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Pediatric Pathology Symposium – The Forensic Examination Of The Placenta


July 20 2022


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • Dr Patrick Shannon
    Dr Patrick Shannon

    Dr. Shannon Attended McGill and University of Toronto for his undergraduate and medical school, and completed fellowships in Anatomical Pathology and Neuropathology at University of Toronto. Since 2005 he has been a perinatal pathologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and is currently section head of Perinatal and Autopsy Pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. His practice and clinical research includes both clinical and forensic autopsies of neonatal and in utero fetal deaths.

Event description:

This presentation will outline the process of forensic examination of the placenta and illustrate relevant pertinent findings, especially in the setting of fetal death.


  • Describe the relevant gross features and microscopic sampling necessary for the placental examination
  • Apply relevant grading and staging schemes for placental pathologies
  • Identify the important placental diseases contributing to fetal injury or demise
  • Identify forensically pertinent placental and umbilical cord lesions.

Target Audience:

Pathologists, Residents

CanMEDS Roles:

Medical Expert (the integrating role)