David Snead is a consultant cellular (anatomical) pathologist at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and Professor of Pathology at the University of Warwick. He has been in post at Coventry for 25 years. He is the founding director of PathLAKE, one of five Innovate UK funded centres of excellence for the development of artificial intelligence in digital pathology and radiology.
He is an international expert in the use of digital pathology, having led Coventry to be one of the first hospitals in Europe to switch to digital pathology for routine diagnosis. His team published the world’s largest validation study on the use of digital pathology, and was the recipient of the 2016 Roger Cotton Prize from Histopathology.
Prior to setting up PathLAKE he was clinical service lead for cellular pathology at UHCW. This experience has given him a unique understanding of how innovative AI based solutions can be deployed to address the major challenges facing cellular pathology department across the NHS.
There are no shortcuts to achieving excellent results with AI solutions, but a career’s experience in diagnostic cellular pathology gives an invaluable understanding of where these innovations can be best deployed for the benefits of patients and pathologists.