2016 GIPS Abstract Award and Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 GIPS Abstract Award and Travel Award Winners!

Abstract Award Winner:
Michelle Heayn (UPMC): ATRX/DAXX Loss Is Highly Specific for Metastatic Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

Abstract Award Runner-ups:
Su-Yang Liu (UCSF): Tumor Deposits and Venous Invasion in Colorectal Carcinoma: Clarification of Morphological Criteria and Role of these Parameters in Staging

Matthew Rosenbaum (MGH):  Next Generation Sequencing Adds Value to the Pre-Operative Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cysts

Travel Award Winner:

Courtney Thomas (Northeast Ohio Medical Center/Summa Health System)


GIPS Reception at USCAP 2016

Sunday March 13, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Sheraton Grand Ballroom A

Rodger Haggitt GI Pathology Society Companion Meeting 2016

Sunday March 13, 2016, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Room CC (Convention center) Ballroom 6B/C

Title: Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Gastrointestinal Diseases: new developments for the surgical pathologist

Moderators: John Hart, M.D. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL  & Michael  Torbenson , Mayo Clinic
1:35 – 2: 05 PM: “The Role of the Surgical Pathologist in the Diagnosis of Rare Polyposis Syndromes”, Christophe Rosty, M.D., Molecular and Cellular Pathology School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
2:05 – 2: 35 PM: “Hereditary Gastric Cancer Syndromes”,  Fatima Carneiro, M.D., Ph.D. Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
2:35 – 3:00 PM: “New Developments in the Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer: Nature’s Heart Beats Strong Amid the Hills”, Ralph H. Hruban, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
3:00 – 3:30PM:  BREAK
3:30 – 4:00 PM: “Genetic Alterations in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: implications for diagnosis and management”, Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Rodger C. Haggitt Memorial Lecture: The NCI MATCH Initiative and the Role of the GI Pathologist in Oncologic Management; Stanley R. Hamilton, M.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Business meeting

Rodger Haggitt GIPS 2016 Forum: How I Sign it Out

Saturday March 12, 2016 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Room CC (Convention center) Ballroom 6A

Moderators: John Hart and Laura Lamps

Joel Greenson – How I sign out GVHD in a data free environment

Dora Lam-Himlin – How I handle mast cells in GI biopsies

Scott Owen – When I choose to do a lymphoma work up on a GI biopsy

Christina Arnold – What is that weird foreign material in that GI specimen

Galen Cortina – How GIPS members handle isolated tumor cells in lymph nodes from GI resections

2016 Annual Business Meeting

Sunday March 13, 2016 at 5pm (immediately following the Companion Meeting)

Location :  CC ballroom 6 B/C

Minutes from the 2016 GIPS Annual Business Meeting

2016 Practical Pathology Seminars

Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date: April 28, 2016 to May 01, 2016


Course Description:

Historical New Orleans with its cultural flair, jazz and culinary appeal is the site of USCAP’s 2016 Practical Pathology Seminars, designed to educate the mind and satisfy the palates of practicing pathologists who combine family time with learning opportunities in attractive settings.  The program is derived from short courses that earned considerable attention at the Academy’s Annual Meetings because of their substance and pragmatic practice-changer content.  A superb faculty is poised to provide the latest updates in morphology, ancillary studies, molecular pathology and relevant genomic information.  While the target audience is community practitioners, the panorama of current topics is important to pathologists of all practice genres, including pathologists-in-training.  Learn something new and earn CME/SAMs credits while you’re enlivened by jazz, chicory coffee and beignets.


Registration Pricing

Practicing Pathologist                     Trainee

                              Member     Non-Member   Member    Non-Member

Until March 01, 2016                               $749        $999                     $749            $999

March 02, 2016 – April 27, 2016          $799        $1,069                  $799           $1,069

April 28, 2016 – Onsite                           $849        $1,139                   $849           $1,139


Thursday, April 28, 2016

2:15 – 6:40 PM Registration
3:00 – 3:15 PM Welcome and Introduction 
David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC
3:15 – 6:30 PM Emerging Issues in Pulmonary Pathology
Sanja Dacic, M.D.
4:45 – 5:00 PM Break
6:30 – 8:00 PM Reception for Registrants and Accompanying Persons


Friday, April 29, 2016

7:00 – 7:50 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast for Registrants
8:00 – 11:30 AM Head and Neck Lesions at the Interface of Benign and Malignant:
Old Problems, New Entities, and Controversies
Jennifer L. Hunt, M.D. and Ilan Weinreb, M.D.
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch provided by USCAP
1:00 – 4:30 PM Common Problems in Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology
Andrew Folpe, M.D. and Andrew Horvai, M.D., Ph.D.
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
4:30 PM Concludes for the day


Saturday, April 30, 2016

7:00 – 7:50 AM Continental Breakfast for Registrants
8:00 – 11:30 AM Genitourinary Pathology:  Important Updates to WHO Classification and AJCC Staging
Jesse K. McKenney, M.D.
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break



Sunday, May 1, 2016

7:00 – 7:50 AM Continental Breakfast for Registrants
8:00 – 11:30 AM Hepatocellular Neoplasms
Sanjay Kakar, M.D. and Michael Torbenson, M.D.
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break
11:30 – 11:45 AM Wrap Up
11:45 AM Course Adjournment


USCAP Diagnostic Cytopathology 2016

Location: Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, CA

Dates: January 16, 2016 to January 18, 2016


Course Description:

Diagnostic Cytopathology is designed to address professional practice gaps in current cytopathology procedures, adjunctive and molecular techniques, diagnostic criteria/interpretations and classification updates for pathologists in daily practice, particularly in the community hospital and private sectors.  Cytopathology partners with surgical pathology in providing expedient, accurate, and cost-effective anatomically-based decisions that guide patient care to optimal outcomes.  The USCAP faculty is expertly positioned to provide the latest information in diagnosis, molecular pathology and translational research, offering solution-based information as practice changers.  This contemporary course is augmented by elective interactive microscopy sessions that unite expert mentors with registrants in an intimate setting simulating clinical sign-out and consultations at 18-head microscopes.  The cases are challenging and prone to provocative discussions and imaginative ideas.


Maximum CME/SAM:

CME=19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

SAM= 17 SAM credit hours


Registration Pricing:

Practicing Pathologist



Until November 11, 2015

$999 $1,339

November 12, 2015 – January 14, 2016

$1,099 $1,469

January 15, 2016 – Onsite

$1,199 $1,599




Saturday, January 16, 2016

7:00 – 7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast for Registrants
7:45 – 8:00 AM Welcome to Diagnostic Cytopathology
David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC
8:00 – 9:00 AM The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology
Güliz Barkan, M.D.
9:00 – 10:00 AM Genomic Testing on Small Samples
Anna Berry, M.D.
10:00 – 10:15 AM Q&A / Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Another Look at Thyroid Cytology
Ritu Nayar, M.D.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Kidney – Adrenal FNA/Core Biopsy
Güliz Barkan, M.D.
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Learn Molecular Discussion
Molecular Testing on Thyroid and Genitourinary Samples

Anna Berry, M.D.
1:30 – 2:30 PM Paradigm Shifts in Cervical Cancer Screening
Ritu Nayar, M.D.


5:00 – 6:30 PM Reception for Registrants and Guests



Sunday, January 17, 2016

7:15 – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast for Registrants
8:00 – 9:00 AM Benign and Malignant Mimics in Breast Cytology and Small Biopsies
Kristen Atkins, M.D.
9:00 – 10:00 AM Pitfalls in EBUS and EUS – Guided Mediastinal and Lung Cytology
Sara Monaco, M.D.
10:00 – 10:15 AM Q&A / Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Genomics of Lung Cancer
Anna Berry, M.D.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Pitfalls in Pancreatic Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided 
Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology: Beyond the ABCs

Kristen Atkins, M.D.
12:15 – 12:30 PM Q&A / Break
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Learn
Pitfalls in Head and Neck Cytology

Sara Monaco M.D.
1:30 – 2:30 PM Pearls and Pitfalls in the Diagnostic Workup of 
Small Lymph Node Biopsies

Erik Ranheim, M.D., Ph.D.
2:30 – 3:30 PM Interactive Case Presentations (Audience Response System)
Ritu Nayar, M.D., Kristen Atkins, M.D., Güliz Barkan, M.D.,
Sara Monaco, M.D. and Erik Ranheim, M.D., Ph.D.
(2 cases each, 5 min per case with PEARLS)


5:30 – 7:00 PM Thinking Beyond The Microscope: An Interpersonal Conversation About The Human Side of Pathology
Kristen Atkins, M.D., Ritu Nayar, M.D. and David B. Kaminsky, M.D.



Monday, January 18, 2016

7:15 – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast for Registrants
8:00 – 9:00 AM Strategic Use of Ancillary Studies in the Diagnosis of Hematologic Neoplasia on Small Biopsies and Aspirates
Erik Ranheim, M.D., Ph.D.
9:00 – 10:00 AM Fluid Cytology: Challenges and Solutions
Sara Monaco, M.D.
10:00 – 10:15 AM Q&A / Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Liver and Abdominal Cytology
Kristen Atkins, M.D.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Pitfalls and Clues in Cervical Cytology
Ritu Nayar, M.D.
12:15 – 12:30 PM Closing Comments
David Kaminsky, M.D., Kristen Atkins, M.D., Ritu Nayar, M.D.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Time Topic/Speaker Room
1:00 – 2:15 PM Register with Interactive Center’s Coordinator 307
2:30 – 4:00 PM Thyroid – Ritu Nayar, M.D. 301
Pancreas – Kristen Atkins, M.D. 309
4:00 – 4:30 PM Break
4:30 – 6:00 PM Urine – Güliz Barkan, M.D. 301
Lung – Sara Monaco , M.D. 309

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Time Topic/Speaker Room
7:30 – 8:00 AM Register with Interactive Center’s Coordinator 307
8:00 – 9:30 AM GYN Cytology – Ritu Nayar, M.D. 301
Pancreas – Kristen Atkins, M.D. 309
9:30 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 11:30 AM Lymph node – Erik Ranheim, M.D., Ph.D. 301
Soft tissue/Bone– Kristen Atkins, M.D. 309
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch on your own
12:30 – 2:00 PM Breast cytology and core biopsy – Kristen Atkins, M.D. 301
Salivary gland/Head and Neck – Sara Monaco, M.D. 309
2:00 – 2:45 PM Q/A with faculty
2:45 PM Conclude


USCAP Interactive Microscopy

Location: USCAP interactive center, Palms Springs, CA

Date: April 2 and 3, 2016

Topic: Gastrointestinal Lymphomas

Course Director: Lauren B. Smith, M.D.


CME/SAM credit: Maximum of 16 CME/12 SAM


Registration Pricing:


Practicing Pathologist






Until April 02, 2016

$995 $1,349 $749 $995



Note: An intensive mentoring course in gastrointestinal lymphomas and related conditions, including mimics and infections is offered at the USCAP interactive center to improve pathologists’ performance in the diagnosis and classification of lymphomas presenting in or involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver.  Instruction by expert hematopathologists at 18-head microscopes should reconcile practice gaps for learners of all genres, emphasizing morphology with molecular correlates.  The opportunity to review rare or unusual cases with experts confers a unique learning opportunity in a world-class resort destination.

Surgical Pathology of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Location:  Austin, Texas

Dates:  May 10-14, 2016 (Tues-Sat)



Ken Wang   – Role of the endoscopist

Mary Bronner    – Specimen handling, esophageal pathology

Hala  El-Zimaity – Gastritis and gastropathy

Greg Lauwers    – Gastric neoplasia,

Joel Greenson  – Small bowel biopsies

Henry Appelman – Neoplasia of appendix, large bowel and  anus

Robert Riddell   – Reporting biopsies, Inflammatory bowel diseases, Unknown cases

Dhanpat Jain      – Lymphoproliferative disorders),

Bob Petra            – Almost everything else not previously covered.).

Director:              –  Dr Robert Riddell (Toronto –


Most of the topics are covered in 3h sessions.

Weather in Austin, TX in May – Highs around  70-85F. Lows – low 60s.

G40 Travel Awards to USCAP 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA

The GIPS is proud to participate in global outreach and education by partnering with the USCAP Foundation in their G40 program.

In the context of USCAP Foundation’s commitment to ensure that all pathologists have access to vital education, the Foundation is now accepting applications for the G40 Travel Awards for pathologists to attend the 2016 USCAP Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington from March 12-18.

The G40 Travel Awards will provide 40 pathologists from underserved countries with travel grants, affording them the opportunity to attend the largest and most prestigious pathology meeting in the world.

The G40 Travel Awards will provide selected recipients:

  • Economy coach airfare to and from Seattle, Washington
  • Approximately four nights lodging at a conference hotel
  • General meeting registration, but not to exceed the award of up to $2,500
Awards will be given to practicing pathologists who:

  • Reside in an underserved country and have a demonstrable need for financial support to attend the USCAP Annual Meeting.
  • Provide a resume and supporting letter from a Department Head or Supervisor attesting to the need for travel assistance and the potential benefit for attending the meeting.
The G40 Travel Awards are made possible by the Rodger Haggitt GI Pathology Society, the Florabel Mullick Endowment, the Leland Stoddard Endowment as well as through philanthropic donations to the USCAP Foundation.
Please submit the G40 Travel Award application by November 20, 2015. The winners will be notified by December 11, 2015.

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