Welcome to San Antonio and the 94th Annual Meeting of the Academy! This is the first
meeting of the Academy in San Antonio - home of the Alamo.
The Academy is doing quite well. The Education Committee under the leadership of
Dr. Jeffrey Myers has scheduled sixty short courses, sixteen evening specialty conferences and
twenty-three companion meetings. A total of 2098 abstracts were submitted. These included a record
number of 463 abstracts submitted for the Stowell-Orbison Award for Pathologists-in-Training competition
indicating a high level of interest of our junior members in pathology investigations. Abstracts were
submitted from approximately 430 different medical institutions. Of these, 252 institutions were in the U.S. or Canada
and the remaining 178 from throughout the world. Approximately 5,000 individuals regularly contribute to
the excellence of the overall annual meeting program if you include all contributing authors for
abstracts and faculty for the various offerings at the meeting. Over 98 % of the abstracts were
submitted online indicating the rapid acceptance and convenience of this new technology.
The Long Course will cover Epidermal Neoplasms and Co-Directors are Drs. Bruce R. Smoller and A. Neil
Crowson. An outstanding faculty will be presenting in this practical and challenging area of pathology
and a CD will be included with the syllabus for the course.
The molecular courses have been well received in past years. This year's Basic Molecular Pathology
Course will be directed by Drs. Julia Bridge and Margie Scott, while the Advanced Molecular Pathology
Course will be directed by Dr. Fred Barr. As in the past, many new and rapidly developing concepts and
technological advances will be presented.
The Nathan Kaufman Timely Topics Lecture will be delivered by Nobel Laureate Dr. Phillip Sharp from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will discuss - The Biological and
Potentially Therapeutic Activities of Short RNAs.
The Maude Abbott Lecture, - The Surgical Pathologist and the History of Breast
Disease - will be presented by Dr. David Page of Vanderbilt University.
The Academy will present awards to several individuals who have served the Academy and have
contributed to new developments in Academic Pathology: The Mostofi Award for service to the Academy will
be given to Dr. Ronald DeLellis. The Distinguished Pathologist Award will honor two outstanding
pathologists - Drs. Bruce Beckwith and Robert Collins. The President's Award will go to Dr. Andrew
Huvos for his generous and continued service to the Academy with an outstanding record of presenting
short courses over many decades.
The USCAP staff in the Augusta office remains the backbone of the USCAP with their continued excellent
running of the day-to-day operations which always exceeds expectations at the Annual Meeting. Special
thanks and appreciation go to Mr. Jim Crimmins, Ms. Jo Ann Johnson, Ms. Carolyn Lane, Ms. Linda Haygood
and Mrs. Kerry Crockett, who joined the USCAP staff in November as Assistant Administrator. Dr. Fred
Silva almost seamlessly directs the overall operation, providing humor as well as great leadership, and
he deserves our special thanks.
The Diagnostic Pathology Course was well received with a great deal of enthusiasm under the
directorship of Drs. Sylvia Asa and Gregory Fuller. The 1100 page handout and CD with over 3700
images has been greatly appreciated by the participants. Its 18th presentation in July 2005
will be in Santa Barbara, CA.
The new USCAP Course on Diagnostic Cytopathology, directed by Dr. Celeste N. Powers with an
outstanding faculty, was presented for the first time at Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 14 - 16,
2005. It was well attended, well received and has continued the tradition of excellent offerings by the
Academy. It had a 700 page handout and a CD with over a thousand images.
In October 2004, several members of the Executive Committee and Council attended the International
Academy of Pathology Meeting in Brisbane. This was an excellent and very successful meeting.
Our website continues to be very successful with excellent and abundant educational material including
materials from the specialty conferences, companion meetings, short courses and all abstracts for the
past three years. The abstracts can be searched for by topic, disease, author and technology. In
September, October and November of 2004 we had 1.6 million, 1.2 million and 1.1 million hits per month,
respectively with approximately 9,000 unique visitors per month. The Table of Contents for the
Educational Programs on our website includes 19 organs/subspecialties with over 500 individual
educational entries already up.
The membership continues to grow with a current membership of over 9,300. This includes over 1,800
junior members. Membership recruitment has been very successful due in large part to the leadership and
person efforts of Dr. Fred Silva as well as the Ambassador's Program (initiated in 2000 by Dr. Elaine
Jaffe and the Ad HOC Membership Committee).
The society's journals continue to thrive with the change of publishers to Nature Publishing Group.
The new editor of Laboratory Investigation, Dr. James Crawford, has outlined many innovative ideas for
this journal. Dr. John Eble has done similar things for Modern Pathology.
Long-term Strategic Planning Committees were initiated under the guidance of Drs. David Hardwick and
Jeffrey Myers. Dr. Myers and the members of the Education Committee are continuing to work diligently
on long term planning of educational endeavors for the future of the Academy. This year several new
initiatives for housestaff are being scheduled during the Annual Meeting: (Fellowship Fair, Specialty
Conference, and Hospitality Room).
It is certainly a great honor to serve as President of the USCAP this year. The Academy has provided
continuous intellectual stimulation for me for more than over two decades and it has also been a great
meeting place to present new ideas and learn a great deal from colleagues.
I wish you all a successful meeting in San Antonio.
Ricardo V. Lloyd, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lloyd grew up on the former Panama Canal Zone. After college, he enrolled in the Medical Scientist
Training Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He also trained in Anatomic and
Clinical Pathology at Madison, and then did a Fellowship in Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
His interest in the endocrine system dates back to his years in graduate and medical school. In medical
school he was fascinated by the many intricacies and morphological details of histology and pathology and
decided to pursue a career in pathology. His enthusiasm for endocrine pathology was inspired by the
integral relationship between morphology and function encountered in many endocrine disorders. Along the
way his career choices were influenced by many individuals including Drs. W. H. McShan and H. J.
Karavolas, outstanding endocrine researchers, Dr. Henry Pitot at McCardle Laboratories, by Drs. Reza
Hafez and Tom Warner in Surgical Pathology in Madison and Dr. Kallaman Kovacs at the University of
Pathology was at the forefront in the medical center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with an
active tissue procurement group for research, which was years ahead of its time. The Pathology
Department under Dr. Myron Melamed and Surgical Pathology under Dr. Phillip Liebeman had many
outstanding role models including Drs. Paul Peter Rosen, James Woodruff, Steven Hajdu, Andrew Huvos and
Stephen Sternberg. Dr. Sternberg’s innovative American Journal of Surgical Pathology was still in its
infancy with bimonthly publications at that time. Dr. Lloyd applied immunohistochemical techniques used
in his doctoral research work to diagnostic pathology at Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Lloyd subsequently joined the Pathology Department at the University of Michigan where he found a
stimulating environment for the study of endocrine diseases from the surgical perspective with Dr.
Norman Thompson and in Clinical Endocrinology with Dr. Jim Sisson. The Pathology Department at Michigan
with its long history of excellence continued in this tradition under Dr. Peter Ward and interactions
with stellar surgical pathologists such as Dr. Henry Appelman and later Dr. Sharon Weiss made it an
inspiring place to work. Dr. Lloyd established the immunohistochemistry laboratory at Michigan and it
rapidly became an essential part of diagnostic pathology.
Dr. Lloyd presented his first paper at the USCAP in 1982 and has had yearly presentation at the USCAP
Annual Meetings since that time. An enthusiastic supporter of short courses, he has presented various
USCAP short courses over the past fourteen years.
After moving to the Mayo Clinic in 1993, he continued his practice as a Surgical Pathologist. He also
runs an active research laboratory in Experimental Pathology with training of undergraduate and
postdoctoral students from all over the world. At Mayo, Dr. Lloyd established a diagnostic chromogenic
in situ hybridization laboratory which does a few thousand tests for patient diagnosis yearly. He
recently established a molecular diagnostic laboratory using mainly paraffin sections for RT-PCR and
other molecular tests. He continues to interact daily with a dynamic group of outstanding pathologists
in all specialties at Mayo.
Dr. Lloyd has been a recipient of various awards and honors over the years including the first
Endowed Warthin-Weller Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan and the Vernon F. and Earline
D. Dale Professor at the Mayo Clinic. He was the recipient of the first Arthur Purdy Stout Award in
1985. He has served on NIH Study Sections for the past fifteen years and his research laboratory has had
continuous NIH grant funding for the past twenty years.
Dr. Lloyd has had a very productive Academic Career, having published more than three hundred
scientific articles. He has written or edited seven books including the first Atlas of NonTumor
Pathology on Endocrine Diseases. He serves on the editorial board of more than ten pathology and medical
His academic career has been closely aligned with the USCAP for over two decades. The intellectual
stimulation and camaraderie experienced at the Annual Meetings has been unparalleled. It has been
stimulating to see progress in diagnostic pathology moving from immunohistochemical to molecular analyses
in order to establish the most precise diagnoses for each patient. It has also been inspiring to see so
many talented and enthusiastic young people participating in the Annual Meeting.
In addition to his commitments to academic pathology, Dr. Lloyd is an enthusiastic jogger who also
enjoys regular tennis matches with his wife Debbie.