2019 Summer Meeting


Save the date for the Florida Society of Pathologists Summer Pathology Conference taking place July 12-14 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

The conference will feature innovative topics in pathology and interesting case presentations related to topics featured throughout the conference.

In addition to the educational offerings, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues and interact with industry leaders in the field of pathology during exhibit hall social functions.

Make plans to arrive on Friday, July 12 in the afternoon to check in early and enjoy the hotel at your leisure before the conference kicks off on Saturday, July 13

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2019 FSP Summer Conference

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Abstract Poster Submission #1
Poster Title
Author Name(s)
Financial Disclosures
Disclosure of Funding Support
Choose one of the following Topics


Richard R. Gammon, MD
Medical Director
OneBlood, Inc.
Orlando, Florida
Topic: Blood Banking


Dina R. Mody, MD
Medical Director, Cytopathology
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
The Ibrahim Ramzy chair in Pathology
Houston Methodist Hospital
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill College Medicine
Houston, Texas
Topic: Cytology in conjunction with surgical pathology


Mehrdad Nadji, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Pathology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Topic: IHC and Molecular Biomarkers


Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona
Topic: Gastrointestinal Pathology and Medical Liver


Artur E. Rangel Filho, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Clinical and Molecular Pathology
Memorial Healthcare System
Pathology Consultants of South Broward
Hollywood, Florida
Topic: Basics of Molecular Diagnostics for the Everyday Practicing Pathologist



Saturday, July 13, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors  
7:55 AM - 8:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Morton Levitt, MD
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Gastric Neoplasia: Subtypes, Staging, and Ancillary Testing
Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Biopsy Interpretation of Liver Tumors
Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors  
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cytology in Pap Smear: Classification and Diagnostic Pitfalls
Dina R. Mody, MD
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Milan System for Salivary Gland
Dina R. Mody, MD
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CME Satellite Symposium Lunch (Sponsored)
Anna F. Farago, MD, PhD - For more information visit the Satellite Events tab on the website
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
FSP Business Meeting   
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Value and Limitations of Genomically Derived Antibodies in Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry
Mehrdad Nadji, MD
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Expert Read Slides: Usual and Unusual Forms of Colitis
Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors  
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Expert Read Slides: Correlation Between Cytology and Histology on Cervical Pathology
Dina R. Mody, MD
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception with Exhibitors  
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Non CME Dinner Innovation Lab (Sponsored)
John Longshore, PhD - For more information visit the Satellite Events tab on the website

Sunday, July 14, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors  
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Platelets to Transfuse or Not?
Richard R. Gammon, MD
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Effective Methods of Utilization Review
Richard R. Gammon, MD
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors  
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Molecular Pathology 101: Applied Survival Guide for the Practicing Pathologist
Artur E. Rangel Filho, MD, PhD
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Closing Remarks
Morton Levitt, MD
*Agenda subject to change  


Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Phone: 954-465-2300
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The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is a premier beachfront location offering guests remarkable amenities including an infinity pool overlooking the ocean; direct access to the beach with towel and chair service, a luxurious 8,500 square foot spa, and state of the art room accommodations all equipped with balconies to admire the views of Fort Lauderdale. From discovering the boutiques of Las Olas Boulevard to exploring the canals of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale is a destination that will surprise and delight travelers.

The FSP has a special discounted room rate of $199/night plus a $20/night resort fee.  The group rate is available until June 17, 2019 or until the room block is filledWe recommend that you make your reservation early, the room block will sell out.


The following amenities and services are  included in the resort fee:

  • Two beach chairs, one beach umbrella, per day
  • Two bottles of Ritz-Carlton water, per day at the beach or pool
  • Two signature resort cocktails, per day at Burlock Coast
  • One-hour fitness class, per day
  • Enhanced high speed, in-room guest internet, wired or wireless
  • Two, four-hour bike rentals
  • One water taxi pass, per day

Overflow Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton is sold out on Saturday night. There are several hotels within walking distance of the Ritz Carlton:

W Fort Lauderdale - $242/night plus taxes and fees

.4 miles from Ritz-Carlton

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort - $169/night plus taxes and fees

.4 miles from Ritz-Carlton

NOTE: If you'd like to be placed on a waiting list if a room becomes available, please email Kasey Cleary at kcleary@flpath.org with your name and desired hotel stay dates. 

Important Information:
Registration will open on Friday, July 12 from 3:00–6:00 PM. Breakfast will be provided on Saturday, July 13 in the exhibit hall at 7:00 AM, and the first session will begin at 8:00 AM. Book your hotel for Friday, July 12 to take full advantage of the FSP Summer Anatomic Pathology Conference.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Society of Pathologists. The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Florida Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component enables the participant to earn up to 9.5 Self-Assessment Module (SAMs) credits in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to the ACCME for the purpose of granting ABPath SAMs credit.


Statements of credit/participation will be awarded based on the participant’s attendance at each session and submission of the activity evaluation form. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form at www.flpath.org/claimcme. If you have questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact the FSP at 904-309-6261. Credit must be claimed by July 24, 2019.




This activity is designed to meet the needs of practicing physicians, pathologists, and other specialists involved with pathology.


The field of pathology is constantly changing, and many of the most important advances in the field. In the setting of new technology, techniques and advancements in the field, practice gaps are inevitable. As such, pathologists require ongoing educational opportunities to stay current in order to maintain and improve their knowledge and competence in the field.


At the conclusion of this activity, all participants should be able to:

  • Discuss diagnostic concepts using relevant case scenarios
  • Review current criteria for diagnosis in various subspecialty areas in pathology
  • Analyze gastric epithelial polyps, including unusual types
  • Discuss updates on the classification and staging of gastric carcinoma to include the correct usage of ancillary testing
  • Describe appropriate immunohistochemistry in the work-up of primary liver tumors
  • Examine hepatocellular carcinoma (including unusual variants), hepatocellular adenoma, and focal nodular hyperplasia
  • Recognize diagnostic features of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Discuss an appropriate differential for non-IBD colitis patterns of injury
  • Examine new and unusual forms of colonic injury
  • Examine Cervicovaginal reporting terminology in daily practice
  • Describe challenges in squamous and glandular lesion diagnostic criteria and how to resolve them
  • Discuss challenges of ancillary testing and cytology histology correlation to resolve issues with HPV
  • Evaluate Salivary gland cytology using the Milan reporting system
  • Examine risk of malignancy for each category and benchmark data
  • Analyze ancillary testing, i.e Immunohistochemistry and Molecular testing to further refine their diagnosis
  • Analyze the nomenclature, mode of production, main diagnostic application and specificity of molecularly derived antibodies.
  • Recognize current platelet transfusion thresholds and how platelet refractoriness affects patient response
  • Discuss best practices to ensure confidence in the process of reviewing blood bank orders to include a review of effective/ineffective methods, concurrent review, and interactive case studies
  • Discuss the basics of molecular diagnostics for the practicing pathologist


This activity is supported by educational grants from Olympus and Pfizer, Inc.


Name of Individual Individual’s Role in Activity Name of Commercial Interest Nature/Type of Relationship
Antonio Martinez, M.D. Planner None N/A
Qihui Jim Zhai, MD Planner None N/A
Rish K. Pai, MD, PhD Faculty None N/A
Dina R. Mody, MD Faculty None N/A
Mehrdad Nadji, MD Faculty None N/A
Richard R. Gammon, MD Faculty None N/A
Artur E. De Rangel Filho, MD, PhD Faculty None N/A




It is the policy of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) to ensure independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all approved CME content. CME faculty must present evidence-based data, clarify off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships to theaudience. The ideas and opinions expressed during jointly provided events do not necessarily reflect those of the FMA, and the FMA’s approval of course content for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. does not constitute an endorsement of the ideas, positions or statements contained therein. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information provided by the joint provider is accurate and current. However, FMA does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions and accepts no liability for any resulting loss or damage. Attendees agree to participate in this CME activity with full knowledge and awareness that they waive any claim they may have against the FMA for injury or other damage that may result in any way from their participation in this activity


We invite you to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor in the Florida Society of Pathologists Summer Pathology Conference taking place on July 13-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Interact and showcase your products and services with approximately 150 pathologists. 

We have added some new and exciting sponsorship opportunities and look forward to working wtih you to confirm your participation in our event. 

For more information on exhibiting or sponsoring please call 904-309-6204 or email exhibitor@flpath.org

Click here to view the 2019 Prospectus

Exhibitor Sign Up


Exhibitor Resources

The following information is important exhibitor resources. Please review this information in advance of the meeting to ensure a successful meeting.


Electricity must be ordered in advance of the meeting through PSAV at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. To confirm electricity download and complete the below form and email directly to PSAV as indicated on the form.

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Shipping Information

If shipping boxes direct to the hotel, please label boxes with the exact information provided below to ensure proper delivery:

FAO: (Michelle Neier) 1 North Fort Lauderdale, Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304 Florida Society of Pathologists – Exhibitor: COMPANY NAME (July 11-14, 2019) Hold For: (EXHIBITOR CONTACT NAME)

Any materials to be sent to Hotel may arrive no earlier than three (3) days in advance of the setup day of the meeting on Friday, July 12. If storage exceeds 3 days, a storage fee will be added.

If shipping boxes to the hotel, exhibitor MUST complete the credit card authorization form provided by the hotel below to ensure exhibitor can collect company boxes upon arrival. Email completed form to Ritz Carlton Hotel Conference Concierge, Chrystal, Chrystal.Hidalgo@ritzcarlton.com

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Exhibit Hall Hours

Please download the exhibit hall hours for more information on setup, hall hours and tear down.

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Sponsored Lunch Symposium Details

Title of Activity:

The TRK to Tumor-Agnostic Care in Solid Tumors: A Pathology-Focused Guide to the Clinical Role of TRK Fusions in Personalizing Cancer Therapy

Date of Activity:

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Anna F. Farago, MD, PhD
Assistant in Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts  

Program Overview:

With the approval of the first ‘tumor agnostic’ strategy directed against NTRK gene fusion positive cancers, there’s an acute need for clinical professionals to understand how best to capture gene fusions and integrate appropriate TRK inhibitors into cancer care. This curriculum will explore how pathologists and oncologists can collaborate to apply precision oncology treatment tools in adult and pediatric patients across a wide range of TRK fusion-positive solid tumors. Experts will discuss the rationale for molecular testing for TRK fusions in a range of cancer settings, including head and neck cancer, GI cancers, breast cancer, and lung cancer, among others, as well as which patients may be candidates for treatment with TRK inhibitors. Other topics will include a guide to selecting and interpreting results of diagnostic testing techniques for confirming the presence of TRK fusions, as well as strategies for using this diagnostic information when making clinical decisions.

Educational Grant supported by:

Bayer and Loxo Oncology

To reserve your seat for this lunch symposium please email exec@flpath.org

Sponsored Dinner Innovation Lab

Title of Activity:

Pathology Leadership in Biomarker Testing: Pre-Analytical Phase 

Date of Activity:

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

John Longshore, PhD 
Director of Molecular Pathology Lab
Carolinas Pathology Group
Charlotte, North Carolina   

Program Overview:

This program will provide an overview of practical considerations for the pre-analytical phase, focusing on the aspects that pathologists may impact along the biomarker testing journey. The presentation will utilize a patient case throughout the program to highlight key steps in the pre-analytical phase, specifically diving deeper into sufficiency of tissue acquired, tissue handling and processing, and the multi-disciplinary team approach. 

Supported by:

Bristol-Myers Squibb 

To pre-register, please RSVP at 1-866-326-7600 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST, Monday-Friday using meeting ID 190713-NON-47863.


Welcome Reception
Saturday, July 13 │6:00-7:00 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton Hotel

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this opening night reception, which will feature beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. At the welcome reception we will be honoring all new members to the Society. We hope you will participate ‒ this is the perfect chance to get to know new colleagues and visit with our supporters!




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