LATS Senior Awards

Héctor Rubén Harach

Winner 2005


Born in Salta, Argentina, on 15 August 1954. Degrees: M.D. (1978) and PhD (2004), University of Buenos Aires. Medical Practitioner (Full Registration), General Medical Council, U.K. (Nr 4355395). Specialist in Histopathology, General Medical Council, U.K., under the European Specialist Medical Qualifications Order 1995 (Nr 4355395). Present Positions: Consultant Pathologist, Pathology Service, Hospital “Dr. A. Oñativia”, Salta, Argentina, Expert Pathologist for the WHO International Classification of Endocrine Tumors, and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, U.K. Previous Positions: Fellow from various International Centers such as the Universities of Helsinki (Director: Dr. KO Franssila), Zürich (Professor C.E. Hedinger), Stockholm (Dr. T. Lówhagen), Uppsala (Prof. L. Grimelius) and Wales (Prof. Sir Dillwyn Williams). Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Lecturer in Clinical Pathology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge, U.K., Consultant Histopathologist and Cytopathologist St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, U.K., Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Morbid Anatomy, Royal London Hospital, U.K., and Reference Pathologist, Genetic Cancer Susceptibility Unit, WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. Publications: over 100 in journals and 10 book chapters, including 4 for the WHO International Classification of Thyroid Tumors (2004). His research works relate to: 1) clinicopathological aspects of familial non-medullary thyroid carcinoma, including the original recognition of distinct morphological features for familial adenomatous polyposis associated thyroid carcinoma; 2) the recognition of some variants of thyroid neoplasia such as the glandular variant of medullary (C cell) thyroid carcinoma and the spindle cell tumor with mucous cysts (originally regarded by him as being of thymic in origin) and lately re-coined by others as SETTLE (spindle epithelal tumor with thymic like elements); 3) the first documentation on the prevalence, anatomical position and histochemical features of the human ultimobranchial thyroid solid cell nests; 4) the recognition of a second kind of human thyroid follicle – the ultimobranchial related thyroid follicle with acid mucin; 5) implications of the ultimobranchial system to thyroid tumor histogenesis (eg, a proposed origin of mucoepidermoid carcinoma from ultimobranchial solid cell nests); 6) epidemiological studies on thyroid papillary microcarcinoma, effect of salt iodination on the morphology of thyroid cancers and thyroiditis, incidence and morphology of childhood thyroid cancer from the England and Wales Children Cancer Registry, and radiation associated tumors after Chernobyl; 7) and many other topics on clinical pathology and cytology of the thyroid nodule in general and thyroid neoplasia and thyroiditis in particular.