Academic Rank:
Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department Head, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH)
Royal Columbian Hospital
Short Bio:

Dr. Alaghehbandan is a physician leader, human rights advocate, and champion for individuals at risk, equally respected for his work in oncopathology/cancer diagnostics as well as his humanitarian activities around the world. A surgical pathologist and a clinical epidemiologist, with 20 years of clinical and public service experience in Iran, Canada and the U.S.A., Dr. Alaghehbandan is the Department Head, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, BC, Canada.

His primary research interest is focused on urologic and breast surgical pathology, and potential targeted therapies. He is also involved in assessing the effectiveness of novel biomarkers, as well as the development of external quality assurance and proficiency testing in various malignancies. Dr. Alaghehbandan also has extensive experience in developing and utilizing administrative databases for conducting population health research.

Born in Iran, he moved to Canada in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen in 2008. As a minority Kurd, he has a special interest in injury (i.e., burns and suicide) and chronic disease epidemiology, and has also worked with indigenous peoples in Canada and studied health issues related to children/women.

He has advised federal and provincial policy makers on a variety of topics, always remaining open and empathetic to the stories of the individuals involved in his work. As a senior public servant from 2004-2009, he mentored junior epidemiologists and enhanced research capacity-building in government and communities in Canada. Dr. Alaghehbandan was an expert witness at the Cameron Inquiry, which examined how a Newfoundland pathology laboratory came to provide inaccurate hormone testing results to more than 300 patients between 1997 and 2005, with devastating consequences.

Dr. Alaghehbandan is an IAP (International Academy of Pathology) Ambassador and passionate about global health. He is a champion for building capacity and highlighting the improvements pathologists can make for populations challenged with cancers in resource-poor settings. He continues to volunteer widely and is involved in teaching, promoting and practicing surgical pathology in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, regions with high prevalence of AIDS and pertinent malignancies. He also served as an expert on cancer control at the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning operational guide to building pathology capacity in low-resource countries. In addition to his global health portfolio, Dr. Alaghehbandan is also actively engaged in public education and fundraising for fighting cancer at the community level in Canada.

He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has authored and/or co-authored numerous articles in both oncologic pathology and epidemiology fields, with an h-index of 20 demonstrating a tenured record in academia and research. He also serves as an active member on national and international professional committees. Further, he has served as a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the NL Human Rights Association in Canada.

His goal is to make a lasting impact in the world of global health and cancer control.

Academic background

  • Fellow, College of American Pathologists (FCAP). 2014
  • Board-certified, Anatomic Pathology, European Board of Pathology (EBP). 2013
  • Board-certified, Anatomic Pathology, Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (ABP). 2013
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), Anatomic Pathology. 2013
  • Fellowship, Surgical (Selective) Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, USA. 2013-2014
  • Residency, Anatomic Pathology, Memorial University and UBC. 2009-2013
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). 2012
  • Memorial University, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology).  2010
  • Iran University of Medical Sciences, MD. 1998


Reza Alaghehbandan PUBMED

Research Interest

  • Urologic, Breast and Gynecologic Surgical Pathology
  • Oncopathology and Epidemiology
  • Secondary use of administrative health databases

Teaching Interest

Residency training and medical student teaching.