Dr. Guillermo Quinonez obtained his M.D. degree at the National University of El Salvador in 1966. From 1970 to 1973 he did his residency in anatomical and clinical pathology at the Ohio State University Hospitals, USA, obtaining also a MSc. degree from the Graduate School. He returned to El Salvador and in the 1970s was active in pathology and highly involved in medical education. In 1980 and as a result of political persecution, Guillermo escaped to Mexico where he worked in research in social sciences until 1983 when he immigrated to Canada.

At McMaster University, Dr. Quinonez re-trained in anatomical pathology and did a fellowship in electron microscopy. He obtained his Royal College Fellowship in 1985.

In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Pathology of the University of Manitoba. In the following 22 years of his career, he was active as a surgical pathologist, Director of the Residency Training Programs for 5 years, member of Royal College Committees, and highly involved in teaching residents. His major contribution to service was on the application of electron microscopy to fine needle aspiration biopsies at the Health Sciences Centre. He was promoted to Professor in 2004.

At the CAP-ACP, Guillermo has been Chair of the Anatomical Pathology Section and Archivist, and he initiated and implemented the idea of a “Humanities in Pathology” Club (now Special Interest Group) in our Association.

Dr. Quinonez has received several recognitions for his teaching activities through the years and is author of 5 books: one in medical ethics, two in the philosophy of sciences, one in immunology and one on diagnostic electron microscopy.

As preparation for retirement, Guillermo obtained a MA degree in history from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba in 2007. He retired from practice in 2009 but has continued active doing research in the humanities. For the next two years, he had the appointment of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. His current area of research is the history of medical thought using pathology as a case study.

Recently he co-authored an article "Notes on the History of the Canadian Association of Pathologists" for the Canadian Journal of Pathology. Spring 2012 issue (Volume 4, Issue 1)


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