Aims of the Committee

To study the possibility of the establishment of an IAC Foundation

Specific Topics

  • Shorter term: Allocate a percentage of the annual IAC budget specifically for philanthropy/ charitable giving and determine what initiatives will be funded (bursaries, mentorship, advocacy).
  • Longer term: determine the logistics, feasibility, and need to establish an IAC Foundation (Legal considerations, tax deduction implications for global donors, etc.)

Chair: Martha Pitman
Members: Andrew Field, Syed Ali, Claire Bourgain
Members ex-officio: Massimo Bongiovanni and Fernando Schmitt


Dr. Martha Pitman, MIAC

Dr. Pitman is Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and practising pathologist in cytopathology and gastrointestinal surgical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
She has been Associate Editor of Cancer Cytopathology and The Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology and is currently active on the editorial boards of several journals. She is the lead author of the PSC Pancreaticobiliary Terminology System for reporting pancreaticobiliary cytology as well as the new WHO Reporting System for Pancreaticobiliary Cytology. She is also on the Standing Committee (one of 5 series editors) for all WHO Reporting Systems.


Andrew Field, MB BS (Hons), FRCPA, FIAC

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 Claire Bourgain, MIAC

Dr. Bourgain is Head of the Department of Pathology at Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Leuven, Belgium.