FSP's 2021 Summer Pathology Conference Highlights

The Florida Society of Pathologists hosted its Summer Pathology Conference on July 17-18, 2021 in Palm Beach at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This was FSP’s first meeting back in-person after a long 16+ months due to the pandemic. The FSP welcomed over 110 attendees from all over the state of Florida and across the country as well as 20+ sponsors who graciously supported the FSP’s efforts to host the summer conference.

Esteemed faculty members included Christopher Crum, MD covering advancements in gynecologic pathology, Jason Hornick, MD covering vascular lesions and soft tissue tumors and Julia Hegert, MD who covered a timely lecture on the impact of COVID-19 and the organ systems from an autopsy perspective. FSP also welcomed Merce Jorda, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Chair at the University of Miami for a read slides session on GU pathology. There was an interactive and informative roundtable discussion on medical malpractice for the pathologist where Tim Allen, MD, JD, Rebekah Bernard, MD and Jim Zhai, MD shared their perspectives on how pathologists can respond to a malpractice issue and the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach. Attendees were able to ask questions during the roundtable to gain insight from the roundtable leaders on this important yet often unspoken topic.

The FSP was also excited to welcome many new members to the meeting this year. We had several pathologists join the society over the weekend while attending the meeting and we are thrilled to welcome them to the FSP.


Timothy Craig Allen, MD, JD
Professor and Chair
University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Jackson, Mississippi
Rebekah Bernard, MD
Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care
Fort Myers, Florida
Christopher P. Crum, MD
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Division of Women's and Perinatal Pathology
Department of Pathology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Julia V. Hegert, MD
Director of Autopsy Pathology, Orlando Health
Pathology Specialists
Orlando, Florida
Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD
Director of Surgical Pathology and Immunohistochemistry
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Merce Jorda, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor and Chair 
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director of Genitourinary Pathology and Cytopathology
Chief of Pathology, Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Qihui "Jim" Zhai, MD, FCAP
Florida Society of Pathologists
Professor of Lab Medicine and Pathology
Consultant Pathologist
Mayo Clinic Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

Conference Photos and Highlights

We are appreciative of our faculty and their contributions to the success of the meeting. Each FSP faculty member was awarded a faculty appreciation award.


We welcomed many of the candidates for the CAP Board of Governors upcoming election to the FSP Summer Conference and heard from the candidates during the welcome reception on Saturday evening.


We had over 20 sponsors in attendance at our first live meeting back in-person. We heard many positive comments from our sponsors on the engagement with our attendees and how excited they were to be back in person.


During the FSP Business Meeting on Saturday, attendees heard a report on FSP membership and financials. We also heard from FMA Immediate Past President and FSP member Ronald Giffler, MD on a report from FMA and a report from CAP President and FSP member, Patrick Godbey, MD on an advocacy update from CAP. During the business meeting, FSP President Dr. Zhai also awarded David Smith an award of appreciation for his service to the FSP.