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Head and Neck Cytopathology: Practical Tools for Common Cases

Head and Neck Cytopathology: Practical Tools for Common Cases

February 23 - 24, 2019

Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Physicians Can Earn A Maximum Of 17 SAM Credit Hours
USCAP Member Price $749, Trainee $699
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Elham Khanafshar

Elham Khanafshar, M.D., MS
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Course Director

Dr. Khanafshar is the director of Cytopathology and director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She received her M.D. from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Following her M.D., she attended the University of Southern California (USC) and received a Master of Science degree in molecular and experimental pathology before proceeding to her residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Subsequent to her residency, Dr. Khanafshar received fellowship training in Surgical Pathology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and a second fellowship in Cytopathology at USC. She is currently a Professor of Pathology at UCSF Medical School.

Dr. Khanafshar is dedicated to teaching and contributing to the field of cytopathology and endocrine pathology, with special focus in thyroid pathology. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and co-authored a book chapter on thyroid cytopathology. In 2015, she served as a member of the Endocrine Pathology Society working group for re-examination of the encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Dr. Khanafshar's other research interest has focused on ways to improve FNA biopsy to obtain better samples for ancillary studies on small samples. Dr. Khanafshar has been an active contributor to the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and has taught in FNA workshops at the ASC annual meeting since 2011.

Britt-Marie E. Ljung

Britt-Marie E. Ljung, M.D.
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Course Director

Dr. Britt-Marie E. Ljung obtained her M.D. from the Karolinska Institute and completed two years of cytopathology fellowship at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, under Torsten Löwhagen and residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has served on the faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) since 1983. Before retiring from full time work in 2014, she served as Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship, Director of the Division of Cytopathology and Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology.

A key focus for Dr. Ljung continues to be improvement of specimen procurement as a critical element in optimizing accuracy of FNA cytology, and she designed, wrote and created a DVD on FNA sampling and preparation technique. She worked with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to create/write and serve as faculty on the AP3 program/course on Ultrasound Guided FNA for pathologists. For this she received the CAP 2010 Excellence in Education Award. Other awards include the Interventional Cytopathologist of the Year in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement 2014, both from the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology (PSC). She was the 2015 recipient of the Papanicolaou Award of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), the highest award given by that society.

She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, Cancer Cytopathology, Diagnostic Cytopathology and Acta Cytologica.

Sarah M. Calkins

Sarah M. Calkins, M.D.
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. Calkins received her M.D. in 2008 from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio. She then moved to San Francisco, California where she completed Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, Surgical Pathology Fellowship, and Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In 2014, she joined the faculty at UCSF as Assistant Clinical Professor in Pathology with a clinical focus in cytopathology and head and neck surgical pathology. She has special interests in salivary gland tumors as well as FNA technique and procurement. She has been a regular contributor and faculty member at the American Society of Cytopathology national meeting, including courses on US-guided FNA technique and challenging thyroid cytology. Dr. Calkins also has an interest in medical education at the UME, GME, and CME level. In 2017, she was named Residency Program Director at UCSF.

Annemieke van Zante

Annemieke van Zante, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. van Zante is a graduate of the UCSF Medical Scientist Training (M.D./Ph.D.) Program. After fellowship training in Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology, she joined the UCSF faculty in 2008. She has been the primary head and neck pathologist at UCSF for the last decade and has served as the Associate Director of the Division of Cytopathology.

Dr. van Zante’s clinical mission is to provide diagnostic cytopathology and surgical pathology service with a particular expertise in head and neck pathology for UCSF Baker Cancer Hospital at Mission Bay and as a consultant. Her focus is on providing optimal pre-operative diagnosis for the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology program at UCSF prior to treatment planning. She performs palpation and US-guided FNA biopsy and has a particular interest in the appropriate application of high risk HPV testing methodologies to FNA specimens. Dr. van Zante lectures regularly to specialists in pathology, head and neck surgery and radiation oncology, emphasizing the importance of accurate pathologic classification of head and neck tumors and appropriate adjunctive testing.