The Role of the Pathologist in the Treatment of the Pituitary Patient
Sylvia Asa, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
University of Toronto
To understand the scope and role of Pathology
To appreciate the clinical importance of morphologic classification of pituitary tumors and other pituitary diseases
To be familiar with molecular genetic testing in pituitary disease and its applications to prognosis, prediction and determination of genetic predisposition.
Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD is an Endocrine Pathologist and Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. A Clinician-Scientist with a focus on Endocrine Pathology, her research aims to identify the basis for development of endocrine tumors, to improve diagnostic tests and to identify targets for therapy of those diseases. She has published over 450 scientific articles, written five books, co-edited five books and contributed more than 100 book chapters on endocrine pathology. She serves on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals and has given over 275 invited lectures. Dr. Asa was President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-6) and has received many 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, with emphasis on subspecialization, molecular diagnostics, biobanking, automation, pathology informatics and digital pathology. She has 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.