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Vancouver General Hospital
Short Bio:

I am a pathologist at VGH with the subspecialty of opthalmic pathology and an interest in inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the eye and the tissues that surround it.

During the past few years one of the major activities I have been involved with has been the rewriting of the 7th edition of the Ophthalmic Sites section of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual that was published in 2010. I was responsible, along with Dr. Jack Rootman, for the chapter on the lacrimal gland, and we contributed to a new chapter on ocular adnexal lymphomas. This work resulted in several publications listed below and presentations at several meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Atlanta, Georgia and the Asia-ARVO meeting in Hyderabad, India. This work also corresponded with the publication of a large review of lacrimal gland neoplasms published by our group with three other institutions.

For many years I have performed the eye pathology for a large autopsy study of cerebral malaria taking place in Malawi. This culminated in the publication of the first pathological description of the eye findings in severe malaria.

I have been elected a permanent member of the Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology Society in the United States and attend their yearly meetings in addition to those of the Canadian Ophthalmic Pathology Society. I continue to participate in the teaching of UBC ophthalmology and pathology residents and this year have been invited to participate in teaching ophthalmic pathology to all the new ophthalmology residents in Canada at the TORIC course in Toronto in June.

Within the Department of Pathology at UBC I am involved in the Quality Assurance Committee for Anatomic Pathology at VGH.

Academic background

  • MHSc, University of British Columbia, Healthcare and Epidemiology. 2004-2006
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (Canada), 1985
  • MD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Medicine. 1979


  • Greiner J, Dorovini-Zis K, Taylor TE, Molyneux ME, Beare NAV, Kamiza S, White VA. Correlation of hemorrhage, axonal damage and blood-tissue barrier disruption in brain and retina of Malawian children with fatal cerebral malaria. (Accepted Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Jan 2015).
  • Rosenbaum JT, Choi D, Wilson DJ, Grossniklaus HE, Sibley CH, Harrington CA, Planck SR; The Orbital Disease Consortium. Molecular diagnosis of orbital inflammatory disease.
    Exp Mol Pathol. 2015 Jan 14. pii: S0014-4800(15)00011-8. doi: 10.1016/j.yexmp.2015.01.009. [Epub ahead of print].
  • James T. Rosenbaum, MD1,2,3, Dongseok Choi, PhD1,4, David J. Wilson, MD1, Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD5, Christina A. Harrington, PhD6, Cailin H. Sibley2, Roger A. Dailey, MD1, John D. Ng, MD1, Eric A. Steele, MD1, Craig N. Czyz, MD7, Jill A. Foster, MD8, David Tse, MD9, Chris Alabiad, MD9, Sander Dubovy, MD9, Prashant Parekh9, Gerald J Harris, MD10, Michael Kazim, MD11, Payal Patel, MD11, Valerie White, MD12, Peter Dolman, MD12, Bobby Korn, MD13 Don Kikkawa, MD13, Deepak P. Edward, MD14, Hind Alkat 2014
  • Rath S, Connors J, Dolman P, Rootman J, Rootman D, White V. Comparison of American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM-based system (7th edition) and Ann Arbor classification for predicting outcome in ocular adnexal lymphoma. Orbit 2014; 33(1):23-28.
  • Schutz PW, Fauth CT, Al-Rawahi GN, Pugash D, White VA, Stockler S, Dunham CP. Granulomatous Herpes Simplex Encephalitis in an Infant with Multicystic Encephalopathy: A Distinct Clinico-Pathologic Entity? Pediatric Neurology 2014; 50: 392-396.
  • Rootman DB, Heran MKS, Rootman J, White VA, Luemsamran P, Yucel YH. Cavernous venous malformations of the orbit (so called cavernous hemangiomas): a comprehensive evaluation of their clinical, imaging and histologic nature. Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98(7): 880-888.
  • MacCormick I, Beare N, Taylor T, Barrera V, White V, Hiscott P, Molyneux M, Dhillon B, Harding S. Cerebral malaria in children: using the retina to study the brain. Brain 2014; doi:10.1093/brain/awu001.
  • Mulay K, Shah SJ, Aggarwal E, White VA, Honovar SG. Periocular sebaceous gland carcinoma: do androgen receptor (NR3C4) and nuclear survivin (BIRC5) have a prognostic significance? Acta Ophthalmologica 2014. doi: 10.1111/aos.12466.
  • Mulay K, White VA, Shah SJ, Honovar SG. Sebaceous carcinoma: clinicopathologic features and role of immunohistochemistry (including androgen receptor). Can J Ophthalmol 2014; 49(4):326-332.
  • Barrera V, Hiscott PS, Craig AG, White VA, Milner DA, Beare NAV, MacCormick IJC, Kamiza S, Taylor TE, Molyneux ME, Harding SP. Severity of Retinopathy Parallels the Degree of Parasite Sequestration in Eye and Brain in Malawian Children with Fatal Cerebral Malaria (Accepted for publication, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2014).
  • Rootman DB, WhiteVA, Rootman J. Comparative histology of orbital, hepatic and subcutaneous cavernous venous malformations (Accepted for publication, British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2014).
  • Levasseur S, Wittenberg L, White VA. Vitreoretinal Lymphoma: A twenty-year review of incidence, clinical and cytological features, treatment and outcomes. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(1):50-55. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.569.
  • Lange AP, Moloney G, Arino M, Ng A, McCarthy JM, White VA, Holland SP. Enzyme assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty – A new method of lamellar dissection – A wet lab based pilot study. Cornea 2013; 32: 98-103.
  • Levasseur SD, Paton KE, van Raamsdonk CD, Heran MKS, White VA. Mutation of GNAQ in a cytologically unusual choroidal melanoma in an 18-month-old child. JAMA Ophthalmol 2013; 131(6):810-2. doi: 10. 1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.2483.
  • Wong PCW, Fung AT, Gerrie AS, Moloney G, Maberley D, Rossman D, White V, Collins D, Coupland R, Chen LYC. IgG4 related disease with hypergammaglobulinemic hyperviscosity and retinopathy. European J Hematol 2013; 90: 250-25.

Research Interest

  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Ocular Inflammation