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 Speakers' Profiles





Catherine M. Stefanato, MD, FRCPath.  Symposium & Multi-Header Speaker

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

Dr. Catherine M. Stefanato is Consultant Dermatopathologist in the Department of Dermatopathology, at the St. John's Institute of Dermatology, London, UK.   Dr. Stefanato completed her residency training in Dermatology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy.  Subsequently, she undertook residency training 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 of both Anatomic Pathology and Dermatopathology.
Dr. Stefanato currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the ICDP-UEMS Dermatopathology Exmination.  In addition, she holds memberships in eight other Dermatology and Dermatopathology Societies.
Dr. Stefanato's principal 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 90 publications, primarily in the area of dermatopathology.


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.



Paul Craig, FRCPath, DipRCPath (Dermpath), UK.  Symposium Speaker

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.

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.


Cyril Fisher, MA MD DSc FRCPath, UK.  Symposium & Multi-Header Speaker

Consultant Histopathologist, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK
Professor of Tumour Pathology, Institute of Cancer Research, UCL

Professor Cyril Fisher MA, MD, DSc, FRCPath, Hon MRCR, graduated in medicine from Oxford University and trained in pathology at University College Hospital Medical School, London. He has held senior academic appointments in the USA and the UK and is currently Professor of Tumour Pathology at the Institute of Cancer Research (University of London) and Consultant Histopathologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK  
Prof. Fisher specialises in diagnosis of soft tissue tumours, including application and evaluation of the most advanced diagnostic techniques. He has been President of the International Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, has given more than 175 invited lectures in 22 countries, and is an Editor of Sarcoma and a member of several other Editorial Boards.  He has authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific publications. 
Prof. Fisher deals with some 2000 specimens of soft tissue tumours and related conditions per year, and receives cases for second opinion from pathologists throughout the U.K. and worldwide.

Guido Massi, MD, Italy.  Symposium Speaker
Professor of Pathology and Dermatopathology, Department of Pathology, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy

Dr Massi completed his degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1975, at the Catholic Univeristy of Sacred Heart, Rome. He undertook specialist training in dermatopathology at New York University Medical Centre, in the dermatopathology department headed by AB Ackerman. He further specialized in melanocytic tumours at the University of San Francisco, USA and Graz, Austria.

Dr Massi is responsible for Dermatopathology Diagnostics at Gemelli Hospital, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome. He is Professor of Pathology institutions for the degree course in Dentistry and Dental Implants, Catholic University, Rome.  He is also a consultant in the private Inghirami laboratory, Rome.

Tony Petrella, France.  Symposium Speaker

Doctor Tony Petrella is Dermatopathologist and Hematopathologist at the Universitary Hospital of Dijon (France).

He is co-director of the Center of Pathology of Dijon. He is member of the Pathology Board of the French Lymphoma Study Group and member of the Scientific Board of French Study Group of Cutaneous Lymphoma. He is Pathologist Referent of the French Institute of Cancer for Systemic and Cutaneous Lymphomas in the Eastern Medical Region of France.






M. Ramam, MD India. Symposium & Multi-Header Speaker

Dr M Ramam is Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

He trained in dermatology and venereology in the same department and undertook a dermatopathology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He provides clinical care to out-patients and in-patients  attending his hospital and is also a member of the dermatopathology team. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. 

Dr Ramam's clinical and research interests include granulomatous disorders, pigmentary disorders and drug reactions. 





Richard Stacey MB ChB MRCGP MFFLM MA Medical Ethics and Law - Medicolegal Adviser MPS

Dr Stacey has been a full time Medicolegal Adviser at MPS since 2003, prior to which he was a GP Principal and GP Trainer in North Leeds. In his role, Dr Stacey has had experience of assisting pathologists in relation to complaints, claims, Inquests, GMC and Trust disciplinary procedures.

Dr Stacey is the Editor-in-Chief of two MPS Journals and has published articles relating to assorted medicolegal matters in both MPS and external publications.

Dr Stacey has twice finished in the top 20 in the London Triathlon and has an interest in the ethical and legal issues that surround the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.

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