Executive Council 2016-2019

The IAC Executive Council for the years 2016-2019.

The Executive Council was installed at the 19th International Congress in Yokohama, Japan, May 2016


Robert Osamura

Dr. Robert Y. Osamura, MD, FIAC is Professor and Director of Diagnostic Pathology Center at International University of Health and Welfare and served as Chairman of the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology(JSCC), the largest national society of cytology worldwide with over 11.000 members. Dr. Osamura graduated from Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, and trained in pathology at University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, USA and completed a Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.

His research interests focused on the application of immunohistochemical techniques to diagnostic pathology and cytology leading him lately into the field of molecular pathology & cytology. Currently, he is involved in developing roles for morphology in molecular targeted cancers therapy in the areas of breast cancers, GIST, lung cancers and colo-rectal cancers. He is particularly interested in emphasizing the significance of cytological material as source of good targets for the application of various molecular techniques.
Dr. Osamura has been serving as a member of numerous Editorial Boards in cytology and also pathology. Dr. Osamura organized the 47th Annual Meeting of JSCC in Yokohama in 2006 which attracted 4700 attendees. Since 2004 Dr. Osamura has been on the Executive Council of the IAC, serving as Vice President and as a Chair of Constitution and By-Laws Committee. For 2010-2013, as Vice President, he is looking forward to working hard with all of the members of IAC for "global encouragement and interaction in cytological activities" for the best in diagnosis, therapy and prevention of the diseases.

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Andrew Field, Australia

Associate Professor Andrew Field MB BS(Hons) FRCPA FIAC DipCytopath(RCPA) ASM, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Dr Field graduated from medicine at University of New South Wales in 1978, completed his FRCPA anatomical pathology training in 1985, and then pursued further training in cytopathology at the John Hopkins, Karolinska and Flinders Hospitals leading to him gaining the FIAC in 1990 and the RCPA Cytopathology Diploma in 1996.


He is Deputy Director and senior consultant in the Department of Anatomical Pathology at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor at Notre Dame University Medical School, Sydney.


He is a past president of the Australian Society of Cytology and current Board member of the Papanicolaou Society of Cytology, and past member of the IAC Task Force for promoting education and professional development in cytology in developing countries, the IAC Membership and Site Selection Committees and past co-chair of the IAC Education and QA Committee that re-constituted the IAC Tutorials.


Currently he is the President Elect of the International Academy of Cytology. He is on the editorial board and reviews for Diagnostic Cytopathology, Cancer Cytopathology, ACTA Cytologica and the Journal of the American Society of Cytology.


With the support of the Papanicolaou Society and local organizers, he has organized and taught at twenty one weeklong FNAB tutorials in Kampala, Lagos, Kano, Dar Es Salaam, Cape Town, Addis Ababa and Nairobi. These tutorials commenced in 2007 and have been given with the other speakers including Dr William Geddie, from the University Hospital Network, Toronto, and Dr Matthew Zarka, from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.


He has been an invited lecturer at the Kuwait Postgraduate Tutorial in 2013, and an invited speaker at the IAC Tutorials and USCAP, IAP, Asian Pacific IAP and other congresses. He is committed to fostering the development of cytopathology in the developing world.


His major diagnostic, teaching, publication, writing and research interests are in FNAB cytopathology especially of the lymph nodes, breast, infectious diseases and thyroid, and in surgical pathology of the breast, infections including AIDS, and the gastrointestinal tract.


In 2011, he received the Papanicolaou Society Award for Interventional Cytopathologist of the Year, and in 2017 he received the Australian Society of Cytology Michael Drake award for services to cytopathology.


Philippe Vielh, Luxembourg

Philippe Vielh was head of cytopathology at the Institut Curie, Paris for thirteen years, then moved to the Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy, Villejuif near Paris where he was Director of cytopathology from 2003 till 2015. He presently works at the Laboratoire National de Santé (Dudelange, Luxembourg) where he is in charge of cytopathology. He graduated as an MD and a board-certified pathologist from the Faculty of Medicine and as a PhD in Immunology from the Institut Pasteur, both in Paris. He is particularly interested in the study of genomics and transcriptomics of breast and thyroid tumours and is author or co-author of more than 190 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 15 chapters and 4 books. He served as President of the French Society of Clinical Cytology (SFCC) for 10 years and organized the 31st European Congress of Cytology in Paris (2005), where he was elected Secretary General of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (2005-present). Philippe is the recipient of the 2007 L.C. Tao "Educator of the Year" award given by the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology. He chaired the 18th IAC congress, Paris (May 26-30, 2013).

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John H. F. Smith, England

John Smith is Consultant Histopathologist and Cytopathologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pathology in the University of Sheffield. Born in 1953, he graduated in 1977 from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London and trained in histopathology and cytology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London and in Bristol, where he developed a particular interest in cytology. He was appointed a consultant in Sheffield in 1987 and for the past twelve years has practiced exclusively in gynaecological histopathology and cytology.

He is Director of the East Pennine Cytology Training Centre (which he founded as the Sheffield Cytology Training Centre in 1991), Director of South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Cervical Cytology Service and lead histopathologist at Sheffield Gynaecological Cancer Centre. He is a former Chair of the Cytopathology Sub-Committee and the Panel of Examiners in Cytology of the Royal College of Pathologists and past President of the British Society for Clinical Cytology. He was chair of the organising committee and co-chair of the scientific programme committee of the 17th International Congress of Cytology held in Edinburgh in 2010.

Dr Smith has published over 80 original papers, a book, book chapters and review articles and has lectured and conducted slide seminars on cervical cytology, cervical cancer screening and gynaecological histopathology throughout the UK and in Europe, South America, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australasia.

He has recently authored revised quality assurance guidelines for the UK cervical screening programme and his laboratory has made a major contribution to studies on the use of human papillomavirus testing in cervical cancer screening.

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Fernando Schmitt, Portugal

Fernando Schmitt was Professor of Pathology at the University of Porto (2004-2013), Portugal and at the University of Toronto (2013-2014), Canada. He was born in Brazil in 1959 and received his medical degree in 1983. Fernando served his pathology residency at the Medical Faculty of São Paulo, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Cytology at the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm and gained his PhD in Pathology in 1990.

In Portugal, he established a research group in breast pathology and a FNA service at IPATIMUP.
Dr. Schmitt holds 12 national and international society memberships, including FIAC. Dr. Schmitt has authored more than 393 papers in peer-review journals and 23 book chapters. He serves as Associate Editor of Diagnostic Cytopathology, Acta Cytolog¬ica, BMC Cancer, PlosOne and serves on the Editorial board for a number of journals. Dr. Schmitt has served on various national and international committees of Pathology and Cytology Societies. He is the Secretary-General of the International Academy of Cytology.

Dr Schmitt organized the 35th European Congress of Cytology in Lisbon in September 2009. He was awarded the Educator of the Year 2011 by the Papanicoloau Society of Cytology (USA) and received The 2013 Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award from the International Academy of Cytology. Teaching medical students, research in breast pathology and performing and diagnosing FNA biopsies are his favourite activities.

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Kari J. Syrjänen (Finland)

Dr. Syrjänen is currently Visiting Professor, Barretos Cancer Hospital, Brazil. He was born in Finland, and graduated in Medicine, University of Helsinki, in 1974, where he also received his Ph.D. in pathology (1975). Board-certified pathologist (1980), and FIAC (1993). He was Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, University of Kuopio in 1989-1999, and Director of Cytopathology Laboratory of Finnish Cancer Society (Kuopio) for 16 years. Dr. Syrjänen served as President of the Finnish Society of Clinical Cytology (FSCC) for 10 years and organized the 19th European Congress of Cytology in Turku (1991), being President of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS)(1990-1991). Dr. Syrjänen is the founding member of the Board, International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS)(1995-) and EUROGIN (1992-). He is Honorary Member of American- (ASCCP), Italian- (ISCCP) and Hungarian (HSCCP) Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Dr. Syrjänen was the recipient of Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award in 2010. He is Editorial Board member in 16 journals and Associate Editor-in-Chief (CME Journal of Gynecologic Oncology). Dr. Syrjänen has authored/edited 8 international books, written over 50 book chapters, and published over 800 original papers and reviews in peer-reviewed journals.


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Luiz M. Collaço, Brazil

Luiz Collaço graduated from Evangelical School of Medicine in 1982, Curitiba, Brazil, with residency in Pathology at the Clinical Hospital of the Federal University of Paraná. He completed a PhD in Medicine in 2002. Conducted a study in Cytopathology at the Karolinska Hospital, Sweden. Currently Dr. Collaço is Professor of Pathology in Federal University of Paraná and Evangelical Faculty of Paraná. Past president of the Brazilian Society of Cytopathology (2009-2012) and is currently secretary of the Latin American Society of Cytology. His practice includes clinical and diagnostic care, education and translational research. Published journal articles and book chapters. He has continuing interest in cytology of the thyroid, breast, cervical cancer screening, quality cytopathology.

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Annabelle Farnsworth, Australia

Dr. Annabelle Farnsworth is the medical director of Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) and the director of the DHM Cytopathology Department, the largest cytology department in Australia reporting on both gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology specimens. She has an ongoing interest in cervical screening, quality assurance in cytology, automation in cervical cytology and medical education.  She is currently the Australian Society of Cyology representative on the federal government review panel looking at quality standards in cervical cytology.  She has published widely including investigations into automation in cervical cytology.

Dr. Lan Chen

Lan Chen, China

Dr. Lan Chen graduated from West China University of Medical Sciences (1986-1992) in China and started her pathology training in Beijing Tong Ren Hospital (1992-1996). Upon finishing her residency, she went abroad to pursue higher academic education. She received her PhD in Anatomical and cellular Pathology Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong (1996-1999), and conducted post-doctoral research in Department of Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biology, School of Pharmacy, University of London (2000-2001) and Pathology Department of Hong Kong University (2003-2006). In 2007, she came back to Beijing to join the Pathology Department of Beijing Hospital, which plays a leading role in cytological diagnosis in China. She is now the only full-time cytopathologist in the department.

Her previous research focused on molecular genetic study of Alzheimer's disease (AD), Down Syndrome (DS) and oral squamous cell carcinoma and ameloblastoma with related genes on Ch21, and she has published over 10 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Now as a diagnostic cytopathologist, her major interests include FNA of thyroid, lymphonode, EBUS TBNA and exfoliated cytology of sputum, urine and effusion. She has been applying IHC and molecular genetic techniques for accurate cytology diagnosis, including typing of lung cancers for target therapy, definitive diagnoses of uroepithelial and thyroid carcinoma.

She is actively involved in the activities of Chinese Cytology Association (CCA) as an academic lecturer, diagnostic cytology course trainer and translator for international academic exchanges. She is also the liaison person between IAC and CCA and was one of the key organizers of recent 2015 IAC Beijing Tutorial, which was a big success and attracted over 200 attendees.

She would like to further promote IAC's influence in China as well as China's presence in international activities and help her fellow colleagues to join IAC for academic improvements in the future

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Kusum Kapila, Kuwait

Dr. Kapila is Professor of Pathology and Head of Cytopathology at the Kuwait University.  She completed post graduation residency program in Pathology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) , New Delhi (India) and performed a post doctoral fellowship in Cytopathology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, New York. She earned her Masters in Medical Education degree from Dundee and is currently the Program Director  of the Graduate Studies in Pathology (Masters and Ph.D) at Kuwait University. She serves as  Editor and  reviewer for several journals. Dr. Kapila was Head of Cytopathology at AIIMS and served as Secretary, Treasurer and Convenor of the Accreditation and Examination Committee of the Indian Academy of Cytologists. She has organized several symposia and workshops and has been a resource person in national and international meetings where she has been the recipient of several awards.Teaching medical students and diagnostic cytopathology are her special interests.


Ritu Nayar, USA

Ritu Nayar graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi India, with an MBBS and MD in Pathology. She then moved to the United States and completed her Pathology residency, Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology fellowships. Currently Dr Nayar is a Professor of Pathology and Director of Cytopathology at Northwestern University, Chicago.

Dr. Nayar's practice includes clinical service, administration, teaching and translational research. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters; is co-editor of the 2nd edition of the Bethesda Atlas for Reporting Cervical Cytology Bethesda Atlas; contributor for the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology and an editorial board member for several pathology journals. She is a frequently invited speaker for American and International Pathology Meetings.

Dr Nayar has been an active leader in Pathology, having chaired and served on several committees in the ASC, ASCP, USCAP,CAP and PSC. Currently Ritu Nayar is President Elect of the American Society of Cytopathology, Chair of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) Education Committee, and a member of the CAP Cytopathology Committee.

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Shirley Greening, Philadelphia, USA

At Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA from 1983 - 2014, Ms. Greening was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioscience Technologies, which conducts BS and MS programs in Biotechnology, Cytotechnology/Cell Sciences and Medical Laboratory Science.

Ms. Greening has been Chair of the Cytotechnology Advisory Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and is a Past-President of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT).


An active member of the IAC since 1972, she is Chair of the IAC's Cytotechnology Awards Jury and the IAC Registry and Renewal Committee.


With interests in national and international education and practice issues, Ms. Greening served on the International Advisory Board for King Saud bin Abdulaziz University of Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2006-2010 and was a member of ASCP's International Certification Committee.


She received the Cytotechnologist of the Year Award from the ASC in 1993, the Cytotechnologist Achievement Award of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT) in 1995, and the 1997 Cytotechnology Award in Clinical Cytology from the IAC.


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