the Editor's Desk
As is often the case, the winter edition of
the SPP newsletter is somewhat thin. We are all very busy in our own
little worlds, while various and sundry activities of the Society hum
along quietly in the background under able officers and committee chairs.
My three-year tenure as editor will end with this edition of the
newsletter. Margaret Collins will assume the role of editor commencing
with the spring edition. I believe that our transition to an electronic
format in 2001 was successful and that our new format provides you with a
more colorful and functional publication; a mouse click now links you to
current information elsewhere on our web site. Redundancy is reduced and
timeliness is improved. I am sure that Margaret Collins, with the help of
Hal Pinar, will find ways to further improve the publication over the next
three years. Let us wish her good luck.
Reflections Upon Passing The
As my presidency nears its end, it is
timely that I, the Oracle of Indianola, render up reflections about the
state of our Society. In case you do not remember, Indianola is the small
settlement on the plains of southwestern Nebraska from whence I came.
Given the flatness and the lack of pollution of this part of the world,
one grows up seeing distant horizons with some clarity. So listen up!
First, all of us are indebted to the
leaders and committee members who maintain and grow the Society by
responding to its challenges, some old, others new. They certainly ease
demands imposed on every president, including me. It’s no secret that they
VOLUNTEER their time and talent to perform the vast majority of the
Society’s work and are the source of so many of the ideas that carry it
forward. Although their names appear on our webpage, it is appropriate to
publicize them so you can express your personal appreciation:
Stephanie Young (Archives); Maureen Sander
(Bylaws); Antonio Perez-Atayde (Distinction & Awards); Jeff Goldstein
(Education); David Witte (Workshops); Ona Faye-Peterson (Abstracts); Lisa
Teot (CME); Daphne DeMello (Extramural Education); Alba Greco
(Fellowship); Carol Vogler (Finance); Cheryl Coffin (Long Term Planning);
Carlos Galliani (Membership); Derek de Sa (Nominating); Ted Pysher
(Practice); Gloria Kohut (Slide Survey); Steve Qualman (Publications) and
Raj Kapur (Research). Liliane Boccon-Gibod, David Parham, Linda Margraf,
Cynthia Kaplan and Elizabeth Perlman have been superb Council Members and
have provided much wisdom and perspective. Our Past President, Ron Jaffe,
has been a much-appreciated source of wisdom and perspective. And I would
be remiss to not acknowledge the able support of the USCAP office under
the leadership of Dr. Fred Silva. I particularly want to thank Dr. Deb
Perry, a fellow Nebraskan and avid Husker football fan, for her diligent
service as Society Secretary-Treasurer. As each of my predecessors quickly
discovered, fulfilling the duties of the President is made immeasurably
simpler and simply more fun as a result of her tireless efforts.
Secondly, our Society has enjoyed
spectacular success. The Pediatric Pathology Club’s original charter
members provided the beacon that has led our Society for Pediatric
Pathology to what it is today. Currently, the members of the Society come
from many continents and contribute to an incredible array of advances in
early human development and disease. We enjoy a widely respected journal
in which our best work and state of the art reviews are published. Our
annual and interim meetings are well attended and provide invaluable
opportunities to share ideas, programs, departmental tours, and
friendships. A lecture named for revered icons of pediatric pathology,
Drs. Sidney Farber and Benjamin Landing, is a highlight of our spring
meeting and is given by those honored for the importance of their life’s
work. Awards and funding are provided annually by the Society to members
whose work shows great promise.
Thirdly, major initiatives have been
embedded into the fabric of our Society and work to the benefit of
pediatric pathology and its contribution to the care of children. For
example, the merger of the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and Children’s
Cancer Study Group (CCSG) into the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) allows
greater flexibility and more rapid understanding of the molecular biology
and treatment of childhood cancer. A new program of the Society for the
extension of expertise and assistance to our colleagues in less advantaged
countries has already begun to enhance pediatric pathology in these areas.
Conception and birthing of the Perinatal Group within the Society have
resulted in dedicated time slots at SPP meetings to focus upon problems
peculiar to this period of life. And a rudimentary pediatric forensic
pathology study group is just beginning to sprout in our midst. This short
list acknowledges only a few of the many accomplishments that have given
our Society the stature it enjoys today.
Fourthly, despite our successes, major
challenges lie ahead. Our Society can and should join with others in new
initiatives to improve the care children, our most precious resource.
Given the ever increasing demands placed upon us, we must relentlessly
pursue the recruitment of medical students and pathology residents (and
yes, even pediatric residents) into our specialty. We must share what we
already know, what inspires us; namely that pediatric pathology offers the
most rewarding of all medical careers. Our chosen discipline offers
insight into maladies beginning at the earliest periods of life, the
prevention or correction of which can offer literally a lifetime of
productive human endeavor. Pediatric pathology provides an unparalleled
diversity of professional opportunities with a range of focus from the
embryo and placenta to the teenager, from basic research to diagnostic
pathology, and from public policy to public service. Disorders afflicting
children are often beyond the expertise and interest of our adult
pathology colleagues. Indeed, much of a child’s and our country’s future
welfare is directly dependent upon the assistance that pediatric
pathologists provide to the general and subspecialty pediatricians. It is
the duty of our Society’s members, whatever their state of ossification,
to nourish the ideals, ideas, vigor, and enthusiasm of the well-perfused,
but undecided future generation.
Fifthly, we must continue down the path of
establishing and maintaining ever-higher standards in our practices,
educational efforts, administrative responsibilities, and expert
testimony. Children are not miniature adults, a fact all too often
forgotten by those making major decisions for childcare. Given our unique
perspective and expertise, we have the opportunity and responsibility to
serve as a spokesperson for children to course curricula directors,
hospital administrators, the media, politicians, payers, and professional
And there will always more to do. There
will be new challenges yet to be recognized. But we have succeeded in the
past, and there is every reason to believe that we will be successful in
the future. With all the above in mind, Godspeed (whoops, is that
politically incorrect?) to Derek de Sa when he assumes the Presidential
mantel following our spring 2003 meeting in Washington, D.C. Rest assured
that the Society leadership is passing into wise and able hands. Derek’s
many contributions and long commitment to the Society will serve us well.
In conclusion, thank you for the privilege
and honor of serving as President of this wonderful Society. It has been
the experience of a lifetime. My journey from a rural southwestern
Nebraska high school in a class of eight students (all of us were smart
enough to graduate in the top 10!) to President of the Society for
Pediatric Pathology has been as fascinating as improbable. It seems like
only yesterday that I was a pediatric pathology fellow mentored by Bruce
Beckwith at the University of Washington and the Children’s Orthopedic
Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle trying to grasp the wonders and
complexities of pediatric pathology. Now nearly three decades later, I can
only hope that I was able to pass his enthusiasm on to others who, in
their turn, will pass it on as well. In the final analysis, perhaps this
is the most important contribution any of us with gray hair and prostatic
hyperplasia (or its female equivalent) could really hope to make!
Please be reminded that the announcement of the
annual meeting is posted on the SPP website under Meetings/Events.
Downloadable registration forms for the meeting and the hotel are also
from the Committee Chairs
Steve Qualman, Chair
Multiple endeavors are pending within the
publications committee. Some of these include finally perfecting on-line
abstract submission, as well as increasing member access to the website with
regard to updates on membership contacts. Pediatric and Developmental
Pathology will also have its annual update on activities presented at the
Spring meeting. I hope to present the readership with details on all these
activities in the newsletter following the Spring meeting.
Ted Pysher, Chair
The committee again invites members to complete
the 2003 membership survey included with their dues statement. If you threw
away the form with your other holiday mail, the survey form is still available
online near the bottom of the listings on the home page of the SPP website.
You can complete the form online in Word format and return the Word document
as an attachment to an email per the posted instructions. Or you can print out
a copy of the form and mail it back to the designated address. With such a
plethora of options, there should be no reason for further delay.
Raj P. Kapur, M.D., Ph.D., Chair
Applications for the 2003 McAdams travel grant
and the 2003 Young Investigator Research Grant are
still being accepted through February 1. Please see the formal announcements
on this SPP website.
Distinction and Awards Committee:
Antonio Perez-Atayde, Chair
Eligibility criteria and application guidelines
for the 2003 Lotte Strauss Prize are available
online on this SPP website. The deadline for the application has been extended
to Feb. 1, 2003.
Notice Re: Ben
Dear colleagues and friends:
One of the many legacies of Dr. Benjamin
Landing are the numerous publications and books left by him. Mrs. Landing
assembled with great care all of these, as well as his unfinished projects,
photographs and other items that should be of great value and be available to
generations of pediatric pathologists, pediatricians and other specialists.
Yet, to date, Mrs. Landing was unable to find a “home” for the above
(neither in toto, nor in part).
Should you wish to obtain any of Dr. Landing’s
publications, books or the other items so carefully assembled by his wife,
please contact her directly:
Mrs. Dorothy Landing
4513 Deanwood Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-5622
Thank you very much for your consideration for
the efforts to preserve the work of one of the most outstanding members of our
M. Daria Haust, MD, FRCPC
SPP Members Participate in Latin American Pediatric Pathology Meeting
Alba Greco, SLAPPE Council Member for USA
The X Conferencia Latinoamericana de Patologia Pediatrica was held on
October 22-25, 2002, in Santiago, Chile. The President of the Conferencia, Dr
Samuel Benveniste together with the other members of the organizing committee,
Drs. Juan Jose Latorre, Alejandra Henriquez, Luis Velozo and Maria Teresa
Vial, did a superb job.
Their team effort and the unconditional support of their families, friends
and colleagues were the leading forces behind the success of the meeting,
scientifically and socially.
There were 120 participants representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada,
Colombia, Chile, Mexico, United Kingdom, Uruguay and USA.The scientific
sessions consisted of conferences, round tables, seminars and posters with
presentation and discussion. In addition, there was a Pre-Conference Seminar
on Perinatal Pathology coordinated by Dr Jorge Las Heras and with the
participation of two of our members, Drs. Derek de Sa and Daria Haust.
A wide variety of topics were presented including topics on GIT, pulmonary
and oncologic pathology. SPP members actively participating in these
conferences were Drs. Derek de Sa, Gareth Jevon, Cheryl Coffin and Claire
Langston. Drs. Elena Kakarieka and Ricardo Avila coordinated seminars on tumor
and non- tumor pathology. Drs. Alba Greco, Cheryl Coffin and Miguel Reyes-Mugica
represented the SPP-USA in these seminars. Other interesting topics were
Ethics and Medico-Legal Problems in Pediatric Autopsy Practice, coordinated by
Dr. Maria Teresa Vial and had Dr. Miguel Reyes- Mugica as one of the
participants. Dr. Daria Haust gave a conference on the History of Pediatric
Pathology. In all events, enthusiastic participants actively participated in
question and answer sessions and in exchanging ideas.
The meeting also celebrated the 20 years of the Sociedad Latinoamericana de
Patologia Pediatrica (SLAPPE). It was in Santiago, Chile where in 1982, a
group of pediatric pathologists from Latin American met and organized the
first meeting of the SLAPPE. This important scientific gathering has become a
regular event, which takes place every 2 years in different countries of
North, Central and South America.
The spirit of comradeship was present everywhere, in scientific sessions
and during the social events. The beautiful city of Santiago and the
hospitality of Dr. Benveniste and the organizing committee made this a most
The most current list and details concerning future
peditric pathology meetings is available on this SPP website.
Pathology Positions Available
Please see our Positions
Page for the most current list of available positions.
from Fall IPPA Meeting
Photographs from the International Pediatric
Pathology Association - Amsterdam - October 2002
Pierre and Sylvie Russo, wondering when it would be polite to
Jem Berry, Helen Porter, Roc Kaschula, Tony Bourne, CW Chow,
Ronald de Krijger, one of our hosts for the evening.
Gabrielle Amann, Peter Nikkels (our host) and Glenn Taylor.
Jean Keeling and Virginia Anderson enjoy dinner.