About the Author:
Dr John HF Smith, BSc (Hons), MB. BS. (Hons), FRCPath., MIAC. was Consultant Histopathologist and Cytopathologist at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield from 1987 to 2001 and following at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield until 2020. Dr Smith was also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pathology in the University of Sheffield.
From 1988 he took the lead role in gynaecological histopathology and cervical cytology in Sheffield amd from 1998 practiced exclusively in gynaecological histopathology and cervical cytology being the lead histopathologist at the Sheffield Gynaecological Cancer Centre between 2001-16.
From 1990 to 2019 he was Director of the North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre (which he founded as Sheffield Cytology Training Centre in 1990), and from 2004 -19 Director of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cervical Cytology Service, responsible for a cytology laboratory reporting approximately 110,000 cervical cytology samples per annum.
He is a member of the British Association of Gynaecological Pathologists (BAGP), the British Association for Cytopathology (BAC) (formerly the British Society for Clinical Cytology (BSCC)), the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), and the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists.
He is a past Examiner in Histopathology and Cytopathology of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), a past Chair of the Cytopathology Sub-Committee of the RCPath, a past Chairman of the Panel of Examiners in Cytology of the RCPath, and a past President of the BSCC.
He has served at various times on working parties and advisory committees of the GMC, RCPath, BSCC, BAGP, BAC, Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd, the National Health Service Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP), Public Health England and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).
From 2013-2019 he was Vice President of the IAC and was awarded The Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award 2017 of the International Academy of Cytology in recognition of his contribution to cervical cytology practice and education.