Pathology Department

Department of Pathology:
Message from the Chair/Chief Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti


It has been a wonderful year full of excitement, challenges, opportunities and success. Our greatest strength has been and continues to be our people. Our leaders, academic and professional staff, technical and office personnel at the University and in the hospitals have continued to demonstrate their commitment, hard work and passion to achieve a common goal. This positive approach has ensured our success as we continue to strive in teaching, research, and clinical service, the pillars of academic medicine.

During the year, our clinical team faced change as Ms. Alex Stuart, our administrative director of laboratory services, returned to British Columbia for personal reasons. This departure occurred during the amalgamation with Strathroy Hospital laboratory, however, Ms. Sue Volbrecht rose to this challenge making this transition achievable. At the same time, we were delighted to have been successful in recruiting four new faculty members. Welcome to microbiologists Drs. Delport and Zaharadis, pathologist Dr. Walsh and scientist Dr. Duennwald. Dr. Howlett has redirected his career to a clinical scientist track.

The departmental graduate programs continue to thrive and this year our Pathologists’ Assistant graduate program has been converted to a free standing professional program. We have initiated discussions with other Ontario institutes to expand this program.

Our Anatomical Pathology and Neuropathology residency programs have continued to maintain their success as evidenced again at the Royal College examinations with a continued 100% success rate.

The administration of the department also experienced change with the formation of an Executive Committee. This committee will handle strategic decision making at the highest level.

Congratulations are in order to many members of our department, including but not limited to the following:
• Dr. Jack Bend was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences,
• Dr. M. Daria Haust was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of the Governor General of Canada in June 2012,
• Dr. Lee Cyn Ang, our Neuropathology Program Director received the Schulich Award for Excellence in Education (Postgraduate) and
• Ms. Mair Hughes was presented with the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff.

As we move forward in our journey, we will work to achieve our goals. Our strategic planning is in alignment with that of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University. This year we have also started a strategic planning process for the clinical laboratory services.

Two long-term members of the department retired in the past year: Ms. Nancy Conron, former secretary to the Chair/Chief retired after 25 years of service and Professor Zafar Hussain, former Program Director of the residency program in Medical Microbiology, after 30 years. We will miss them and wish them well.

This past year has been an excellent experience for me. I know that with the commitment, enthusiasm and positive attitude of our staff and faculty, we will maintain an environment that allows our department to move forward as a team and simultaneously fulfill each person’s aspirations. I am looking forward to another year of great success and accomplishment.

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