Pathology At The Speed Of Thought

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February 16 - 18, 2020

Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 18.25 SAM Credit Hours
USCAP Member $1,099, Non-Member $1,499, Pathologist-in-Training $899
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Laura W. Lamps

Laura W. Lamps, MD
University of Michigan

Course Director

Dr. Lamps is the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Gastrointestinal Pathology and Patient Safety Officer at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lamps, originally from Auburn, Alabama, received her B.S. degree from Davidson College, followed by her M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She also completed her residency and surgical pathology fellowship training at Vanderbilt. She joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 1998, where she held the position of Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs until January of 2017. Dr. Lamps is a renowned academic pathologist and educator, and a leader in the fields of gastrointestinal, hepatic, and infectious disease pathology. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the UAMS Department of Pathology Teaching Award, the UAMS Dean’s Resident Teaching Award, and the UAMS Dean’s Educational Incentive Award. She was recognized at graduation seven times by the UAMS fourth year medical students for her contributions to education. She has been invited as a visiting professor or course faculty at over 60 institutions throughout the country and the world. She has authored numerous papers and abstracts, particularly in her primary area of interest, the study of infectious diseases of the liver and GI tract. She is the co-author or author of several major pathology textbooks including Surgical Pathology of the Gastrointestinal System: Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, and Parasitic Infections; Diagnostic Pathology: Normal Histology; and Diagnostic Pathology: GI Endoscopic Correlation. She has also contributed numerous book chapters to texts including Odze and Goldblum’s Surgical Pathology of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas, which is regarded as the most widely used GI textbook in the world. She is also one of four editors of the recently published new edition of Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology.

Dr. Lamps has served USCAP in many capacities. She has been a member of the Vogel Award Committee, the Ramzi Cotran Young Investigator Award Committee, and was co-chair of the Residency Advisory Committee. She was a member of the USCAP Council (now Board) from 2009-2012, and most recently served as the chair of the Education Committee. During her tenure as chair of the Education Committee, she worked on several important initiatives including an overhaul of the evaluation system and creation of a procedure manual that documents all of the policies and procedures of the committee. She is recipient of the 2017 President’s Award and the 2019 F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Lamps lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Paul Ward, and their two rescue corgis, Henry and Alys. She is active in animal welfare efforts, and served on the board and as the past President of the Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals. She is an avid knitter, cook, and substitute yoga instructor.

David B. Kaminsky

David B. Kaminsky, MD, FIAC
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Course Director

Dr. David B. Kaminsky assumed responsibilities of the Executive Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology on July 1, 2014. Prior to his affiliation with USCAP, Dr. Kaminsky was a community-based pathologist in Palm Springs, California, with an academic perspective focused on education and patient-centered care. He served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Eisenhower Medical Center for 28 years and then established a private practice laboratory dedicated to surgical pathology and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy.

During his tenure at the Eisenhower Medical Center, he served on the Board of Directors of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences where he conceived and launched the teleconference series for the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and subsequently, Africa Calls, a distance learning endeavor that brings continuing medical education to 22 sites in Africa, initially funded by the Annenberg Center and now by ASCP.

As a pioneer in fine needle aspiration biopsy, he published Aspiration Biopsy for the Community Hospital in 1981 and collaborated with Dr. William J. Frable on numerous lectures and workshops to promote acceptance of aspiration biopsy as a cost-conservative, minimally invasive diagnostic technique.

Dr. Kaminsky served as President of the American Society of Cytopathology and received the Papanicolaou Award and the President’s Award. He was the inaugural President of the ASC Foundation. He is past-President and a current active Board member of the California Society of Pathologists.

He has lectured throughout the world on fine needle aspiration biopsy, and is the 2015 recipient of the Yolanda Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist of the Year Award of the Papanicolaou Society and the 2016 recipient of the Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award of the International Academy of Cytology.

His varied interests outside medicine include documentary film making (Academy Award Nomination for the film, short documentary category; Emmy Nomination for Executive Producer, feature documentary; Special Jury Prize for short documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films), organization of film festivals, Italian cinema and cinematography (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival, American Film Institute, Palm Springs Art Museum).

He was awarded the distinguished Cavaliere della Repubblica medal by the Italian government for his work in medicine and the arts, particularly Italian cinema, and a Congressional Award for Medicine by the US government.

Robert A. Anders

Robert A. Anders, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Anders earned his medical and Molecular Biology graduate degrees at Mayo Medical and Graduate School. He completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residence, fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, post-doctoral training in Immunology and Instructor of Pathology at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology and now is an Associate Professor of Pathology. He also serves as co-director of the Tumor Microenvironment Laboratory in the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Immune Cancer Therapy. In addition to his duties as a practicing GI/Liver surgical pathologist, Dr. Anders runs an independently funded research lab that focuses on tumor immunology. His interest in Immunology developed while he studied liver immunology and regeneration while at the University of Chicago and the early years of this position at Johns Hopkins. His current interests are in tumor immunology and specifically interrogating the immune microenvironment in tumor tissue. He first began examining human tissue for the expression of PD-1 / PD-L1 in 2006, at the encouragement of his K08 mentor Dr. Lieping Chen. He continues research in human and murine cancer immunology using single and multiple color immunostaining coupled to digital image analysis.

Steven D. Billings

Steven D. Billings, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Billings completed his pathology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  Following residency, he completed a fellowship in soft tissue pathology with Dr. Sharon Weiss at Emory University and a dermatopathology fellowship with Dr. Antoinette Hood at Indiana University.  Upon completion of his post-graduate studies, he joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he practiced for several years.  In 2007 he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic where he serves as a Professor of Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and as co-director of the dermatopathology section.  He also staffs the soft tissue pathology service. 

His research interests are in dermatopathology and soft tissue pathology, with a special emphasis on cutaneous soft tissue tumors.  He has authored over 100 articles, numerous book chapters as well as a book on inflammatory diseases of the skin.  He is on the editorial board of several journals and a peer reviewer for many more.  He has a strong interest in education and gives numerous invited lectures and CME courses.  He inaugurated and chairs interactive microscopy for USCAP and serves on its Board of Directors.

Julia A. Bridge

Julia A. Bridge, MD
Translational Genomics Research Institute/University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Bridge is Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)/Ashion (Director, Division of Molecular Pathology; Phoenix AZ) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Bridge earned her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her pathology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center followed by clinical cytogenetic and molecular fellowships at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Southwest Biomedical Research Institute in Scottsdale Arizona. She is Past-President of the International Society for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology. She serves or has served on editorial boards for pathology, orthopedic, and genetics journals, in consulting or advisory board positions for cancer networks and industry (including as key investigator for landmark FDA approvals for two novel gene-based tests), the national Children’s Oncology Group Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Ewing sarcoma committees, and Secretarial Appointee to the national Department of Veterans Affairs Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee. Dr. Bridge has been involved in USCAP in several capacities through teaching [short courses, long course, evening and companion courses as well as directing molecular special course, 14 years], moderating sessions, and committee/leadership appointments (Education Committee, USCAP Council, among others). She has published greater than 300 papers, chapters, review articles, digital and web-based materials, and is co-author or co-editor of several books (e.g. AFIP Atlas of Tumor Pathology; 4th Series, Fascicle 2: Tumors of the Bones and Joints and 4th edition of the WHO Classification of Tumours of Soft Tissue and Bone) and directs a research laboratory focused on molecular profiling of solid tumors and molecular test development. She is now the President-Elect of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

John N. Eble

John N. Eble, MD, MBA, FRCPA
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Eble received his undergraduate, medical and business degrees, as well as his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from Indiana University. He is presently the Nordschow Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief Pathologist of Indiana University Health. Dr. Eble has given four short courses and directed a long course for the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, as well as courses for the American Urological Association and other pathology organizations in North America, Asia, Australasia, and Europe. He has served USCAP on the abstract review board, publications committee, finance committee, Ramzy Cotran young investigator committee, and council. Dr. Eble also has served as treasurer and president of the International Society of Urological Pathology. Among other honors, he is the 34th recipient of the F.K. Mostofi Award of USCAP and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Dr. Eble edited the International Journal of Urologic Pathology from 1997 to 2000 and has edited Modern Pathology since 2000 (term concludes December 31, 2019).  Dr. Eble was the lead editor for the 2004 World Health Organization Classification of Tumours. Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs and has edited four other textbooks on urological surgical pathology. He has authored 45 book chapters and 275 articles, almost all on topics in urological surgical pathology.

Alan Hess

Alan Hess, Architect/Historian

Architect and historian Alan Hess is author of twenty books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs. He has been the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, a contributor to The Architects Newspaper, grant recipient from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Clarence Stein Foundation, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow. Buildings from the Modern era which he has helped to conserve or landmark include CBS Television City (Pereira & Luckman, architects), Bullocks Pasadena (Wurdeman & Becket, architects), and the oldest remaining McDonalds stand (Stanley Meston, architect.) He is a Commissioner on the California State Historical Resources Commission, and serves on the boards of Preserve Orange County and Palm Springs Modernism Week. Awards for his work conserving Modern architecture include the Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo/US's Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. His newest book, “Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars,” was published by Rizzoli International last October. He is currently writing a history of Modern Architecture in California.

Rohit Mehra

Rohit Mehra, MD
University of Michigan

Dr. Mehra is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at Michigan Medicine and Faculty Member of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology (MCTP). He completed his Pathology Residency at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and did fellowship training in Genitourinary Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. As a genitourinary pathologist, Dr. Mehra serves as a regional and national consultant reviewing extramural consultations regularly. He also serves as Genitourinary Service Line Director for MLabs, Michigan Medicine’s reference laboratory division, and Director of MCTP Esoteric Clinical Laboratory Services where he oversees the development and launch of novel assays in genitourinary oncology.

Dr. Mehra’s research efforts focus on the discovery of gene aberrations in genitourinary tumors and development of related biomarkers. Early on, Dr. Mehra played an important role in discovery of recurrent fusion of TMPRSS2 and ERG, now recognized as an important driver mutation in prostate cancer. His more recent work has helped characterize uncommon and common renal tumors at the clinicopathologic and molecular level. Over the last decade he has served as the author of more than 150 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, several book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Mehra has delivered numerous invited national and international presentations.

Dr. Mehra has participated in projects with and provided peer-review services to organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), Genitourinary Pathology Society (GUPS), United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).  In addition, he is Director of the Michigan Legacy Tissue Program (MLTP) at Michigan Medicine, which helps patients and their families make a lasting impact in the lives of future patients, giving others a better chance at life by participating in clinical cancer research.

In his spare time, Dr. Mehra is an ardent lover of movies and space travel/technology.

George J. Netto

George J. Netto, MD
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

George J. Netto, MD, is Professor and the Robert and Ruth Anderson Endowed Chair of Pathology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Dr. Netto received his medical degree from Damascus University before residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Baylor University Medical Center and fellowships in surgical pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine, and in urologic pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  In 2005 he joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty and served as Director of Surgical Pathology Molecular Diagnostics and Professor of Pathology, Urology and Oncology. He currently serves as Pathologist-in-Chief and Senior Scientist at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Civitan International Research Center at UAB.

His research, focused on urologic and molecular diagnostic pathology, has helped characterize the incidence and role of TMPRSS2-ERG fusion and PTEN loss as a prognostic biomarker in prostate adenocarcinoma. Dr. Netto and collaborators are credited with the important discovery related to the high incidence of TERT gene promoter mutation in muscle invasive bladder cancer and upper tract urothelial carcinoma. The discovery led to the development of a novel, noninvasive urine-based genetic assay for early detection of bladder cancer, UroSEEK, that promises significant decrease in the need for repeated invasive and costly cystoscopy procedures.

Dr. Netto is the incoming Editor-in-Chief for Modern Pathology (term commences January 1, 2020). He serves on the editorial boards of the journals of Human Pathology, Pathology, and Virchow Archives European Journal of Pathology. He served previously as associate editor of the for translation and basic science for the journal Urology and the associate editor for the journals Urology Case Report, Advances in Anatomic and Molecular Pathology.   He has authored or co-authored more than 350 articles and chapters, including four books in urologic pathology, and is the editor of a widely recognized textbook on genomics in pathology, Genomic Applications in Pathology, currently in its second edition.

Liron Pantanowitz

Liron Pantanowitz, MD
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Pantanowitz is a practicing pathologist in Pittsburgh, PA. He is boarded in Anatomical & Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology, and Clinical Informatics. After beginning his career in Anatomical Pathology in Johannesburg, South Africa, he moved to Boston where he completed his AP/CP residency and a hematopathology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard. Thereafter, he did his cytopathology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, part of Tufts University, and after graduating served as the Director of Pathology Informatics of Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.

Dr. Pantanowitz is currently a Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Vice Chairman for Pathology Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pantanowitz is also Director of the Cytopathology Division at UPMC Shadyside and Director of the Pathology Informatics fellowship. He has over 500 peer-reviewed publications, written 13 textbooks and 99 chapters, given 250 invited talks and workshops, and has been involved in over 400 scientific abstracts, many presented at past USCAP annual meetings. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics and a member of the board of directors for the Digital Pathology Association (DPA), American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) executive board, Association for Pathology Informatics (API) council, and College of American Pathologists (CAP) Digital Pathology & Computational Pathology committee.

Dr. Pantanowitz is dedicated to advancing pathology informatics and has made significant contributions to this field. He is widely published in informatics including digital imaging and its application to pathology. He has been instrumental in developing national guidelines for whole slide imaging validation, telepathology practice, and the Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) curriculum. He is a past president of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and has added to the field of informatics while serving on the American Board of Pathology lab management test development & advisory committee, Association of Pathology Chairs roundtable, CAP Diagnostic Intelligence & Health Information Technology (DIHIT) committee, DICOM working group, and DPA regulatory and standards committee. He also helped establish the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) online digital pathology certificate program.

Dr. Pantanowitz has been a loyal member of the USCAP since 1999. He served on the USCAP education informatics subcommittee and has also participated as a faculty speaker, member of the abstract review subcommittee, and moderator of pathology informatics platforms at past USCAP meetings. He enjoys teaching others about pathology informatics. His research is focused on digital pathology and artificial intelligence in pathology.

Peter M. Sadow

Peter M. Sadow, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sadow is Director of Head and Neck Pathology and primary consultant in Endocrine Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He returned to MGH almost two decades after his first taste of research at there as a summer student while an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sadow's first project (and publication) involved the effects of thyroid hormone on tissue remodeling and wound repair in 1995. A thirst to advance understanding of human disease drove Dr. Sadow to pursue a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Chicago rather than pursuing his other academic passion of Egyptian art and archaeology, having studied Egyptology along with biology as an undergraduate. He has maintained his archaeological interests, even as a pathologist at MGH, and he last excavated in Egypt with a Johns Hopkins team during the Arab Spring in January of 2011.

Dr. Sadow's doctoral thesis at the University of Chicago utilized transgenic mouse models with altered thyroid hormone response genes, lending insight into the physiology of thyroid hormone signaling.

Fascinated by the pathophysiology of endocrine dysfunction, Dr. Sadow pursued clinical (residency/fellowship) training in Anatomic Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the hospital at which he was born, where he was mentored by some of the titans of our field. 

His clinical and research interests have continued in endocrine pathology, studying the mechanisms of endocrine carcinogenesis through translational studies involving proteomics and genomics of endocrine neoplasia, primarily thyroid & adrenal glands. Additional prominent areas of research involve salivary gland neoplasia along with etiology of squamous lesions of the head and neck. The thrust of his research endeavors is to guide biologically-based rational approaches to diagnosis and therapeutics for improved public health and modulated expectations of current medical practice.

In addition to his clinical & research interests, Dr. Sadow has a prominent teaching & directorship roles at MGH, Harvard Medical School, and in continuing medical education courses. He takes great pride in mentoring residents and junior faculty and particularly in team-building, both within pathology and more broadly.

Bruce Smoller

Bruce Smoller, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Smoller began his career in pathology as a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital.  From there, he did a dermatopathology fellowship at Cornell Medical School/ New York Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Scott McNutt. He remained on faculty at Cornell for several years before relocating to Stanford University in 1990 to assume the position as Director of Dermatopathology and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Pathology and Dermatology.  In 1997, he relocated to the University of Arkansas where he became Chair of the Department of Pathology, in addition to his role as the Director of Dermatopathology.  He remained there until 2011 when he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.  He spent nearly three years in that position before accepting the position as Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he has been since July 2014.  Dr. Smoller has published more than 245 original articles, 39 book chapters and 13 textbooks of dermatopathology.  He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and as the President of the American Society of Dermatopathology.  He has been invited as a guest speaker in 22 countries around the world. He is proudest of the Nickel Award he received from the American Society of Dermatopathology in recognition of lifetime excellence in teaching.

Russell S. Vang

Russell S. Vang, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Vang is Professor of Pathology in the Division of Gynecologic Pathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics.  Dr. Vang is Director of the In-house Gynecologic Pathology Service, Co-director of the Gynecologic Pathology Consultation Service, and co-director of the Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Training Program.  He is a member of the Editorial Boards for Am J Surg Pathol, Int J Gynecol Pathol, and Mod Pathol.  Dr. Vang’s area of research interest includes epithelial tumors of the ovary and fallopian tube.