McMaster University

McMaster University

Alice Lytwyn


Associate Professor
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Anatomical Pathology
Associate Member: Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Resident Research Coordinator, Anatomical Pathology

F2-222 Juravinski Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario
905-527-4322 ext. 43851

Alice Lytwyn

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • FRCPC Anatomical Pathology, 1988
  • DABP Anatomical Pathology, 1988
  • MD, McGill University, 1982


Research Focus

Dr. Lytwyn’s research interests include:

  • Human papillomavirus testing
  • Cervical neoplasia and preneoplasia
  • Cervical Screening
  • Diagnostic testing

Clinical Focus

Dr. Lytwyn’s clinical focus encompasses:

  • Gynecological pathology
  • Breast pathology 

Academic Interests

Dr. Lytwyn acts as course coordinator for HRM 721 Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods, summer session, in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  She is also involved in teaching critical appraisal for academic half-day rounds in the residency program, and she is the research coordinator for the anatomic pathology residents.  Dr. Lytwyn is also involved in the Undergraduate (MD) Medicine Educational Program, as an MF3 tutor for Evidence Based Diagnosis.  She also supervises senior thesis projects at the Undergraduate level. 

Selected Publications

  • Salit IE, Tinmouth J, Lytwyn A, Raboud J, Chong S, Diong C, Chapman W, Mahony J. The role of cytology (Pap tests) and HPV testing in anal cancer screening.  AIDS in press.
  • Huynh J, Howard M, Lytwyn A. Self collection for vaginal human papillomavirus testing: systematic review of studies asking women their perceptions.  J Lower Gen Tract in press.  
  • Redwood-Campbell L, Karwalajtys TL, Fowler NC, Lohfeld LH, Howard M, Kaczorowski JA, Lytwyn A, Shaw E. Research reflections: challenges and solutions for conducting qualitative research on cervical cancer screening among diverse groups of immigrant women.  Can Fam Physician. 2010;56(4): e130-e135.
  • Hodgson N, Bacopoulus S, Hileeto D, Browning D, Howatt N, Elavathil LJ, Lytwyn A. Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast: frequent margin involvement after primary surgery. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010;33(1):28-31.
  • Howard M, Lytwyn A, Lohfeld LH, Redwood-Campbell LJ, Fowler NC, Karwalajtys TL. Barriers to acceptance of self-sampling for human papillomavirus across ethno-linguistic groups of women.  Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2009;100(5):365-369.
  • Salit IE, Tinmouth J, Chong A, Raboud J, Diong C, Su D, Sano M, Lytwyn A, Chapman W, Mahony J. Screening for HIV-associated anal cancer: correlation of HPV genotypes, p16 and E6 transcripts with anal pathology. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. 2009;18(7):1986-1992.
  • Howard M, Agarwal G, Lytwyn A. Accuracy of self-reports of Pap and mammography screening compared to medical record: a meta-analysis. Cancer Causes Control. 2009;20(1):1-13.
  • Ceballos KM, Chapman W, Daya D, Julian J, Lytwyn A, McLachlin CM, Elit L. Reproducibility of the histological diagnosis of cervical dysplasia among pathologists from 4 continents. International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology, 2008;27(1):101-107.  
  • Howard M, Lytwyn A.  The HPV vaccine: an analysis of the FUTURE II Study. Canadian Family Physician. 2007;53(12):2157-2159.
  • Howard M, Koteles J, Lytwyn A, Elit A, Kaczorowski J, Randazzo J. Abnormal cytology and human papillomavirus: how comfortable are health providers giving patient information? European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2007;28(1):15-17.
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