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2023 Annual Conference

2023 Annual Conference

85th Annual Conference of the Ontario Association of Pathologists

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Residence Inn Kingston Water's Edge
7 Earl Street, 
Kingston, ON

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Burnout In Ontario Pathology

Julia Keith St. Lawrence Ballroom A

OMA Section on Laboratory Medicine Update & Annual General Meeting

Neil Davis St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Cancer Care Ontario

Aaron Pollett St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Town Hall

Corwyn Rowsell St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Forensic Pathology

Michael Pollanen St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Intra-operative Consults In Neuropathology

Julia Keith St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Approach To Follicular Patterned Nodules Of The Thyroid

Bibianna Purgina St. Lawrence Ballroom A

The New Bethesda Reporting System For Thyroid Cytology

Si Kei (Sandy) Lou St. Lawrence Ballroom A

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Must Know Updates For Routine Evaluation Of Neoplastic Gynecologic Pathology Specimens

Anjelica Hodgson St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Inside the GI Tract:

Unravelling Drug Manifestations
Christine Orr St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Inflammatory Dermatoses - A Collection Of Interesting Cases

Ami Wang St. Lawrence Ballroom A

A Retrospective Review Of Medicolegal Autopsies From The Territory Of Nunavut, 2012-2022.

Poster Podium Presentation
Andrew Mazurek St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Assessment Challenges In The Implementation Of Competence By Design (cbd): The Experience In A Diagnostic And Molecular Pathology Residency Program

Poster Podium Presentation
Hao Li St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Beyond histomorphology – evaluating endometrial cancer in the era of molecular biomarkers

Anjelica Hodgson St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Beyond histomorphology – evaluating endometrial cancer in the era of molecular biomarkers

Anjelica Hodgson St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Wrap up - Evaluation reminders & Departure

St. Lawrence Ballroom A

Aaron Pollett

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Following medical school at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Pollett completed his residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Toronto and a Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Having an interest in pathology informatics, he completed a master's degree in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation focusing on medical informatics.

Being born in Newfoundland, an epicenter for colorectal cancer genetics, and having an interest in information repositories driving research and clinical innovation, Dr. Pollett's MSc and research brought him into the world of familial registries, hereditary cancer, and molecular pathology.

He was the first Medical Co-Director for the division of Diagnostic Medical Genetics at Sinai, where he has been fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues in the laboratory, clinical and genetics spheres to make Sinai a leader in hereditary and tumour molecular genetic testing. Dr. Pollett is also privileged to be the provincial lead for the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Program (PLMP) at Ontario Health, Cancer Care Ontario. In this role he has helped standardize and expand molecular pathology testing throughout Ontario.

Ami Wang

Assistant professor in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's University

Dr. Ami Wang is the lead dermatopathologist and assistant professor in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's University. She completed her medical school and anatomical pathology residency training at Queen's University. She completed her dermatopathology fellowship training at the University of Toronto under the late Dr. Danny Ghazarian.

Anjelica Hodgson

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Hodgson, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, is a Gynecologic Pathologist at University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

She did her pathology training at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is considered to be a rising star in the field of gynecologic pathology and has previously been awarded the F. Stephen Vogel Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the Robert E. Scully Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists.

She has contributed to the literature on the topics of classification and pathogenesis of endocervical adenocarcinoma and the ever-evolving histologic and molecular landscape of uterine mesenchymal neoplasms.

Bibianna Purgina

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Bibianna Purgina, MD, FRCPC, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Director of Residency Training Program for Anatomical Pathology for the Royal College of Physicians and ​Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) at the University of Ottawa (2021- ) and Staff Pathologist at the Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Purgina is a specialist in head and neck, endocrine, bone and soft tissue pathology. After a residency at the University of Ottawa, Canada, she completed fellowships in bone and soft tissue pathology and head and neck/endocrine pathology, both at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA. She is a member of several committees at Cancer Care Ontario, a member of the editorial board of MyPathologyReport.ca along with a variety of other committees. Dr. Purgina is also actively involved in anatomical pathology residency education and quality and patient safety initiatives in anatomical pathology.

Corwyn Rowsell

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology -Anatomic Pathology

Research Interests:
  • Cancer

Clinical Interests:

  • Pathology
    • Gastrointestinal,
    • Anatomical

    Appointment Status:

    • Primary

    Honours and Awards:

    • Excellence in Medical Education (2022)
    • Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2021, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto).

Julia Keith

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology -Neuropathology

Dr Julia Keith has been the Neuropathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the past 13 years and is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

Michael Pollanen

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Michael Pollanen's career has been spent at the interface between pathology and vulnerable populations.

The approach implemented in his work has been to use the autopsy and pathological examination as a basis to study disease and injury.

His background in anatomical pathology, neuropathology, forensic pathology, and cellular and molecular pathology has provided an innovative foundation for key morphologic studies.

The specific methods that Dr. Pollanen uses for his research include:

  • gross examination
  • histopathology
  • immunohistochemistry
  • protein electrophoresis and Western blotting
  • transmission electron microscopy
  • atomic force microscopy
  • postmortem cross-sectional imaging (CT and MR).

Over the years, Dr. Pollanen's clinical and research activities have become seamlessly interwoven with international capacity development in low- and middle-income countries.

On this basis, he has conducted research and capacity development activities in the following countries, usually under an international organization such as the United Nations or the International Committee for the Red Cross

Peter Sabatini

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology -Cytogenetics

Dr Peter Sabatini completed his Doctoral degree at the University of Toronto with Dr Michelle Bendeck and Dr Lowell Langille studying the mechanisms of cell motility in the cardiovascular system.

He was awarded an Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship where he developed genomic assays with Luminex Molecular Diagnostics.

He then completed his molecular and cytogenetics specialty training with the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr Sabatini is currently a dual certified (molecular/cytogenetics) clinical laboratory geneticist at the University Health Network focusing on cancer genomics.

Si Kei (Sandy) Lou

Practicing cytopathologist at the University Health Network

Dr. Si Kei Sandy Lou is a practicing cytopathologist at the University Health Network. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical training at University of British Columbia followed by an Anatomical Pathology residency and cytopathology fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her research interest includes expanding the application of ancillary tests on cytologic specimens. She also enjoys teaching trainees and practicing pathologists about the wonders of cytopathology.

Christine Orr

Program Director, Anatomical Pathology Residency Program

Dr. Christine Orr is the gastrointestinal pathology educational lead, program director of the Diagnostic and Molecular Pathology residency program, and assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's University. She completed her medical school at the University of Saskatchewan School of Medicine, her anatomical pathology residency at Queen's University, and her gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine under Dr. Rhonda Yantiss. Beyond gastrointestinal pathology, her passions include medical / residency education for which she has presented internationally and been awarded teaching awards as both a resident and a faculty member.

Hao Li


I am a PGY5 combined Anatomical Pathology and Neuropathology resident at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. I was previously a surgery resident before transferring into Pathology. This experience led me to develop a strong interest in medical education. As part of the first cohort of Competence by Design (CBD) launch in Anatomical Pathology, I fully experienced the many challenges that this new education system brought, but at the same time had the opportunity to develop many pioneering changes in this system within my residency program. Outside of my research interests in medical education, I also serve as the CBD representative for my program at our local institution's CBD committee.

Andrew Mazurek

Resident (CBME-4

Dr. Andrew Mazurek is a resident (CBME-4) within the Diagnostic and Molecular Pathology program at Queen's University. He completed his medical education at the University College Cork in Ireland. He has a strong interest in forensic pathology and molecular medicine.

Neil Davis

Chief of the Department of Pathology at Cornwall Community Hospital

Dr. Neil Davis is the Chief of the Department of Pathology at Cornwall Community Hospital, having held that position since 2011. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, a Masters degree in Biomedical Science from Touro College in New York, and his MD degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, before completing his residency in Anatomic Pathology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, then an affiliate of New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. Following residency, he completed two fellowships, one in gynecologic pathology at Mount Sinai and then in surgical pathology at New York University Medical Center. In addition to other roles, Dr. Davis serves as President of the Medical Staff at Cornwall Community Hospital and Chair of the Section on Laboratory Medicine of the Ontario Medical Association.

Harriet Feilotter

Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network Director and Lead, Clinical Implementation -OICR

Using her dual role as a researcher in Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and service chief of laboratory genetics at the Kingston Health Sciences Center, her research is geared towards clinical applications of targeted biomarkers.

Her research includes the study of DNA, RNA and protein biomarkers in a variety of diseases including breast, lung, melanoma, bladder and colon cancers. The Feilotter Lab makes use of multiple platforms, including massively parallel sequencing, to generate and validate targeted biomarker data. Her primary focus is in developing and standardizing pathways for the effective implementation of robustly evaluated biomarkers in the clinical setting, including the assessment of quality metrics. To that end, she engages in community ring studies to assess methodology for evaluation of analytic parameters for targeted molecular assays. Due to the networked nature of the work, she also has an interest and focus in informatics, including the proper handling, storage and sharing of biomarker data, the preprocessing pipelines required to ensure high quality data, the analytic pipelines needed to deliver an effective clinical tool and the ability to federate multiple types of data into formats suitable for sharing, querying and storing.

Olivia Hofmann

My name is Olivia Hofmann, I am a woman of mixed European and Mohawk roots living on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I work at Providence Care Hospital as an Indigenous Transitions Facilitator, making sure that the Indigenous patients who visit the hospital have proper access to all of their healthcare needs. Before this I was at the University of Toronto, where I earned a Masters degree in Public Health, specializing in Indigenous Health. I am still a part-time student as a learner of Kanyen'kéha (Mohawk language) in a partnership program between Queen's University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na. I am honoured to be living and working on these lands and to have the opportunity to learn from so many amazing people every day.