Keynote Speaker

Daniel B. Kopans

Daniel B. Kopans MD
Founder – Breast Imaging Division
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School

Daniel B. Kopans, M.D. is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1969) and an AOA graduate of Harvard Medical School (1973). He trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and joined the staff in 1977. He is a Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School and founded the Breast Imaging Division at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he was Director of the Breast Imaging Division from 1978 to 2006. He has received numerous awards and honors including the gold medal from the Society of Breast Imaging, which is its highest honor.

Dr. Kopans defined the field of Breast Imaging with a landmark article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1984 recognizing the value of multimodality breast evaluation. With more than 250 publications and one of the leading textbooks, Dr. Kopans helped develop Breast Imaging as a specialty.

He invented a guidewire and techniques that made it possible to accurately direct surgeons to areas of concern found by mammography making it possible to aggressively pursue small lesions with a minimum of trauma to the patient using local anesthesia in an outpatient setting with a high degree of accuracy. Accurate localization and early intervention facilitated the diagnosis of very small cancers that led to the major decrease in breast cancer deaths that has been seen in the United States since 1990.

He was co-chairman of the original BIRADS committee and organized approach to image interpretation and reporting that he developed is the basis for the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BIRADS).

Dr. Kopans is the leading expert on screening for women in their forties and it was in large part due to his efforts in defining the scientific issues, analyzing the data, and pressuring the National Cancer Institute in the 1990’s that women ages 40-49 have access to routine annual mammography screening. He continues to support the fundamental scientific basis of screening while exposing the flawed analyses that are being generated to try to reduce access to screening.

Dr. Kopans holds several patents on devices to improve breast cancer detection and diagnosis. He is the inventor and patent holder of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), sometimes called 3D mammography. DBT permits high resolution tomographic breast evaluation that has been shown to significantly increase the detection of small cancers while also reducing the recall (false positive) rate.

Dr. Kopans is a clinician, educator, investigator, author, and inventor. He is a member and Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Breast Imaging Commission and is past Chairman of the Fellows Committee of the Society of Breast Imaging.

Guest Speakers

Stefan O.P. Hofer

Stefan O.P. Hofer MD, PhD, FRCS(C)
Wharton Chair in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Chief Division of Plastic Surgery at the Department of Surgery and Department of Surgical Oncology
University Health Network

Anne Martel

Anne Martel PhD
Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute

Nancy Wadden

Nancy Wadden MD FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Medical Director,
Breast Screening Program for Newfoundland and Labrador

Local Faculty

Abdullah Alabousi MD FRCPC
Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Radiologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare

Assistant Professor
Staff Physician
Department of Medical Imaging Breast Division
University Health Network

Vivianne Freitas MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Imaging
Princess Margaret Hospital

Sandeep Ghai MD
Assistant Professor
Staff Radiologist Breast Imaging
Joint Department of Medical Imaging
University Health Network

Allison Grant MD FRCPC
Lecturer, Dept of Medicine
Staff Radiologist, Division of Breast Imaging
Joint Dept of Medical Imaging

Unless otherwise stated, all academic appointments are with the University of Toronto.