Sylvia L. Asa [M.D., Ph.D.]

  • Titles : Endocrine Professor
  • Affiliations : Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

  • Graduated from the University of Toronto with her MD, did a Residency in Pathology  and subsequently a PhD, all at the University of Toronto 
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • A Clinician-Scientist with a focus on Endocrine Pathology, her research aims to identify the basis for development of endocrine tumors, to improve diagnostic tests and to identify targets for therapy of those diseases.  
  • She has published more than 400 scientific articles, written five books, co-edited five books and contributed over 100 book chapters on endocrine pathology. 
  • She has given over 200 invited lectures to national and international scientific audiences.  
  • Dr. Asa has served as President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-6), she has served on numerous editorial boards, and she has received many awards from national and international scientific and other organizations for her contributions to science and medicine. List any boards, etc

  • Dr Asa loves to cook, travel and shop!  She is an exercise devotee who runs almost every day and she swims as often as she can.

  • Dr. Asa has 4 children ranging in age from 18 to 34 years – all are happy and successfully pursuing careers, two are married and one just had a baby! 

Past Lectures

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastroenteropancreatic System: Lungs, Thyroid and Thymus (03/01/2019)
  • Three Overlooked Ps of Endocrine Pathology: Pheochromocytomas, Paragangliomas and Parathyroids (03/01/2019)
  • Adrenal Cortical Pathologies Made Simple (02/28/2019)
  • Pituitary Pathology: What Do You Really Need to Know? (02/27/2019)
  • Update on Thyroid Pathology: Morphology, Genomics and Back to Morphology (02/26/2019)
  • Phenochromocytomas and Paragangliomas: Are We Missing Something? (03/01/2017)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors of The Gastroenteropancreatic System: Lungs and Thymus: An Endocrine Approach (03/01/2017)
  • Pituitary Pathology: What Do You Really Need to Know? (02/28/2017)
  • Adrenal Cortical Pathologies Made Simple (02/28/2017)
  • Update on Thyroid Pathology: Morphology, Genomics and Back to Morphology (02/27/2017)
  • Neuroendocrine Carcinomas of the Gastroenteropancreatic Tract (10/13/2011)
  • Adrenal Cortex, Adrenal Medulla and Extra-Adrenal Paraganglia Pathology (10/13/2011)
  • Biopsy and Surgical Pathology of the Thyroid (10/12/2011)
  • Surgical Pathology of the Pituitary (10/12/2011)
  • Histopathologic Diagnosis of the Enlarged Parathyroid (10/11/2011)
  • What Do Neoplasms of the Appendix and Anus Have in Common (02/19/2010)
  • Portal-Based Disease: Chronic Hepatitis and Biliary Tract Disease (02/19/2010)
  • When Does Ulcerative Colitis Try to Look Like Crohn’s Colitis and Vice Versa? (02/18/2010)
  • Fine Needle Aspiration of Liver Nodules (02/18/2010)
  • Tumors of the Ampulla, Distal Common Bile Duct and Gallbladder (02/18/2010)
  • Update and Problem Areas of Iron Overload (02/17/2010)
  • Fine Needle Aspiration of Cystic Masses in the Pancreas (02/17/2010)
  • Inflammatory Lesions and Pseudotumors of the Pancreas and Distinction from Carcinoma (02/17/2010)
  • Centrizonal-Based Disease: Fatty Liver --The New Epidemic (02/16/2010)
  • Cytological Diagnosis of Non-Ductal Pancreatic Neoplasms and Mesenchymal Neoplasms in the Abdomen (02/16/2010)
  • Adventures in Abdominal Mesenchymal Tumors: How to Tell One from Another (02/15/2010)


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