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Distinguished Pathologist Recipient for 2020

Dr Fiona (Sally) Bonar

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Fiona Bonar graduated in Ireland in 1977 where she did post graduate work in Paediatrics and Obstetrics, ultimately completing training in Internal Medicine and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She trained in Anatomical Pathology in Ireland and in the USA. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London) and she completed a Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Pathology at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York. She migrated to Australia in 1990 and has become a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia where she also attained fellowship of the Faculty of Oral Pathology.

She is a Senior Specialist in Anatomical Pathology at the Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Practice and has been an Honorary Consultant in Orthopaedic Pathology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for over 2 decades. Her academic roles include that of Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame and Clinical Associate professor at Macquarie University Sydney.

Her main expertise is in the histopathology of bones, joints and soft tissue. She has authored more than 85 peer reviewed papers, several book chapters, including two chapters in the recent WHO Classification of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumours and is a co-author of the AFIP Fascicle on Non-Tumour Orthopaedic Pathology. She is a member of several editorial boards of international specialty journals, participates in a number of national and international clinic-pathological groups including the Australian Sarcoma Group and is an active member of The International Skeletal Society.

(Honours include Distinguished Pathologist award by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia 2020, Medal of the International Skeletal Society 2019, Medal in the Order of Australia 2017 and Distinguished Pathologist award by Sonic Healthcare, 2014).

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Heartfelt Condolences in the sad demise of Dr. David Grignon

David J. Grignon, President of the International Society of Urological Pathology (2018-2019)

With heartfelt sadness we inform our members that Dr. David Grignon, recent past-President of ISUP died Tuesday, January 28th 2020, after a short fight with pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Grignon is one of a few giants of late 20th century and early 21st century urological pathology. He was a founding member of the ISUP. He was a colleague and friend, and had been a mentor to the current generation of pathologists.
In his exemplary career in Urogenital Pathology, Dr. Grignon contributed more than 350 paper publications, numerous book chapters, many invited lectures and courses, editorial board service, and service to all the major pathology organizations, including a recent term as the treasurer of the USCAP.  Since 2007, he was Centennial Professor of Pathology at Indiana University and Vice Chair for Clinical Programs. He served as ISUP President during the turbulent period from 2018 to 2019 and put the Society on a path to continued prominence and success.

Dr. Grignon was one of our invited overseas speakers at 2 of our Divisional meetings, first time in 2006 and the second time in 2018. He will be missed for his wit, his thoughtfulness, and his leadership. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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‘NSW Premier’s ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’

Congratulations to Professor Richard Scolyer at Melanoma Institute Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The University of Sydney who was awarded the NSW Premier’s ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’.

Professor Scolyer is the world’s most highly cited melanoma pathologist and co-leads a world-renowned translational research laboratory. His ground-breaking work in the diagnosis and prognostic markers of melanoma, the genetic characterisation of melanoma (he co-leads the Australian Melanoma Genome Project), cancer staging, and the rapid detection of the BRAF mutation by immunohistochemistry has made a real difference to the management and survival of patients with melanoma worldwide.

His leading work on the classification of skin cancers (recognised with the appointment as an editor for 4th Edition of World Health Organisation Classification of Skin Tumours) and staging (he is Vice Chair for Melanoma Expert Panel for the AJCC Cancer Staging System) has had an impact across the world. He has presented on >300 occasions at international conferences, and is a co-author of more than 500 articles and book chapters including publications in New England Journal Medicine, Lancet and Nature.

https://www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/about-us/events/

Richard also won the GSK Award for Research Excellence along with Professor Georgina Long for their exceptional contribution to medical research that has transformed melanoma treatment and patient care.

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Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Jane Esther Dahlstrom (ACT)

For service to medical education, and to pathology

Born and raised in Sydney Australia, Jane Dahlstrom is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia. After completing her PhD at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University (ANU) she entered speciality training in Anatomical Pathology. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) in Anatomical Pathology and in Oral Pathology and is a founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science of RCPA. Jane was admitted as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2014.

Jane is passionate about assisting pathologists from underserved regions of the world. Being chair of the Education Committee of International Academy of Pathology (IAP), President of the Australasian Division of the IAP, immediate past Vice President Asia-Pacific of IAP and immediate past president of the International Paediatric Pathology Association (IPPA) has enabled her to help promote collaborative educational activities of pathologists within these regions.

Jane has a keen interest in medical education and has won multiple institutional and national awards for her teaching. Her research basis is both clinical and experimental including areas of breast, perinatal and developmental pathology.

Jane is currently Executive Director of ACT Pathology, Canberra Health Services, Senior Staff Specialist in Anatomical Pathology at ACT Pathology and Chair and Professor of Pathology, ANU Medical School, College of Health and Medicine at ANU.

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‘NSW Premier’s ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’

Congratulations to Professor Richard Scolyer at Melanoma Institute Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The University of Sydney who was awarded the NSW Premier’s ‘Professor Rob Sutherland AO Make a Difference Award’. 

Professor Scolyer is the world’s most highly cited melanoma pathologist and co-leads a world-renowned translational research laboratory. His ground-breaking work in the diagnosis and prognostic markers of melanoma, the genetic characterisation of melanoma (he co-leads the Australian Melanoma Genome Project), cancer staging, and the rapid detection of the BRAF mutation by immunohistochemistry has made a real difference to the management and survival of patients with melanoma worldwide. 

His leading work on the classification of skin cancers (recognised with the appointment as an editor for 4th Edition of World Health Organisation Classification of Skin Tumours) and staging (he is Vice Chair for Melanoma Expert Panel for the AJCC Cancer Staging System) has had an impact across the world. He has presented on >300 occasions at international conferences, and is a co-author of more than 500 articles and book chapters including publications in New England Journal Medicine, Lancet and Nature.

https://www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/about-us/events/

Richard also won the GSK Award for Research Excellence along with Professor Georgina Long for their exceptional contribution to medical research that has transformed melanoma treatment and patient care.