Companion Society Meetings

American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists

Eyelid Pathology: Common Challenges for the Practicing Pathologist

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Nora V. Laver, MD, New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Course Description:

Ocular pathology can be challenging for the practicing surgical pathologist. Eyelid lesions are one of the most commonly biopsied by oculoplastic surgeons. They can be particularly challenging because of the fact that the eyelid is lined by both skin and conjunctival epithelia. Sebaceous carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, melanocytic tumors, metastasis and lymphomas are among some of the lesions that can offer diagnostic challenges. Current treatments will be discussed to highlight the difficulty in treating pathologies of the eyelid skin due to potential cosmetic issues. The session will have multiple case based presentations of specific pathologies of the eyelid by pathologists with expertise in ocular pathology.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the most frequent pathologic diagnosis of the eyelids
  • Describe the most frequent differential diagnosis in eyelid pathology
  • Outline the impact of appropriate diagnosis in the management of eyelid tumors
  • Illustrate the indications for frozen sections, flow cytometry and other molecular tests in ocular pathology


1:30 PM Selected Benign Lesions of the Eyelid
Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2:00 PM Selected Tumors of the Eyelid
Charles S. Specht, MD, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
2:30 PM Sebaceous Carcinoma of the Eyelid: Diagnosis, and Challenging Differential Diagnosis
Tatyana Milman, MD, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Melanocytic Lesions of the Eyelid
Vivian Lee, MD, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
4:00 PM Lymphoproliferative Disorders Involving the Eyelid
James Farmer, MD, Queen's University, Kingston, and the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
4:30 PM Questions and Answers


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of
3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Physicians must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.


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