Head and Neck

The Head & Neck Working Group of the European Society of pathology was founded in 1993 at the European Congress of Pathology in Innsbruck. The initial driving forces were Antonio Cardesa and Henrik Hellquist, who became the first Chairman and Secretary, respectively. The aim is to coordinate research and teaching activities among European pathologists interested in oral and otorhinolaryngeal pathology, as well as to promote knowledge in our specialty to general surgical pathologists throughout Europe. The anatomical areas covered include the oral cavity and salivary glands, upper aerodigestive tract and ear, together with the bone and soft tissues of the head and neck region.
In the past years the members of the Head and Neck Working Group have been major contributors at all European congresses, being actively involved in the organization of slide seminars, symposia, short courses, and video microscopy sessions, including joint sessions with other Working Groups.

Since 1995, the Head and Neck Working Group has also organized courses for the European School of Pathology (EScoP). The group has now established a worldwide profile, and has made substantial contributions to international congresses, such as those of the IAP, and to the writing of the WHO fascicles on the Classification of head and neck tumors. Members of the Working Group have published extensively in all major pathology journals and several collaborative inter-institutional research projects have been successfully accomplished in the past years. Among these, it is worth mentioning that the Group has produced the textbook  “Pathology of the Head and Neck”, whose second edition will soon be published by Springer.


Prof. Alessandro Franchi
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Sezione di Anatomia Patologica Dipartimento di Chirurgia e Medicina Traslazionale Largo Brambilla 3
+39 055 4478102
+39 055 437 9868
Past Chair
Prof. Dr. Isabel Fonseca
Instituo Portugues de Oncologia Servico de Anatomia Patologica Rua Prof. Lima Basto
1099-023 Lisboa LISBOA
+35 12 17 22 98 25
+35 12 17 22 98 25
Prof. Nina Zidar
Institute of Pathology Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana Korytkova 2
1000 Ljubljana