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Anatomic Pathology

Hamilton Regional Laboratoery Medicine Program

A collaborative Program of the Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph's Healthcare and McMaster University




History of Hamilton Society of Pathologists

In the spring of 1961, Dr. Robert Haggar of St. Joseph's Hospital and Dr. John Lynch of Henderson Hospital initiated the monthly regional meeting for the pathologists in Hamilton.   The objectives were to discuss diagnostically difficult or interesting cases and to facilitate the discussion of policy and procedures in the practice of Anatomic Pathology in the region. The Hamilton Society of Pathologists (HSP) was formed. Amongst the founding members were Dr. Herb Foster from the Hamilton General Hospital; Dr. Robert Tasker from the Henderson General Hospital; Dr. Murray Mink from St. Joseph's Hospital; Dr. Riley Armstrong (one of the creators of the King-Armstrong phosphatase unit), Dr. Gilbert Warburton and Dr. Hans Lucke from Chedoke Hospital.

The meetings had always taken place at Upper Room of the Royal Hamilton Military Institute on Robinson Street in Hamilton. Dinner was always served in the same area before the scientific portion of the meeting. The meeting proved so successful that soon pathologists from around Hamilton asked to participate. By 1962/63 Dr. Lyle Jentz & Dr. Ted. Croal from Brantford, Dr. Vic Fowler from Burlington, Dr. Frank Macdonald and Dr. Verne R. Waldorf from Oakville, Dr. Gus Mertens from Galt (Cambridge) and Dr. Tom Shoniker from Kitchener had joined the group. Dr. Shoniker was the 14th member joining in 1963.

The earliest social events were gatherings at the homes of Lyle Jentz in Brantford and John Lynch in Ancaster. With the growth in membership numbers, attending the Stratford Festival in June became one of the favourite social activities for the pathologists.  

In 1967, Dr. Iva Taves, after some resistance, became the first woman member of the society. Before that no female guest was allowed in the Royal Hamilton Military Institute. The pathologists were allowed to continue their meetings in the basement as a compromise. The limited space of the Upper Room also necessitated the move.

Minutes of the meetings were kept meticulously in the first few years. With retirement of most of the earlier members, these papers were discarded. Amongst the group of pathologists from outside Hamilton, those from Kitchener-Waterloo drove to Hamilton religiously every month, attending both the dinner and the scientific portion of the meeting. The latter part of the meeting was viewed as a rich resource for continued education. It was an outing they looked forward to.

In the early years, residents were not allowed to attend the meetings, which were quite informal. The staff pathologists were reluctant to let the residents witness their disagreements or mistakes. Although this tradition was stopped in the late 80's, residents seldom attended these evening meetings.

With increasing workload and administrative responsibilities related to restructuring, the attendance of the Hamilton Society of Pathologists Meetings began to decline. By the end of 1998, a typical meeting would involve about 15 pathologists at best. Out of those perhaps 10 would turn up for the dinner. In June of that year, the social event of wine-tasting was attended by only two pathologists and their spouses. No event was organized the following year.

From February 1999, these meetings were granted MOCOMP credits by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In mid-August of 1999, Dr. Vicky Chen, the secretary-treasurer then, received a last-minute phone call informing her that the Royal Hamilton Military Institute, after 30 years, had gone bankrupt and closed down during the summer. An alternate location had to be arranged quickly. Fortunately, the Thistle Club next door was available and proved to be more than adequate. As the chief resident in 1976, Dr. Chen was allowed to attend a couple of these lively and informal meetings. Recognizing that without any documentation, the entire history of Hamilton Society of Pathologists would be lost with time. She started collecting details from members whenever possible. It was with their help that the history for this web site was created in 1999 - 2000. Revisions continued from time to time as more information became available to her.

Dr. Chen, who was also the Laboratory Medicine Residency Coordinator then, started encouraging residents' participation. This was not only helpful to the residents academically, but also gave them a chance to meet with their future colleagues outside Hamilton.  

After one and a half year, the Thistle Club also went under. Dr. Chen, then the president, managed to arrange the meetings to be held at the Hamilton Chamber of Commence (Hamilton Yacht Club). This turned out to be a great location close to the lake with good food and atmosphere.

The format of meeting has been changed to include the occasional paper presentations. Once a year, an outside speaker or an internal expert may be invited to speak on a specific topic relevant to the practice of Anatomic Pathology.

The Hamilton Society of Pathologists meetings are held on the first Thursday evening of each month six times a year:  September, October, November, March, April, and May.  Different Hospitals take turns in presenting interesting cases.  Slides are sent approximately two weeks ahead of time to the participating hospitals.  For accreditation reasons, pathologists are expected to hand in their diagnoses at the time of the meeting.  Dinner gatherings before the meetings take place on the second floor of the Hamilton Yacht Club (Chamber of Commerce), 555 Bay Street North, Hamilton starting at 6:15 PM.  The cost of the dinner is partially funded.  A good wine list is available from the cash bar.  The scientific portion starts promptly at 7:15 PM and ends around 9 PM. 

There is an annual membership fee of $50 to help defray operational costs.  The term of office for the executives  (secretary-treasurer, vice president, president) is being redefined in 2011-12.

This group serves as the executive of the society:

Updated November 7, 2011 

List of Current Members

St. Joseph's Hospital                            Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation                   Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital

Dr. Tariq Aziz                                          Dr. Vina Alexopoulou                                                 Dr. Angela Haworth

Dr. Vicky Chen                                        Dr. Dean Daya                                                           Dr. Julian Hart

Dr. Jean-Claude Cutz                             Dr. Franco DeNardi                                                     Dr. C. Jiang 

Dr. I. El-Shinnawy                                  Dr. Leila Elavathil                                                        Dr. Konrad Chan

Dr. Gabriela Gohla                                  Dr. Michael Kay (part-time)

Dr. Dusan Lukic                                      Dr. Jacqueline Bourgeois

Dr. Pratima Deb                                      Dr. Jan Jansen                                                             Stratford General Hospital

Dr. Lydia Vincic                                       Dr. Jasim M. Radhi                                                        Dr. John Vetters

Dr. Sam Salama                                      Dr. Jennifer Ramsey                                                     Dr. Sharyn Smith

                                                               Dr. Salem Alowami

Guelph General Hospital                       Dr. Monalisa Sur

Dr. E. T. Ling                                           Dr. Snezana Popovic                                                   Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Dr. T. D. Nguyen                                     Dr. Alice Lytwyn                                                            Dr. Anna G. Morris

Dr. Rajani Pandit                                    Dr. Fran Lobo (part-time)                                              Dr. Pam Cyr

                                                               Dr. Bolek Lach                                                              Dr. Brenda Books

                                                               Dr. John Fernandes                                                      Dr. Ann Hall

                                                               Dr. Hala El-Zimaity                                                        Dr. Hafez Shuhaibar

                                                               Dr. Odete Boutross-Tadross

                                                               Dr. Cathy Ross

                                                               Dr. Jorge Arredondo

                                                               Dr. John Provias

                                                               Dr. John Fernandes

                                                               Dr. David King (retired)

                                                               Dr. Chitra Rao (retired)

Ontario Veterinary College (U of Guelph)

Dr. Robery Foster

Dr. Tom Hulland (retired)                         Brantford General Hospital                                         Woodstock General Hospital

                                                               Dr. Paul Wentworth                                                       Dr. Peter Engbers

The Credit Valley Hospital                    Dr. Stanley Todd                                                                 

Dr. John R. Sringley                                 Dr. Mukund Tinguria                                    

Dr. Linda Kapusta                                   Dr. Katherine Chorneyko

Dr. Sanjeev Deohare

Dr. Pratibha Lyengar


Centenary Hospital, Scarborough Trillium Health Centre

Dr. Allan Hunt

Dr. Mona Kamel

Dr. C. Coire


Private: Dr. Ross Wilcock


Italic: presenting members only


Current Executive

President: Dr. Kathy Chorneyko

Vice President: Dr. Gabriela Gohla

Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Mukund Tinguria




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