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.


Arti Bakshi (UK)

Dr Bakshi is a consultant dermatopathologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where she has been working since 2012. She completed her medical degree from the University of Pune (India) and completed her MD pathology at PGIMER, Chandigarh (India), before coming to UK in 2003. Most of her general pathology training was in the North West Deanery, during which she developed an interest in dermatopathology. She holds the FRCpath degree and the Royal College Diploma in Dermatopathology . Dr Bakshi is a member of the executive committee of British Society of Dermatopathology . She has a keen interest in teaching and regularly delivers talks in regional and national dermatology/pathology meetings. Inflammatory skin pathology is her particular area of interest.


Asok Biswas (UK)

Asok Biswas is the Lead Consultant Dermatopathologist at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and a Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests in dermatopathology include inflammatory skin disorders and cutaneous adnexal neoplasms. Before coming to the UK, Dr Biswas did his Pathology residency in Manipal, India where is currently an Adjunct Visiting Professor. Following completion of Histopathology training in the West Midlands region, he pursued a Dermatopathology fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Biswas is currently the President of the British Society for Dermatopathology, having previously served in the roles of the Secretary and Executive Committee member. He is the Chair of the RCPath Panel of Examiners in Dermatopathology. He has published over 70 articles covering most aspects of dermatopathology and authored a textbook titled Pearls and pitfalls in inflammatory dermatopathology which was published by the Cambridge University Press in 2017.


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.


Leah Chung (USA)

Dr. Hye Jin “Leah” Chung is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology at Boston University School of Medicine. She graduated with her MD from Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea in 2001, where she completed her residency and fellowship training in Dermatology. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship and residency in Dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, in 2014. Dr. Chung joined the faculty of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, upon completion of her Dermatopathology fellowship at Boston University in 2016. She has dual roles within the Department of Dermatology, evaluating patients in the Faculty Practice of Boston Medical Center and signing out biopsies at the Skin Pathology Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Chung’s interests include pigmented melanocytic lesions, inflammatory skin disorders and hair disorders.


Jonathan Curry (USA)

Jonathan L. Curry is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Dermatology, and Translational and Molecular Pathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and serves as the Medical Director of Histology Laboratory. Dr. Curry received his undergraduate degree from Northeast Missouri State University with honors (Suma cum Laude) and doctorate in medicine from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Curry completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from Loyola University Medical Center and a research fellowship in the immunopathogenesis of psoriasis at the Skin Disease Research Laboratory at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center under the mentorship of Dr. Brian J. Nickoloff. He completed his Dermatopathology Fellowship from Baylor College of Medicine and joined the faculty at MD Anderson in 2008.

Dr. Curry currently serves as Section Editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of of cutaneous toxicities to novel cancer therapy and has authored more than 120 peer reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, and edited two books.



Marijke van Dijk (Netherlands)




David Elder (USA)

Dr. David Elder is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is the oldest teaching hospital in the United States. He was trained as a general pathologist and has more recently specialized in dermatopathology and in particular in the pathology of melanocytic tumors. He has been editor for the last four editions of “Levers Histopathology of the Skin” and also of other books including a companion book which is a pattern-based illustrated atlas of skin disease including inflammatory as well as neoplastic disorders. He has been involved in collaborative translational research in the field of melanoma throughout his career, focusing mostly on diagnostic criteria and on prognostic models for melanoma using clinical and laboratory markers.  He was recently the lead editor of the fourth edition of the WHO “Classification of Skin Tumors”, which includes a new classification of melanomas based on epidemiology, clinical and histologic morphology, and genomic status of the lesions, and also presents an evidence-based revision of grading criteria for dysplastic nevi. In recent years, Dr. Elder has been interested in the reproducibility and accuracy of diagnosis of melanocytic tumors and also in the diverse terminology applied to them.


May Fadhill (UK)

I have graduated from Baghdad University, did my internship there . Moved to the UK in 2009 did an MSc in clinical Dermatology from Cardiff University . Started working at NNUH 2010 as clinical fellow, then SAS then locum consultant from 2016 till present. I have a special interest in skin cancer and dermatological surgery, recently started MOHs surgery. For the last 2 years I was actively involved in confocal microscopy in diagnosing basal cell carcinomas.


Angel Fernandez Flores (Spain)

Dr. Angel Fernandez-Flores was born in Madrid where he studied medicine at the Universidad Autonoma and later histopathology in the University Hospital Fundacion Jimenez Diaz. Some years later he obtained his PhD cum laude in the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid with a research in the field of Hodgkin lymphoma. His interested focused in dermatopathology and in 2013 he obtained the International Board Certification in Dermatopathology. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific reports in dermatopathology and of 25 chapters in medical books. He is the Editor of 4 medical books. He is Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology (ISDP), Member of the Travel Grant Award Committee of the ISDP and Member of the Editorial Board of four journals in Pathology and Dermatopathology. He is accredited reviewer of 22 medical journals.


Karen Fritchie (USA)

Dr. Fritchie is currently an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.  Dr. Fritchie is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she received her M.D. degree. She was an AP/CP resident at the University of North Carolina, where she served as Chief Resident.  Subsequently, she completed a Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of North Carolina followed by a Bone and Soft Tissue Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Fritchie has an avid interest in teaching and has been an active educator at the resident/fellow level within the Mayo Clinic, currently serving as the Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program Director.  She has presented numerous lectures and interactive tutorials in bone/soft tissue pathology at institutions and conferences on a national and international level.  Dr. Fritchie is an author on over 60 publications and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for many journals. As a practicing pathologist, she has a long-standing interest in lipomatous soft tissue neoplasms.


Jennifer Garioch (UK)

I have been a Consultant Dermatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital since 1996. I am currently he skin cancer lead for our Dermatology Department and Deputy Chair of our Skin Specialist MDT. My main clinical interests are Mohs surgery, dermatological surgery, melanoma including the management of in transit metastases and confocal microscopy. I have been actively involved in clinical and epidemiological research relating to melanoma. I am currently the chief investigator for a prospective cohort study looking at the efficacy of in vivo confocal microscopy in the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma.

Whitney High (USA)

Dr. High received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. After spending time in industry, he returned to medical school to earn his medical degree from Mayo Clinic, where he graduated at the top of his class. He also holds a law degree that he obtained while working as an attending dermatologist.

After medical school, Dr. High completed his dermatology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he served as Chief Resident. He returned to Colorado to complete a dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Colorado, where he remained on faculty. He was the youngest person appointed to Associate Professor and Full Professor in the Department of Dermatology. He also serves as Vice Chair of that department and is the Director of the Dermatopathology Service.

Dr. High also has a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Institute, and has recognized expertise in infectious dermatology. He is the author of more than three dozen book chapters, more than 80 indexed peer-reviewed articles, and five textbooks. Dr. High has served and still serves as an editor and editorial board member of several peer-reviewed journals in his field. Dr. High’s research laboratory was the first to discover gadolinium in the skin in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, leading to a new black box warning from the FDA.

Dr. High is nationally-recognized in his field, and he has given lectures in dermatology throughout the United States and in international forums. He is board-certified both in Dermatology and Dermatopathology and maintains robust clinical practices. He is married to a dermatologist and has two young children.


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.

Nitin Khirwadkar (UK)

Dr. Khirwadkar is a Consultant Dermatopathologist in the Department of Histopathology , Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals, Liverpool, UK. He is the current clinical lead in Dermatopathology.

He did his undergraduate training from India and residencies in general pathology from J.N. Medical College, Belgaum and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.

His principal interest is in adnexal tumours and inflammatory Dermatopathology.


Mar Llamas-Velasco (Spain)

Dermatology staff at the Dermatology Department of Hospital Universitario De La Princesa. Dermatologist in charge of the subdivision for the specialized treatment of psoriasis.


Clinical colaborator from the dermatology docent unit from 2007-11. Honorary teacher from 2015 to 2017. Associate Clinical Professor 2017-8. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Coordinator for the docent accreditation of the clinical sessions from the Dermatology Department from Hospital Universitario de la Princesa (2011-12 and 2012-13). Co- coordinator with Dr. Sanchez-Perez from 2014 to now.

Residency Program Tutor in Dermatology from June de 2017.


Projects and research programs with public or private money investement: 2

Clinical trials and Investigation research: 15

Educational grants: 1 (Rio Ortega research national grant)

Scientific awards: 3 national awards (2 to best original article and clinical case Actas Dermosifiliográficas and 1 to the best published article in international journal) and 16 awards in oral communications, two of them in national congresses of dermatology.

Book publications and chapter of books: 3

Coauthor of a monographic number of Dermatology in Medicine Journal. 5 articles

Scientific articles: 113. Indexed national and international journals.: 95

Lectures in Congresses and Meeting: 135

34 lectures as invited lecturer in National and International Congresses of Dermatology.

International research observerships (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, United States): 6 months and a half.


Alexander Lazar




Will Merchant (UK)

I originally trained under Neil Smith and Phillip McKee at the St John’s dermatopathology Institute London. I am based at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, one of the largest pathology departments in the country. I have been the lead Dermatopathologist for West + North Yorkshire for the last twenty years. This is one of the largest cancer networks in the country. I actively support the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology in melanoma research . In particular, the role of BAP1 mutations in melanoma. I have an active interest in skin cancers and published on mortality from Squamous Cell Carcinoma. I also have an interest in soft tissue tumours, particularly in relation to the skin. I have published a number of peer review articles in this area.


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 (Portugal)

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.


Marcela Saeb-Lima (Mexico)

Clinical dermatology and dermatopathologist with special interest in autoinmune cutaneous diseases, cutaneous infectious diseases, melanocytic and adnexal cutaneous tumors. Guest professor of Dermatopathology, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, guest professor of Dermatopathology IMSS Clínica 25 Monterrey, Nuevo León. Professor in charge of teaching Dermatopathology in the pathology program at INCMNSZ

Dermatopathology Fellowship at Harvard university Medicine School, Boston Massachussetts, USA.
Dermatology Residence at Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González, México City.
La Salle School of Medicine


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.


Eunice Tan (UK)

Dr Eunice Tan has been a consultant dermatologist for 12 years, specialising in skin cancer, dermatological surgery and Mohs surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where she also received her specialist training. In addition, she had trained and worked as a locum consultant in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Her interests in Mohs surgery,  new techniques and technologies led her to try to develop the use of the ex vivo confocal microscope for use in Mohs surgery.


Michael Tetzlaff (USA)

Michael Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology (Section of Dermatopathology) and Translational and Molecular Pathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He also serves as the Executive Officer for the Translational Research Program for The Alliance for Clinical Trials and is a group leader from MD Anderson within the NCI multidisciplinary Cancer Immune Monitoring and Analysis Centers (CIMAC).  Dr. Tetzlaff received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program.  He studied Developmental Biology and Genetics for two years at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. Dr. Tetzlaff then earned his combined MD and PhD degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  His PhD training came in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen J. Elledge.

Dr. Tetzlaff then completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology where he served as Chief Resident, and after this, he completed his fellowship in Dermatopathology in the Department of Dermatology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  Following his training, Dr. Tetzlaff joined the faculty at MD Anderson in 2010.

He currently serves as Associate Editor for Human Pathology and additionally serves on the Editorial Boards for The Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, The American Journal of Clinical Pathology and Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology.  He is an author of over 150 published peer reviewed manuscripts and 5 book chapters.


Nick Tiffin (UK)

Dr Nick Tiffin currently holds consultant posts in dermatopathology at both St George’s University Hospital, London, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He has over 15 years of experience in reporting skin pathology, and is frequently consulted on challenging cases. During his time at Sheffield, Nick has helped develop the skin cancer services as an integral member of the specialist MDT. He holds the RCPath specialist diploma in dermatopathology.
Nick is currently on the expert panel of the Melanoma Slide Club (part of the National Quality Assurance Scheme) and has developed resources such as an extensive slide collection, currently being digitized by the University of Leeds, E-books and gives lectures at regional and national meetings.


Claudia Vidal (USA)

Dr. Claudia I. Vidal is originally from El Paso, Texas. She achieved her M.D., Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical School – Houston and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She then completed a clinical internship in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by residency in anatomic pathology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Fellowship in dermatopathology was accomplished at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2009. She joined the Department of Dermatology at Saint Louis University in 2009. She is currently an Associate Professor in Dermatology and Pathology where she serves as serve as Director of the Histology Laboratory. She also teaches and mentors trainees from undergraduate to graduate as is the Associate Director for the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program at Saint Louis University.