International Speakers presenting at Companion Sessions


Junya Fukuoka
Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki & Kameda Medical Center, Chiba, Japan.

Junya Fukuoka is a professor of pathology at Nagasaki University and has an established track record of scholarly work in digital pathology.



Andrey Bychkov
Kameda Medical Center, Chiba, Japan.

Andrey Bychkov, MD, PhD is a Director of Digital Pathology at Kameda Medical Center, Japan and a Visiting Assoc. Prof. at Nagasaki University. He is deeply involved in the development of the Nagasaki-Kameda Digital Pathology Network.




Sylvia Asa
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, Endocrine Pathologist, University Hospitals Cleveland and University Health Network, Toronto, and Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, has published over 500 scientific articles and 100 book chapters, written seven books, co-edited seven books and given over 250 invited lectures. She serves on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals. Dr. Asa was President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-6) and has received awards from national and international scientific organizations.

As head of the largest pathology department in Canada for 15 years, Dr. Asa made innovative changes to the practice of the discipline, implementing subspecialization, molecular diagnostics, biobanking, automation, pathology informatics and digital pathology. She emphasized the importance of education and research. To ensure public knowledge of the role of Pathology and maintain a direct connection with patients, Dr. Asa is a consultant to several patient groups.



Stephan Ihrler
DERMPATH Muenchen, Germany.

Prof. Stefan Ihrler from Munich is chairman of the Head and Neck pathology Working Group of the European society of pathology(ESP). He also participated in the International Council Meeting of IAP as a German Councilor.




John Hart
University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL USA

Dr. John Hart graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1986. He did his pathology residency at U.C.L.A. Medical Center, followed by a Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology fellowship at the same institution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, and rose to the rank of full professor in 2004. He is the chief of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Pathology section and director of the fellowship program. The section includes 6 faculty members with expertise in the entire range of adult and pediatric gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology. The fellowship has graduated more than twenty GI pathologists who are now working in leading academic pathology departments throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Hart has published more than 200 articles in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has also authored numerous book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He currently vice president and a member of the Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and is a past president of the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.


Michael Trobenson
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

Dr. Torbenson is a Professor of Pathology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota where he specializes in GI and liver Pathology. He has published over 250 papers, numerous book chapters, and authored or co-authored 6 books on liver pathology, including a book on liver biopsy interpretation and the current AFIP fascicle on tumors of the liver. Dr. Torbenson grew up in Minnesota, but trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both residency and for a fellowship in liver and transplant pathology, followed by a GI pathology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He stayed on as faculty at Johns Hopkins until 2013, when he returned to Minnesota and joined Mayo Clinic Rochester.



Neal Lindeman
Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA






Claudia M Prospero Ponce
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Dr. Prospero Ponce is an ACGME Fellowship trained Ocular Pathologist with faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and privileges at the University Medical Center at El Paso, Pathology Department. She received her degree at the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is also a Fellowship trained Neuro-Ophthalmologist that received her degree at Houston Methodist Hospital, Blanton Eye Institute.


Patricia Chevez-Barrios
Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, USA

After finishing all seven of her postdoctoral training programs in Medicine, Ophthalmology, Clinical and Anatomic Pathology, Retina, Anterior Segment and Ocular Pathology, Dr. Chévez-Barrios joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine in 1996 as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Ophthalmology. Dr. Chévez- Barrios assumed her current positions at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2004 where she became Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology at Weil Cornel Medical College and hold the Chair in Ocular Pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital. She has current appointments of adjunct professor in the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Department of Ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Chevez-Barrios has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, authored several book chapters and participated in lectures, meetings and visiting professor lectures, nationally and internationally, in the fields of Ophthalmic Pathology and Retinoblastoma. She is co-founder and co-director of the Retinoblastoma Center of Houston since 2009. Pre-clinical models of ocular disease have been her research interest and recently obtained NASA funding for the study of microgravity effects in the eye (International Space Station effects). She enjoys teaching and the presence of students, residents and fellows of different programs and levels of training with whom she spends most of her day sharing experiences, cases and research.


Maria Miguelina de La Garza Bravo
Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, USA

Dr. de la Garza Bravo received her medical degree in 2010 from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Studios Superiores de Monterrey, where she graduated with honors. She then moved to Houston and completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She then completed a combined Anatomical and Clinical Pathology residency at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2016; a fellowship in Dermatopathology at Baylor College of Medicine in 2017; and a second fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2018. Dr. de la Garza Bravo served as both Chief Resident (2015-2016) and Chief Fellow (2017-2018) during her training at Houston Methodist.

Dr. de la Garza Bravo worked in private practice for two years where she served as Medical Director during her last year. She joined back Houston Methodist in August of 2020 where her practice is focused on dermatopathology, ocular and surgical pathology.



Kamran Mirza
Loyola University Health System, Maywood, IL, USA

Kamran is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education and Applied Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He serves as the Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Pathology. Kamran’s research interests include novel platforms of pathology education and advocacy, including social media. He is the founder of and has co-founded pathpod podcast, virtual pathology grand rounds, and the virtual pathology student interest group on Twitter.