Ondrej Hes


It is with greatest sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Ondrej Hes. Ondrej, fondly known as Ondra. He suffered a stroke on his morning run (his usual “commute”) to work in Plzen, Czech Republic, and passed away on July 2, 2022.

The genitourinary pathology community around the world mourns the loss of our great friend and colleague, a giant and scholar in the field of genitourinary pathology, a mentor, a teacher, and a colleague to many, and a true gentleman.

We dedicate the Banff Course 2022 to the memory of Dr. Hes. The course program remains unchanged. We thank the faculty that has kindly agreed to cover the lectures that were originally planned for Dr. Hes.

The full tribute can be found here: https://gupathsociety.org/Ondrej-Hes

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The Banff Pathology Course is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary to provide a continuing medical education activity for practicing pathologists, residents and pathologists' assistants.

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Course Dates

Next course:

Sept. 8-10, 2022 - Urogenital Pathology

Future Course:

Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2023 - Gynecological Pathology

2022 Course Information

The focus for the 2022 Banff Course is Genitourinary / Urologic Pathology. The course will provide a forum for sharing information on the current diagnostics of genitourinary tumors. The course will aim to cover topics that will be relevant to practicing pathologist and trainees. In addition, the 2022 course will also focus on the recent developments in Genitourinary / Urologic Pathology that will be included in the WHO 2022 classification of genitourinary tumors. During the course, world-renowned expert speakers will provide an in-depth review of a wide variety of topics relevant to the practice of Genitourinary / Urologic Pathology.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge acquired by a review of common topics in the practice of prostate, kidney, urinary bladder and testicular pathology.
  • Discuss diagnostic pitfalls and strategies in diagnosing difficult common and uncommon urologic lesions, as well as distinguishing benign mimickers from neoplastic processes.
  • Apply current grading and staging of urologic tumors correctly.
  • List the recent developments, new entities, and changes in Genitourinary / Urologic Pathology included in the WHO 2022 classification of genitourinary tumors.
  • Describe the rationale and apply appropriate immunohistochemistry markers and new ancillary tests relevant to the practice of Genitourinary / Urologic Pathology.
  • Implement quality assurance measures in their practice relevant to this subspecialty area

The course will be of interest to practicing general and anatomic pathologists, clinicians (urologists and uro-oncologists), and residents and fellows in-training.

Course Directors:

  • Dr. Michael Mengel
  • Dr. Dylan Pillai

Executive Director: Ms. Heather Dow

Planning committee co-chairs:

  • Dr. Kiril Trpkov &
  • Dr. Farshid Siadat

Planning committee members:

  • Dr. Benjamin Adam,
  • Dr. Rizwan Rashid,
  • Dr. Robert West


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by Canadian Association of Pathologists.  You may claim a maximum of 17.5 hours.  Credits are automatically calculated.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 3.5 hours.  Credits are automatically calculated.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Amercian Medical Association (AMA), physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Information on this process can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Disclosure of Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest

In keeping with accreditation guidelines, speakers participating in this event have been asked to disclose to the audience any financial involvement with industry or other organizations that may potentially influence the presentation of the educational material. Disclosure may be done verbally or using a slide prior to the speaker's presentation.

Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act

The registration information is collected under the authority of the Alberta FOIPP Act. This information is required to register you in the course, prepare the course material for your use, and will be used to notify you of other courses or pertinent information. The financial information is used to process applicable fees and is retained for future reference. This information will not be shared with any other individual or organization.  If you have any questions about the collection or use of this information, please contact banffpathology@eventsmgt.com.