7 May 2020

The Future of Pathology Report calls for pathologists and healthcare leaders to collaborate internationally to improve cancer diagnostics.

Published by Leica Biosystems, the report  is part of an initiative to raise the profile of pathology to advance care for patients.

Launched on International Pathology Day 2019 at an event at the College, the report was developed by an international panel of pathologists in consultation with healthcare executives, cancer stakeholders, and pathology leaders.

The Future of Pathology Report outlines key areas driving change in pathology globally and goes on  to identify the challenges and the opportunities to transform the profession.

Written by College members Dr Matthew Clarke and Dr Bethany Williams with Dr Jerad Gardner and Dr Tiffany Graham from the US, the report features chapters on four priority focus areas: pathologist education, digital pathology and AI, Improving perceptions of pathology and molecular pathology.

The Future of Pathology Report details how the field of pathology can evolve to meet the challenges facing the profession – particularly given the uncertain times currently faced by healthcare communities across the world.

Dr. Bethany Williams, College Fellow based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and co-author of the report said:

'We know how essential our work is to ensuring the best possible outcomes for cancer patients – but hospital administrators, healthcare leaders, our multidisciplinary colleagues and the public are not always able to make best use of our expertise.

It is absolutely vital that we are proactive in tackling the challenges our profession faces – and seizing the opportunities in front of us – through a collaborative and forward-thinking approach.'