Aims of the Committee

The aim is to recommend to the IAC President upon request temporary appointments for vacancies on the Board of Directors and to recommend to the Board of Directors the names of a slate of officers and council members for possible submission to a vote by the voting IAC-membership. A world-wide representation is favorable.

  • Members: Andrew Field, Fernando Schmitt
  • Member ex-officio: Massimo Bongiovanni



Dr. Field is head of the Department of Anatomical Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Notre Dame University Medical Schools. He is currently the President of the International Academy of Cytology and a foundation member of African Strategies for Advancing Pathology, an organization that aims to advocate for and coordinate improvements in pathology services throughout Africa.

dr. Syed Z. Ali, MD, FRCPath, FIAC

Dr. Ali serves as Professor of Pathology and Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as the Director of the Division of Cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his Pathology residency training at North Shore University Hospital in New York with fellowships in Surgical Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Fernando Schmitt, FIAC, President of the IAC

Professor Fernando Schmitt is a Professor of Pathology at the Medical Faculty of University of Porto, Senior Researcher and Head of Molecular Pathology Unit at IPATIMUP, Director of RISE (Clinical and Translational Research Network of the Medical Faculty), Past-President of the International Society of Breast Pathology and President of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).