September 19, 2015 to September 20, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Steven D. Billings, M.D.
Steven Billings, M.D. completed his pathology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis followed a fellowship in soft tissue pathology with Dr. Sharon Weiss at Emory University and a dermatopathology fellowship with Dr. Antoinette Hood at Indiana University. Upon completion of his post-graduate studies, he joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he practiced for several years. In 2007 he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic where he serves as a professor of pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and as co-director of the dermatopathology section. He also staffs the soft tissue pathology service.
His research interests are in dermatopathology and soft tissue pathology, with a special emphasis on cutaneous soft tissue tumors. He has authored over 100 articles, numerous book chapters as well as a book on inflammatory diseases of the skin. He is on the editorial board of several journals and a peer reviewer for many more. He has a strong interest in education and gives numerous invited lectures and CME courses. He is the short course coordinator for USCAP and introduced interactive microscopy as the Academy’s most recent educational asset.
Michelle S. Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D.
Michelle S. Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D. completed graduate and medical schools at Boston University School of Medicine. Her residency program in anatomic pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) included the chief resident position, followed by fellowship training in genitourinary (GU) and women’s and perinatal (W&P) pathology. She was hired as a staff pathologist at BWH where she currently works. She has been the chief of the genitourinary pathology service since 2010 and an associate professor of pathology since 2012. Her overall responsibilities span diagnostic surgical pathology, clinical research and teaching. She is considered to be an expert in GU and W&P pathology with emphases on renal and ovarian tumor pathology and biomarkers. She developed three clinically annotated tissue microarrays for ovarian, endometrial and renal carcinoma, resulting in presentations at many scientific meetings as well as multiple scientific publications in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Cancer, Modern Pathology and Histopathology. For about 10 years she served as associate director for the Women’s and Perinatal Pathology Fellowship. She is proud to be a mentor for pathologists-in-training whose career paths have been enhanced by her influence. She was recently elected to the Education Committee of the USCAP and serves as president of the New England Society of Pathologists.
Adeboye O. Osunkoya, M.D.
Dr. Osunkoya is an associate professor of pathology and urology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the director of the division of urologic pathology as well as the director of the surgical pathology fellowship program at Emory. Dr. Osunkoya serves on several committees at the national and international level and is currently a member of the Education Committee of the USCAP, chair of the Stephen Vogel Award Committee of the USCAP and also chair of the Excellence in Urological Pathology Resident/Fellow Research Award Committee of the International Society of Urological Pathology. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Pathology and Pathology. Dr. Osunkoya has been involved in several major research grants over the years. He has published over 100 manuscripts, over 15 book chapters, presented several lectures and conferences in the United States and abroad, and has won numerous awards including the very prestigious Benjamin Castleman Award in 2010 and most recently the 2015 Arthur Purdy Stout Prize.
Melinda E. Sanders, M.D.
Dr. Melinda Sanders has 14 years experience as a subspecialty consultant in breast pathology. She is a former fellow of Dr. David Page and subsequently spent 12 years as a partner on his consultation service. She is currently an associate professor of pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her particular areas of interest are benign proliferative lesions, ductal carcinoma in situ and special types of breast cancer.
Raja R. Seethala, M.D.
Dr. Raja R. Seethala is a head and neck/endocrine pathologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where he has worked for 10 years. His residency at the University of Pennsylvania was followed by fellowships at MD Anderson Cancer Center and UPMC. His specific academic interests include salivary gland, sinonasal/skull base tumors, and head and neck bone and soft tissue neoplasms. Both in and out of work he listens to trance music. Hobbies include exercise, video games, watching anime and reading manga.
Rhonda Yantiss, M.D.
Dr. Rhonda Yantiss received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and graduated from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by fellowship training in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is currently a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College where she is the director of the gastrointestinal and liver pathology service. Dr. Yantiss has chaired the Nominations and Education Committees of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society and served as president of that society. She is a current member of the Education Committee and prior member of the Ramzi Cotran Investigator Award Committee of the USCAP. Dr. Yantiss lectures widely in the United States and abroad and is the course director of the tutorial on pathology of the GI tract, pancreas, and liver. She has received several teaching and professional awards, including the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Pathology Annual Prize. Dr. Yantiss has published more than 150 articles, books, and book chapters related to gastrointestinal pathology. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for 15 journals and member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Modern Pathology, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology, and The American Journal of Surgical Pathology. She is also an associate editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.