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HPV in Head and Neck Cancers


October 20 2021


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • Dr Jason Wasserman
    Dr Jason Wasserman

    Dr. Wasserman is a Pathologist at the Ottawa Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He specializes in head and neck pathology.
    He received both his BSc and PhD in Physiology from the University of Toronto and his medical degree from the University of Ottawa.
    Dr. Wasserman completed his residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Ottawa where he served as the program’s Chief Resident. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Pathology at the
    University of Toronto under the mentorship of Dr. Ilan Weinreb.


1. Review human papillomavirus (HPV) associated tumours of the head and neck.
2. Discuss when to order p16 and how to interpret the results
3. Review the revised AJCC staging guidelines for HPV associated tumours and how they differ from non-HPV associated tumours in a head and neck site
4. Discuss the prognosis and management of HPV associated tumours


Human papillomavirus (HPV) associated tumours are common in the head and neck and in contrast to non-HPV associated tumours,
the incidence of HPV-associated tumours is increasing across Canada. This workshop will review well established and new HPV
associated tumours and discuss the relevant differential diagnosis for each entity. An algorithmic approach to ordering and reporting p16
in line with recently published guidelines will be discussed. This workshop is intended for all pathologists who sign out head and neck
cases as part of their everyday practice.