Speakers – BKUP 2020


Speakers at London Dermatopathology Symposium 2020




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.


Richard Carr (UK)


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.


Patrick Emmanuel (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.

Maria Figueras (Spain)


Marc Haspeslagh (Belgium)

Dr. Marc Haspeslagh is the founder and director of the private, independent dermatopathology lab ‘Dermpat’ in Ghent. He completed his education in General Medicine, Pathology and Clinical Genetics at the University Hospital of Leuven. While working for more than 20 years as a general surgical pathologist in the city hospital of Roeselare, he gradually developed a particular interest in dermatopathology. This led him to obtain the International Dermatopathology Board certification in Frankfurt in 2005.

Since the foundation of Dermpat in 2011, he has been working as a full time dermatopathologist. That same year, he also started working as a consultant dermatopathologist in the Dermatology department of the Ghent University Hospital. He specializes in syndromic skin diseases and pigment lesions, with special attention to the correlation between dermoscopy and morphology of these lesions.

Dr. Marc Haspeslagh remains associated with the University of Leuven through a partnership and cooperation agreement. This agreement allows Pathologic Anatomy assistants to develop specific skills that are required in dermatopathology, through a rotating internship.

A new method of lesion-specific and targeted cutting, called ‘ex vivo dermoscopy and derm dotting’, was developed by Dermpat in close collaboration with the Dermatology and Pathology departments of the Ghent University Hospital. Moreover, this subject (matter, new way of working) was profoundly described in Marc Haspeslagh’s PhD in 2018 and remains a common /frequently cited topic in various articles, published in several international journals. His current research is focused on the dermoscopic-pathologic subclassification of flat naevi.


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.

Raul Perrett (Europe)


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.

Alistair Robson (Portugal)

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.

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.

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


Richard Scolyer (Aus)


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.

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.

Rajalakshmi Tirumalae (India)

Carlos Torres-Cabala (Europe)

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.