Faculty

The Nottingham Breast Pathology Masterclass brings together a faculty of leading experts from across the world.
  • Professor Ian Ellis (Nottingham)
  • Professor Emad Rakha (Nottingham)
  • Professor Cecily Quinn (Dublin) – 27 May only
  • Professor Stuart Schnitt (Harvard Medical School) – 16 July only
  • Professor Maria Pia Foschini (Bologna, Italy – 16 July only)
  • Dr Elena Provenzano (Cambridge)
  • Professor Abeer Shaaban (Birmingham)
  • Dr Areeg Abbas (Nottingham)
Professor Ian Ellis

Professor of Cancer Pathology, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, School of Medicine, Nottingham University. Honorary Consultant Pathologist Nottingham City Hospital. Founding member of the faculty of the Nottingham International Breast Education Centre.

Professor Ellis has been Specialty Advisor of The Royal College of Pathologists and is Chairman of the UK National Coordinating Committee for Breast Pathology. He has acted as an advisor to the Department of Health London, the Union for International Cancer Control, the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He is a founder of PathLore specialist pathology and reference laboratory, and Medical Director for Source Bioscience plc.

Professor Ellis has authored over 500 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and chapters in medical and pathology textbooks.

Professor Cecily Quinn

Consultant Histopathologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin, Ireland and Clinical Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. She is Lead Histopathologist at the Merrion Unit of the Irish National Breast Screening Programme.

Professor Quinn is a member of the Irish National Quality Assurance Breast Screening Committee and attends the United Kingdom National Health Service Breast External Quality Assurance Committee. She is Chair of the European Working Group for Breast Screening Pathology and the European Reference for Quality Assured Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services (EUREF) Pathology Chair.

Professor Quinn is co-author of Irish, UK and the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) breast pathology guidelines. Her research interests include the pathology of early neoplastic lesions of the breast, and prognostic and predictive markers in invasive breast disease. She has 90 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Stuart Schnitt

Chief of Breast Oncologic Pathology for the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Associate Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Breast Oncology Program, co-leader of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Breast Program, Senior Pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in breast pathology.

Dr. Schnitt completed his internship and residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology, also at Beth Israel Hospital. He was a faculty member in the Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Pathology from 1984-2017, including 11 years as Director of Anatomic Pathology and subsequently Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology.

He is a Past President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (2010-2011). Other notable honours include the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists Annual Prize (1999), the Albany Medical College Distinguished Alumnus award (2014), the Lynn Sage Distinguished Lecturer (2014), and the Maude Abbot Lecture at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting (2016).

Professor Emad Rakha

Professor and Honorary Consultant Pathologist, Department of Histopathology, University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Rakha has authored over 370 peer-reviewed scientific publications, in addition to more than 35 chapters in medical and pathology textbooks in the field of breast disease. He is member of the National Co-ordinating Committee for Breast Pathology (BIG18), the UK PathSoc Committee, the International Society of Breast Pathology Committee (General Secretary), NHSBSP Research Advisory Committee, Histopathology journal editorial board, Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank Access Committee, and The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Breast CSG and its Translational Subgroup.

Professor Rakha has been reporting breast referral cases in Nottingham since 2011 and he reports private breast cases referred to Source Bioscience plc.

Professor Maria Pia Foschini

Professor of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Bologna. Director of the Section of Anatomic Pathology, at Bellaria Hospital, Bologna (Italy). 

Professor Foschini’s research focus is mainly on breast pathology. She is a member of the working groups on Breast and Head and Neck pathology of the European Society of Pathology and of the Italian Society of Pathology and is a contributor to the WHO blue books on breast (published in 2012 and 2019) and Head and Neck pathology (2017). She has more than two hundred peer reviewed publications and also acts a referee of several international journals. She is a member of several scientific committees and editorial boards of several journals including Human Pathology and Virchows Archiv. 

Dr Elena Provenzano

Dr Provenzano is a Consultant and Lead Breast Pathologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. She is the Scientific Officer at Cancer Research UK Cancer Research Cambridge Centre and the lead pathologist for several research projects in breast cancer. She is a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Breast Pathology.
Dr Provenazno’s primary interest is the translational aspect of clinical trials particularly in the neoadjuvant setting. She is the local pathologist for the SEARCH and METABRIC studies.

She has contributed to the masterclass since 2016 and she lectures in several training and scientific meetings in the UK and abroad in a regular basis.

Dr Abeer Shaaban

Consultant Breast Pathologist/Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Cellular Pathology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Dr Shaaban is a specialist breast pathologist and member of the International Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Scientific Advisory Committee of Breast Cancer Campaign. She is a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Breast Pathology (BIG18).

Dr Areeg Abbas

Dr Abbas is a consultant Breast Pathologist at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust who reports local and referral breast cases.

Dr Abbas lectures across the UK in breast pathology. She has academic interests in breast disease and has published in many peer reviewed journals.

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