Year Created: 2011

Section Executive

Chair: Dr. Jefferson Terry (Vancouver, BC)
Vice Chair: Dr. Anna Lee (Vancouver, BC)
Secretary: Dr. Elizabeth Nizalik (Ottawa, ON)

Founding Members

  • Jean Michaud, CHEO
  • David Grynspan, CHEO
  • Jason Ford, UBC, Vancouver
  • Joseph deNanassy, CHEO
  • Nusrat Hussain, McMaster University, Hamilton
  • Robert Fraser, IWK Health Centre, Halifax
  • Fergall Magee, IWK Health Centre, Halifax
  • Godfrey Heathcoate, Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax; Editor-in-Chief, CJP
  • Atilano Lacson, Head, Division of Anatomic Pathology, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Deborah McFadden, Director of Laboratories, BCCH
  • Jagdish Butany, University of Toronto, Toronto; Past President, CAP-ACP
  • Camelia Stefanovici, Winnipeg
  • Jan Jansen, McMaster University, Hamilton
  • Jorge Arredondo, McMaster University, Hamilton
  • Laurette Geldenhuys, Dalhousie University, Halifax; President, CAP-ACP

Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology is devoted to the study of disease effecting the fetus, neonate and child. This population displays a unique disease profile requiring diagnostic skills which are significantly different from adult practice, e.g. stillbirth autopsy for unexplained intra-uterine death, placental examination in ‘high risk neonates’ and tumor diagnostics for children with cancer (1,2,3).

Competent practice in this area requires a period of specialized training, usually following an initial residency in Anatomic or General Pathology. As a result of this many jurisdictions already recognize Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology as a ‘stand-alone’ subspeciality (3,4). To date however, although there are many practitioners in this area within University Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine across Canada, the Royal College has not recognized this area as one of ‘specialized practice’.

This Section is devoted to the diagnostic science required for delivery of care, education and advancement of knowledge for the many complex diseases that occur in infants and children.


  1. Magee JF. Investigation of Stillbirth. Pediatr Dev Pathol 2001;4:1-22
  2. Redline RW. Placental pathology: a systematic approach with clinical correlations. Placenta 2008;29:S86-91
  3. Fernandez CV et al.  The crucial role of tumor specimen handling in childhood cancer outcomes. Pediatr Child Health 2005;10:471-2
  4. Paediatric Pathology Society. http://www.paedpath.org/
  5. Society for Pediatric Pathology. http://www.spponline.org/

2015 Symposium - Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology: An Approach to the Diagnosis of Metabolic Diseases in the Perinate for the Pathologists

2016 Symposium - Symposium: Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology: The Placenta: Diagnosis, Research and Impact on Women


- last updated November 2016 -