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Congratulations to Dr. Emina Torlakovic

July 18, 2014

TorlakovicRecently LMP’s Dr. Emina Torlakovic was awarded the Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Award (PSQA) from the Canadian Association of Pathologists at their 65th Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes Dr. Torlakovic’s leadership in quality assurance through her work in several areas around quality improvement and diagnostic testing. She is co-founder of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control (cIQc), the first national external quality assurance (EQA) program that offers proficiency testing in immunohistochemistry (IHC) to all Canadian IHC laboratories. This is a unique academic EQA program that specializes in cancer biomarkers testing.

She is the Chair of the National Standards Committee for High Complexity Testing which published the first Canadian guidelines for standardization of immunohistochemistry testing in Pathology. This committee also developed and published other recommendations and guidelines including: CAP-ACP Clinical Immunohistochemistry Checklists: Part I and Part II, Guidelines for the Preparation, Release, and Storage of Unstained Archived Diagnostic Tissue Sections for Immunohistochemistry, and Class II IHC Checklist for MMR IHC Testing.

“I thought it was very important that we develop standards because today we are called upon for much higher accuracy in IHC, mainly driven by the development of personalized medicine,” said Dr. Torlakovic.  “We try to respond and develop highly reproducible, sensitive and specific testing relevant to the stratification of patients for targeted therapies.”

Dr. Torlakovic received the award on Tuesday July 15 at the Gala Banquet and Awards reception, during the CAP-ACP conference in Toronto.

Pathologists’ Assistants Lead Educational Seminars

July 11, 2014

As part of the Canadian Association of Pathologist Annual Meeting in July, several members of LMP and our partner hospitals will be leading education sessions for visiting laboratory professionals from across North American that will be attending the conference. More information can be found online HERE.

Jessica Swain, Lakeridge Health

Jessica Swain, Lakeridge Health

We sat down with a few of our Pathologists’ Assistants, Sarah James from UHN, Andrea Axente from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Jessica Swain from Lakeridge Health, who have been working together on several different educational sessions for the Annual Meeting.

We asked them about their individual sessions, their commitment to continuing education and why this type of cross-partnership collaboration is so important to laboratory medicine. Read more…

Joe Kuzma and the Friends for Life Bike Rally

July 4, 2014

joe kuzmaOn July 27, 2014, more than 300 people will embark on a six-day, 600 km journey from Toronto to Montreal. Riders of all ages and levels of experience and crew supporting a variety of activities along the route will unite in their passion to support people living with HIV/AIDS. The Friends For Life Bike Rally is an extraordinary personal, life-changing, and challenging experience.

Joe Kuzma, Manager of Microbiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is volunteering at this year’s event and spoke with us about his role at the event and his involvement with the rally.  Read more…

Helen Cao and the Volunteer Service Awards

July 4, 2014

Helen Cao imageRecently, Helen Cao, MLT in our anatomic pathology laboratory, received an award from the Government of Ontario for her work at the Hong Fook Mental Health Association.

The Hong Fook Mental Health Association is a multicultural community that understands mental health and accepts mental illness. The group works with Asian communities to keep people mentally healthy and manage mental illness from recovery to wellness, through promotion and prevention, treatment, capacity building and advocacy. Read more…

Emerging Leaders in Laboratory Medicine

June 25, 2014


Another member of the LMP team, Sousan Bagherpoor, MLT,  completed the UHN Emerging Leaders program at the same time as with Yasmin Halley.  We had an opportunity to talk to Sousan and get her thoughts on the program and why she encourages any employee interested  in developing career goals and enhancing their current on-the-job performance to consider the program.

Read our interview with Sousan Bagherpoor, and her experience in the Emerging Leaders program – Read more…

Dr. Danny Ghazarian and the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre

June 20, 2014


Recently, LMP’s Dr. Danny Ghazarian, one of our dermatopathologists spent some time at the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre working with pathology residents. Take a look at a recent picture of Dr. Ghazarian teaching on a multihead microscope with monitor pathology residents and few pathology and dermatology staff. He and the team were discussing cases related to inflammatory skin diseases and skin tumors, both benign and malignant.


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Are you an Emerging Leader?

June 20, 2014


The University Health Network offers the UHN Emerging Leaders program for interested employees with an opportunity to help them achieve their career and development goals. The program is designed to examine new and different ways that they may enhance their current on-the-job performance and help get them ready for any future leadership (formal or informal) opportunities or roles that may come their way.

Recently, a few members of the Laboratory Medicine Program team completed the UHN Emerging Leaders program and were eager to share their story and encourage others to apply who may be interested and may benefit from such a program. Read an interview with Yasmin Halley, MLT, Blood Transfusion, about her recent experience in the program -

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