From the Editor's Desk
Edwina J. Popek, DO
It sounds as if a good time was had by all
at the interim meeting in Toronto. Drs. Taylor and Becker were great
hosts. As one of the folks that stayed at home to man the fort, I was
grateful to receive a copy of the handout from the symposium “New
Horizons in Cardiovascular Pathology." The original syllabus was
printed in pink and while quite attractive, it did produce a copy of
reduced readability. I hope that the Archives committee arranged for video
taping the session, as was mentioned at the last annual meeting.
Houston just hasn’t been able to get it
right this year. First it doesn’t rain from March until September then
it decides to rain 14 inches in 24 hours. Flooding everywhere, thanks to
Tropical Storm Frances. I haven’t lived through a hurricane in Houston
yet, but if that’s what a tropical storm is like, I’m not sure I want
to. Now we won’t even get into how the Astros and Rockets did in the
playoffs this year. As they say there is always tomorrow.
Award Presented at the Fall Meeting
David Witte MD, Chairperson
The Gordon F. Vawter award for trainees was
presented to Maria Parizhskaya MD, University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, for her poster
presentation entitled “Hemophagocytic Syndrome Presenting as Acute
Hepatic Failure in the Infant: Clinical Overlap with Neonatal
J. Thomas Stocker, MD
Our thanks to Larry and Edna Becker and
Glenn and Anne Taylor for hosting the interim meeting in Toronto from
September 25-27. The meeting was both an academic and social “success”
with excellent platform and poster presentations and a superb symposium,
“New Horizons in Cardiovascular Pathobiology.” Participants
also enjoyed a bus tour of Toronto and a banquet in the “Bell Great
Hall” of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hockey fans including Bill Donnelly,
Derek deSa, Blair Carpenter, Jim Dimmick, and others were observed paying
homage to the Stanley Cup which is housed in the hall. A raffle of books
and other items donated by SPP members and organized by Edith Hawkins (and
others) was held during the banquet and raised over $2,000.00 for our
Young Investigators Award. Participants also had the opportunity to meet
or renew acquaintances with Dr. Kurt Aterman of Halifax, Nova Scotia, one
of the founders of the Pediatric Pathology Club (a picture of Dr. Aterman,
along with others attending the meeting is available on our webpage at http://path.upmc.edu/spp/mtg-evnt/meeting.htm).
Meeting Dr. Aterman for the first time and
visiting with some of our senior society members, including Daria Haust
and Harvey Rosenberg, rekindled an interest in a project I had been
thinking about for the past 5 years; namely, an “Oral and Video
History” of the Society. This project would involve interviews with some
of our more “experienced” members, both those retired and those still
working. The format would involve a video-taped and audio-recorded
interview between one (or two) of our “early” society members and
another possibly “younger” member who would introduce the interviewee
and ask a few “basic” questions (e.g., background in medicine,
involvement with the society, recollection of early society activities,
remembrances of their mentors, etc.). The interviews would last 1-2 hours
and a transcript of each session would be prepared and indexed. The video
and audio recordings could be made available to participants and other
society members and might be used at some future time in preparation of a
history of the Society.
We are hoping that the first set of 8-10
interviews could take place during the March 1999 SPP and USCAP meeting in
San Francisco. Subsequent interviews could be held at the Providence, RI
interim meeting in the fall of 1999, the spring 2000 SPP and USCAP meeting
in New Orleans and the fall 2000 interim meeting in Vancouver. We are
assembling a list of Society members to be interviewed and are hopeful
that these members will be able to attend these meetings and participate
in the interviews. If you have suggestions as to whom we should include
beyond founding members, past presidents and secretaries, please let me
know (my email is Jstocker@USUHS.mil).
I must, with some embarrassment, correct an
omission in the last president’s letter. In congratulating the editors
of our “new” publication, Developmental and Pediatric Pathology, I
failed to include James Dimmick, MD and Don B. Singer, MD, the editors of
Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology which is an integral part of the
journal and whose articles will also be published in a separate volume to
be distributed to Society members.
Winners of the Interim Meeting Raffle
Edith P. Hawkins, MD
At the interim meeting, the second SPP
raffle for the purpose of raising money toward the Young Investigator’s
Award was great fun and quite successful. We raised over $2,000 (it would
have been even more if black market connections for the exchange of
Canadian dollars into American had been available) and had even more
prizes than last year thanks to the generosity of the donors. Faisal
Qureshi won first choice and promptly made off to a chorus of “Boos”
with the two volume edition of Keibel & Mall, Human Embryology,
1912, donated by Bruce Beckwith. The remaining winners are described in no
particular order. John Buchino, who was not even at the meeting but had
purchased tickets, chose the four books by Frank Gonzalez-Cruzi; Cindy
Kaplan picked the new volume of Pediatric Tumors by Tom
Stocker and Fred Askin (this was a late offering by Tom and Fred and was
not in the initial advertisement); Susan Simonton picked the Atlas
of Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease donated by Milton Finegold
and Edith Hawkins; Derek deSa chose the art work by Claire Langston’s
daughter, Rebecca; Wes Tyson gave his ticket to his wife, Sue, who chose
the lovely necklace made by Lila Penchansky (another late but gratefully
accepted offering); and David Parham chose the Color Atlas of Gross
Placental Pathology by Cindy Kaplan. One additional winner (whose
name has vanished into thin air ) chose the AFIP volume on Systemic
Pathology of HIV Infection and AIDS in Children donated by Edwina
Popek, with multiple authors from the society. Thanks to everyone who
donated and/or bought tickets.
Education Committee Report
Kathy Patterson, MD, Chairperson
The education committee received the
reports from each of its four subcommittees. Input from non-committee
members on any of the committee issues presented here would be gladly
Workshop/symposium subcommittee: The
symposium and workshops for the spring meeting are described elsewhere in
this newsletter. The education committee plans, in conjunction with the
publications committee, to place handouts and representative slides from
the symposium and completed workshops on the SPP website following the
Abstract subcommittee: The abstract
subcommittee faces a dual-edged sword, too few abstracts for the fall
meeting and too many for the spring meeting. The sword is further
sharpened by complaints from members whose abstracts are rejected.
Currently, abstracts are “blinded” to the reviewers (i.e. stripped of
names and hospital affiliations). After a somewhat heated discussion the
committee voted to continue this “blinding.” The committee reviewed
the criteria used for evaluating abstracts and these criteria will be
included with the “call for abstracts” in the future. The possibility
of rotating posters during the spring meeting to allow the acceptance of
more abstracts and the impact this would have on the poster discussion
sessions was discussed. A poll of members addressing this possibility will
be included in this spring’s meeting evaluation form. The work of this
subcommittee is difficult and its members are to be commended.
CME subcommittee: The SPP is due for CME
reaccreditation in the fall of 1999. The paperwork required to maintain
our CME accreditation continues to grow over the years. Wes Tyson and the
members of his subcommittee deserve our support and thanks for their
continued hard work.
Extramural subcommittee: This newly created
subcommittee is charged with exploring ways to increase the role the SPP
plays in pediatric pathology education outside our society meetings.
Increased interaction with the ASCP and possible roles (CME, website
postings, etc.) in the pathology component of the newly merged CCG/POG/IRS/etc.
are being explored. SPP members involved with organizations who see a
potential role for SPP educational support to that organization should
contact Vijay Joshi, extramural subcommittee chairperson or Henry Krous,
education committee chairperson.
Welcome to our New Members
Welcome to the new members, which were
voted on at the Council meeting.
Govind Bhagat, New York, NY
David F. Carpentieri, Philadelphia, PA
Megan K. Dishop, Lexington, KY
Wendy M. Gunther, Memphis, TN
Robert J. Krum, Portland, OR
Maureen J. O’Sullivan, St. Louis, MO
Heather Prashner, Houston, TX
Anna Elizabeth Sienko, Oklahoma City, OK
Jerry L. Simmons, Sioux Falls, SD
James F. Southern, Brookline, MA
Laura G. Sullivan, Winter Park, FL
Andre Jean Talleyrand, Newark, NJ
Puay Eng Tan, Boston, MA
Dafydd G. Thomas, Syracuse, NY
Grace E. Kim, Dallas, TX
Catherine A. Pye, South Burlington, VT
Christine A. Reyes, Houston, TX
Robert Yost, Cincinnati, OH
Anthony John Bourne, South Adelaide
Shiu-Fen K. Huang, Tiapzi, Taiwan
Teck Yee Khong, North Adelaide, Australia
Jill Lipsett, North Adelaide, Australia
Patricia G. Ontiveros-Nevares, Mexico
Vivienne Heath Tobias, Sydney, Australia
Schedule for the Spring SPP Meeting in San Fransisco
Kathy Patterson, MD, Education Committee
Symposium on Hereditary Renal Disease
Moderator: Jay Bernstein, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak,
Renal Cystic Disease: Lisa M.
Guay-Woodford, MD, Univ. of Alabama
- Discuss the clinical-pathologic
correlations in polycystic kidney disease.
- Discuss the clinico-pathologic and
genetic correlations in PKD.
- Provide an overview of the recent
molecular genetic advances in PKD research and their implications for
Renal Involvement in Tuberous
Sclerosis: Elizabeth P. Henske, MD, Fox Chase Cancer Center,
Abnormalities of the Glomerular Basement
Membrane: Clifford E. Kashtan, MD, Univ. of Minnesota
- Describe the spectrum of renal disease
in tuberous sclerosis, including cysts, benign angiomyolipomas,
malignant angiomyo-lipomas, and renal cell carcinomas.
- Describe the genetic mechanisms leading
to renal disease in tuberous sclerosis
- Describe the individual roles of the
TSC1, TSC2, and PKD1 genes in tuberous sclerosis renal disease.
Antignac, MD, Hopital Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris
- Provide current information on the
molecular architecture of basement membranes, with a focus on type IV
- Discuss the clinical and pathologic
consequences of mutations in genes encoding type IV collagen chains.
- Present an approach to differential
diagnosis of inherited glomerular basement membrane diseases.
Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome:
Bernard S. Kaplan, MD, Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia
- Describe the clinical and pathological
aspects of hereditary tubulointerstitial nephritis, with special
emphasis on juvenile nephronophthisis.
- Provide an update on the recent genetic
aspects of tubulointerstitial nephropathy.
- Demonstrate the pattern of expression of
the NPHP1 gene mutated in familial juvenile nephronophthisis.
- Classify the causes of nephrotic
syndrome presenting in the first three months of life.
- Define the clinical, histopathologic,
and molecular features of congenital nephrotic syndrome, Finnish type
- Define the clinical, histopathologic,
and molecular features of the Denys-Drash syndrome (DDS).
Pediatric Bone Tumors and Tumor-like Lesions:
An integrated approach to differential diagnosis
Faculty: Lisa A. Teot, MD and David G. Hicks, MD,
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.
This workshop aims to provide pathologists
and pathology residents with an integrated clinical, radiographic, and
histologic approach to the differential diagnosis of neoplastic and non-neoplastic
bone lesions occurring in pediatric patients, with special emphasis on
benign processes. Evaluation of skeletal lesions traditionally has
included open biopsy to establish a diagnosis prior to definitive
treatment. With the development of improved radiographic techniques for
localizing these lesions, core biopsy (CB) and fine needle aspiration
biopsy (FNAB) are assuming increasingly important diagnostic roles. This
is particularly true in light of the trend towards less invasive, more
cost effective procedures for diagnosis. In many instances, CB or FNAB
allows accurate diagnosis of primary or metastatic bone lesions, thereby
obviating the need for a more invasive and significantly more expensive
diagnostic procedure. Moreover, even when definitive diagnosis is not
possible, CB or FNAB can help guide further diagnostic and therapeutic
planning. Participants are introduced to a variety of benign and malignant
lesions, utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach which includes
correlation of clinical history, radiographic studies, histologic
sections, and where appropriate, Papanicolaou and Diff-QuikTM
stained cytologic preparations. The problem solving approach to developing
a differential diagnosis is emphasized.
Congenital Malformations in the
- Recognize histologic and, where
appropriate, cytologic features of neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone
lesions occurring in the pediatric population.
- Correlate the histologic features of
neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone lesions with the clinical,
radiographic and, where appropriate, cytologic findings.
- Develop a differential diagnosis of bone
lesions utilizing this integrated approach.
Approaches to Examination and Diagnosis.
Faculty: Joseph R. Siebert, PhD and Raj P. Kapur, MD, PhD,
Children’s Hospital and University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Changes in prenatal diagnosis and
intervention have brought challenges to pediatric pathologists, who have
had to become fetal pathologists. In this workshop, we will highlight our
experience in making this conversion. We will provide an update of
prenatal imaging techniques used to diagnose congenital malformations. We
will then discuss techniques of gross autopsy examination that aid in
dealing with tissues that, in addition to being malformed, are also very
small, incompletely developed, disrupted, or autolyzed. Normal histologic
findings, which, in the young fetus, can differ substantially from the
newborn, will be demonstrated for particular gestational ages. A number of
ancillary techniques, including photography, morphometry, radiography,
flow cytometry, and karyotyping, will be discussed. The operation of a
fetal autopsy service will be described. Reference materials and sample
protocols will be provided.
- Develop a systematic approach to the
practice of fetal pathology.
- Apply ancillary techniques to fetal
pathology (e.g. morphometry, imaging, genetics, microbiology,
- Define the role of the fetal
pathologist, including establishing and operating a fetal pathology
2ND YEAR WORKSHOPS
Fine Needle Aspiration in
Faculty: John J. Buchino, MD, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville,
and Ricardo Drut, MD Hospital de Ninos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This workshop is designed to familiarize
pediatric pathologists with various aspects of fine needle aspiration. The
course includes demonstration of various fine needle aspiration
techniques, discussion on methods of controlling patients including the
use of sedatives and anesthetic agents, and comparison of specimen
handling techniques for optimal yield of information. Examples of both
benign and malignant lesions encountered will be given as well as
discussion of the differential diagnosis. Cytologic/histologic
correlations will be utilized whenever possible.
New Advances in Pediatric Muscle
- Familiarize pathologists on the
indications, advantages and disadvantages of fine-needle aspiration
cytology biopsy in pediatrics.
- Discuss methods of controlling the
patient including the use of sedatives and anesthetic agents.
- Discuss techniques to obtain and handle
Faculty: Harvey B. Sarnat, MD, FRCPC, Children’s Hospital, Seattle,
After reviewing histochemical and
immunohistochemical techniques useful in the evaluation of muscle
biopsies, this workshop concentrates on aspects of diagnostic muscle
pathology which have been impacted by new technologies. Topics covered
include: Embryology of muscle including the role of myogenic genes
Congenital myopathies, such as the centronuclear myopathies, infantile
myofibrillar myopathy and congenital muscle fiber type disproportion. New
stains available for muscle biopsies, including immunohistochemical
markers of sarcoplasm-related cytoskeletal proteins such as dystrophin,
the sarcoglycans, and merosin.
The distinction between primary neurogenic
atrophy with secondary myopathic changes and primary myopathy with
secondary neurogenic changes.
- Understand the strengths and pitfalls of
the various histochemical and immunohistochemical stains used in
- Become acquainted with the clinical and
histopathologic features of the congenital myopathies.
- Be better able to distinguish between
primary vs. secondary neurogenic and myopathic changes.
3RD AND FINAL YEAR WORKSHOPS
Brain Tumors of Childhood: The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Faculty: Mark L. Cohen, MD, University Hospitals of Cleveland,
Cleveland, OH and Richard A. Prayson, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
In Brain Tumors of Childhood: The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly, we use 6 illustrative cases as springboards for further
discussion. Much of the workshop is devoted to avoiding the (over)diagnosis
of malignancy in some common, and not so common benign childhood brain
tumors. We try to clarify some of the confusion surrounding primitive
central nervous system tumors, including medulloblastoma and its evil
stepsister, the atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor. We finish by considering
some of the pitfalls in making big diagnoses on small (actually, minute)
amounts of tissue, using the pineal region as prototype. Plenty of time is
allotted for questions and discussion of these fascinating and informative
Objectives: After attending
this workshop, the participant should:
Selected Topics in Pediatric
- Be familiar with a variety of benign
childhood brain tumors which may be mistaken for similar appearing,
but more biologically aggressive lesions.
- Appreciate histopathologic variations
seen within primitive central nervous system tumors of childhood and
their prognostic significance.
- Be aware of diagnostic pitfalls
encountered when working with limited amounts of tissue derived from
central nervous system tumors.
Faculty: Lila Penchansky, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
After an introduction to the technical
aspects of handling bone marrow aspirate and biopsy material this workshop
focuses on three diagnostic dilemmas in hematopathology: parvovirus
infections, metastatic tumors, and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia. The
discussion of parvovirus infections includes clinical highlights,
peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology, and aspects of the molecular
biologic diagnosis. Metastatic tumors are divided in an unorthodox manner:
the frequent, the rare and those that simulate other malignancies.
Ancillary techniques useful in the diagnosis of bone marrow metastases are
highlighted. The unique clinical and morphologic aspects of acute
megakaryoblastic leukemia are broadly illustrated along with tips on the
use of ancillary techniques in making this often difficult diagnosis.
- Learn to recognize parvovirus infection
in the fetus, new born, normal and immune-suppressed children using
morphological, immunohistochemical and molecular techniques.
- Learn to recognize the different
pediatric tumors that metastasize to bone marrow in aspirate and
- Learn to diagnose acute megakaryocytic
leukemia in bone marrow and distinguish it from other malignancies
that may simulate its morphology.
Research Committee Call for Applications
David A. Parham, MD, Chairperson
YOUNG INVESTIGATOR RESEARCH GRANT
Application Process: To
obtain an application contact the SPP Executive Office, Degnon Associates,
Inc., 6728 Old McLean Village Drive, McLean, VA 22101, 703/556-9222 or FAX
703/556-8729, or E-Mail email@example.com.
The guidelines for the award are as follows:
- To foster research within the SPP by
providing seed money to young investigators in pediatric pathology.
- To find a pilot project following which
the investigator can apply to other granting agencies.
Purpose of Funding: The funds
are to be used to facilitate basic or applied research of a young
investigator in the field of pediatric pathology. The following are
appropriate expenditures: capital equipment, reagents and supplies, travel
to meeting to present data, and salary supplements. Other appropriate
expenditures include: fees required to purchase specific services such as
an electron microscope, scanning EM, etc., or other specified techniques
or test. Animal care costs are also considered appropriate.
Amount of Award: There will
be (1) award up to a maximum of $10,000. This is a nonrenewable, one-term
Who May Apply:
Types of Projects that Will be Funded:
Research into any aspect of pediatric disease will be considered,
including morphologic, biochemical, chemical, and epidemiologic studies.
- All applicants with a MD, MD/PhD, or DO
- Residents or fellows, full-time, in an
accredited pathology training program.
- Faculty and staff who have been in
Pediatric Pathology less than 5 years and are regular members.
- The applicant must be a member of the
SPP or sponsored by a SPP member.
Selection Process: Completed
applications must be received by the Chair of the Research Committee no
later than March 1, 1999. They will be reviewed by the Research Committee
of the SPP, and awards will be announced at the March SPP meeting. Award
funding will begin on July 1, 1999.
Application: Please submit a
completed application form to Chairman of the Research Committee, David M.
Parham, MD, Chief of Pediatric Pathology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,
800 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Be sure to fill out all
segments. In addition, an approval from either Institutional Review Board
(if human subjects are involved) and/or Animal Care Committee should be
included as appropriate.
Expectations: It is expected
that the recipient of this award will present the results of the research
at the meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and submit one or
more manuscripts to Pediatric and Development Pathology for consideration
A. JAMES MCADAMS SHORT TERM
The Society for Pediatric Pathology and
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Ohio, has established the
A. James McAdams Short Term Study Stipend. The purpose is to honor A.
James McAdams, M.D. by supporting and promoting opportunities for any
member of the SPP or fellow in training in an accredited program in
pediatric pathology and sponsored by a member of the SPP to learn specific
investigative techniques not available at their institution. This
opportunity may be used to learn and develop new research skills related
to either clinical or laboratory investigations from experts with the
Society or outside the Society. One annual award of up to $2,000 will be
made to support travel and living expenses of a pediatric pathologist for
study for up to one month. The application request should include the
Applications will be accepted up to February
1, 1999. Please assure that your application is complete, as applications
lacking any of the above four items will not be considered.
- An abbreviated CV including name and
current position, training, and/or professional experience, and brief
description of current research interests and activities.
- A letter from the applicant’s chief in
support of the training experience.
- A letter from the chief or laboratory
director at the institution that the applicant wants to visit
indicating approval of the proposed training experience.
- A brief description (less than one-half
typed page) of the type of training to be pursued and how it will
promote the applicant’s investigative career in pediatric pathology.
Interested parties should contact: David M.
Parham, M.D., Chair, SPP Research Committee, Chief of Pediatric Pathology,
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little Rock AR
Pediatric & Developmental Pathology to go to Foreign Pathologists
Deb Perry, MD, SPP Secretary/Treasurer
Under the guidance of Dr. Alba Greco, our
Pediatric & Developmental Pathology journal will be sent to 25
pathologists in developing countries, courtesy of the Society. If other
members of the Society have journals or books that they wish to donate,
please contact either Dr. Greco or the SPP central office.
Beverly Rogers, MD, Chairperson
The Publications Committee expanded its
meeting in Toronto to include representatives from Springer-Verlag, who
provided valuable input about journal sales and marketing. They said the
journal was on track and doing as expected for the first year. Society
subscriptions comprise the bulk of the sales, and we need to continue to
encourage our libraries to subscribe to Pediatric and Developmental
Pathology. If you do not know if your library subscribes to the journal,
call them today and find out. If they do not, it is time to request that
they do. Springer-Verlag is continuing to aggressively market the journal
to the libraries. You will be receiving promotional material from
Springer-Verlag with the 1999 January/February issue. The promotional
material, called a carrier sheet, contains a checklist about how you value
and use your journal. When you get this, please fill it out and send it to
your institutional libraries. For those of you wondering about indexing
for Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, it’s pending. Review by the
National Library of Medicine will occur either in the fall or winter, so
we will keep you posted.
VISIT THE WEBSITE! (http://path.upmc.edu/spp/).
(Webmaster's note: The current website is http://www.spponline.org/.)
If you have any information to be placed on the Website (meeting
announcements, educational programs, etc.), send it to Dr. Paul Dickman
and he can put in on-line for you. You can send it to Paul as an
attachment via e-mail or by non-electronic means. It’s a great way to
get the word out about an upcoming event. Items such as registration forms
may be printed off and mailed - no need to find it under the pile on your
desk. Discussions are underway with the Education Committee to add
educational items, such as short course and symposium handouts (with
authors’ permission), to the Website. So, take some time to look and
see what is available.
Call for Nominations from the Committee on Distinctions and Awards
David Witte, MD, Chairperson
Lotte Strauss Prize
The Committee on Distinctions and Awards
wishes to remind members of the Society to submit nominees for the Lotte
Strauss Award. The Dr. Lotte Strauss award will recognize meritorious work
by an individual 40 years of age or younger in a subject germane to
pediatric pathology, published or accepted for publication during 1998.
The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and round trip airfare to the
1999 Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pathology where the work
will be presented in a special platform presentation. Nomination requires
submission of five copies of the completed paper, a supportive letter from
the nominee’s sponsor, and five copies of the nominee’s curriculum
vitae. These should be mailed to: David Witte MD, Chairperson, Committee
on Distinctions and Awards, Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital
Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati Ohio 45229. Deadline for
receipt of complete nomination package is December 1, 1998.
Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award
The Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award was
generously established by the Neustein family to recognize the significant
contributions made by Dr. Harry Neustein to pediatric pathology.
Traditionally this award was presented to abstracts to recognize
meritorious work involving electron microscopy. During more recent times
there have been very few abstracts submitted for this award in part due to
decreasing utilization of electron microscopy in pathology studies.
Therefore in an effort to revitalize the importance of this award in the
Society, the Committee on Distinctions and Awards during the past year has
revised the criteria for the award with approval of Council. The newly
expanded criteria for this award now includes abstracts for studies
utilizing electron microscopy, new methodological advances in molecular
technology or immunohistochemical techniques or development of other
innovative technological advances that pertain to pediatric pathology. It
is hoped that expanding the scope of this award will renew interest in it
and consequently reestablish the purpose intended by the Neustein family
to honor Dr. Harry Neustein.
A Meeting of Perinatal Pathologists in Toronto
Robert Bendon, MD
There was a meeting of perinatal
pathologists held the day before the interim SPP meeting organized by Drs.
Bob Bendon, Ray Redline, Cynthia Kaplan, Steve Lewis, and Kurt Benirschke.
The day started with the presentation of abstracts, then broke into two
smaller discussion groups; first on practice and research, then on
education and a collaborative autopsy project. The conclusion was a
general business meeting which resolved to ask the SPP council to
establish a Perinatal Division of the SPP. This group would work with the
SPP to accomplish specific goals for which each of the discussion sessions
presented some initial ideas. The first research aim was to create a
database of NIH style biographies to be used by the SPP, and also with
permission given to NICHD and other potential collaborators. Planning
would begin on a virtual database of specimen resources. The education
group decided that one must straighten your own house first, and chose to
tackle a topic by topic review of diagnostic categories within placental
pathology. The practice committee identified some of the key problems
within perinatal pathology, and chose a few to tackle. The autopsy
collaboration on oligohydramnios cases with small bladder, large (or
normal) kidneys, began with cases submitted to Dr. Bendon, which are being
entered into Filemaker Pro database. This is the initial step in a
collaboration which will give more people access to case material for self
education and research.
Also resolved was to ask the board of the
Study Group for Complications of Perinatal Care for permission to subsume
its goals, functions and funds. In return, we would offer clinical members
one free year membership in the SPP. Remaining funds would be used to
establish an award in honor of Dr. Kurt Benirschke and Dr. Molly Valdes
Dapena (pending their permission) for the best perinatal pathology
presentation at the SPP meeting.
The Perinatal Division will meet at least
informally at the San Francisco meeting and will plan a meeting the day
before the Rhode Island SPP interim meeting. To make this new division a
permanent organization for perinatal pathology is still going to take a
lot of effort. The enthusiasm and support from many members of the SPP,
including President Tom Stocker and ex-president Jim Dimmick, were very
encouraging. The Perinatal Division is launched. Anyone desiring to crew
the ship, or even to just obtain passage, may sign on. Contract Robert
Bendon, M.D., Kosair Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 35070, Louisville, KY
40232-5070, phone (502) 629-7900, FAX (502) 629-7906, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Director of Clinical Laboratories
Division of Pathology
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Date Position Available: Immediately
The Division of Pathology at Children’s
Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Ohio seeks a qualified individual as
Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine with faculty appointment in the
Department of Pathology and Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College
of Medicine. The successful candidate should provide the leadership to
direct the comprehensive clinical laboratory services for the inpatient
and outpatient needs at CHMC, promote the ongoing efforts in outreach
testing programs, and provide the necessary academic environment and
laboratory support for the development of clinical treatment or research
programs within the institution. The Clinical Laboratories offer
comprehensive clinical pathology services and perform more than 1,000,000
clinical tests annually.
Candidates should be have an MD or MD/PhD
degree, and be Board-Certified in Clinical Pathology. Academic rank will
be determined by candidate’s credentials and experience. Children’s
Hospital Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Submit Inquires To: David Witte MD,
Director, Division of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Medical Center,
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229; Phone: (513) 636-4261
The Children’s Hospital of Denver and the
Department of Pathology of the University of Colorado School of Medicine
are conducting a joint search for faculty members with MD or MD/PhD
degrees who are board certified or eligible in AP/CP or AP with
subspecialty training in Pediatric Pathology. A strong commitment to
service, teaching and research is necessary. Send correspondence
(including CV and list of three references) to: Joel E. Haas, MD, Chair
Designate, TCH Department of Pathology, 3861 Woodlake Drive, Bloomfield
Hills, MI 48304
The Children’s Hospital and the
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center are committed to equal
opportunity and affirmative action.
Director of Perinatal and Developmental Pathology
Magee-Womens Hospital and the University of
Pittsburgh Department of Pathology are seeking an experienced academic
Perinatal Pathologist at the Associate Professor or Professor rank to
assume the position of Director of Perinatal & Developmental
Pathology, reporting to the Chief of Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital.
Faculty of the Department of Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh
with a special interest in Obstetric, Gynecologic, Reproductive and
Perinatal Pathology are assigned to Magee-Womens Hospital Department of
Pathology. Magee-Womens Hospital and its Womencare Centers and Satellites
provide the major tertiary Womencare services for the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center and it is a member of the Tri-State Health
System - a regional Integrated Delivery System coordinated by the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Clinical services include over 9,000
deliveries per year, a strong genetics counseling program, including early
pregnancy loss, supported by university faculty specialists in
maternal-fetal-medicine, neonatology, ultrasound and reproductive
genetics. The Director of Perinatal & Developmental Pathology is
required to have several years of “hands on” experience in the full
range of diagnostic perinatal pathology including placental pathology,
pathology of early pregnancy loss and fetal neonatal pathology. This is
required in order to lead an academic diagnostic perinatal pathology
service in a multi disciplinary academic setting that provided for close
interdisciplinary collaboration with both pathologists and clinicians in
the above mentioned clinical service areas. The director should also aim
to develop a funded research program in perinatal pathology related areas.
Laboratory space and set-up funds can be allocated as necessary.
Pediatric Neuropathology expertise is
available through the Department of Pathology at the University of
Pittsburgh. Molecular Diagnostics, Molecular Genetics, Flow Cytometry, and
other state-of-the-art technology is accessible through the Department of
Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh. With system integration
initiatives opportunities exist to expand a regional perinatal pathology
The position is available October 5, 1998.
Applications should be forwarded to Trevor Macpherson,MBChB, FRCOG, Chief
of Pathology, Magee-Women's Hospital and Professor of Pathology University
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213
or phone (412) 641-4655.
The University of Pittsburgh is an equal
Director of Pediatric Pathology,
Indiana University Medical Center/Clarian Health Partners
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis,
Indiana is seeking an AP board certified pathologist with special
expertise in pediatric pathology to fill a tenure track position in its
Division of Anatomic Pathology at either the Associate of Full Professor
level and to serve as the Director of Pediatric Pathology at the James
Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children (JWRHC) on the campus of IUMC. The
successful candidate will have strong diagnostic skills and a record of
scholarly activities; prior administrative experienced is highly
desirable. The candidate will be responsible for directing the service,
educational, and research programs of the Division of Pediatric pathology
which currently has two full-time faculty members. The JWRHC is one of the
primary teaching hospitals at IUMC and is the only dedicated pediatric
hospital in Indiana. It accessions approximately 3,800 surgical specimens
and performs 100 autopsies per year. The pathology laboratories at IUMC
are a resource that is available for service and research, with
particularly strong components in immunohistochemistry, electron
microscopy, and molecular diagnostics.
Interested candidates should submit a
curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Thomas M. Ulbright,
M.D., Director of Anatomic Pathology, Indiana University Hospital, Room
3465, 550 North University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5280. Indiana
University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Pediatric Pathologist, University of Utah
The Department of Pathology at the
University of Utah has an opening in the Division of Pediatric Pathology
at Primary Children’s Medical Center, for a board-certified or
board-eligible, AP or AP/CP pathologist. A subspecialty interest in
pediatric surgical pathology and/or pediatric transfusion medicine is
highly desirable. The position includes service and teaching
responsibilities in pediatric pathology at the Assistant or Associate
Professor level (clinical or tenure track). The successful candidate will
have strong diagnostic skills and an interest in teaching and scholarly
activities. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and names
of three references to: Cheryl M. Coffin, MD, Head, Division of Pediatric
Pathology, Primary Children’s Medical Center, 100 North Medical Drive,
Salt Lake City, UT 84113. The University of Utah is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from
women and minorities.
Future Pediatric Pathology Meetings
1999 Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
Symposium: Renal Disease
1999 Interim Meeting
6th International Workshop on Fetal
March 14-18, 1999
Dead Sea, Isreal
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Fax: (972 3) 5175155; e-mail: email@example.com
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