Interactive Microscopy: Emeritus - October 27-29, 2017


October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017
USCAP Interactive Center, Palm Springs, CA

Interactive Microscopy: Emeritus - October 27-29, 2017
David B. Kaminsky

David B. Kaminsky, M.D., FIAC
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Course Director

Dr. David B. Kaminsky assumed responsibilities of the Executive Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology on July 1, 2014. Prior to his affiliation with USCAP, Dr. Kaminsky was a community-based pathologist in Palm Springs, California, with an academic perspective focused on education and patient-centered care. He served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Eisenhower Medical Center for 28 years and then established a private practice laboratory dedicated to surgical pathology and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy.

During his tenure at the Eisenhower Medical Center, he served on the Board of Directors of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences where he conceived and launched the teleconference series for the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), and subsequently, Africa Calls, a distance learning endeavor that brings continuing medical education to 22 sites in Africa, initially funded by the Annenberg Center and now by ASCP.

As a pioneer in fine needle aspiration biopsy, he published Aspiration Biopsy for the Community Hospital in 1981 and collaborated with Dr. William J. Frable on numerous lectures and workshops to promote acceptance of aspiration biopsy as a cost-conservative, minimally invasive diagnostic technique.

Dr. Kaminsky served as President of the American Society of Cytopathology and received the Papanicolaou Award and the President’s Award. He was the inaugural President of the ASC Foundation. He is past-President and a current active Board member of the California Society of Pathologists.

He has lectured throughout the world on fine needle aspiration biopsy, 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 Cytology Award of the International Academy of Cytology.

His varied interests outside medicine include documentary film making (Academy Award Nomination for the film, short documentary category; Emmy Nomination for Executive Producer, feature documentary; Special Jury Prize for short documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films), organization of film festivals, Italian cinema and cinematography (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival, American Film Institute, Palm Springs Art Museum).

He was awarded the distinguished Cavaliere della Repubblica medal by the Italian government for his work in medicine and the arts, particularly Italian cinema, and a Congressional Award for Medicine by the US government.

Sylvia L. Asa

Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Dr. Asa is an Endocrine Pathologist at University Health Network and Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. A Clinician-Scientist with a focus on Endocrine Pathology, her research aims to identify the basis for development of endocrine tumors, to improve diagnostic tests and to identify targets for therapy of those diseases. She has published more than 450 scientific articles, written four books, co-edited five books and contributed over 100 book chapters on endocrine pathology. She serves on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals and has given over 200 invited lectures to national and international scientific audiences. Dr. Asa has served as President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-6) and she has received many awards from national and international scientific and other organizations for her contributions to science and medicine.

As head of the largest pathology department in Canada for 15 years, Dr. Asa made innovative changes to the practice of the discipline, with emphasis on subspecialization, automation, electronic initiatives and telepathology. She has emphasized the importance of education and research to understand mechanisms of disease and translate new information into diagnostic and prognostic information for patient care. To ensure public knowledge of the role of Pathology and maintain a direct connection with patients, Dr. Asa is a consultant to several patient groups.

Christopher P. Crum

Christopher P. Crum, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Crum was born and raised in Tidewater Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Medical degrees at the University of Virginia where he completed his anatomic pathology residency (Chief Resident) and fellowship training. He completed his fellowship in Obstetrical and Gynecologic Pathology at Columbia Presbyterian (New York) under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph Richart and while a junior staff member there he received a Physician Scientist Award from the NIAID and entered the laboratory of Saul Silverstein. This period was highlighted by his early discoveries associating HPV 16 with early cervical neoplasia. He assumed the position as Director of Women's and Perinatal Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1990. He went on to make several additional contributions to our understanding of early vulvar squamous neoplasia, and the origins of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (in the distal fallopian tube) and cervical cancer (the squamo-columnar junction cell). He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles, contributed numerous chapters and reviews and edited three text books including Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology, a major textbook in the field soon to come out with its third edition. He conceived of and directed "Hands-on" courses in gynecologic and obstetric and pathology at Harvard Medical School which have been ongoing for 23 years. He also directed short courses in gynecologic and obstetric pathology at the USCAP over a span of 22 years. He served on the Education Committee at the USCAP and was President of the USCAP in 2007-2008.

Dr. Crum and his wife Tucker reside in Brookline Massachusetts, have two daughters Emily Day (Brookline) and Amanda Gibson (Mobile) and four grandchildren, Beckett and Piper Day, and Spencer and Stella Gibson.

Linda D. Ferrell

Linda D. Ferrell, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ferrell was raised in a small town in Kansas (Valley Falls), and pursued her interests in the sciences by attending the University of Kansas. She trained in pathology at both the University of Kansas and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She joined the faculty at the UCSF in 1981, and under the leadership of the chair there, Dr. Edward Smuckler, was offered the special opportunity to spend 3 months of liver pathology training under the mentorship and guidance of Professor Roderick MacSween (Glasgow, Scotland) and Professor Peter Scheuer (Royal Free Hospital, London, UK) in her first year as junior faculty. From 2000 – mid-2015, she worked closely with Dr. Abul Abbas, Chair of Pathology at UCSF, in her role as Vice Chair and Director of Surgical Pathology, and thanks to his strong support, together they built a strong academic surgical pathology program at UCSF. She held the title of Distinguished Professor in Anatomic Pathology (Endowed Chair) for the last few years, and now is working as Emerita Professor on recall from retirement. She also has served as Director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship and the Liver/GI pathology Fellowship at UCSF. She has been honored with teaching awards given by the medical students and residents at UCSF, and she has chaired two major educational courses for pathologists for multiple years, including the UCSF and the California Society of Pathologists annual courses. She has been invited to lecture at numerous U.S. and international meetings. She has contributed to over 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and has written numerous chapters on liver pathology in major surgical pathology textbooks. She is one of the founding members of the International Liver Pathology Study Group (also known as the Elves), and is a member of the Laennec Society. She is one of the three co-editors for the 5th and 6th Editions of the MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver textbook, and co-editor of Liver Pathology, in the Consultant Pathology Series (Demos Publishers) which emphasizes difficult diagnostic problems in liver pathology. She has also served as President of the Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society. Her academic interests include emphasis in the areas of liver tumors, particularly hepatic tumors (such as adenomas, focal nodular hyperplasia, dysplastic nodules, and hepatocellular carcinoma), fatty liver disease, and viral hepatitis, and she has a special interest in putting together groups of pathologists to collaborate on the descriptions of rare and unusual entities.

Dr. Ferrell has been recognized in many venues as an educator and a scholar, but she credits her involvement with the dedicated staff and faculty she has come to know well through USCAP as playing a highly significant role in her professional development throughout her career. Through the years, she has been involved with USCAP through presentations, teaching (short courses and long course chair), moderating sessions, and committee/leadership, including Abstract Review Committee, Education Committee, USCAP Council, Membership Committee Chair, and Executive Committee. She has just completed her term as President and as a past-president, has also been part of strategic planning for the future of USCAP. She would like to thank all those who have helped make USCAP such a successful educational organization for our pathology community. She received the prestigious F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and the Harvey Goldman Master Teacher Award in 2016.

On a personal note, Dr. Ferrell also thanks her husband, Rick Tombari, for his support through their 25 years together. She also likes to golf, and is a SF Giants and Golden State Warriors fan (so she is still celebrating multiple World Series championships and the 2015 NBA basketball championship).

John R. Goldblum

John R. Goldblum, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. John R Goldblum was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees at the University of Michigan where he completed his anatomic pathology residency (Chief Resident) and fellowship training under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon Weiss. He moved to the Cleveland Clinic in 1993 where he practices gastrointestinal and soft tissue pathology. He became Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2002. That department is one of the busiest of its kind in the country with approximately 190,000 surgical and 120,000 cytologic cases, 65 staff members and complete subspecialization. Dr. Goldblum is co-author (with Dr. Sharon Weiss) of Enzinger and Weiss’s Soft Tissue Tumors, 4th, 5th, and 6th editions, and co-editor (with Dr. Robert Odze) of the textbook, Odze and Goldblum’s Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas, 1st, 2nd, 3rd editions. He is Series Editor of Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology (Elsevier), now in its third editions, and served as senior editor for Surgical Pathology Clinics (Elsevier). Dr. Goldblum has authored more than 360 peer-reviewed articles, mostly on GI and soft tissue pathology. He has directed or participated in many short courses in GI and soft tissue pathology for ASCP, CAP and USCAP and has served as Short Course Coordinator for USCAP, Chair of the USCAP Education Committee (longest tenure as member and Chair of the EC in the history of USCAP) and recently as President of USCAP in 2015-16.

On a personal note, Dr. Goldblum has an interesting family: Cousin Jeff Goldblum (actor), Aaron Krickstein (formerly ranked number 6 in world in tennis) and uncle to Morgan Pressel, youngest person ever to win an LPGA major. He considers his most important achievement successfully raising four children, Drew, Ryan, Janavi and Raedan (ages 17-25) with his wonderful wife of 27 years, Asmita. And he’s seen Bruce Springsteen in concert 74 times!

Virginia A. LiVolsi

Virginia A. LiVolsi, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. LiVolsi was raised and educated in New York City. She received her M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and pursued her residency in diagnostic Anatomic and Surgical Pathology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She has professionally become a well-respected, diagnostic surgical pathologist, especially in the areas of endocrine (thyroid), head and neck, and GYN pathology. She has written over 400 original articles which predominantly have focused on diagnostic and molecular aspects of thyroid neoplasms. In addition, she has written multiple books, including, "Surgical Pathology of the Thyroid" and "Endocrine Pathology" (coedited d by Dr. Sylvia Asa).

Dr. LiVolsi is a member of numerous pathology and endocrinology organizations, both, national and international. She has served as president of several of these including: The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Authur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and the Endocrine Pathology Society.  She serves on numerous editorial Boards of Pathology and Endocrine journals and has been Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Pathology and Surgical Pathology.

In addition to her clinical and translational research in endocrine neoplasms, Dr. LiVolsi has been the Principal Investigator, for almost 30 years, for the Eastern Division of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network, an NIH/NCI-sponsored resource for acquisition and distribution of human bio specimens for research.  In this phase of her profession, she has learned about all aspects of bio banking and has participated in research in factors affecting bio specimen quality and integrity. As part of her work in this area, she has been an integral part of numerous committee's on ethical and legal issues in the utilization of human bio specimens for research.

A final part of her professional activities has been teaching and mentoring of individuals in academic anatomic pathology. Many of her trainees now hold leadership roles in academic institutions in the United States and internationally.

Sharon W. Weiss

Sharon W. Weiss, M.D.
Emory University

Dr. Weiss earned her A.B. from Wellesley College and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She pursued four years of Anatomic Pathology training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After a brief tenure on the faculty at that institution, she joined the staff of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), eventually becoming the Chair of the Department of Soft Tissue Pathology and co-authoring with Franz Enzinger the iconic textbook, Soft Tissue Tumors, now in its 6th edition. She has previously held the position as the A. J. French Professor and Director of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Michigan and is currently Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University.

Dr. Weiss has published extensively and lectured widely on all aspects of soft tissue tumors. She is known especially for her work on prognostic factors in undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (formerly malignant fibrous histiocytoma), dedifferentiation in liposarcoma, and borderline vascular tumors (hemangioendothelioma). She is credited with the first description of numerous new entities including: epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, spindle cell hemangioma (formerly spindle cell hemangioendothelioma), giant cell fibroblastoma, ischemic fasciitis, ossifying fibromyxoid tumor, epithelioid sarcoma-like (pseudomyogenic) hemangioendothelioma, pleomorphic hyalinizing angiectatic tumor, and inflammatory myxohyaline tumor (myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma).

Dr. Weiss has held many national leadership positions over the years: Chair of the Second World Health Organization Committee for the Classification of Soft Tissue Tumors, President of International Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, President of the American Board of Pathology, and President of the United States Academy of Pathology. Her honors include: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Distinguished Alumna awards from both Wellesley College and Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of both the Harvey Goldman Master Teacher and Mentoring Award and the Board’s Distinguished Pathologist Award from USCAP.


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