic Pathology, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and in Dermatopathology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Scott McNutt. Dr. Prieto is a tenured Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is currently Section Chief of Dermatopathology, Co-Director of the MDACC Melanoma Tissue Bank and the Medical Director over the histology laboratory. He formally served as Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program for 11 years. Dr. Prieto’s main research interests are adnexal, mesenchymal, and particularly melanocytic lesions, in particular the examination of sentinel lymph nodes. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.


William Rickaby, Bsc Hons MB ChB FRCPath, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London.

Dr Rickaby is working as a Consultant in Dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London. Dr Rickaby’s medical training was at the University of Edinburgh. He trained in histopathology within the Thames Deanery, including working at University College London, the Royal London and the Royal Free Hospitals, and obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. He subsequently undertook a two-year Clinical Fellowship in Dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, working with Drs Eduardo Calonje, Alistair Robson and Catherine Stefanato. The laboratory is the largest dedicated skin pathology centre in the UK supporting general dermatology services as well as a wide range of specialist clinics with a large tertiary referral base.


Alistair Robson
FRCPath Dip RCPath, UK. Symposium & Multi-Header Speaker.

Consultant Dermatopathologist, Department of Dermatopathology, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, UK

Dr Robson graduated from the University of Birmingham with Honours in Medicine, having previously gained a first class degree in Pathology. Most of his training in general pathology was at the University Hospital of Wales during which time his interest in dermatopathology developed. He was Lecturer at the University of Leicester and was subsequently appointed Clinical Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Oxford. In 2000, he was appointed Consultant Dermatopathologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London.

Dr Robson is the clinical pathology lead in cutaneous lymphoma, and is a member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer for lymphoma. Other particular clinical interests include adnexal tumours and mast cell disease. He has presented and spoken at numerous national and international meetings in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, the USA, and Asia. He has been lead of the dermatopathology course component of the Kings College MSc Dermatology course since 2000. He is a joint Director of London Dermatopathology Teaching, a not-for-profit private company established to provide dermatopathology education in a variety of formats in the UK and abroad.

Tony Subtil

Tony Subtil

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.

Catherine M. Stefanato, MD, FRCPath

Catherine M. Stefanato is Consultant Dermatopathologist in the Department of Dermatopathology, at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, UK.   She completed her residency training in Dermatology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy.  Subsequently, she trained in Anatomic Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine (USA), followed by Fellowship training in Dermatopathology at Boston University School of Medicine (USA), where she also worked as a Consultant Dermatopathologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology.  Dr. Stefanato is a Diplomate of the American Boards in Anatomic Pathology and Dermatopathology.

Dr. Stefanato is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and of the Advisory Board of the ICDP-UEMS Dermatopathology Exmination.

Dr Stefanato is the organizer and speaker of basic and advanced Dermatopathology Courses in London, such as the ABCD Course in Basic Dermatopathology and the London Dermatopathology Symposium. She is also the Director of the St John’s Master in Dermatopathology program, Kings College London.

Dr. Stefanato’s interests include the histopathologic evaluation of alopecia, clinical-pathologic correlation of dermatoscopic examination of pigmented skin lesions, and immunofluorescence diagnosis of immune-mediated bullous disorders. She has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications, primarily in the area of dermatopathology.


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Beatrice Vergier

Pathologist and Dermatopathologist, Department of Pathology, Hospital and University of Bordeaux (EA2406).

Pr. BeatriceVergier, Surgical Pathologist and specialized in Dermatopathology in the department of Pathology and molecular Pathology at the Bordeaux University School of Medicine, FR.

Pr B. Vergier undertook residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Bordeaux University School of Medicine (FR),was board-certified in Pathology and became Professor of Pathology in 2007. She has obtained herDoctorate es Biological Sciences (PhD) in 2001 and Habilitation to Direct Researchers (HDR) in 2002.

Pr B. Vergier is responsible of Dermatopathology in Bordeaux University Hospital and of the French Dermatopathology Degree, DESC. She is web manager of the French dermatopathology website (

Pr. Vergier’s principal interests are cutaneous lymphomas and melanocytic tumors. On these 2 topics she gets second opinion samples sent by pathologists from all over France; she is responsible of post-graduate long course with Dr A. de la Fouchardiere and IAP for melanocytic tumours and with the French Study Group of Cutaneous Lymphomas, GFELC for cutaneous lymphomas. She works in the research team EA 2406 for cutaneous lymphomas (Pr JP Merlio) and participates to coordinate the national pathologists team of GFELC. She is the author of 161 papers (accessible on PubMed “VERGIER, B”) concerning these 2 fields.

Pr B. Vergier is a member of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP), member of the French Study Group of Cutaneous Lymphoma (member of the scientific committee), member of the Dermatopathology French Group (Club de Dermatopathologie), Member of the multidisciplinary French Group on Melanoma (GMFMel), Member of the Group of skin cancers of the French Society of  Dermatology(GCC).


Deon Wolpowitz

Deon Wolpowitz

Dr. Wolpowitz graduated from Columbia University, obtaining his MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and his PhD from the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. He completed a residency in dermatology at the Combined Boston University/Tufts program, and a fellowship in Dermatopathology from Boston University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at BU, where he splits his time between the practices of dermatopathology and clinical dermatology. He also actively participates in the training of residents in dermatology, dermatopathology fellows, and international trainees.

Dr. Wolpowitz has an active clinical/translation research program investigating the role of cutaneous nerves in skin diseases as well as in three dimensional imaging of nerves in skin biopsies from normal and disease states. In this regard, he has published in peer-reviewed journals and lectured at local and national meetings.



Mona Abdel Halim, MD

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.




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