Year Created: 2011

Section Executive (2016-2019)

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

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.

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’ subspecialty. To date however, although there are many practitioners in this area across Canada, the Royal College has not recognized this area as one of ‘specialized practice’.

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

Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology Associations

Considering a future in Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology?

Pediatric and perinatal pathology is a unique field within pathology by allowing the pathologist to continue practicing almost all of the skills and knowledge obtained during their residency but in a specialized setting. Variations on this, if a pathologist is so inclined, may tailor their focus specifically to surgical or perinatal/autopsy service.

If you would like more information on the programs available please follow the link below. Of special note, there are pediatric and perinatal fellowships that may be available at select sites across Canada including University of Alberta, Mount Sinai, and University of Toronto. These are not recognized at this time through the Royal College, but are satisfactory for obtaining position at most Canadian hospitals as a pediatric and perinatal pathologist.

Alternatively, American Board of Pathology certification is available after completing a minimum of one-year fellowship at one of the below listed programs. Unique to pediatric and perinatal pathology, trainees are not required to have certification in AP or AP/CP from the ABP in order to write the pediatric pathology examination (Current as of 2017).

SPP Fellowships
Finally, if you would like further information on the job description for a pediatric and perinatal pathologist, have questions about further training, or would like to inquire about potential elective rotation opportunities, the following pathologists have agreed to be contacted:

Jonathan Bush, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Vancouver BC

Tool box Articles

  • Placenta Pathology
    • Sampling and Definition of Placental Lesions: Amsterdam Placental Workshop Group Consensus Statement. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2016; 140(7): 698-713 (pubmed ID: 27223167)

CAP-ACP Annual Meeting Pediatric and Perinatal Symposia

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


- last updated August 2017 -