National strategy urgently needed before goalies of medicine become dangerously overwhelmed
Sat, 31 Dec 2011
Alberta has announced a major provincewide reviews of its pathology and radiology systems. But No matter what kind of ?system? improvements we make, our radiology and pathology departments can only be as good as the human beings who work in them, and Canada and the United States are both facing major shortages of pathologists and radiologists. We need a national strategy to address national shortages. Edmonton Journal column.

Shortages of pathologists? Alberta Health Services responds.
Sat, 31 Dec 2011
Alberta Health Services responds to some of the issues raised by Edmonton Journal writer Paula Simons in her column National strategy urgently needed before goalies of medicine become dangerously overwhelmed.

Better processes needed to catch medical errors: expert
Sat, 31 Dec 2011
The registrar of Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons says the province needs better oversight to prevent medical errors like the recently announced misdiagnoses in Drumheller and Edmonton. Edmonton Journal story.

Alberta to review pathology testing after questions at 3 different hospitals
Thu, 29 Dec 2011
Alberta's health minister has ordered a review of diagnostic imaging and pathology testing in the province after inaccurate results surfaced in 3 different hospitals over the last 2 months. Winnipeg Free Press story.

HPV test beats pap smear in cervical cancer screening
Thu, 15 Dec 2011
In a trial involving nearly 40,000 women in the Netherlands, testing for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, allowed doctors to detect abnormal cervical cells earlier -- and prevent more cases of cervical cancer -- than administering pap smears alone. Los Angeles Times story.

Can the word cancer be more harmful than the disease?
Mon, 12 Dec 2011
Thanks to technological advances in pathology and other medical disciplines, we can now detect tumours at a microscopic level and abnormalities right down to a cellular level ? and we can do so in living people. The paradox is that we can now detect a lot of cancer that is, well, not even cancer yet and likely never will be. We need a new cancer lexicon. Globe and Mail column.

When Pap Smears Are No Longer Needed
Mon, 12 Dec 2011
Medical groups have reached agreement on when and which women can stop receiving Pap smears. New York Times story.

Boogaard?s brain reveals degenerative condition from blows to head
Mon, 05 Dec 2011
Neuropathologic examination of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard's brain showed signs of a degenerative condition believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Globe and Mail story.

Alberta probes hundreds of suspect cancer tests as pathologist's work comes under scrutiny
Sat, 03 Dec 2011
Alberta health officials are retesting more than 1,700 diagnoses made by an Edmonton pathologist who allegedly misread samples taken from dozens of cancer patients. The list includes 29 men who may have missed out on months of prostate cancer treatment due to misdiagnoses of their biopsies that mistakenly found no cancer or underestimated the severity of their illness. In addition to the prostate biopsies, 1,568 non-prostate specimens the pathologist examined are also being reviewed. Edmonton Journal article.

Prostate cancer patients wait for troubling phone call
Sat, 03 Dec 2011
More than 100 men in Edmonton and northern Alberta are waiting for a troubling phone call. Alberta Health Services is calling all 159 patients whose potentially cancerous biopsies were analyzed this summer by a Royal Alexandra Hospital pathologist accused of misreading samples. Edmonton Journal story.

Microchip offers hope of better prostate cancer screening
Sat, 03 Dec 2011
Backed by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Toronto researchers, along with leading Canadian experts in nanotechnology and bio-analytical chemistry, will develop a prostate cancer screening microchip device that is fast, inexpensive and non-invasive. Globe and Mail story.

Pathologist at Edmonton hospital misread prostate cancer biopsies
Fri, 02 Dec 2011
Alberta health officials are retesting more than 1,700 diagnoses made by an Edmonton pathologist who allegedly misread samples taken from dozens of cancer patients. The list includes 29 men who may have missed out on months of prostate cancer treatment due to a misdiagnoses of their biopsies that mistakenly found no cancer or underestimated the severity of their illness. Edmonton Journal story.

HQCA asked to review pathology testing processes
Fri, 02 Dec 2011
Alberta Health Services has asked the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) to review the handling of pathology tests by Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) at Rockyview General Hospital (RGH). Alberta Health Services press release.

Edmonton prostate biopsies prompt review of 1,600 tests
Fri, 02 Dec 2011
Alberta health officials have ordered a review of an additional 1,600 reports from an Edmonton pathologist after 29 patients were mistakenly told they didn't have prostate cancer or had a less aggressive form of the disease. The 29 cases were among 159 prostate biopsy slides, taken between July and September, that were reviewed by a pathologist working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. CBC News story.

Health Quality Council to conduct review of pathology tests
Fri, 02 Dec 2011
Alberta is reviewing hundreds of prostate exams, and over 1500 other tests, after discrepancies were found in the work of one pathologist. CTV Edmonton story.

Calgary Lab Services more than ready to take on Tom Baker testing - AHS
Sun, 27 Nov 2011
Dr. Leland Baskin, medical director and vice-president of medical operations for Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS), and Paula Hall, chief operating officer for CLS comment on the transition of clinical testing from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) pathology laboratory to CLS. Calgary Herald letter to the editor.

Alberta Health Services comments on Tom Baker Cancer Centre pathology laboratory closure
Wed, 23 Nov 2011
Dr. Paul Grundy, Senior Medical Director of Cancer Care for Alberta Health Services, talks about the closure of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre cancer testing lab. The Homestretch (CBC Radio Calgary drive-home show), 2011/11/23 episode.

Former Calgary pathologist claims he expressed concerns, was threatened by superboard
Tue, 22 Nov 2011
A former senior pathologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre alleges he was strong-armed by his superiors at the health superboard after criticizing a plan to move breast, lung and other cancer tests in Calgary to another site. Calgary Herald story.

Calgary cancer testing lab closure
Mon, 21 Nov 2011
A former Staff Pathologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre says he was intimidated by his former employer Alberta Health Services. Dr. Tony Magliocco says the cancer testing lab he ran which is due to close at the end of the month will put patients at risk if it closes. The Homestretch (CBC Radio Calgary drive-home show) 2011/11/21 episode.

?Cancer? or ?Weird Cells?: Which Sounds Deadlier?
Mon, 21 Nov 2011
The word ?cancer? is out of date, and all too often it can be unnecessarily frightening. Now, some medical experts have recommended getting rid of the word ?cancer? altogether for certain conditions that may or may not be potentially fatal. New York Times column.

Tom Baker Cancer Centre closure a matter of 'life and death'
Thu, 10 Nov 2011
Dr. Tony Magliocco, the former head pathologist at Calgary?s Tom Baker Centre, says moving testing from the centre to the another lab will put patients in danger. The cancer centre is set to close at the end of the month, when crucial testing on breast cancer samples will be moved to Calgary Laboratory Services. CBC News story.

Calgary pathology services under microscope
Fri, 04 Nov 2011
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has launched a probe in tandem with a more sweeping Health Quality Council of Alberta review into how the tests were handled by Calgary Laboratory Services at Rockyview General Hospital. Calgary Herald story.

Alberta health quality watchdog summoned to look at cancer tests
Thu, 03 Nov 2011
Alberta's health watchdog has been called in to scrutinize how 31 pathology tests were handled at a Rockyview General Hospital laboratory for patients being tested for cancer and other tumours. Calgary Herald story.

Calgary lab under scrutiny over pathology tests for cancer, tumours
Wed, 02 Nov 2011
Alberta?s health watchdog has been called in to scrutinize how 31 pathology tests were handled at a Rockyview General Hospital laboratory for patients being tested for cancer and other tumours. Calgary Herald story.

Alleged torture victim looked like a cancer patient, pathologist testifies
Tue, 25 Oct 2011
An alleged beating-and-confinement victim dropped off at hospital was so malnourished, he looked like an advanced-stage cancer patient, testified a forensic pathologist at the trial of accused serial torturer Dustin Paxton. National Post story.

Genetic profiling: Waiting for the future of medicine
Tue, 11 Oct 2011
Genomic researchers may have oversold what they can deliver. Montreal Gazette story.

Dr. Anny treats the morbid as the mundane as Alberta's chief medical examiner
Fri, 23 Sep 2011
A profile of Alberta's chief medical examiner, Dr. Anny Sauvageau. Globe and Mail story.

Probe into Calgary pathologist's files raised no concerns
Mon, 19 Sep 2011
A recently concluded Calgary Police investigation found no problems with files handled by former Calgary medical examiner Dr. Michael Belenky. CBC News story.

The Incredible Shrinking Autopsy
Thu, 04 Aug 2011
US Centres for Disease Control statistics show that in 2007, autopsies were performed on 8.5% of deaths, compared with 19.3% of deaths in 1972. Doctors point out that autopsies can contradict imaging findings, and alert families to genetic conditions. Wall Street Journal article.

Winnipeg pathologist's work put under scrutiny
Sat, 30 Jul 2011
A Winnipeg pathologist whose work is under review by Diagnostic Services Manitoba will -- at the very least -- be required to upgrade his training. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Donated brains of 2 former CFLers show signs of disease
Tue, 26 Jul 2011
A neuropathologist with the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at Toronto Western Hospital has analyzed the brains of 4 former CFL players and announced Tuesday they had discovered 2 of them had suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that can cause erratic behaviour, depression and lead to dementia. Globe and Mail story.

Scientific Autopsy Confirms Allende Suicide
Tue, 19 Jul 2011
A scientific autopsy has confirmed that Chilean President Salvador Allende committed suicide during the 1973 coup that toppled his socialist government. New York Times story.

Saskatoon Health Region execs should put public first
Tue, 19 Jul 2011
The motives of Saskatoon Health Region executives are particularly suspect in the handling of whistle-blowing pathologist Kirk Ready's dismissal. Saskatoon StarPhoenix letter to the editor.

Add Patience to a Leap of Faith to Discover Cancer Signatures
Tue, 19 Jul 2011
There have been few successes in the brave new world of cancer research: the quest for genetic signatures. New York Times story.

Autopsy guidelines revised for Alzheimer's
Mon, 18 Jul 2011
New guidelines proposed by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association seek to distinguish between memory changes or dementia diagnosed by doctors when people are alive, and the changes pathologists can see in an autopsy. Reuters story.

Crown prosecutors and medical examiners cope with high Edmonton homicide numbers
Sun, 17 Jul 2011
Edmonton police have brought in additional investigators to handle the city?s nation-leading homicide rate, but don?t expect the province to hire extra medical examiners or Crown prosecutors any time soon. Edmonton Journal story.

Death still fascinates Alberta?s former chief medical examiner
Sun, 17 Jul 2011
A profile of Dr. Graeme Dowling, who stepped down in July 2011 after 18 years as Alberta?s chief medical examiner. Edmonton Journal story.

Prognosis wrong due to faulty pathology work in Winnipeg
Sat, 16 Jul 2011
At least one Manitoba patient and potentially more were given the wrong medical prognosis because of faulty work a Winnipeg pathologist performed at Diagnostic Services of Manitoba. The pathologist, recently recruited from the United States, was removed from his clinical duties while the agency reviews 3,000 cases he handled since being hired last October. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Pathology Review Underway in Winnipeg
Fri, 15 Jul 2011
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM) issued a media release to advise the public of concerns regarding the work of a DSM pathologist, and an ongoing comprehensive review of the work of this pathologist.

Manitoba pathologist's work being reviewed after audit uncovered problems
Fri, 15 Jul 2011
A Manitoba pathologist has been removed from clinical duties and is having his work reviewed. Diagnostic Services Manitoba, which oversees public labs in the province, says a routine audit this year uncovered pathological discrepancies, and that a review of all 3,000 cases handled by the pathologist is now underway. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Saskatchewan regulation breach linked to pathologist shortage
Tue, 12 Jul 2011
A breach of Saskatchewan?s medical laboratory licensing regulations by the Saskatoon Health Region, exposed by a whistleblower who has since been fired, has been linked to the region?s shortage of pathologists ? a problem noticeable across Canada. Canadian Medical Association Journal article.

Breast cancer tests finally resume in St. John's
Wed, 06 Jul 2011
The largest health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador said Wednesday it is able to resume hormone receptor tests for breast cancer, six years after errors were discovered that led to one of Canada's biggest health scandals. CBC News story.

Man hopes to clear name 40 years after conviction in wife?s death
Tue, 05 Jul 2011
Tried in 1971 for slaying his wife, Jack Salmon was up against autopsy photographs that depicted a badly bruised victim and an expert witness who clearly felt Mr. Salmon was the killer. Forty years later, however, forensic science has swung in his favour. Mr. Salmon, has filed an application to the federal Department of Justice asking for the case to be reopened to consider fresh evidence or referred to the Ontario Court of Appeal for review. His application includes statements from 3 prominent forensic pathology experts who disagree strongly with damning pathology evidence that helped convict Mr. Salmon of manslaughter. Globe and Mail story.

The Child Cases: Lessons From Canada
Thu, 30 Jun 2011
Medical and legal experts often disagree on how to determine the cause of a child's unexpected death. One result is that parents sometimes are wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison. No place has uncovered a bigger problem ? or dealt with it more directly ? than Ontario, Canada. National Public Radio story.

Rethink pathologist's dismissal
Thu, 30 Jun 2011
For the good of patient care, and Saskatoon Health Region's relationship with physicians, the decision to fire a pathologist for blowing the whistle on SHR's contravention of provincial regulations should be reconsidered. Saskatoon StarPhoenix Letter to the Editor.

Saskatoon lags in retaining pathologists
Sat, 25 Jun 2011
A new study that shows Saskatchewan has been losing pathologists at a faster rate than the rest of Canada. The shortage of pathologists over time has resulted in longer waits for test results in the Saskatoon Health Region, where there is a backlog of between 1,100 and 1,300 cases. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.

Whistleblowing pathologist fired in Saskatoon
Sat, 25 Jun 2011
The pathologist who blew the whistle on the Saskatoon Health Region plans to sue over his recent firing. Dr. Kirk Ready had contacted the provincial government and several news outlets in Saskatoon in April and complained the head of the region's medical laboratories was not a medical doctor certified in a laboratory specialty, in contravention of provincial regulations. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.

Decline on autopsies may obscure understanding of disease
Fri, 17 Jun 2011
Today, hospitals perform autopsies on only about 5 percent of patients who die, down from roughly 50 percent in the 1960s. That's unfortunate, say experts, because details about the cause of death can be illuminating for both families and hospitals, even if they don't turn up an undiagnosed ailment or other new information about the cause of death. Los Angeles Times story.

Alberta appoints new medical examiner
Wed, 15 Jun 2011
Alberta has appointed a new chief medical examiner. Dr. Anny Sauvageau was named Wednesday as the head of the provincial office that conducts autopsies and investigations into sudden, unexplained or suspicious deaths. Edmonton Journal story.

When death stares you in the face every day
Wed, 15 Jun 2011
An interview with Dr. Anny Sauvageau, Alberta?s new chief medical examiner. Edmonton Journal story.

New chief medical examiner takes the reins in Alberta
Wed, 15 Jun 2011
After several months of looking internationally for a new chief medical examiner for the province, Dr. Anny Sauvageau has been chosen to fill the shoes starting 01 July 2011. Edmonton Sun story.

Murder charge against mother dropped
Tue, 07 Jun 2011
Charges have been withdrawn against an Ontario woman who spent 13 years in jail after being convicted of killing her toddler ? in part because of evidence from now-disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles Smith. CBC News story.

Saskatoon feels effects of pathologist shortfall
Tue, 07 Jun 2011
A shortage of pathologists continues to be a significant issue for the Saskatoon Health Region. The region continues to deal with a large backlog of cases, and turnaround times for analysis of specimens appear to have edged up during the past year. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.

Test result wait times grow as pathologists scarce in Saskatoon
Mon, 06 Jun 2011
A shortage of pathologists continues to be a significant issue for the Saskatoon Health Region. As the region continues to deal with a large backlog of cases, turnaround times for analysis appear to have edged up during the past year. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.

Suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian dies at 83
Sat, 04 Jun 2011
The former pathologist claimed to have assisted in the suicides of more than 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998. Los Angeles Times story. Kevorkian, a former Michigan pathologist who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder for a case in which he personally administered the lethal injection rather than helping the patient do it himself, died at William Beaumont Hospital near Detroit, according to Mayer Morganroth, a lawyer and close friend.

B.C. pathologists' cancer tests lauded for accuracy
Fri, 03 Jun 2011
A B.C.-developed quality assurance program for breast cancer testing appears to greatly improve the accuracy of identifying a hard-to-diagnose subtype, allowing oncologists to more confidently deliver the most effective courses of treatment, says a new study. Vancouver Sun story.

Disgraced pathologist's license lapses
Wed, 01 Jun 2011
A Windsor pathologist who resigned from Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital after errors were discovered in her work is no longer licensed to practise medicine in Ontario. Windsor Star story.

1 in 4 women not getting proper care after abnormal Pap tests
Wed, 01 Jun 2011
One in 4 Ontario women who have an abnormal Pap test ? meaning they may have cervical cancer ? do not get any follow-up care. And even those getting care are not getting it promptly, new research shows. Among the contributing problems is a lack of consistent language in cytopathology reports. Globe and Mail story.

Mistaken mastectomy pathologist will let medical licence lapse
Tue, 31 May 2011
Ontario?s medical college says a pathologist investigated in a probe sparked by two unnecessary mastectomies will not be licensed to practise medicine in the province after May 2011. Toronto Star story.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter has brain tumour that doctors say is likely malignant
Fri, 27 May 2011
Hall of Fame catcher and former Montreal Expo Gary Carter is awaiting the pathology report on a brain tumour that is likely cancerous. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Deposed Chilean President Salvador Allende's body removed from tomb for independent autopsy
Mon, 23 May 2011
The remains of deposed Chilean President Salvador Allende were removed from his tomb Monday for an autopsy to determine whether he committed suicide or was assassinated during the 1973 military coup that ousted the leftist leader. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Decline in autopsies may obscure understanding of disease
Tue, 17 May 2011
Television crime shows have helped popularize autopsies, but in reality these postmortem exams are becoming rarer every year. Today, hospitals perform autopsies on only about 5 percent of patients who die, down from roughly 50 percent in the 1960s. That's unfortunate, say experts, because details about the cause of death can be illuminating for both families and hospitals, even if they don't turn up an undiagnosed ailment or other new information about the cause of death. Kaiser Health News story.

Woman urges others not to accept pathology diagnoses on faith
Sat, 14 May 2011
One of the almost 400 women in Newfoundland and Labrador whose breast cancer tests were bungled by a St. John's pathology lab is adamant that anyone given a diagnosis of cancer should seek a second opinion before committing to treatment. CTV News story.

'Errors in treatment possible from lack of pathologists'
Mon, 09 May 2011
Israel has a severe shortage of pathologists ? doctors who work behind the scenes in public hospitals and have no opportunities in private practice. This has put a heavy burden on existing pathology specialists, especially in the diagnosis of cancer. Jerusalem Post article.

Father in disgraced pathologist case acquitted
Wed, 04 May 2011
Ontario's highest court acquitted a man Wednesday who pleaded guilty in the death of his infant son because of a report from now-disgraced pathologist Charles Smith. CBC News story.

Pathologist's son gives Canucks life
Wed, 27 Apr 2011
Vanouver Canuck's head coach Alain Vigneault learned to speak English when his father, Dr. Maurice Vigneault, moved to London, ON to teach pathology at the University of Western Ontario for 3 years. CBC News story.

Progress on Newfoundland and Labrador report recommendations
Thu, 07 Apr 2011
Two years after the report of the Cameron Inquiry, Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister Jerome Kennedy said today it has made ?significant progress? on the 60 recommendations of the report. St. John's Telegram article.

Medical errors in hospitals go undetected, study suggests
Thu, 07 Apr 2011
Twelve years after the Institute of Medicine's landmark study on medical error, new research finds that the number of adverse events in hospitals -- injuries caused by medical error rather than patients' underlying conditions -- might be 10 times greater than previously measured. Los Angeles Times article.

Bristol hospital trust appoints new pathology director
Thu, 31 Mar 2011
A new director has been appointed to oversee pathology across Bristol. The role was proposed following an inquiry into alleged errors in the diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses made by histopathologists studying tissue samples. Bristol Evening Post story.

Pathologist handed suspension
Thu, 31 Mar 2011
A pathologist found guilty of serious misconduct over his post-mortem examination reports into the death of a victim of so-called Camden Ripper Anthony Hardy was suspended for 4 months today. Article from The Independent.

Toronto hospital speeds up prostate biopsy results for faster treatment
Thu, 31 Mar 2011
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto has instituted a rapid results clinic that cuts the wait time for diagnosis for most patients to three days following a prostate biopsy. Globe and Mail story.

Pathologist's acts 'repulsive,' finds discipline panel
Sat, 26 Mar 2011
Ontario's medical regulator finally gave official vent to the indignation many Canadians seem to feel toward Dr. Charles Smith, calling the pathologist's acts abominable, egregious and even repulsive in an uncharacteristically severe reprimand. National Post article.

Pathologist Charles Smith disgraced profession, College says
Fri, 25 Mar 2011
The egregious actions and abysmal failures of Dr. Charles Smith have disgraced the entire medical profession, Ontario's doctors' college said Friday in a severe reprimand to the discredited pathologist. Globe and Mail story.

Disgraced pathologist a no-show for official reprimand
Fri, 25 Mar 2011
A panel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario delivered a reprimand Friday to Charles Smith, condemning his ?abominable? behaviour. Neither the disgraced pathologist nor his lawyers showed up for the hearing. Toronto Star story.

Disgraced pathologist a no-show at reprimand
Fri, 25 Mar 2011
Discredited pathologist Charles Smith failed to show up for his official reprimand by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for his litany of mistakes that sent many innocent people to prison. Toronto Sun story.

Medical panel condemns disgraced pathologist for 'abominable' failures
Fri, 25 Mar 2011
Ontario's medical regulator condemned Dr. Charles Smith Friday for his abominable failures as a chuild pathologist, but the disgraced death investigator did not appear for his toughly worded reprimand. National Post story.

Disgraced pathologist Smith reprimanded
Fri, 25 Mar 2011
CBC News coverage of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario's reprimand of Charles Smith includes links to the text of the reprimand and the discipline committee's report.

Specimen photos and information on hard drive lost by Edmonton hospital
Thu, 24 Mar 2011
Two surgery videos and 3,600 photos of wounds, lab specimens and dead infants, all stored on an external hard drive with the patients? names, went missing during an office move at the Misericordia Hospital in January, Covenant Health announced earlier this month. Canadian Healthcare Technology story.

Toronto's UHN, GE to launch centre for digital pathology
Thu, 24 Mar 2011
GE Healthcare will open its first global centre of excellence in digital pathology in Toronto, in conjunction with the University Health Network and HTX, a health technology commercialization agency that?s funded by the Ontario government. Canadian Healthcare Technology story.

Canadian pathology training is tightly regulated
Tue, 22 Mar 2011
London, ON pathologist and CAP-ACP member Dr. David Driman responds to the National Post column The Worst Scandals Are The Ones We Ignore. National Post letter to the editor.

Saskatoon suffers pathologist shortage
Tue, 22 Mar 2011
Some Saskatoon Health Region lab test samples are being shipped to Regina during the next few months as Saskatoon experiences a shortage of pathologists. A backlog of 1,300 cases has built up as the Saskatoon Health Region tries to fill 2 vacancies in its anatomical pathology department. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article.

Pathologists are highly trained
Fri, 18 Mar 2011
A pathologist in the United States responds to the National Post column The Worst Scandals Are The Ones We Ignore. National Post letter to the editor.

Unnecessary breast surgery done after biopsy results accidently switched
Fri, 18 Mar 2011
One Manitoba woman had unnecessary breast surgery called a lumpectomy, while another had her treatment for breast cancer delayed by 10 weeks after their biopsy results were accidentally switched. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Breast biopsy errors prompt tighter controls
Fri, 18 Mar 2011
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba will implement several recommendations of a health system critical-incident review team to avoid a recurrence of an incident in which the breast biopsy results of 2 women were accidently switched. Winnipeg Free Press story.

Royal College submits response to National Post editor.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011
The Royal College submitted this letter to the National Post in response to a story that created the impression there were no training standards for pathology.

Possible cancer misdiagnosis just days after Bristol inquiry report
Fri, 18 Mar 2011
A case of potential misdiagnosis was identified in a patient just days after an inquiry into tests carried out at Bristol hospitals was published. The possible error in the reading of tissue samples came to light shortly after a report into alleged misdiagnoses by staff at city centre hospitals concluded that there had been very few major errors of misdiagnosis. Bristol Evening Post story.

No specialists in north Bristol to carry out breast tissue tests
Thu, 17 Mar 2011
Tissue samples from suspected breast cancer patients will have to be sent out to a private company for analysis as there are no specialist pathologists to deal with them in north Bristol. Bristol Evening Post story.

Pathologist found guilty of misconduct
Thu, 17 Mar 2011
A pathologist was today found guilty of serious misconduct over his post mortem examination reports into the death of a victim of so-called Camden Ripper Anthony Hardy. Article from The Independant.

The worst scandals are the ones we ignore
Wed, 16 Mar 2011
The story of Dr. Charles Smith, the forensic pathologist whose bias and incompetency during a 24-year tenure at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children led to unjust convictions, imprisonment and general ruination for many innocent parents and caregivers, is a scandale manqu?. National Post column.

CEO of scandal-plagued Windsor hospital fired
Mon, 14 Mar 2011
Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital CEO Warren Chant has been fired by the hospital?s provincially appointed supervisor, aiming to fix long-standing problems with the workplace culture at Hotel-Dieu and help the hospital implement sweeping recommendations made last year in a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care report on surgical and pathology errors. Windsor Star story.

Alberta to hire more pathologists
Fri, 11 Mar 2011
Alberta Justice is expanding the capacity of the Medical Examiners office after the 3 forensic pathologists in Calgary announced they are leaving. CBC News story.

Another victim of pathologist?s testimony cleared
Wed, 09 Mar 2011
A woman who pleaded guilty 13 years ago to killing her baby based on the erroneous testimony of disgraced Ontario pathologist Dr. Charles Smith was exonerated Wednesday. National Post story.

Tucson Shooting Autopsy Reports Are Released
Mon, 07 Mar 2011
Newly released autopsy reports give a glimpse of the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage from the clinical viewpoint of the forensic pathologist who examined the bodies of the 6 people who were killed. New York Times story.

Calgary's autopsy staff sliced to bone
Sat, 05 Mar 2011
Two of southern Alberta's forensic pathologists both resigned this week, including the chief medical examiner, who cited a heavy caseload and lack of a sufficient number of co-workers to do the job with integrity. QMI Agency news story.

Autopsy workload blamed for Calgary pathologist exits
Sat, 05 Mar 2011
An increasingly heavy workload and seven-day weeks caused forensic pathologist Evan Matshes to call it quits in Calgary. Calgary Herald news story.

Southern Alberta's medical examiner's office losing all its pathologists
Sat, 05 Mar 2011
Calgary's beleaguered medical examiner's office is facing the task of filling all three of its pathology positions. In the wake of a sweeping investigation into the work of Dr. Michael Belenky, who left under a cloud of suspicion in January 2011, the city's 2 other pathologists are leaving. Calgary Herald story.

Medical examiners work to set bereaved families at ease
Sat, 05 Mar 2011
In recent months medical examiners in the Calgary region have been meeting with families to help them get those details along with explanations of why a loved one died. Calgary Sun story.

Last Calgary medical examiner leaves office
Fri, 04 Mar 2011
Alberta Justice has confirmed the last remaining medical examiner in the Calgary office has handed in his resignation. CBC News story.

NHL enforcer suffered from degenerative brain disease, scientists find
Wed, 02 Mar 2011
Boston University researchers studying the brain of the late Bob Probert find that the former NHL enforcer had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Globe and Mail story.

Former CFL players' brains used to study link between concussions and disease
Mon, 21 Feb 2011
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist at Toronto General Hospital, is part of a project seeking scientific proof on whether the often invisible brain injuries can stalk victims long after they retire from professional football. Globe and Mail story.

In the post-Charles Smith world, justice seems tempered by fear
Thu, 17 Feb 2011
Much of the denouncement of Charles Smith is proper and richly deserved, but in fairness to him, he was willing to stick his neck out at a time when virtually no one else in his corner of the planet was. Globe and Mail column.

Oops. Actually, you don?t have syphilis
Thu, 10 Feb 2011
A study of 5 labs in the United States found that 18 per cent of the positive results in a traditional test method for syphilis used for 3 decades got the diagnosis wrong. Globe and Mail story.

15 years later, court overturns child murder conviction
Thu, 10 Feb 2011
The Ontario Court of Appeal has quashed the murder conviction of a Toronto mother who was imprisoned for life on the basis of flawed testimony from pathologist Charles Smith. Toronto Star story.

Absence of accountability
Wed, 09 Feb 2011
There has been no shortage of accountability for the innocent victims of former doctor Charles Smith: crushing prison sentences, ostracization, financial pressure (the need to hire international experts who were not in awe of Smith), and in some cases permanent loss of other children who were put up for adoption by child welfare authorities.But there has been utterly no accountability for Smith. Toronto Star column.

Alberta can learn from Ontario pathology inquiry
Tue, 08 Feb 2011
As the Alberta reviews a Calgary pathologist's autopsy reports, experts say there are lessons to be learned from the recent case of a disgraced Ontario forensic pathologist's erroneous findings that sent innocent people to jail. Calgary Herald story.

Disgraced pathologist unlikely to face charges
Tue, 08 Feb 2011
As the Ontario government?s tab for compensating nearly 30 victims of Dr. Charles Smith tops $5.5-million, experts and insiders suggest it is unlikely the province will ever launch criminal or civil action against the disgraced pathologist. National Post story.

New method for blood tests could radically cut costs: researcher
Mon, 07 Feb 2011
Researchers at the University of Calgary say a new way to do blood tests could save the health system thousands of dollars. Dr. Karan Kaler, director of the Biosystems Research and Applications Group at the Schulich School of Engineering, said he and his team have developed a way to test fluids using a microchip. Postmedia News story.

Qualifications for forensic pathologists vary across Canada
Sun, 06 Feb 2011
The training and educational backgrounds of those who perform forensic autopsies and provide expert testimony in courtrooms in Canada is far from universal. While Canada in the last few years has developed national standards for training forensic pathologists, experts say it could take more than a decade ? perhaps a generation ? for most of them to fall in line with those standards. Calgary Herald story.

Candid Cancer: Know thy pathologist
Fri, 04 Feb 2011
A patient meets the pathologist who will diagnose her biopsy. AnnArbor.com story.

Brits would learn from the Dr. Charles Smith nightmare
Fri, 04 Feb 2011
Every country has its version of Dr. Charles Smith, the incompetent lying pathologist. Every country has a spectacular police failure like the Pickton case. Do they repair it better than Canada does? They must, because we?re terrible at it. Toronto Star column.

Investigated former Calgary pathologist not certified
Wed, 02 Feb 2011
An Alberta medical examiner whose criminal cases are under scrutiny was not certified as a forensic pathologist. CBC News story.

Calgary lawyers fear trial delays if Belenky probe finds autopsy errors
Wed, 02 Feb 2011
Alberta government orders to rework a Calgary pathologist's autopsy reports will undoubtedly delay criminal trials, sending the legal community scrambling and potentially throwing the justice system into chaos. Calgary Herald story.

Investigated pathologist not certified
Wed, 02 Feb 2011
An Alberta medical examiner whose criminal cases are under scrutiny was trained but not certified as a forensic pathologist. The position of medical examiner calls for forensic pathologist certification, but doesn't demand it because forensic pathologists ? certified or otherwise -- are in short supply. CBC News story.

Lives destroyed by pathologist
Wed, 02 Feb 2011
The victims of Dr. Charles Smith have lived experiences that are difficult to fathom. Accused falsely of killing their children or close relatives based on the pathologist's misguided evidence, they have risked death in prison, faced the ugliest of name calling and been torn away from their surviving children. National Post story.

College to decide professional fate of disgraced pathologist Charles Smith
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
Disgraced pathologist Charles Smith?s professional future will be officially decided when he stands before a disciplinary committee of Ontario?s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Globe and Mail story.

Pathologist Charles Smith loses medical licence
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has stripped former pathologist Charles Smith of his licence at his disciplinary hearing. Through his lawyer, Smith pleaded no contest to allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence. Toronto Star story.

Tribunal revokes licence of discredited pathologist Charles Smith
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
A disciplinary tribunal has revoked the Ontario medical licence of Charles Smith over his botched child death investigations, delivering the first punishment Dr. Smith has faced in the tragic affair. National Post story.

Calgary forensic pathologist named in review: sources
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
Alberta Justice is conducting a sweeping review of all the criminal files handled by a Calgary forensic pathologist formerly employed in the Medical Examiner's Office after confirming inaccurate results in at least one autopsy in a possible criminal case. Calgary Herald story.

Calgary pathologist's reports probed
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
A former Calgary medical examiner whose expert reports are being reviewed by Alberta Justice officials has been identified as Dr. Michael Belenky. CBC News report.

Calgary pathologist's cases reviewed
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
The Alberta government is now reviewing all files handled by a former pathologist at the Calgary medical examiner's office. CBC News story.

Autopsy reports under review after 'inaccurate resuts'
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
Alberta Justice is conducting a review of all the criminal files handled by a Calgary forensic pathologist formerly employed in the Medical Examiner's Office after confirming inaccurate results in at least one autopsy in a possible criminal case. National Post story.

Forensic pathologist's files under review
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
The files of a forensic pathologist formerly with the Alberta Medical Examiner's Office in Calgary are under review after inaccurate results came up in at least one autopsy in a possible criminal case. CTV Calgary report.

One word in autopsy report sparks review of Alberta pathologist
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
Police confusion about a word in an autopsy report by an Alberta forensic pathologist has led to the discovery of ?questionable findings? and sparked a review of all the doctor?s cases, government officials have announced. Globe and Mail story.

Autopsy findings in possible criminal case in question by Alberta Justice
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
Alberta Justice has ordered a review of the work done by a former employee of Calgary?s Medical Examiner?s Office. An investigation into forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Belenky?s work began last Wednesday when the Calgary Police Service asked for the findings of an autopsy to be reviewed. Global News story.

Charles Smith?s punishment deemed ?a slap on the wrist?
Tue, 01 Feb 2011
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario action amounts to a tongue-lashing, say those affected by the ex-pathologist?s testimony. Globe and Mail article.

Report fails to quell worries over Bristol hospital tests' safety
Fri, 14 Jan 2011
Members of the Bristol Health Scrutiny Commission stopped short of calling for a public inquiry into pathology services in the city, but told representatives of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to report back with assurances that tests carried out at a Bristol hospital are safe. Tests of tissue samples for cancer and other diseases at Bristol Royal Infirmary were at the centre of a ?700,000 independent inquiry called by the health trust in June 2009 and published last month. Bristol Evening Post article.

Number of postmortems in England and Wales should be cut ? researchers
Tue, 04 Jan 2011
While some postmortems help investigate crime, many are unnecessary and intrusive, finds a study led by one-time Alberta pathologist Dr. Derrick Pounder.