Dr Eduardo Calonje, MD, DipRCPath Staff Lecturer
Dr Eduardo Calonje graduated from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia followed by training in Clinical Pathology in the same institution. This was followed by a Dermatopathology Fellowship in Cardiff, Wales with a scolarship from the British Council and a Visiting Fellowship in Dermatopathology under Dr Daniel Santa Cruz in St Louis, Missouri, USA. After this he became a Senior Registrar in Dermatology and Dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas Hospital in London, United Kingdom where he trained in both specialties for 4 years under Professor E Wilson-Jones, Dr N.P. Smith and Dr Phillip McKee. During this time he obtained the Diploma in Dermatopathology from the Royal College of Pathologists after being the first person to successfully pass the exam when it was launched. For two years after this he did a fellowship in soft tissue tumours under Dr Chris Fletcher.In 1996 he was appointed consultant dermatopathologist and honorary senior lecturer in dermatology at the Institute of Dermatology and since 2002 he has been Director of Dermatopathology at the same institution.
Dr Calonje is a council member of the section of Dermatology of the Royal Society of Medicine, the council of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, President of the British Society of Dermatopathology and examiner for the Diploma in Dermatopathology for the Royal College of Pathologists.
He has contributed multiple chapters to major textbooks in Dermatology and Dermtopathology including Fletcher’s Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumours (since the 1st ed), Lever’s Histolopathology of the skin (from the seventh edition), Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology (since the 6th ed) and is a co-editor of the 4th edition of McKee’s Pathology of the Skin. He is co-editor of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Histopathology and The British Journal of Dermatology.
He has been involved in over 200 publications in the fields of dermatology, dermatopathology and soft tissue tumours. Dr Calonje has the largest referral practice for dermatopathology in the United Kingdom and organizes three courses every year including a residential one week course in London, an annual Update in Dermatopathology and a two hour weekly advanced course in dermatopathology that runs throughout the year in London. He frequently lectures abroad and has organized dermatopathology courses for the British Division of the AIP in India, Bosnia and Sri Lanka.
Dr Viky Damaskous, MD Slide Manager
Dr Vasileia Damaskou graduated from the School of Medicine Carol Davila in the University of Bucharest, Rumania. This was followed by training in Pathology at the Pathology Department at the General Hospital of Korinthos, Greece. Further specialized training followed in Oncological Pathology at the St Savwas Oncological Hospital in Athens, Greece. After this she continued training in Cytology at the Alexandra’s General Hospital in Athens, Greece. In 2005 The Prefecture of Eastern Attica in Athens Greece awarded Dr Damaskou with a Board Certification in Pathology. To complement her training for a year between 2010 – 2011,she was a visiting Fellow in Dermatopathology under Dr Eduardo Calonje at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, United Kingdom.
At present she works as a consultant Pathologist with special interest in dermatopathology at the Department of Anatomical Pathology at the General Hospital of Patras, Greece.
She is a member of the Pan Hellenic Society of Pathologists, the European Society of Pathologists and of the Dermatopathology Working Group of the European Society of Pathology.
Once a year for a month Dr Damaskous updates the invaluable and extensive slide collection,constantly reviewing and replacing slides ,adding new slides and on site during the course enabling the slide sessions to run smoothly. Her contribution to the educational material is priceless.
Professor Bostjan Luzar MD PhD Staff Lecturer
Professor Bostjan Luzar graduated at the Medical Faculty University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1993. After completing his residency in pathology, he became a consultant pathologist at the Institute of Pathology University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1998. Dr Luzar received his PhD degree in the field of Pathology in 2001 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was elected Head of the Dermatopathology Department at the Institute of Pathology, Medical Faculty University of Ljubljana in 2006 and holds this position up to present.
Following his residency, he has further advanced his knowledge in Dermatopathology at several international renowned institutions. He completed a Dermatopathology fellowship with Dr Eduardo Calonje at the Department of Dermatopathology, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
He has published in excess of 70 SCI-indexed scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals. He has co-authored three chapters for the book McKee’s Pathology of the skin, 4th edition, has contributed one chapter for the forthcoming edition of the book Pathology of the head and neck, 2nd edition and has co-authored the forthcoming Atlas of Soft Tissue Tumours of the Skin. He is currently serving as the editor of the Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina, Pannonica and Adriatica journal and has reviewed for several international journals mainly devoted to Dermatopathology and Pathology.
Professor Luzar has been a member of the European Society of Pathology, the Dermatopathology Working Group of the European Society of Pathology, the Slovenian Association for Pathology and Forensic Medicine and the Chair of Pathology at the Institute of Pathology, medical faculty in Ljubljana, where he also serves as a senior lecturer in Pathology. He has been the Chief Examiner for the Diploma in Pathology in Slovenia.
Dr Manuraj Singh is a Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatolopathologist at St Georges University Hospital London. He graduated from King’s College London School of Medicine and was awarded the prestigious Jelf Medal, as a student who distinguished himself during his undergraduate career. Dr Singh trained in Dermatology and Dermatopathology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Barts and The London NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2003-2013. Dr Singh was granted a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Training Research Fellowship to undertake a PhD on Varicella zoster virus infection at the Centre for Cutaneous Research, Queen Mary University of London. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and was awarded a prize by the British Association of Dermatologists for the best PhD thesis.
Dr Singh has a special interest in Dermatopathology, a field that is particularly important for correct patient diagnosis and management. He has been awarded both the DipRCPath (Dermatopathology) and the ICDP-UEMS Board Certifying Examination for Special Qualification in Dermatopathology. He teaches medical students, dermatology and pathology trainees and GPs. He is an examiner for the MSc in Clinical Dermatology at Kings College London and has taught GPs for the Diploma in Dermatology at Barts and The London.
Dr László Fónyad Digital Pathology Expert
Dr László Fónyad graduated from Semmelweis University (SU), Faculty of Medicine (Budapest, Hungary) in 2004. After completing pathology residency, he became a faculty member at the 1st. Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, SU.
Dr. Fónyad received his PhD degree in the field of digital pathology in 2015 at Semmelweis University. His interest in digital pathology started as a student and still continues. He was the first to introduce digital slides into graduate education in Hungary, he headed numerous pilot projects to adopt digital slides in routine surgical pathology, and also coordinated an international validation study of a digital slide based telepathology system for routine sign-out between Sundsvall Hospital, Sweden and Semmelweis University, Hungary. As a part of his PhD program he recieved a grant from the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund’s (HAESF) and held a visiting research fellow position at the Pathology Imaging and Communication Technology (PICT) Center, Massachussettes General Hospital, (Boston, US) where he worked with Yukako Yagi, John Gilbertson and Robert B. Colvin.
He is a former advisor to the 3DHISTECH Ltd., (Budapest, Hungary) one of the pioneers and market leaders in whole slide imaging (WSI), developing high-performance hardware and software solutions for digital pathology.
Dr. Fónyad has organized international pathology courses in the field of dermatopathology in conjunction with the American Austrian Foundation and Semmelweis University, hosting acknowledged pathologists, such as Dr. Calonje and Dr. Steven Billings. Dr. Fónyad is also actively involved in the pathology training of medical students and residents at his institute.