International Speakers

Pathology Update 2023 Invited International Guest Speakers
The Pathology Update 2023 International Guest Speakers are guests of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and are presenting at the invitation of Pathology Update 2023 Overseeing Committee and Scientific Program Committees.

Any enquires about any international guest speakers is requested to go through the RCPA Events and Sponsorship Manager Eve Propper or +61 2 8356 5806.

Roshini Abraham


Dr Roshini Abraham is currently the Associate Chief of Academic Affairs and Founding Director of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio and Professor of Clinical Pathology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiencies Diagnostic and Research Centre at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  From 2002-2018 she was at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota where she was Professor of Medicine, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a past President of the Clinical Immunology Society 2017-2019. She holds  leadership positions in professional organisations or groups related to diagnostic immunology and the inborn errors of immunity. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters and abstracts.  She has received several awards from various professional societies including the 2019 Carl Joliff Lifetime Achievement Award for Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Clinical Immunology Society.
Dr Roshini Abraham will present in the Immunopathology scientific stream.

Justin Bishop


Dr Justin Bishop received his medical degree from Texas Tech University then completed his anatomic and clinical pathology training at The Johns Hopkins University. After residency he joined the surgical pathology faculty at Johns Hopkins. In 2017 he joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Centre where he serves as the Jane B. and Edwin P. Jenevein M.D. Chair in Pathology and Chief of Anatomic Pathology. Dr Bishop has lectured and published extensively in the field of head and neck pathology, authoring >200 articles, 6 books, and numerous book chapters including 15 entries in the latest WHO Classification of Head and Neck Tumors. He is the lead author for the upcoming AFIP salivary gland fascicle. He is an associate editor for Modern Pathology and JAMA-Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and serves on the editorial boards of several additional journals including American Journal of Surgical PathologyOral Oncology, and Human Pathology.
Dr Justin Bishop will present in the Anatomical Pathology scientific stream.

Sindhu Cherian

Dr Sindhu Cherian is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle where she serves as director of the clinical flow cytometry laboratory. She is board certified in clinical pathology and haematopathology.  She received her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, followed by a residency and haematopathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical activities include flow cytometry, morphology, and laboratory haematology. Her research interests are primarily in clinical flow cytometry, with a focus on test development and on utilizing knowledge of immunophenotypic patterns associated with normal maturation to further our understanding of disease processes. She served as president of the International Clinical Cytometry Society from 2019-2021. Dr Cherian has a strong interest in education, has taught in many flow cytometry courses internationally, and currently leads the course committee of the ICCS which is interested in developing novel approaches to enhance flow cytometry education. Dr Cherian has co-authored a book for the College of American Pathologists press titled: Flow Cytometry in Evaluation of Hematopoietic Neoplasms: A Case-Based Approach.
Dr Sindhu Cherian is presenting in the Haematology scientific stream.

William Clarke

Prof William Clarke received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 2000, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ending in 2002. In addition, he received an MBA focused on medical services management from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins in 2007. Following his post-doctoral fellowship, he remained at Johns Hopkins where he is a Professor in the Department of Pathology, the Vice Chair of Pathology for Quality and Regulatory Affairs, as well as the Director of both Point-of-Care Testing and Clinical Toxicology for the hospital. His research interests include clinical mass spectrometry, method development and evaluation for therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical toxicology, point-of-care testing, and development/validation of biomarkers for use in drug management. Prof Clarke has published as author or co-author over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts or book chapters, is the Co-Editor of the textbook Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Practical Laboratory Medicine.
Prof William Clarke will present in the Chemical Pathology stream.

Daniel du Plessis

Dr Daniel du Plessis is a consultant clinical and forensic neuropathologist primarily based within the Department of Cellular Pathology and the Greater Manchester Clinical Neurosciences Centre at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  He also holds honorary appointments at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool and is affiliated to the Department of Forensic Pathology based in The Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He holds postgraduate degrees and qualifications in medical molecular biology, anatomical pathology and neuropathology. His fields of interest are forensic neuropathology, neuro-oncology, cerebrovascular disease and neurodegenerative disease. He is called upon to act as an expert witness in Crown Court proceedings in the UK and also provides opinions/evidence to Family and Appeal Court proceedings. He has also acted as an expert witness in criminal trials in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. He provides training in forensic neuropathology to neuropathology and forensic pathology trainees in the UK. His educational roles include that of invited lecturer at the Euro-CNS Forensic Neuropathology and General Neuropathology courses in Amsterdam and Aachen respectively.  He has authored/co-authored over 90 research and review papers. He is co-editor and author of the 2nd edition of Whitfield’s Forensic Neuropathology published in 2021.  He will also contribute to the next edition of Keeling’s Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology. He was an invited participant at the Closed Experts Meeting on the Pathology of Traumatic Head Injury in Children held under the chairmanship of the President of the Royal College of Pathologists in December 2009 and was instructed by Her Majesty’s Special Coroner for the Hillsborough Disaster inquest to act as Neuropathology Expert Witness in these proceedings 2014- 2016.
Dr Daniel Du Plessis will present in the Forensic Pathology & Clinical Forensic Medicine Scientific streams.

Stephen Kingsmore

Dr Stephen Kingsmore is President/CEO of the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, San Diego, which is implementing pediatric genomic medicine on an unprecedented scale. Previously he was the Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. He has been the President/CEO of the National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Chief Operating Officer of Molecular Staging Inc., Vice President of Research at CuraGen Corporation, founder of GatorGen, and Assistant Professor at the University of Florida’s School of Medicine. Dr Kingsmore received MB ChB BAO and DSc degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast. He trained in clinical immunology in Northern Ireland and did residency in internal medicine and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. He was a MedScape Physician of the year in 2012 and received the 2013 Scripps Genomic Medicine award and 2013 ILCHUN prize of the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. TIME magazine ranked his rapid genome diagnosis one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012.
Dr Stephen Kingsmore will present the Eva Raik Memorial Oration and in the Genetic Pathology Scientific stream.

Anna Lindstrand

Prof Anna Lindstrand is a specialist in Clinical Genetics. She is Head of the Clinical Genetics diagnostic laboratory at the Karolinska University Hospital, group leader for Rare Diseases research group at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at the Karolinska Institute Sweden, and Co-chair of Genomic Medicine Sweden Rare Diseases. Prof Lindstrand’s main areas of research are the study of rare genetic diseases, both clinically and at the molecular level to improve genetic diagnostics, increase knowledge about genotype-phenotype correlations and further understanding of disease biology. She is especially interested in structural genomic variation, how it forms and how it causes human genetic disease. Detailed characterization of chromosomal rearrangements is performed with a variety of methodologies and next generation sequencing platforms. Findings are functionally validated in induced pluripotent stem cells and zebrafish embryos. Prof Lindstrand’s group has pioneered the implementation of WGS-karyotyping or cytogenomics in clinical diagnostics as well as research. They have developed several novel bioinformatic tools for the analysis of structural variants from whole genome sequencing data. The pipelines have been implemented in clinical diagnostic at the Karolinska University Laboratory, increasing the diagnostic yield of WGS based gene panels and trios. Most recently she has evaluated different sequencing technologies, including linked read and long read sequencing, to detect and characterize structural variants in rare disease patients.
Prof Anna Lindstrand will present in the Genetic Pathology Scientific stream.

Attilio Orazi

Prof Attilio Orazi is currently Tenured Professor of Pathology and Chair of Pathology at the P.L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas. He received his MD from the University of Milano in Italy, completed residency training in Clinical Haematology and in Pathology in the United Kingdom and in Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists UK. He is Board Certified in Clinical Haematology by the University of Milano and in Anatomic Pathology by the University of Pavia. He is also Board Certified both in Anatomic Pathology and in Haematopathology by the American Board of Pathology. Before moving permanently to the USA in 1992, he was a staff pathologist at Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori of Milan, Italy. He was a full professor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and at Columbia University, both in New York, and at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He previously held the title of ACGME program director of the Haematopathology fellowship in all three institutions. He served as Vice-Chair and Director of Haematopathology at Weill Cornell School of Medicine, as well as Director of Haematopathology at Columbia University and Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr Attilio Orazi will present in the Haematology Scientific Stream.

Bobbi Pritt


Prof Bobbi Pritt is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and holds a joint appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases. She serves as the Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic and is also the Medical Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, the Head of the Infectious Diseases Anatomic Pathology Working Group, and the Program Director for the Medical Microbiology fellowship. Professor Pritt received her medical degree at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine, in Burlington, Vermont, USA, and then went on to complete residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She then undertook a fellowship in Medical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic, followed by a master’s degree in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK. Professor Pritt’s primary areas of interest are clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases, infectious diseases pathology, and medical education. She has received multiple awards for her educational achievements, including the Mayo Clinic 2018 Distinguished Educator Award, and College of American Pathologists 2018 Excellence in Teaching award. She also received the CAP 2020 Distinguished Patient Care Award for her work on the CAP Microbiology Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has published more than 190 articles including descriptions of two new tick-borne human pathogens in the United States, as well as 4 books and 23 book chapters. She is the author of the popular international parasitology case blog, ’Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites‘ and posts her cases on Twitter (@ParasiteGal), Facebook and LinkedIn.
She also produces a weekly laboratory leadership podcast called ’Answers from the Lab‘ (
Prof Bobbi Pritt will present an Innovations Plenary and, in the Microbiology Scientific stream.

Charles Matthew Quick

Dr Charles ‘Matt’hew Quick is a Professor and clinical educator in the Department of Pathology at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed fellowships in surgical pathology at UAMS and Women’s & Perinatal pathology at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr Quick serves as the Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of Gynecologic Pathology, and the Surgical Pathology Fellowship.  He has published numerous research publications and review articles, and has authored and co-edited multiple textbooks, including High-Yield Pathology: Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology, and the two-volume textbook Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology. He loves all things teaching and gynecologic pathology related and has won numerous teaching awards for his medical student and resident education efforts, including UAMS’ campus-wide Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr Quick is dedicated to expanding pathology education in medical school and has started numerous programs at UAMS to effect this change including the UAMS pathology interest group: SCOPE, a summer pathology preceptorship, and the integration of autopsy pathology into the first-year gross anatomy course, earning him an Education Innovation award in 2015. His efforts have led to a dramatic increase in medical students choosing pathology as a career in the state of Arkansas. Dr Quick serves on the Education Committee and is as an Ambassador for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and has taught numerous interactive microscopy courses for the USCAP at both annual meetings and the new teaching complex located in Palm Springs, California. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology. Dr Quick’s research interests include the study of endometrial precancers, vulvar squamous carcinogenesis and the impact of epithelial-mesenchymal transition on tumour behaviour.
Dr Charles M. Quick will present in the Anatomical Pathology scientific stream.

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