Academic Rank:
Clinical Instructor, UBC
Diagnostic Cytologist, Educator, BCCA
Short Bio:

I am a Cytology enthusiast and am truly passionate about all things related to the art and science of Cytopathology. My background is diverse and includes clinical, research, and education sectors. Of particular value to me was an opportunity where I spent some time overseas helping to establish a formal cytology training program in Slovenia in order to help improve the detection of cervical dysplasia and reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. I have returned twice to present workshops, and most recently in 2016 helped to organize and was a member of the scientific committee for a 2-day workshop of uterine cytology and pathology, and continuous quality improvement topics related to cervical cancer screening.

Areas of expertise include gynecological and non-gynecological cytology diagnosis and reporting; Fine Needle Aspiration assistance and diagnosis; laboratory safety and cytopreparatory techniques. Lecturing on all topics related to cytopathology. Also extensive experience creating documents for departmental organization and safety needs, accreditation requirements, quality assurance, and operational policies and procedures. I have also been responsible for developing, and participating in, comprehensive quality assurance programs.

Other areas of interest include quantitative cytology and digital pathology. I manage a large library of digital slides acquired using the Aperio platform for the purposes of clinical and educational digital pathology; and have developed several digital image analysis applications for IHC quantification.

Lastly, I have broad experience in accreditation processes for laboratories and educational facilities, as a sitting member on advisory committees and as a past member of a Canadian Medical Association survey team.

Academic background

BSc, Biology, Simon Fraser University. 1993


  • Turbin DA, Smith B, Leung S, Gown AM, Nielsen TO, Ionescu DI: Public Domain Image Analysis Program Can Quantitate Nuclear Immunostains as Accurately as Proprietary Software. Poster presentation at the USCAP Annual Meeting, March 2012.
  • Smith B, Thomson T: Fine Needle Biopsy Errors in Salivary Gland Lesions Diagnosed as Pleomorphic Adenoma at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, 1995-2003. Platform presentation at the International Congress of Cytology, May 2007. Abstract publication: Acta Cytol 2007; 51 Volume 2 (Supplement), p284.
  • Smith B, Kurlak M, Sabarre A, Edgar Z, Thomson T: Salivary Gland Fine Needle Biopsy at the British Columbia Cancer Agency: 1995-2003. Poster presentation at International Congress of Cytology, May 2007. Abstract publication: Acta Cytol 2007; 51 Volume 2 (Supplement), p329.

Research Interest

  • Cancer
  • Genomic Science
  • Molecular Pathology