Omar Layth Qassid

Dr. Omar Layth Qassid Consultant Anatomic Pathology

Years of Experience : 13

Nationality : United Kingdom

Languages Known : Arabic, English



Dr. Omar Layth Qassid is a Consultant Anatomic Pathology with over 12 years of experience in busy breast screening units in London and the East Midlands. He obtained his MBCHB from Iraq in 2005. Following the completion of his histopathology training in prestigious centers in London in 2015, he has been practicing as a consultant pathologist in Leicester and Northamptonshire hospitals. He has also played key roles as clinical director of Pathology, Hematology, and Oncology and the lead breast pathologist. Dr. Qassid is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in London and an international fellow of the American College of Pathologists. He currently serves as the Royal College of Pathologists’ associate international regional advisor for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He has been the lead for breast multi-disciplinary team of Kettering. Academically, Dr. Qassid is an honorary senior lecturer in cancer studies and has also written several publications and journals under his credit. His main areas of interest are skin pathology, digital pathology, teaching, and training; and he is the winner of the prestigious achievement award by the Royal College of Pathologists in 2022 for his work in digital training under the ‘iHistopathology’ channel. 

Awards & Achievements

  • The Royal College of Pathologists Achievement Award, London, UK - 2022
  • University Hospitals of Leicester Educator Awards Nominee, Senior Outstanding Teaching, UK - 2019
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Baghdad Medical Distinction Award, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, Baghdad - 2018
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Baghdad College of Medicine, Iraq - 2018
  • Highly Commended Foundation Doctor, Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale UHB, UK - 2010
  • Distinguished Top Graduate in A-Level 1999, Mosul, Iraq

Research & Publications

  • Pattern and distribution of cancers in areas of Iraq exposed to Depleted Uranium. Esraa Aldujaily, Ali Duabil, Kussay M.Abbas Zwain, Hayder K. Fatlawi, Ali Al-Behadili, Emad Al saabery, Yasseen A. Alwaaely, Sijal Al Joboury, Omar Layth Qassid, Liwaa Al Kelabi. doi:
  • Correlations of morphological features and surgical management with clinical outcome in a multicentre study of 241 phyllodes tumours of the breast. Mihai R, Callagy G, Qassid OL, Loughlin MO, Al-Hilfi L, Abbas A, Campora M, Hodi Z, Ellis I, Lee AHS, Rakha EA. Histopathology. 2021 May;78(6):871-881. doi: 10.1111/his.14316. Epub 2021 Mar 22. PMID: 33325544
  • Rib destruction by epithelioid tumour in a young man. Hallin M, Qassid OL, Jones RL, Zaidi S, Fisher C, Thway K. J Clin Pathol. 2020 Oct;73(10):e2. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2019-206338. Epub 2020 Feb 13. PMID: 32054636
  • Perineal mass in a 50-year-old man. Aldarragi A, Hallin M, Jones RL, Qassid OL, Fisher C, Chaudhry I, Thway K.J Clin Pathol. 2020 Nov;73(11):e5. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2019-206337. Epub 2020 Feb 28. PMID: 32111648
  • Sarcoma of Ex-Chondroidsyringoma, A case report and review of literature. Qassid O, Hawrot H, Uraiby J. Sarcoma ofExChondroidsyringoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2019; 4: 1716. ISSN: 2474-1655
  • Unusual Case of Simple Urinary Bladder Melanosis with Complete Resolution, Mera Z, Qassid O, Patel S, England R. BMJCase Rep. 2018 Apr 25;2018. pii: bcr-2018-224361. doi: 10.1136/bcr2018-224361
  • Differential Diagnosis of a Tonsillar Lymphangiomatous Polyp. Garvie S, Qassid O, Karachritou G. National Journal of Health Sciences, 2018, 3, 30-32,
  • Synovial Sarcoma with Myoid Differentiation. International Journal of Surgical Pathology. Qassid O, Ali A, Thway K. Int J Surg Pathol. 2016 Sep;24(6):525-7. doi: 0.1177/1066896916645187. Epub2016 Apr 22
  • Spilled Gall Stones during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Qassid O, L Al-Harbawi, Al-Khyatt M. Iraqi Medical Journal. 2006;52:85-87
  • ABSTRACT(S): Suboptimal CT Pulmonary Angiography in the Investigation of Pulmonary Embolic Disease: Incidence and Outcomes In A UK District General Hospital. Qassid O, RM Jones, Satgunarajah A. American Thoracic Society Conference May 2012
  • Study of Endoscopy for Iron Deficiency Anaemia and Analysis of Biopsy Results. Qassid O, Hawthorne AB. Irish society of surgical Pathology, Republic of Ireland September 2010
  • CHAPTER(S) IN BOOK(S): Clinical cases in general surgery. An illustrative handbook for junior doctors and medical students on common surgical cases. Main author: Professor M Al-Khyatt. Co-Author: O Qassid
  • Clinical Microbiology Practical Manual for 3rd year medical Students Edition 2. Role: editor and co-author of the manual. Mosul College of Medicine, University of Mosul. Iraq

Education & Training

  • iFCAP, Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, USA - 2019
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCTS), London Deanery - 2016
  • FRCPath, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK - 2015
  • MRCPath, Member of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK - 2013
  • OSPE Histopathology, Royal College of Pathologists, UK - 2012
  • Foundation Program Competency, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Wales - 2011
  • UKFPO, University of South Manchester - 2009
  • MBCHB, Mosul College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Iraq - 2005


  • Breast Pathology
  • Skin Pathology
  • Histopathology
  • Teaching and Training


  • Association of Breast Pathology (ABP), UK
  • The College of American Pathologists, USA
  • The International Society of Breast Pathologists, US
  • The Iraqi Intercollegiate Association of Pathologists, London
  • The Royal College of Pathologists, UK
  • The Royal College of Pathologist Diaspora Committee, London
  • The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists (USCAP)
  • The Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, UK
  • The British Association of Gynecological Pathology BAGP, UK
  • Irish Society of Surgical Pathology, Republic of Ireland
  • American Thoracic Society, USA
  • European Respiratory Society
  • British Thoracic Society, UK