2023 Guest Speakers

Professor Ajay Puri

Prof. Ajay Puri is currently Professor & Head of Surgical Oncology, Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and Head of the Tissue Bank at Tata Memorial Centre and Homi Bhabha National Institute, India. He is a Past President of the Asia Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, Founder President of the Indian Musculoskeletal Oncology Society and is a past Chairman of the Indian Orthopaedic Association (Oncology).  He is also Professor (courtesy faculty) of Materials Science and Engineering at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, University of North Texas, USA.

He is actively involved in clinical, biomedical and basic research and is the principal investigator in many studies. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee of the International Sarcoma Kindred Study (ISKS), the largest multi institutional international trial aimed at understanding the genetic background of sarcomas. He is involved in collaborative trials funded by international cancer societies and is currently validating a multi institutional, multinational patient reported outcome measure in sarcoma patients with the goal to develop a PROM in sarcomas that is applicable across varied population cohorts.

He has developed a low cost indigenous megaprosthesis for limb salvage after oncologic reconstruction that is now extensively used in the country and other Asian and African nations and has also pioneered and popularised novel methods of biological reconstruction after oncologic resection. He serves on the editorial board of Bone & Joint Journal (formerly JBJS.Br.), Bone & Joint - 360, Bone & Joint - Open and Sarcoma. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has authored numerous books and book chapters.

Dr. Jason Hornick

Dr. Jason Hornick received a BA from Amherst College and an MD/PhD from the University of Southern California. He trained as a resident in Anatomic Pathology and pursued subspecialty fellowships in soft tissue pathology and gastrointestinal pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is the Director of Surgical Pathology and Immunohistochemistry and Chief of Soft Tissue and Bone Pathology. Dr. Hornick is a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and a consultant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Hornick is currently the Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP); he previously chaired the USCAP Education Committee and the USCAP Abstract Review Board and Assignment Committee. Dr. Hornick is also President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists. He previously chaired the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Immunohistochemistry Committee and served on the Anatomic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee for the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Hornick is the Editor-in-Chief of the 5th series of the AFIP Atlases of Tumor and Non-tumor Pathology. He serves on 14 editorial boards, including the American Journal of Surgical Pathology and Modern Pathology. He is an Associate Editor for Sternberg’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, a Regional Editor for Histopathology, an Associate Editor for Advances in Anatomic Pathology and Virchows Archives, and the Consulting Editor for Surgical Pathology Clinics.

Dr. Hornick was a member of the expert editorial boards for the 4th and 5th editions of the WHO Classification of Tumors of Soft Tissue and Bone. He was Chair of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR) Dataset for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors and a member of the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Expert Panel for the AJCC and the Sarcoma Analysis Working Group for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).

Dr. Hornick has published over 500 original papers, review articles, and book chapters and edits the textbook Practical Soft Tissue Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach, which is in its 2nd edition. He received the 2012 Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists Annual Prize, the 2014 Jack Yardley Investigator Award from the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, and the 2023 Mostofi Distinguished Service Award from the USCAP. Dr. Hornick sings and plays keyboards for a rock band.