Dr. Adsay received his Pathology training in New York and completed a two-year fellowship in Oncologic Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He joined the faculty at Wayne State University as Assistant Professor in 1997 and advanced through the ranks to full Professor in 2007. He later served as the Vice-Chair and Director of Anatomic Pathology at Emory University. He is currently Professor and Chairman of Pathology at Koç University School of Medicine.
Dr. Adsay is an internationally-recognized pathologist in the field of tumor diagnosis, especially focusing on pancreatobiliary cancers. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and has given more than 300 lectures and courses internationally. He authored numerous chapters in the highly prestigious textbooks of Diagnostic Pathology, Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery and Oncology mostly focusing on cancers of pancreatobiliary tract, gallbladder and ampulla. He was a member of the Pancreas Review Group of National Cancer Institute of USA, and author and co-author in numerous chapters in the World Health Organization’s “classification of tumors” series in multiple editions including the latest 2019 edition. Among his contributions, he played a key role in the characterization of various tumor types of the pancreas and biliary tract, and was also the member of an international group that put forth the definition and criteria for the early cancerous lesions of these organs and prognostication of the tumors of these sites. His worked has led to multiple revisions in staging and grading of pancreatobiliary neoplasia. He was awarded multiple funds for his research including by the National Cancer Institute. In 2007, he was awarded Georgia Distinguished Cancer Researcher grant for 5 years. He served as President for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (2017). He was instrumental in the institution of our Society, Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, and was elected as its first president in 2016. He has also held committee membership in several international academic medical societies. He has served in the editorial board of several medical journals. He is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards (from medical students and residents), Jack Yardley young investigator award of GIPS, as well as one of the recipients of the Team Science Award of AACR (American Association of Cancer Research).