Edwina J. Popek, DO
“What a difference a day
makes”—this couldn’t be more true for those of you living in
the Northwestern and Northeastern US this winter. The bizarre
weather has even reached as far south as Dallas, with enough snow
to cover the ground, which snarled traffic both on the ground and
in the air. Here in Houston, weather is still pretty much HOT and
HUMID. It wasn’t until this past weekend that air conditioners
were turned off for the season—only to be turned on again for
the “summer” in March.
This New Year brings change to the SPP:
changes to the requirements for membership in the Society as
outlined at the long-range planning retreat, and a new format for
the Society’s journals. Both are steps towards our goals of a
more widely recognized and appreciated speciality.
I have enjoyed working with President
Buchino this year. He was always on time with reports and
information for the Newsletter and always maintained a sense of
humor. I have finished my first year as Editor of the Newsletter
and probably the most profound statement that comes to mind is
attributed to Baker: “Proofreading is more effective after
publication.” Well, this is a new year and a new chance to do it
right—wish me luck.
John J. Buchino, MD
By now you all should have received
notice that the Society has entered into a new contractual
relationship with Springer-Verlag to produce our official journal
(tentatively titled “Pediatric and Developmental Pathology”)
beginning in 1998. The new journal will also incorporate review
type articles under a special section of Perspectives in Pediatric
Pathology. A consolidated journal owned by the Society has been a
goal for several years. The new contractual relationship with
Springer-Verlag should also be more financially advantageous to
the Society. Many individuals have played significant roles in
bringing this to fruition. However, I would like to especially
recognize and thank Dr. Ron Jaffe, and Mr. George Degnon for their
I’d also like to call your attention
to the new revised membership application form that is enclosed
with this newsletter. This form and the revised membership
application process are the result of the concept expressed at the
long-term planning session that the Society have a “big tent
with easy entry.” As you will note, the new form does not
require a member to sponsor the applicant and it states that any
physician or scientist interested in pediatric pathology may join
the Society. Use of this application is dependent on the adoption
of the proposed bylaws changes outlined by Dr. Margraf in this
Newsletter. Hopefully this will help to increase the number of
members in the Society.
This is my final President’s Message.
I thank you all for your input and support throughout the year. It
has been an enjoyable year for me and an honor to serve as the
Publications Committee Report
Ron Jaffe, M.D., Chair
You have all by now received the
announcement of the new Society journal, tentatively entitled, Pediatric
and Developmental Pathology, to be published by Springer-Verlag,
New York. For the rest of this year you will continue to receive
your copies of Pediatric Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
(PP&LM), if you have paid your Society dues, that is. You
will also receive, in 1997, Volume 20 of Perspectives in
Pediatric Pathology. Continued payment of your Society dues
will entitle you to the annual subscription to Pediatric and
Developmental Pathology which will now incorporate Perspectives.
The “Perspectives” section of the new journal will be
collated and bound annually, and that too will be encompassed by
the dues, keeping the series alive.
In order to continue the Society
publication at the same high level, we must appeal to you and your
colleagues to send ALL your publications to Pediatric
and Developmental Pathology, beginning now. Denis Benjamin is
Editor of the new journal, and is accepting articles. If you sent
an article addressed to PP&LM in the past few weeks, you will
be asked whether you want your article to be forwarded for the new
journal, or receive it back. There is only one correct answer. The
standard will, if anything, be higher, since competition for space
will be ferocious.
There will be some added attractions to Pediatric
and Developmental Pathology, new and more useful sections and
many more color illustrations at little or no extra charge. We are
currently looking at ways of enhancing the submissions by having
added material, including color illustrations, archived and
available on Springer’s or the Society’s home page. Keep this
in mind as you prepare your articles. The “Perspectives”
section will retain its Editors, Don Singer and Jim Dimmick, and
their Editorial Board. The ideal article for “Perspectives”
is longer, well illustrated and a landmark type of paper that
characterized the early issues and give the publication its well
earned prestige. If you have something in mind, contact the
Editors early in the process and have them guide your planning.
Until now there has not really been a forum for this type of
paper, and they no longer have to fit the mold of a single topic
What can we expect from PP&LM’s
publishers after Volume 17, at the end of 1997? It is likely,
since they own the journal, that they will try to keep it going by
finding another Editor and Editorial Board. They may ask you to
keep your subscription by offering a reduced price. Bear in mind
that this will no longer be the Society’s journal, and we will
have no connection with it. The Society will ask you and your
institutional libraries to subscribe to Pediatric and
Lastly, a word about the abstracting and
indexing of the new journal. We will ask the National Library of
Medicine to index the new journal in the Index Medicus at the
earliest opportunity, which arises when four issues have been
published. When the journal becomes indexed, it will be
retrospective to the first issue. We ask that you be aware of the
delay, but strongly urge you once again to support the Society and
its academic efforts in the most direct way, by sending pediatric
pathology papers where they belong, to Pediatric and Developmental
Pathology. Address your papers to:
Denis R. Benjamin, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Department of Pathology (CH-37)
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
4800 Sand Point Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Proposed Bylaws Changes
Linda Margraf, M.D., Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
Following are the suggested revisions to
the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Society for
Pediatric Pathology which the Bylaws Committee is presenting to be
voted on by the membership at the upcoming spring meeting. Wording
to be eliminated is
crossed out, while proposed
new wording is in underlined italics.
Article I. Section 1. Purpose.
(ii) ... assist and promote the development and recognition of
resident/fellow training programs in pediatric pathology and
through the American Board of Pathology,
maintain a means by which pathologists may be certified as having
a special competency in pediatric pathology;
Article II. Section 2.
and Election. Candidates for Regular, Affiliate, or Junior
membership may be nominated by any Regular member in good
standing. Nominations shall be submitted through submit
completed applications for membership to the office
of the Secretary. Business Office.
The credentials of the candidate shall
be reviewed by the Membership Committee and recommendations made
to the Council. A list of candidates shall be distributed by first
class mail to each Council member not less than 30 days prior to
the designated time of election. The Council then shall elect to
the membership those persons deemed to meet the criteria for
membership. This election may be conducted at any meeting of the
SPP Members on the Move
VII Conferencia Latinoamericana de Patologic Pediatrica
Alba Greco, M.D., Secretary for the Northern Hemisphere
|The US and Canadian Contingent at the
VII Latin American Conference on Pediatric Pathology
enjoying a reception after a long day of meetings; Dr.
Lila Penchansky, Dr. Alba Greco, Dr. Derek deSa and his
wife Rosemary, Carolyn Haas and Dr. Joel Haas, and Dr.
Edwina Popek (not pictured, Ellen Kahn).
The VII Conferencia Latinoamericana of
Pediatric Pathology took place in Montevideo, Uruguay on September
25-28, 1996. It was a very successful meeting both scientifically
and socially. The spirit of comradeship prevailed in every event
and the host city, Montevideo, and its people charmed everyone.
The president of the Congress, Dr. Carmen Gutierrez, together with
the secretary, Dr. Sylvia Palenzuela and the Treasurer, Dr.
Angeles Rodriguez, form the organizing committee. They did a
superb job and the success of the meeting was very much a team
effort since they counted on the unconditional support of their
families and friends.
There were 156 participants, 43 of them
were invited by the organizing committee. It was a meeting with an
international flavor and physicians representing 16 countries
participated: Uruguay (73), Brazil (26), Argentina (19), USA (9),
Mexico (7), Chile (7), Colombia (3), Cuba (2), Peru (2), France
(2), Panama (1), Canada (1), Costa Rica (1), Venezuela (1), Boliva
(1), UK (1).
The meeting attracted a wide variety of
physicians of different specialties such as neonatologists,
obstetricians, pediatricians, surgeons, orthopedists, etc. This
allowed for an invaluable exchange of ideas among physicians
caring for the sick child.
The scientific sessions consisted of
conferences, round tables, seminars, short and long courses and
posters with presentation and discussion. A special feature of
this meeting was the Clinicopathological Conferences held on three
different subjects: perinatology, surgery and metabolic disease.
These sessions were accompanied by an active and lively
participation of pediatricians, surgeons, and pathologists. The
meeting concluded with a happy farewell dinner and dance which
filled our hearts with warm thanks for Dr. Carmen Gutierrez, the
organizing committee and the city of Montevideo.
||The view of the beach
from the Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In the Southern Hemisphere it was Spring time!
The International Academy of
Virginia Anderson, M. D.
The International Pediatric Pathology
Association met in concert with the International Academy of
Pathology during the October meeting in Budapest, Hungary.
Highlights of the scientific program included a slide seminar
chaired by Drs. D. Harms and J. Berry. Dr. R. Kashula led a
symposium on the causes and mechanisms of perinatal and neonatal
death. Drs. D. Kalousek and J. Las Heras chaired a session on the
placenta and a workshop on pediatric gastrointestinal diseases was
led by Drs. V. Anderson and L. Boccon-Gibod. All constituent
societies were present and welcomed Dr. K. Misugi of Japan as our
IPPA president. Dr. D. Becroft from New Zealand is the president
elect. In addition, Drs. E. Gilbert-Barness and R. Kaschula were
awarded life fellowships in the IPPA. Dr. J. Haas has been named
treasurer. New councilors include Drs. Hata (Japan), Las Heras
(Chile), Bourne (Australia) and I. Moore (PPS). A committee has
been formed to revise the IPPA constitution. Dr. D. Haust, founder
of the IPPA, suggested planning a 25th anniversary celebration.
The 1997 advanced course in Istanbul,
Turkey has been over subscribed. Dr. L. Boccon-Gibod is organizing
the next IPPA meeting in Nice, France from October 18-23, 1998.
Dr. V. Anderson in continuing the outreach that sent an IPPA
contingent to China (1995), India (1996), and Uruguay (1996),
would like to organize an IPPA conference in Poland. Also
suggestions are being sought by Dr. J. Huber for the International
Pediatric World Congress in August 1998. IPPA members are
encouraged to propose ways to promote excellence in the laboratory
diagnosis of children’s diseases throughout the world.
Panel discussants at the
International Pediatric Pathology Association meeting in
Budapest, Hungary; Drs. Lilian Boccon-Gibod (France),
Ricardo Drut (Argentina) and Virginia Anderson (New York).
Dr. Daria Haust, founder of the
enjoying congratulations from Dr. Enid Gilbert-Barness at
the joint meeting with the International Academy of
The Budapest Parliament
on the banks of the Danube.
A typical store in Budapest
Plan Ahead for the 1997 Interim
Susan C. Simonton, M.D.
Mark your calendar now for September
26-28, 1997, the dates of the 1997 Interim meeting of the Society
for Pediatric Pathology. This year’s events will take place in
the Land O’Lakes, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul,
Minnesota. Educational activities will include platform and poster
presentations, as well as a symposium on current topics in
pediatric hematopathology. The social agenda will allow you to
experience the region’s finest cuisine and cultural delights,
beginning with a beer-tasting reception featuring local breweries
on Friday evening and culminating in an exhibition of Scandinavian
music and dancing following the Saturday night banquet.
Meeting registration brochures will be
available at the SPP annual meeting in Orlando, FL, March 1-2, and
enclosed with the next newsletter.
PEDIATRIC PATHOLOGIST CHAIRPERSON
DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY
THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE DENVER, CO
The Children’s Hospital of Denver and
the Department of Pathology of the University of Colorado School
of Medicine are conducting a joint external search for the
position of Chair of the Department of Pathology at The
Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor/Professor in the
Department of Pathology of the School of Medicine. We seek a
dynamic and visionary academic leader with a commitment to
excellence in pediatric pathology clinical service, education and
research and to expanding the relationship with the University
Department of Pathology. The candidate should possess superior
administrative skills and should also have a significant record in
education, research, diagnostic pathology, and an interest in the
health care environment. Board certification (eligibility or
qualification) in pediatric pathology is required. Rank and salary
are commensurate with experience and achievement.
The Children’s Hospital and the
University of Colorado are committed to Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action. Letter of interest or
nomination along with a curriculum vitae and names of three
references should be sent before February 28, 1997 to: Lorrie F.
Odom, MD, Search Committee Chair, Professor of Pediatrics, UCHSC,
Director, Clinical Oncology, The Children’s Hospital, 1056 E.
19th Avenue B-115, Denver, Colorado 80218; Phone: (303) 861-6750;
Fax: (303) 837-2831; E-mail: Odom.Lorrie@
INTERNATIONAL PLACENTAL PATHOLOGY GROUP
Are you interested in becoming a member
of an international group devoted to supporting and promoting
excellence in the field of placental pathology research throughout
If you are a pathologist involved in
placental research in areas like perinatal pathology obstetric and
gynecologic pathology, immunology, vascular pathology and other
areas related to placental pathology, we invite you to consider
joining this scientific organization. We will be incorporated with
the International Federation of Placental Associations. We will
have a tentative, preliminary business meeting in Orlando during
the IAP Congress (USCAP). Please submit your name, title, address,
and area of interest to: Jorge Las Heras, MD, PhD, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Chile, Independencia 1027, Santiago,
Chile; Fax: 56-2-777-4890; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROBLEMS, CONTROVERSIES AND RECENT ADVANCES IN PEDIATRIC
The Institute of Pediatric Medical
Education and the Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP) will
jointly sponsor a course on the problems, controversies and recent
advances in pediatric surgical pathology as part of the 19th
Annual Aspen Conferences on Pediatric Disease. The week-long
seminar will be held at the Gant in Aspen, CO from August 4 - 8,
1997 under the director of Drs. Louis P. Dehner and Frederic B.
This course is designed primarily for
general and pediatric pathologists but will be of interest to
pediatric pulmonologists, hepatologists, and oncologists.
Presentations will include discussions of pulmonary and hepatic
diseases in children, selected tumors, and a variety of other
disorders such as gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases,
endocrine pathology and “pearls” of pediatric pathology. A
microscopic slide set of 24 cases will be sent to participants
prior to the conference, and the cases will be discussed in detail
during a series of slide seminars. Participants may also submit
cases for a “Stump the Faculty” session. Faculty members
include J. B. Beckwith, L. P. Dehner, F. B. Askin, J. T. Stocker,
J. Dimmick, R. Shikes and A. Husain. Course participants will also
receive a 250 - 300 page syllabus including conference
presentations and slide seminar discussions.
This course, through the SPP, is
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (ACCME). The SPP certifies that this CME activity meets
the criteria for 29 credit hours in category 1 for the Physicians
Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.
For further information, contact the
Institute for Pediatric Medical Education, 6604 Landon Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20817. Telephone and fax: 301/229-8338
VIIth Congress of the European Society for the Study &
Prevention of Infant Death
May 1 - 3, 1997
This is a multidisciplinary congress
which will include a plenary session, workshop, free papers and
posters. Anyone interested should contact: VIIth ESPID Congress,
Valencia, 261 entresol 1, 08007 Barcelona, Spain; Fax: (34-3)
488-12-79, E-mail: email@example.com