2017 Diagnostic Pathology Update

Faculty

July 16, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Prince George Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2017 Diagnostic Pathology Update
Adam Bagg, M.D.

Adam Bagg, M.D.

Co-Course Director

Dr. Adam Bagg is Director of Hematology at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in the Division of Hematopathology.  For the past seven years he was voted by his peers as one of Philadelphia’s Top Doctors.  Per US News & World Report he is in the top 1% of doctors in the United States. He has served on the USCAP Board of Directors and Education Committee. He lectures extensively nationally (at USCAP, ASCP, AMP, CAP, ACLPS, AACC, ISLH and ASH) and internationally (Germany, Northern Ireland, India, China, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Canada, Scotland, Mexico, Sudan, Turkey, Romania, Iran and Australia). Most of his more than 160 publications are on the molecular pathology of hematologic malignancies. A publication that he co-authored (CART19 T-cells to treat CLL) was the most downloaded article in Science Translational Medicine for 2011. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and on the Editorial Board of Advances in Anatomic Pathology.

Rhonda Yantiss, M.D.

Rhonda Yantiss, M.D.

Co-Course Director

Dr. 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 Chair of the Abstract Review Board and Assignment Committee, a former member of the Education Committee and prior member of the Ramzi Cotran Young Investigator Award Committee of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.  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 fifteen journals and member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineModern PathologyAmerican Journal of Clinical PathologySeminars in Diagnostic Pathology, and The American Journal of Surgical Pathology; she is also an Associate Editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Steven D. Billings, M.D.

Steven D. Billings, M.D.

Dr. Steven Billings completed his pathology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  Following residency, he completed 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 inaugurated interactive microscopy for USCAP.

Daniel J. Brat, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel J. Brat, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Brat received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Mayo Medical and Graduate Schools and then completed Residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Fellowship in Neuropathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University in 1999 and is now a Professor and Vice Chair of Translational Programs as well as the Director of the Neuropathology Division. Dr. Brat is a member of the Winship Cancer Institute and directs a basic and translational research lab that investigates mechanisms of glioma progression, including the contributions of hypoxia, genetics, tumor microenvironment and stem cells. He also leads the scientific efforts of the In Silico Center for Brain Tumor Research at Emory, which uses large scale clinical and molecular databases, such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), to address fundamental questions in human glioma behavior. He has over 17 years of experience in brain tumor research and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and reviews.  He has mentored over 50 students, residents, fellows and junior faculty and was named Mentor of the Year for Post-doctoral training at Emory. Dr. Brat has also co-authored two textbooks in Neuropathology:  Practical Surgical Neuropathology: A Diagnostic Approach, which is the best-selling on its topic, and Biopsy Interpretation of Central Nervous System. He is the Director of the Cancer Tissue and Pathology Shared Resource at Winship, which includes a full service histology laboratory and a tissue procurement service and is heavily used by Winship investigators. He is Board certified in Anatomic and Neuropathology and understands the critical issues in current neuro-oncology practice and research. He sits on five Editorial Boards and has served on numerous committees that oversee translational investigation in Oncology and Pathology, including the TCGA Glioblastoma and Lower Grade Gliomas (Co-Chair) Working Groups; the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Neuropathology Committee (Chair) and Council on Scientific Affairs; the Executive Council of the American Association of Neuropathologists; the Board of Directors for the Society of Neuro-oncology; and the WHO Committee for Classification of Brain Tumors.  He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Laura C. Collins, M.D.

Laura C. Collins, M.D.

Dr. Laura Collins is the Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology and Director of Breast Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has previously served as the Program Director of both the Residency and Selective Pathology Fellowship Training Programs at BIDMC. Dr. Collins earned her medical degree from the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London, UK. She completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytology Fellowship at BIDMC. Dr. Collins' research, teaching and clinical activities are focused on diseases of the breast. She is a member of the USCAP Board of Directors and is the coordinator of interactive microscopy courses in breast pathology at the USCAP Interactive Center in Palm Springs, California. She is also the current President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists.

Jennifer Hunt, M.D.

Jennifer Hunt, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer Hunt is the Chair of Pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she holds the endowed Aubrey J. Hough Endowed Professorship.  Dr. Hunt was an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College and then pursued her Masters of Education and medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has held prior academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Clinic, and Harvard Medical School.  She has served on numerous committees with the College of American Pathologists, including the Curriculum Committee, Council on Membership and Professional Development, and the Publications committee, and has been an active member of the United States and Canadian Association for Pathology, including past service on the Education Committee and as an elected member of the Board.  She was elected into several leadership positions in the Association for Molecular Pathology, including most recently as the President of the organization in 2013.  In 2014, Dr. Hunt was elected as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists and is currently serving in her first term.  She has received awards for leadership, scientific contributions, and teaching, including the Lansky Award, the Arthur Purdy Stout Award, and the CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Dr. Hunt has authored over 150 publications in Endocrine, Head & Neck, and Molecular Pathology and Quality Assurance. Her research has focused on the study of tumor associated genetic alterations and mutations in neoplasia, with a strong emphasis on translational applications to improve and expand molecular diagnostic testing for understanding tumor pathogenesis, prognosis, and improved diagnostics.

David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC

David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC

Dr. Kaminsky is a career cytopathologist and surgical pathologist who now serves as Executive Vice President of USCAP.  His patient-centered private practice in Palm Springs, California, focused on surgical pathology and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy. Dr. Kaminsky was a pioneer in aspiration biopsy and published Aspiration Biopsy for the Community Hospital in 1981, which facilitated use of the technique outside restricted academic centers. He has lectured internationally on the subject and is the 2015 recipient of the Yolanda Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist of the Year Award of the Papanicolaou Society and the 2016 recipient of the Maurice Goldblatt Award of the International Academy of Cytology.   He has been President of the American Society of Cytopathology and recipient of its distinguished Papanicolaou Award.  He is past-President of the California Society of Pathologists and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.  His interests outside medicine include documentary film-making (short doc Academy Award Nomination, personal Emmy Nomination, Jury Prize-Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, two Telly Awards-Discovery Channel); foreign films (Italian cinema), cinematography and culinary arts.

Marisa R. Nucci, M.D.

Marisa R. Nucci, M.D.

Dr. Marisa Nucci is Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and works in the Division of Women’s and Perinatal Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, USA. She also serves as a Consultant Pathologist for the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center where she is an Associate Member of the Gynecologic Cancer and Sarcoma Programs.

Dr. Nucci was born in Newark, NJ. She did her undergraduate training at Haverford College and medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and completed an AP residency as well as the Women’s and Perinatal Pathology Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been on staff at the Brigham and Women's Hospital since 1996.

She is past president of the New England Society of Pathologists and serves on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology, Human Pathology, and Advances in Anatomic Pathology. She is a member of the Education Committee of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (2011-2017) and serves as Chair of the Subcommittee for Unique Live Course Offerings (2012-2017). She has co-directed five short courses at the USCAP (1999-2009; 2011-2014) and the Long Course on Practical Topics in Uterine Pathology (2015). She has also served on the abstract review board for the USCAP (2000-2007). She is also the Chair of the Membership Committee for the Arthur Purdy Stout Society and is a member of the Surgical Pathology Committee of the College of American Pathology. She is the co-editor of three widely read major gynecologic pathology textbooks: Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology edited by Drs. Crum, Nucci and Lee; Gynecologic Pathology: A Volume in the Series Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology edited by Drs. Nucci and Oliva; and Diagnostic Pathology Gynecological edited by Drs. Nucci and Oliva.

Victor E. Reuter, M.D.

Victor E. Reuter, M.D.

Dr. Victor E. Reuter was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and attended the University of Puerto Rico, obtaining his BS in Biology.  He received his MD from the University National Pedro Henriquez Ureña, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  After a flexible internship in Danbury Hospital (Danbury Connecticut) he served as a Resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Philadelphia.  In 1983-1984 Victor served as a Clinical Fellow (American Cancer Society Fellow in Anatomic Pathology) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), NYC, NY where he was selected Chief fellow in the Department of Pathology for the following year.  He has remained at that great institution and risen through its ranks to become Attending Pathologist and Member in the late 1990s.

 

Dr. Reuter has served in many positions at MSKCC including Director of the Immunohistochemistry Research Core Laboratory and Genitourinary Pathology Research Laboratory, and President of the MSKCC Medical Staff from 2001-2003.  He presently holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Department of Pathology (since 2005).    He is the Leader of the Genitourinary Pathology Team as well as Director of the Genitourinary Pathology Subspecialty Fellowship that has existed uninterrupted at his institution since 1991. Dr. Reuter has received multiple Pathology Fellows Education Awards at his institution as well as others.  He is a Professor of Pathology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

 

Dr. Reuter is an internationally renowned and respected anatomic pathologist, with subspecialty expertise in genitourinary pathology.  His contributions to the literature span the entire spectrum of urologic tumors. He serves or has served on many Editorial Boards including Modern Pathology, The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Journal of Urologic Pathology, Urologic Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Molecular Pathology, Annals of  Diagnostic Pathology and Advances in Anatomic Pathology.  Dr. Reuter has over 460 peer-reviewed journal publications and has authored over 24 book chapters.  Dr. Reuter is a very sought-after expert and lecturer in the field of GU Pathology, participating in over 80 regional/national/ international meetings in the last 12 years, and more than 75 Invited Lectures/Lectureships throughout the world.  He served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the AFIP. He presently serves as Co-Director of the Pathology Core of the NIH/NCI sponsored SPORE in Prostate Cancer at MSKCC.  He is Chairman of the Oversight Committee of the Pathology Research Core of his institution’s NIH/NCI sponsored Cancer Center Support Grant. He is Co-Chair of the NCI Kidney Cancer Clinical Trials Task Force.  His Institution has served as a major contributor to the NIH sponsored Cancer Genome Atlas and Dr. Reuter serves on the data analysis group for bladder, prostate and kidney carcinoma. In 2012 he received the Koss Medal from the International Society of Urological Pathology for “eminent services in the advancement of urological pathology”.  He is presently co-editor of the forthcoming World Health Organization Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs.

 

Dr. Reuter has served the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology in many capacities.  From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Reuter was President of the Education Committee. He subsequently served on Council and the Executive Committee. Dr. Reuter was President of USCAP from 2008 to 2009. In 2007 he was the recipient of the F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service award. He is presently Vice President for North America of the International Academy of Pathology.

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