London / KSS Specialty School of Pathology

Our mission is to produce high quality consultants who are ready to move into senior, clinical and academic positions at the end of their training. We aim to meet the challenges of the local healthcare environment by promoting excellence and providing the best trained doctors possible.


We focus on top-level clinical, generic and academic training within the pathology specialties, placing particular emphasis on developing doctors who aspire to excellence in their chosen area of expertise.

Why choose this school?

 The London / KSS region is home to one of Europe’s most diverse populations, covering a wide range of urban and rural communities. Consultant pathologists trained at the school will gain invaluable experience from exposure to different working environments and a cross-section of the healthcare community.


The region offers world-class academic institutions, including:


    Imperial College

    University College London

    Queen Mary (University of London)

    King’s College London

    St George’s Hospital Medical School


These organisations work in partnership with the London and KSS Deaneries to provide bespoke and integrated clinical academic training opportunities. Trainees interested in a clinical career with education and/or research components will have ample opportunity to benefit from these resources.


Opportunities for subspecialty training exist in all of the pathology disciplines. The school also encourages trainees to get involved in regional specialty and school activity through STCs, the school’s trainee forum and representation on the school board and executive.

Our programmes


The London / KSS Specialty School of Pathology is responsible for the recruitment, training and assessment of over 400 trainees in the pathology specialties. Our programmes are designed to help trainees achieve the standards of the curricula set by the RCPath and the Royal College of Physicians. Key features of the training programmes can be found on the relevant specialty pages. The specialties covered are :


• Chemical Pathology

• Haematology

• Histopathology

• Immunology

• Medical Microbiology and Virology


 Martin Young

Head of School


The head of school is Dr Martin Young. He has a longstanding interest in Medical Education and Training. He was appointed as a consultant histo / cytopathologist to St George’s Healthcare in 1995 and moved to the Royal Free in 2003. He has held the roles of clinical lead and is currently Clinical Director in Pathology at The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.


He was appointed Head of School of Pathology in 2017 and was Deputy Head of School from 2012. He also is lead cytology examiner for the Royal College of Pathology and chaired the College Specialty Training Committee in Histopathology from 2013 - 2017.


He is passionate about taking forwards innovation and sustained modernisation of clinical pathology, including developments in genomics and molecular pathology within a multiprofessional setting.



Deputy Head of School

 The deputy head of school is Dr Deepti Radia who is a consultant haematologist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Hasan Rivzi chairs the School of Pathology innovation workstream.

 Find out more


Find out more

 To find out more about training in the pathology subspecialties, visit the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website for information on chemical pathology, haematology and histopathology and the Royal College of Pathologists website. Important information on haematology and immunology can also be found on the Royal College of Physicians website.