Martin J. Trotter (retired)


"Adventure exists at the intersection of imagination and the ridiculous"


I was born in Ottawa, grew up in Vancouver in the Dunbar area, and received almost all my formal education in Vancouver - Lord Byng High School and UBC.  I received training in dermatopathology in London, England and have practiced pathology in both Vancouver, BC and Calgary, Alberta.  At the University of Calgary and Calgary Laboratory Services, I was Division Head, Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology and directed the Immunohistochemistry laboratory.  I was acting academic Department Head in 2004.  I was the President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists from 2013-2015.  I returned to Vancouver in April 2015 to take up the position of Department Head, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Providence Health Care till March 2020.

Academic Background

  • BSc (Honours Physiology), UBC 1981
  • MD, UBC 1985
  • Rotating Internship, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver 1985
  • PhD (Experimental Pathology), UBC 1990
  • FRCPC (Anatomical Pathology) 1993
  • DipRCPath (Dermatopathology) 1994

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Dermatopathology
  • Laboratory Leadership/Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workforce and Workload Assessment
  • Melanoma pathology
  • Skin cancer pathology
  • Immunohistochemistry

Teaching Interests

  • Laboratory Management
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Management
  • Dermatopathology

Selected Publications

  • Naert KA, Trotter MJ. Utilization and utility of immunohistochemistry in dermatopathology. Am J Dermatopathol 2013; 35:74-77.
  • Franko AD, Wright JR, Trotter MJ. Under-recognition of pathologist contributions to articles published in a major multidisciplinary medical journal. Am J Clin Pathol 2012; 138:495-497.
  • Bromley AB, Trotter MJ. Immunohistochemistry utilization in autopsy pathology: A Canadian experience. Pathol Res Pract 2011; 207:241-246.
  • Trotter MJ. Melanoma margin assessment. Clin Lab Med 2011; 31:289-300.
  • Trotter MJ, Abi Daoud MS. Use of immunohistochemistry in routine dermatopathology. Can J Pathol 2011; 3(2):31-42.
  • Trotter MJ, Wright JR, Tait N, Larsen ET. Time study of clinical and non-clinical workload in pathology and laboratory medicine. Am J Clin Pathol 2009; 131:759-767.
  • Horne GJ, Barber DF, Bruecks AK, Maung RT, Trotter MJ. Workload measurement in subspecialty dermatopathology. J Clin Pathol 2009; 62:435-438.


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6

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