Dr. Mariam Abbas

Dr. Mariam Abbas is a fourth year dermatology resident at the University of Alberta. She is the current Chief resident for the program.

She enjoys participating in multidisciplinary collaborations and has an interest in academic dermatology. She completed her pre-medical and medical training in Saskatchewan at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan respectively.


Dr. Dirk Elston

Dr. Elston is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.

He is a past-president of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology, has served on the board of directors of the International Society of Dermatopathology and the American Board of Dermatology, is Deputy-editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

He is an Honorary Professor at China Medical University in Shenyang China and Guest Professor at the Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in Changsha, China. Dr. Elston is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, did his dermatology residency at Walter Reed Medical Center and a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the author of over 400 peer reviewed publications, is one of 3 authors of Andrews Diseases of the Skin, Associate Editor in Chief of eMedicine dermatology, and Editor in Chief of the Requisites in Dermatology series of textbooks. He received the 2008 Walter Nickel Award for Excellence in Dermatopathology Education and the 2013 Founder’s Award of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

The first edition of his dermatopathology textbook, written together with Tammie Ferringer, received the Highly Commended Award in the British Medical Association Medical Book competition. They are now working on the third edition.


Dr. Tawny Hung

Dr. Tawny Hung is an American board-certified dermatopathologist and has duel Canadian and American board certification in anatomical pathology.

Dr. Hung received her medial school and residency training at the University of British Columbia. Her dermatopathology fellowship was completed at the University of California Los Angeles. For the past four years, she has been an active teacher in dermatopathology, educating many medical students and residents in pathology and dermatology.

Her research publications include work on atypical Spitz tumors, atypical cellular blue nevi, and plexiform spindle cell tumors. Dr. Hung currently practices as a dermatopathologist at Dynalifedx Laboratories and is an educator in the departments of Dermatology and Pathology at the University of Alberta.


Jeanne M. Meis, MDmeis

Dr. Jeanne M. Meis is currently a Professor of Pathology and the Section Head of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, USA. She is internationally recognized as an expert diagnostician and for her research contributions to sarcoma pathology diagnosis and treatment. She has previously been the Chair of the Department of Soft Tissue Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, USA; Professor of Pathology at Gothenburg University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden; and Professor of Pathology at The Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom as well as a Consultant Histopathologist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hosptial NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. She is a reviewer for several journals and a member of many prestigious societies including the Arthur Purdy Stout Society and the International Skeletal Society. She has nearly 200 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts and has played a major contributing role in all of her publications. Some of her most notable contributions have been the description of new or under-recognized entities and delineation of prognostic factors, including chondroid lipoma, myolipoma of soft tissue, juxta-articular myxoma, proliferative fasciitis and myositis of childhood, inflammatory fibrosarcoma (malignant IMT), sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma, cellular variant of fetal rhadomyoma, angiosarcoma in MPNST, epithelioid schwannoma,  (acral) myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma, criteria for malignancy in granular cell tumors of soft tissue, initial expression of cKIT / CD117 in GIST, extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC) of bone, synovial sarcoma of peripheral nerves, new translocations in angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma and EMC, and the most authoritative publication to date on EMC. She has also given innumberable courses and presentations at international, national and local venues.


Dr. Kimberly Wood

Dr. Kimberly Wood is a fifth year anatomical pathology resident at the University of Alberta with an interest in Dermatopathology.
She did her undergraduate medical education and Masters of Science at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.