President-Elect and Treasurer April 2018



I am pleased to announce that the open President-elect and treasurer positions have been filled with two outstanding individuals. Dr. Theo Van der Kwast has accepted the position of President-elect and Dr. Steven Shen has joined the Council as treasurer.


Theo Van der Kwast, MD, PhD is Professor, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathobiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada (since 2004) and Staff Pathologist, University Health Network (since 2006). He was Professor of Pathology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (appointed in 1995) prior to his move to the Department of Pathology, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. His main research interests are the early detection of prostate cancer, biomarker development for bladder and prostate cancer and correlation of prostate pathology and imaging. Some of his research accomplishments in the area of prostate cancer are the demonstration of persistent androgen receptor expression in endocrine therapy resistant prostate cancer, the stage and grade shift of prostate cancer as a consequence of population-based screening, the development of a more liberal definition of indolent prostate cancer and more recently his study of the prognostic role of intraductal carcinoma and invasive cribriform carcinoma. In bladder cancer he was involved in the identification of mutations in FGFR3 as a marker for low grade bladder cancer, the use of urine biomarkers in monitoring of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and the improvement of pathological staging of bladder cancer. He served many years as Chair of the Pathology Committee of the European Randomized Screening Study of Prostate Cancer and he was Pathology Lead for the Canadian Prostate Cancer – Genome consortium. He is member of the Guideline Committee on Prostate Cancer of the European Association of Urology, member of the Global Scientific Committee of Movember and reference pathologist for the GAP3 active surveillance study group. He has (co-authored) more than 500 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Van der Kwast has been an active member of ISUP and has participated in previous Consensus Conferences among other activities. In 2017, Theo was awarded the Koss Medal by the International Society of Urological Pathology for his lifetime contributions to the field.


Steven Shen, MD, PhD received his medical education from Tongji Medical University in China and Ph.D. from University of Texas Houston Medical School. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center followed by surgical (oncologic) pathology fellowship training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Steve is currently the Associate Director of Surgical Pathology and Director of Immunohistochemistry at Houston Methodist Hospital and he has been a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Full Clinical Member of Houston Methodist Research Institute since 2013. Dr. Shen practices general surgical pathology with strong emphasis in genitourinary pathology. He developed his expertise in genitourinary pathology with mentorship from a number of prominent genitourinary pathologists at the Texas Medical Center including Drs. Thomas Wheeler, Luan Truong, Jae Ro and Alberto Ayala.  He has published 127 articles primarily in the areas of genitourinary pathology. He is a co-editor of three textbooks and author of several chapters of genitourinary pathology.  Dr. Shen serves as a Section Editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an ad hoc reviewer for 10 pathology and urology journals. He is an active member of the International Society of Urologic Pathology (ISUP) and currently serves as one of the conveners of the ISUP companion society meeting at USCAP. Dr. Shen has been teaching urologic pathology for trainees in pathology and urology over the last 15 years and being recognized as a consultant and invited speaker on urologic pathology topics nationally and internationally. He has served as the past president of Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists and Chinese American Pathologist Association. Dr. Shen’s experience in these societies will add greatly to the ISUP Council.


Please join me in congratulating Theo and Steve on their new leadership roles in ISUP.


David Grignon, MD