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Harmon Sekhon

University of Ottawa

Dr. Harman Sekhon is staff pathologist at the Ottawa Hospital with expertise in cytopathology, thoracic and gynecological pathology. He currently holds administrative roles of Director of Cytopathology and Deputy Department Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) Regional Cancer Pathology Lead.

After graduating from medical college in India, Dr. Sekhon completed MSc and PhD at the Department of Pathology, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia in the field of pulmonary pathology followed by postdoctoral fellowship at the UBC. He joined Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA as a research scholar where he developed in utero lung gene therapy model and holds a US Patent for in utero gene therapy.

Thereafter, he joined combined Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology residency program at the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon. He also completed a Surgical Pathology fellowship at OHSU and subsequently obtained American Board Certification in Cytopathology after a fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. He practiced in the US for short period and the moved north to join the Department of Pathology at the Ottawa Hospital. Since his arrival he has served in many administrative roles and is currently involved in various provincial and national health organizations and advisory boards. He has also participated in many national initiatives to bring molecular testing to the Ottawa regional laboratories.

His primary research interest is to explore the role of nicotinic AChRs in carcinogenesis, modulation and progression. He is also pathology lead member of many clinical trials. He has maintained national and international research collaborations and has authored or co-authored more then 100+ peer-reviewed publications and has presented research at the national and international conferences. He is actively in involved in Canadian Society of Cytopathology for the past number of years and has held various executive positions.