FSP 2017 Annual Anatomic Pathology Conference Highlights

Another successful annual conference is in the books for FSP. This year’s annual conference had record-breaking numbers with 260 attendees and 44 exhibitors. It was held on February 17-19 at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando. Attendees were pleased with the presentations from nationally-acclaimed faculty, the new digital poster hall, and the many opportunities for networking and socializing with their colleagues and peers.


Meeting Highlights

On Friday, Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD, kicked off the meeting with a lecture on Gastric Polyps & Dysplasias: A Review of an Ever-Expanding List, followed by a lecture on Gastritides: Diagnostic Evaluation of Multifaceted Conditions. After a short break with the exhibitors, Dr. Lauwers’ final lecture of the day covered What is New and Worth Discussing in Chronic Colitis & Associated Dysplastic Lesions.



Friday evening of the conference concluded with the Welcome Reception in the exhibit hall for all attendees and exhibitors.

On Saturday morning, attendees had the opportunity to ask poster authors questions during the digital poster session held in the exhibit hall before the main sessions started. To kick off the main sessions of the day, following the first poster session, Emily E. Volk, MD, MBA, FCAP, presented an update on the Quality Payment Program, MACRA.


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Then, Ralph H. Hruban, MD, gave a lecture on An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Ductal Adenocarcinoma vs. Chronic Pancreatitis. His second lecture was titled An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Solid Neoplasms and was followed by a short break with another opportunity to hear from the poster presentation during the second digital poster session. Dr. Hruban focused on An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Cystic Neoplasms in his third didactic lecture prior to lunch.




The FSP Business Luncheon and Legislative Session were held midday on Saturday and had every seat in the room filled. Margaret Neal, MD, the president of the FSP (at the time of the meeting), welcomed the attendees and made an appeal to donate to the FSP Political Committee. She introduced John Armstrong, MD, former Surgeon General of Florida, and Dr. Armstrong spoke to the audience on the importance of getting engaged in the legislative process and the health issues that affect physicians in Florida. Drs. Neal and Levitt rounded out the FSP Legislative Session with an update on the FSP PAC and the importance of donating to the PAC. 

The Legislative Session was followed by the Annual Business Meeting, which included the adoption of minutes from the previous FSP Annual Business Meeting, the Treasurer and Membership Reports, and the Nominating Committee Report, including a vote on the 2017-2018 slate. 


This year, the FSP hosted a Digital Resident Poster Competition featuring 34 posters from case studies and original research in anatomic and clinical pathology on digital displays. Board member, Stephen Vernon, MD, awarded the top three prizes of the Digital Resident Poster Competition during the Annual Business Luncheon on Saturday:



First-Place Winner:


Daryoush Saeed-Vafa, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center

“The Prognostic Significance of Dual-Specificity Protein Kinase TTK Expression in Ewing Sarcoma:  A Quantitative Image Analysis and Immunofluorescence Study of a Tissue Microarray with Clinical Outcome Correlation”




Second-Place Winner:



Meggen Walsh, DO, MS-PA
University of Florida

“Florida Alzheimer Disease Research Center and UF McKnight Brain Institute: A 2-year neuropathology experience”




Third-Place Winner:


Mayrin Correa-Medina, MD
University of Miami

“Personalized podocyte biology for the prediction of diabetic kidney disease”


After the presentations of poster competition awards, Dr. Neal presented Dr. Vernon with the President’s Service Award for his many contributions to the society, and Antonio Martinez, MD, the incoming President of FSP, presented Dr. Neal with the Outgoing President’s Plaque.

The president of the College of American Pathologists, Richard Friedberg, MD, PhD, gave an update from the college, followed by an appeal from the two president-elect candidates, Patrick Godbey, MD, and Gail Vance, MD. The FSP Business Luncheon and Legislative Session concluded with a report from the Florida Medical Association Vice-President, Ronald Giffler, MD. 


Saturday afternoon of the conference continued with an interactive microscopy course and case presentation with Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD, and Kun Jiang, MD, PhD. Bruce M. Wenig, MD, was the expert for the slide reading session that followed the microscopy course.


The Fellowship Fair and Resident Forum on Saturday evening was extremely successful with approximately 30 residents and fellows attending. Representatives from four fellowship programs were in attendance, and FSP board members and prominent pathology thought leaders were available during the resident forum to answer questions.

On Sunday after the breakfast in the exhibit hall, L. Jeffrey Medeiros, MD, gave three lectures that focused on lymphomas. His first presentation was titled Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, which was followed by his second lecture on Marginal Zone Lymphomas. The conference concluded after his last lecture, Mimics of Lymphoma, around noon on Sunday. 


Be sure to attend our next conference! The 2017 Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference, July 15-16, will be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Visit flpath.org/summer2017 for more information and to register.

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Annual Conference Faculty & Lectures

Ralph H. Hruban, MD
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Ductal Adenocarcinoma vs. Chronic Pancreatitis
An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Solid Neoplasms
An Algorithmic Approach to Neoplasms of the Pancreas – Cystic Neoplasms

Gregory Y. Lauwers, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Gastric Polyps & Dysplasias: A Review of an Ever-Expanding List
Gastritides: Diagnostic Evaluation of Multifaceted Conditions
What is New and Worth Discussing in Chronic Colitis & Associated Dysplastic Lesions


L. Jeffrey Medeiros, MD
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Marginal Zone Lymphomas
Mimics of Lymphoma


Emily E. Volk, MD, MBA, FCAP
Governor, CAP Board of Governors
MACRA: Update on Quality Payment Program


Bruce M. Wenig, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center
Read Slides with FSP Expert Faculty, Interactive Microscopy - Salivary Gland Pathology