Sylvia L. Asa

Sylvia L. Asa


Born: New York City, New York

Academic Degrees

  • MD: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1977
  • PhD: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1990

Academic Positions

  • 1984 Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Toronto
  • 1991 Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Toronto and Faculty Member, Graduate Department of Pathology and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • 1992 Associate Investigator, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1997 Associate Professor, then Professor (1998) Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
  • 2000 Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, Cancer Informatics Division, University Health Network, Toronto


  • Toronto General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and St. Michael's Hospital, all associated with The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Career Highlights

  • Strong family history of medicine. (Father was a surgeon).

  • World-renowned Endocrine Pathologist.

  • Mentored by Dr. Kalman Kovacs at the University of Toronto.

  • Major areas of study: the Structural-Functional correlations in endocrine tumors; the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying endocrine neoplasia; mechanisms of cell differentiation in the fetal pituitary and pituitary adenomas; immunohistological localization of peptide hormones; the pathology of transgenic mice as models of human disease; and molecular mechanisms in thyroid carcinogenesis.

  • In 2000, she became the Pathologist-in-Chief at the University Health Network, the largest teaching institute of the University of Toronto that encompasses the Toronto General Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital - one of the largest pathology departments in Canada.

  • Presented more than 260 papers at major international meetings.

  • Has a strong interest in the public knowledge of the role of Pathology and maintaining a direct connection with patients. Is a consultant to several patient support groups, including the Pituitary Network Association.

  • Founding Editor of the journal Endocrine Pathology (1990-1994).

  • Author of more than 260 articles, 50 chapters and three books including the AFIP/ARP Fascicle on Tumors of the Pituitary Gland.

  • President, Endocrine Pathology Society (1997-1998).

  • Recipient of many awards and honors including: The Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists (1998), the Novartis Canada Senior Scientist Award (2001), the Professor C.F.A. Culling Memorial Lecture Award of the National Society for Histotechnology (2004), and several teaching awards from the University of Toronto.

  • A Futurist who made major innovations in the USCAP and our Annual Meeting and the Summer Diagnostic Pathology Course

  • Co-Director of the USCAP Millennial Long Course dealing with the advent of the Molecular Age for Pathology (2000).

  • Co-Director of the USCAP Summer Course "Diagnostic Pathology" (2001-2005).

  • North American Vice President to the International Academy of Pathology.

  • Member, Editorial Board of multiple journals including:

    • Advances in Anatomic Pathology
    • Endocrinology
    • Laboratory Investigation
    • Modern Pathology
    • The American Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
    • Ad hoc reviewer to 35 other journals
  • Mother of four children; wife to an Endocrinologist. Her two youngest children have been to more Diagnostic Pathology courses than most pathologists.


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