Country Advisors

Country advisors act as key points of contact for members, both in the relevant country and in the UK. They support the work of the international regional advisor for the region by implementing regional priorities at country level, identifying opportunities for engagement, project collaborations and membership development.


  • Dr Shivayogi Bhusnurmath

    Country Advisor for Grenada

    Dr Bhusnurmath is Dean of Academic Affairs, and Chair and Course Director of the Department of Pathology at St. George’s University in Grenada. He is also director of the university’s International Clinical Tutor Teaching Fellowship Program. He has enjoyed a successful career of over 40 years in teaching, clinical service and clinical and experimental research at premier institutions across India, Nigeria, UK, Canada, Middle East and the Caribbean. His extensive research covers topics including diseases of the kidney and liver, Indian Childhood Cirrhosis, fine needle aspiration cytology, leprosy, malaria, HIV/AIDS and medical education which have been published in more than 130 international peer reviewed journals. Dr Bhusnurmath sits on the review boards of several peer-reviewed medical journals including Medical Educator, Human Pathology, Perspectives in Medical Education, and Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences.

  • Professor J Alejandro Madrigal , MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath, DSc, HonDSci, FMedSci, D.h.c.

    Country Advisor for Mexico

    Prof. Alejandro Madrigal is a world leader in the area of Immunotherapy and ​​stem cell transplantation, who trained at the best universities such as UNAM, Harvard, Stanford and University College London (UCL).  He is currently Professor of Haematology at UCL, and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Free Hospital, UCL Cancer Institute London and has been the Founder and First Scientific Director of the Anthony Nolan Research Institute and the Medical Director of the Cell Therapy Centre for Anthony Nolan in United Kingdom.

    His research, reflected in more than 500 articles, in journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics, Lancet, J.Exp.Med, PNAS (cited 13,317 times, h-index 61) have changed the course of immune-cell therapy and stem cell transplantation and with this, he has helped to save the lives of many patients.  He has given more than 580 conferences in more than 58 countries and 243 cities and has trained more than one hundred doctors and scientists, at the Anthony Nolan Institute and at UCL where he has also been Vice Provost for the America and his tireless work has helped create donor registries and Umbilical Cord Banks around the world.

    He has received the Gold Medal from the British Government. He also has received distinguished memberships from prestigious Academies in Mexico, Spain, Latin America, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. For his achievements he has received three honoris Causa. And was elected President of the European Blood and Marrow Transplantation Society.



  • Dr Tibor Hortobagyi

    Country Advisor for Hungary

    Tibor Hortobágyi is an academic neuropathologist, head of department, chair at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) and President of the Hungarian Neuropathological Society. He has worked at the King’s College & King’s College Hospital, London for the past 10 years and is currently their visiting senior lecturer. His main research interest is neurodegeneration. Tibor Hortobágyi is author on more than 100 research papers and numerous book chapters and is the editorial board member of several journals including Acta Neuropathologica. He is councillor of the European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies (EURO-CNS) and International Society of Neuropathology (ISN). He is devoted to neuropathology teaching and is Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the European Neuropathology Exam (EFN). 


  • Dr Mark Howard

    Country Advisor for Ukraine

  • Dr Olga Wise

    Country Advisor for Ukraine

    Dr Olga Wise studied medicine at Vinnitsa Pirogov National Memorial Medical University in Ukraine before moving to the UK to complete her training in histopathology. She now works as a Consultant Histopathologist at St Thomas’ Hospital in London specialising in gynaecology and breast pathology. Dr Wise enjoys the scientific approach to medicine and as a student she has worked with the Scientific Research and Rehabilitation Centre in Vinnitsa, Ukraine. She remains actively involved in research in the fields of gynaecology, endocrine and head and neck histopathology and cytopathology.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • Dr Mona El-Bahrawy

    Country Advisor for Egypt

    Mona El-Bahrawy is Professor of Practice of Histopathology at Imperial College London.  She is a graduate (1989) and now Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University Egypt.  She acquired the PhD from Imperial College London in 2002 and became a fellow of the RCPath in 2003.  She is the Lead Examiner of the Histopathology Part II FRCPath Cairo examination Centre. She is a member of several professional bodies and journal editorial boards.  She has over 100 publications including scientific journal papers and book chapters. She has well established links and ongoing collaborations with several Egyptian educational and health services institutions.  Professor El-Bahrawy is a founding member and currently the President of the Egyptian Committee for Pathology Training (ECPT), established in 2014 under the patronage of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities, to support and enhance training, assessment and educational supervision in pathology.  The ECPT works in partnership with the RCPath to develop training programmes, standards and practice in laboratory medicine specialties, and in organisation of the FRCPath examinations in Egypt.

  • Professor Sana Jalal

    Country Advisor for Iraq

    Dr Sana Jalal is Professor of haematology and head of pathology & forensic medicine department at the Sulaimani School of Medicine, University of Sulaimani, Iraq. Whilst here she helped to establish the premarital screen clinic for thalassaemia and haemoglobinopathies in 2006 and later became the acting head of the molecular haematology department. In 2011 she established an immunophenotyping service in Sulaimani for leukaemia and lymphoma. Dr Jalal’s main research interests are in thalassaemia and leukaemia and lymphoma. 

  • Professor Shahid Pervez

    Country Advisor for Pakistan

    Dr Shahid Pervez is a Professor & Senior Consultant Histopathologist at AKUH. His major diagnostic and research interests include ‘Cancer Registry’, ‘Oral Cancer’ and ‘Haematolymphoid malignancies’.  He has supervised several PhD & FCPS students and published extensively with over 230 research publications & several book chapters. He is also Editor of ‘Atlas of Diagnostic & Predictive Histopathology’, the 2nd edition of which is recently published by Springer He has served in various leadership positions and is recently elected as ‘Councilor’ College of Physicians & Surgeons (CPSP), Pakistan’, first ever Pathologist for the 4-year term 2019-2023.

    He played a pivotal role in establishing vibrant and active Pathology forums and is the Founder President of ‘IAP-Pakistan Division’ & ‘Histopathology & Cytology Society of Pakistan (HCSP)’ & ‘SAARC Academy of Cytology & Histopathology (SACH)’. Dr Pervez is the ‘Chair of ‘Karachi Cancer Registry (KCR)’ and recently appointed as ‘Vice Chair of National Steering Committee for Cancer Registry’. Dr Pervez is also an international advisor for internationally acclaimed textbook of Pathology ‘Underwood’s Pathology, a Clinical Approach’ and is on editorial board of several prestigious journals and is listed as ‘Productive Scientist of Pakistan’ by ‘Pakistan Council of Science & Technology (PCST)’.

  • Dr Sajid Mushtaq

    Country Advisor for Pakistan

    Dr Sajid Mushtaq is a Consultant Pathologist and Head of the Pathology Department at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. He trained as a histopathologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Pakistan and St. Thomas Hospital, London. During 1990 to 2009, he worked as a Consultant Pathologist in the Pakistan Armed Forces, where he remained as Head of Histopathology for a combined period of nine years. Dr Mushtaq has been responsible for training numerous histopathologists in Pakistan and has authored over one hundred publications. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Pathologists as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. He is President of the Histopathology & Cytology Society of Pakistan and also the Secretary of Pakistan Association of Pathologists. In 2012 he was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pakistan Association of Pathologists.

  • Dr Imad Ibrahim

    Country Advisor for Qatar

    Dr Ibrahim is a consultant medical microbiologist and virologist at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar and Chairperson of Infection prevention and control committee of the Heart Hospital. Prior to this he worked in the microbiology department at Ealing Hospital and as a consultant medical microbiologist at North Bristol Trust (antimicrobial reference unit). In addition he was an honorary clinical lecturer at the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol. He has helped organise numerous career events for doctors including national pathology week. Dr Ibrahim is an active member of the Southwest Regional Microbiology group and Gulf
    Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries network group for studying multidrug resistant in the region. In 2012, he joined Hamad Medical Corporation and in 2013 was appointed as assistant professor at Weil Cornel, Doha. 

  • Dr Ahmed Abdalla Mohamedani

    Country Advisor for Sudan

    Professor Mohamedani is a Professor of pathology at the University of Gezira, Wad Medani in Sudan. He was the Director of the Gezira National Medical Laboratory (1986-2003) and Consultant Histopathologist in the central region of Sudan. He was responsible for establishing the General Directorate of laboratories and blood Banks at the Gezira State Ministry of Health.

    He is the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Gezira and since 1993 has been the Coordinator for the University of Gezira’s MD programme in Clinical pathology. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Sudanese Association of Pathologists and the Pathology Council (Arab Board for Medical Specialization).

  • Dr Anwaar Kordofani

    Country Advisor for Sudan

    Professor Anwaar Kordofani graduated from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and later obtained her DCP from the University of London in 1977. She was a founding member of the Sudanese MD in clinical pathology in 1986 and is currently the convenor of this degree. In 1993 she obtained her Fellowship of The Royal College of Pathologists. During 2009-2013 she was President of the Association of Pathologists and during this time she created links with the Arab Division of the IAP which resulted in a yearly conference held in Khartoum for the first time. This was an extremely successful gathering in which pathologists from UK, Germany, France and the United States of America participated.

  • Dr Shroque Zaher

    Country Advisor for United Arab Emirates

    Dr Shroque Zaher is a consultant histopathologist and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (MBRU). She is a medical graduate of the University of Glasgow, and undertook her pathology training at the London and East of England deaneries including reputed teaching hospitals such as St. Thomas, London.

    She gained her Fellowship of the Royal College of pathologists in 2015 and her Certificate of completion of training (CCT) in 2016.

    She became an Assistant Professor at MBRU in 2018, and since her appointment has taken an active role in establishing firm links between the Royal College and MBRU, including hosting the President of the Royal College , Professor Jo Martin at the University and successfully establishing an MOU between the two institutions.

    She regularly undertakes clinical work in the UK, and is a very keen advocate of pathology, particularly at the undergraduate level. She is responsible for delivering a large component of the pathology undergraduate curriculum (she also holds a post graduate certificate of medical education) and has ambitious aims to increase the visibility of pathology in the clinical environment and firmly believes this begins at the student level.

South East Asia

  • Dr Abdul Ghafur

    Country Advisor for India

    Dr Abdul Ghafur is Consultant and Adjunct Professor in infectious diseases and Clinical Microbiology at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India. He is the primary author and coordinator of the “Chennai Declaration, a document and initiative to tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance from an Indian perspective. He is very active in the academic, political and policy field of tackling antibiotic resistance. 
    Dr Ghafur has delivered lectures in numerous prestigious international infectious diseases and antibiotic policy conferences around the world. He has been published in well-reputed journals and is an editorial board member and reviewer of many international journals. He received the Indian Medical Association oration award from the Honourable Union Health Minister for his contribution towards coordinating Chennai declaration initiative. He is a core committee member for National antibiotic policy and guideline of Indian Ministry of Health and a jury member of the Longitude prize


  • Dr Ranganathan Iyer

    Lead Country Advisor for India

    Dr Ranganathan Iyer has been a clinical microbiologist for the past 23 years. He completed his training in medical microbiology at the Armed Forces Medical College Pune, India in 1993. After a short stint as a lecturer at the Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital Bombay, he worked as a Consultant Microbiologist at the Breach Candy Hospital Bombay India for 8 years. At present he works as a Senior Consultant in Clinical Microbiology and Chairperson of Infection Prevention at the Global Hospital and the Rainbow Hospital for Paediatric and Perinatal Care in Hyderabad, India. He has a keen interest in antimicrobial resistance, paediatric and perinatal infections, surgical infections (particularly gastrointestinal infections and infections afflicting a solid organ transplant recipient). He is a reviewer for many journals and was previously the general secretary of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists.

  • Dr Ritesh Sachdev

    Country Advisor for India

    Dr Ritesh Sachdev currently works at Airedale NHS Foundation West Yorkshire. He is a graduate and post graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He cleared his Fellowship (Histopathology & Cytopathology) at The Royal College of Pathologists in 2014. He is a certified cytometrist and holds special interest and expertise in hematopoietic and lymphoid neoplasms. He is a graduate and post graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He cleared his Fellowship (Histopathology & Cytopathology) at The Royal College of Pathologists in 2014. He is a certified cytometrist and holds special interest and expertise in hematopoietic and lymphoid neoplasms.

  • Dr Shanika Vitharana

    Country Advisor for Sri Lanka

    Dr Shanika Vitharana is the Consultant Haematologist in bone marrow transplant, at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Sri Lanka. With 6 years of experience as a Haematology consultant. She graduated from University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Colombo in 2004 and was selected for the training program and obtained MD Haematology in 2012. She went on to work in UK for 2 years at Huddersfeild and Calderdale  NHS Trust and obtained FRCPath in 2015. Her special interests are on Malignant haematology, Stem cell transplantation and haematopathology.  Dr Shanika Vitharana served for the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists as Sectary in 2017 – 2018 and has been a Council member since 2018. She has also been a member of the Specialty Board in Haematology and transfusion medicine since 2018 and  an examiner for haematology exams conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine Sri Lanka.


Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa

    International Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa

    Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa qualified in Medicine in Nigeria March 1980. He trained and obtained the Fellowship in Histopathology in Nigeria in 1987, following which he later studied Forensic Pathology at the University of Edinburgh. He obtained the DMJPath. in 1991, was awarded the Membership (Forensic) of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK, in 1992 and the Fellowship in 2001. He has other qualifications from the UK, Ireland, US and Switzerland, in addition to a Law Degree. He had worked as Government Pathologist in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, and is currently a Professor of Forensic Pathology at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Nigeria, and is a Consultant Anatomic Pathologist at the Affiliated Teaching Hospital. He also provides medico-legal services to the government.

    He was a Past Provost of the Medical School and a Former Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Nigeria. He has authored and co-authored several scientific articles including Chapters in textbooks. He is a member of various professional bodies including the British Association of Forensic Medicine, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American College of Legal Medicine, and the College of American Pathologists.

    He was one of the two Country Advisors in Nigeria for the Royal College of Pathologists, UK, and was also a Visiting Professor of Forensic Pathology to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Lincoln USA.

  • Dr Olorunda Rotimi

    Country Advisor for Nigeria

    Dr Olorunda Rotimi is a consultant GI and liver histopathologist at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. In addition to his diagnostic and teaching roles, Dr Rotimi has a passion for capacity building in histopathology in Africa. Since 2006, he has facilitated several practice changing technical and diagnostic training workshops for pathologists and biomedical scientists in various countries of Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt and Morocco. He has also played host to several visiting Fellows in histopathology in his department in Leeds. In addition Dr Rotimi is developing the use of digital slides for remote education to centres in Africa. 

    Dr Rotimi is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists and has served as external examiner to the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College exams in pathology. He is a member of several professional bodies and an active researcher in GI pathology with several publications in international journals, many with African colleagues with whom he collaborates regularly. 

  • Dr Victor Mudenda

    Country Advisor for Zambia

    Dr Victor Mudenda is a consultant histopathologist at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka. He completed his postgraduate training in the UK in 1991 and later obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1993. In 1995 he returned to Lusaka to head the department of pathology and microbiology at UTH. He has since been involved in the training of students of medicine and allied sciences.

    In 2011, he pioneered the introduction of postgraduate (MMED) training in pathology in the school of medicine; two students have since completed, with a further ten still in training. Dr Mudenda is the current Chair of training at COPECSA (College of Pathologists of East Central and Southern Africa) and is working closely with RCPath to develop curricula in clinical and anatomic pathology. He also volunteers his time for RCPath’s LabSkills Africa project as Country Lead for Zambia. 

  • Professor Rudo Makunike-Mutasa

    Country Advisor for Zimbabwe

    Professor Rudo Makunike Mutasa has been a Consultant Histopathologist for the past 23 years and was recently appointed as Associate Professor of Pathology at the University Of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences. Early in her career, she distinguished herself by holding the record of being the youngest medical graduate at the University of Zimbabwe, having qualified as a doctor at the age of 21. As a young pathologist, she was awarded several scholarships including the World Pathology Foundation Fellowship. She has also worked in numerous hospitals in the UK as a locum Consultant Pathologist. 

    She is currently the Chairperson of the Histopathology Department and founding Fellow of the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), as well as its current Registrar. Professor Mutasa’s passion lies in teaching, and in addition she sits on several boards including as the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry. She is widely published in the area of AIDS related malignancies and serves as the Zimbabwe Association of Pathologists Secretary General. 

  • Professor Tahir Pillay

    Country Advisor for South Africa

    Prof Tahir Pillay is Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Pathology, University of Pretoria,  South Africa; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical Pathology; chair of the Communications Division, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) and President of the South African Association for Clinical Biochemistry.

    He has an MBChB (University of Natal) ,PhD in biochemistry (University of Cambridge) and trained at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London and the University of California San Diego. He is a Fellow of the RCPath. He is pioneering the use of nanobodies in clinical laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing with new robust low-cost immunoassay methodology.