Academic Rank:
Clinical 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 and a philanthropist with expertise in urologic surgical pathology and clinical epidemiology, with more than 20 years of clinical and public service experience. He is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology in Canada, the USA and Europe, and a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (FACE) and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

His primary research focus is on diagnostic and prognostic challenges in urologic pathology, with emphasis on recognizing novel renal tumor histologic features that correlate with underlying molecular signatures and significance for patient management and outcomes. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has authored and/or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles (0ver 110), with an h-index of 23 demonstrating a tenured record in academia and research. Some of his recent notable works include numerical chromosomal aberrations in chromophobe RCCs and papillary RCCs as well as practical diagnostic applications of molecular testing in renal neoplasms.

Further to his scholarly activities, Dr. Alaghehbandan has served in various leadership and administrative roles and held positions in national and international committees (i.e. GUPS International Outreach Committee, USCAP-Canada Foundation, CAP House of Delegates, and American College of Epidemiology Minority Affairs). He is also an International Academy of Pathology (IAP) Ambassador, with passion for global health and building capacity and highlighting the improvements pathologists can make for populations in resource-poor settings. He has been invited as Visiting Professor to various universities in low- and middle-income countries (SE Asia and Africa) to provide teaching and expertise in clinical services and translational research. Dr. Alaghehbandan also 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.