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SH President's Message Winter 2013 – Spring 2014


It was wonderful seeing many of you at the USCAP meeting in San Diego and getting a break from the cold winter (even in South Texas!). As of the Business Meeting on Sunday, March 2nd, the SH has a new slate of officers: Sherrie Perkins, President; Dan Arber, Vice-President-President Elect; and Magdalena Czader, Secretary – Treasurer. Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson is the new EXCO member-at-large and Leticia Quintanilla-Fend will continue for another four years as the European Association for Haematopathology (EAHP) representative to the SH. The past six months have been very busy and here are some of the highlights:

ASCP Affiliation
We continue to enjoy and benefit from the management support and collaborations provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Nancie Noie Thompson, Director of Affiliated Societies, and Nilda Barrett are our contacts in the organization.

ASCP collaborative activities:
Magdalena Czader was appointed to the ASCP MDS Committee as the SH representative. She and Kaari Reichard spoke at the Celgene sponsored Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Symposium and Live Webinar on Friday, September 20th, at the ASCP Annual Meeting.

Please renew your membership:
We are in the final phase of our SH membership renewals for 2014, and I encourage you to renew, if you have not done so. Please go to the Membership tab at www.sh-eahp.org and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service at 800.267.2727, option 2.

Membership benefits include:

  • Reduced registration fees at the SH workshop, access to the program directors breakfast and social events at the USCAP meeting, and the opportunity to support collaborative efforts with other organizations
  • The ability to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to our field, recognize residents and fellows who have performed research in hematopathology, and support fellow training and continuing education with the case of the quarter and upcoming education committee projects (see Education Committee section).

Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Award
The SH executive committee has established a new award in honor of Drs. Costan Berard and Ronald Dorfman who founded the SH and served as its first President and Vice-President/President-Elect, respectively. The Berard-Dorfman Founders Award recognizes two categories of individuals:

  • Young Investigator: A young investigator (10 years or less since fellowship training) demonstrating excellence in research (basic or translational) based on a body of work or best paper.
  • Mid-Career to Senior Individual: Mid-career to senior individual who has demonstrated excellence in any or all areas of Hematopathology, including teaching, humanitarian contributions, and leadership.

Awards in one or both categories may be given on a yearly basis dependent upon the applicant pool.

More information regarding how to nominate an individual will be posted on the website in April under About SH – Resources tab where you will find a subheading Berard-Dorfman Founders Award. The Awards Committee Members include Elaine Jaffe, Roger Warnke, LoAnn Peterson, and Jonathan Said. Nominations should be submitted no later than September 1, 2014.

Members are encouraged to contribute to this award by mailing a check to the SH-Berard-Dorfman Founder's Award in care of Nilda Barrett, ASCP Affiliated Organizations, 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603. When we launch our 2015 membership renewal campaign, you will be able to contribute when you pay your annual dues.

2015 SH/EAHP Workshop, Long Beach, CA, October 29-November 1, 2015.
Planning is continuing for our 2015 Workshop, “Lymphoproliferative Disorders Related to Immunodeficiency and Dysregulation” which will be hosted by Yaso Natkunam, Dita Gratzinger, and others from Stanford and will be held in conjunction with the ASCP Annual Meeting. Panel members include Amy Chadburn, John KC Chan, John Goodlad, Dita Gratzinger, Daphne de Jong, Elaine Jaffe, Jonathan Said, and Yaso Natkunam. Registration for the SH/EAHP workshop alone or the combined ASCP meeting and the SH/EAHP Workshop will be available. Yaso and Jennifer Clark from ASCP and others are working on details of transitioning the workshop management to the ASCP in order to streamline and standardize the process, allow smaller institutions with less technical support to submit workshop proposals, and facilitate adding a subset of workshop cases to the SH teaching archives. Work has begun to develop permanent teaching sets from a subset of the workshop cases that are either rare entities or good examples of classical cases; these will be hosted on the ASCP server (see Education Committee section).

Collaborative Efforts
Pathology Workforce Summit, Washington DC, December 3, 2013
The SH was invited to participate in the first Pathology Workforce Summit organized by the ASCP, CAP, Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and USCAP. The primary goals of the meeting were to address the projected significant pathologist and clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist shortages that will occur in the next 10-15 years, to discuss the impact of emerging technologies on our practice, and to explore the suitability of our training programs to be prepared for the future and meet employer needs. Alignment centered around: ways to better describe our profession to the public, policy makers, and medical students; ways to recruit bright students to the field; and the need to assess our current training paradigm.

Fellowship Directors Ad Hoc Committee of the APC
EXCO member Robert Lorsbach is representing the SH on the newly created Fellowship Directors Ad Hoc Committee of the APC which was established to explore common issues and to serve as a vehicle for communication between all fellowship programs and the APC as well as other pathology organizations.

Website
Last March the SH and EAHP launched a new joint website at: www.sh-eahp.org supported by Cantrijn in the Netherlands. Frank Kuo directs our communications and works with Nancie Noie Thompson and Dan Kotheimer at ASCP to update and refine our website. I encourage you to go to the About SH – Resources tab where you will find updated SOPs for our committees and other activities and information targeted toward hematopathology fellowship training program directors and to the Meeting Minutes where you can catch up on the General Business, Program Directors, and Education Committee meeting activities. The membership directory for the SH is now functional; for those of you who are not members of the ASCP you will need to create a password. Instructions appear when you click on the Membership Directory at the SH Website.

Pathologist-in-Training (PIT) Award:
The 2013 PIT award was presented at the SH Scientific Symposium in San Diego to Benjamin Buelow whose project was “Flow Cytometric Measurement of Mutation Frequency in a Murine Model of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.” His mentor was Scott Kogan and collaborators Sushma Umesh and Elaine Garcia from the University of California, San Francisco.

The PIT award committee (Sherrie Perkins, Kaari Reichard, Bob Lorsbach, and Jim Cook) reviewed 53 abstracts for the 2014 PIT award and congratulations go to the winner Alexandra Kovach, Massachusetts General Hospital, her mentor Rob Hasserjian, and co-workers Amir Fathi and Yi-Ben Chen for the project “Prognostic Significance of Residual Disease in Bone Marrow Specimens from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Patients Prior to Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.”

Meetings
ASCP Companion Meetings
Many thanks to Yi-Hua Chen (moderator and organizer), Amy Chadburn, Tony Subtil, and Russell (Rusty) Higgins for to speaking at the SH companion meeting at the ASCP meeting in Chicago, September 19, 2013. The title of the session was “Diagnosis of Lymphoma: Selected Diagnostically Challenging Entities.” Approximately 100 people attended the session and 94% of attendees said they would recommend the course to colleagues with an average overall rating of 4.5 on a scale of 1-5.

The 2014 companion meeting will be in Tampa, FL on Wednesday, October 8th, 2:15-5:15 pm; the topic is “Hematopoietic Neoplasms—Difficult Topics and Potential Pitfalls” which will be presented by Russell Higgins (moderator and organizer) and David Czuchlewski on “Mimics of Myeloid Neoplasms.” Sophia Yohe on “Practical Use of Molecular Methods for Hematopoietic Neoplasms, and Larry Weiss on “Histiocytic and Dendritic Cell Proliferations and Neoplasms.”

USCAP Meetings
Many thanks to Elaine Jaffe and Andrew (Andy) Feldman who moderated the SH Scientific Symposium at the USCAP meeting in San Diego on March 2, 2015 on the topic “Current Issues in the Diagnosis and Classification of Peripheral T-cell lymphomas.” Speakers included Elaine Jaffe, “Introduction/Overview of Mature T-cell Neoplasms and Current Issues”; Garry Nolan, “New Technologies Applicable to the Study of T-cell Lymphoma”; Laurence de Leval, “Nodal T-cell Lymphomas with a TFH Phenotype - AITL and Related TFH Nodal Tumors”; Andy Feldman, “ Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphomas, ALK+, ALK-, and Primary Cutaneous”; Steve Swerdlow, “T-cell and NK-cell Lymphomas Involving the Gastrointestinal Tract: Does Lineage Matter?.” and Lorenzo Cerroni, “Cutaneous T-cell Proliferations: Sorting Out the Aggressive from the Indolent.” The 2015 SH Scientific Symposium topic will be a preview of the updated WHO classification targeted for the Fall of 2015 and moderated by Steve Swerdlow and Dan Arber on March 22, 2015 in Boston, MA.

SH/EAHP Workshops/Publications
SH/EAHP Workshop, MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston, TX, October 24-26, 2013: The 2013 workshop on “Progress in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Classification and Molecular Pathogenesis” held at MDACC was a tremendous success. We owe our hosts Carlos Bueso-Ramos, Jeff Medeiros, Francisco Vega-Vazquez, Mark Routbort, Sa Wang, and James You many kudos for the excellent program, organization, and ready availability of case diagnoses and electronic data for case materials. Thanks also go to the scientific panel which included Marie C. Béné, Brunangelo Falini, Kathy Foucar, Attilio Orazi, Anna Porwit, and James Vardiman and numerous session moderators and speakers. Evaluations were outstanding. For further details please go to http://hematopathology2013.org. The proceedings of the workshop will be forthcoming in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

The 2014 EAHP meeting and EAHP/SH Workshop will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 17-22, 2014 at the Istanbul Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. The topic is “Redefining the Spectrum of Small B-cell Lymphomas in Light of Current Technology.” Panel members for the Bone Marrow Workshop include Attilio Orazi, Falko Fend, Marcus Kremer, Anna Porwit, Mukerrem Safali, and Jon Van der Walt. Panel members for the Lymphoma Workshop include Elias Campo, John Chan, Stephan Dirnhofer, Ahmet Dogan, Leticia Quintanilla-Fend, Isinsu Kuzu, German Ott, Birgitta Sander, Steve Swerdlow, and Luc Xerri. SH members are encouraged to attend and stay at the lovely Hilton Hotel, which is also the congress venue.

Other activities
Education Committee
The education committee is continuing to work on preparation of electronic virtual hematopathology teaching sets. At the Hematopathology Fellowship Program Director’s breakfast, Jennifer Clark presented a prototype for the SH workshop cases to be used in the Virtual Hematopathology Teaching Archives. Scott Rodig discussed the Case of the Quarter (COQ), which has received 9000 hits on the website since it went live and making it the most viewed part of the website. Scott showed the prototype scanned slides and preliminary CME modules for the COQ archives.

Mark Brissette, Chair of the Hematopathology Milestones Subcommittee presented the current draft of the Hematopathology Milestones which were open for comment until March 23, 2014. The Milestones will take effect July 1, 2015. Go to the Meeting Minutes under About SH for more information. Sara Monaghan presented updates related to the RISE/FISHE Subcommittee and thanked everyone who had written questions and requested volunteers for the future.

Research Project on FNA/Core Needle Biopsies
The EXCO was asked to address the increasing number of needle (in place of excisional) biopsy specimens that are being seen in everyone’s practice. Magdalena Czader and Robert Hasserjian headed a multi-institutional collaborative project, to provide quantitative data regarding the adequacy of FNA/core needle biopsies and their impact on the quality and cost of patient care. The project was presented as Abstract # 1417 at the USCAP.

Executive and Other Committee Members Completing Terms of Service, March 2, 2014
The SH is greatly indebted to all its members who have served on committees over the last several years. Certificates of appreciation were given to the following individuals at the annual business meeting in San Diego:

  • Magdalena Czader, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
  • Geraldine S. Pinkus, Membership Committee
  • Eric Hsi, Membership Committee
  • Roger A. Warnke, Nominating Committee
  • Yi-Hua Chen, ASCP Program Committee
  • Raymond E. Felgar, Education Committee
  • Christine Garcia Roth, Education Committee
  • Mohamed E. Salama, Education Committee

New Committee Member Appointments 2014
New committee members include:

  • Yuri Fedoriw, MD, Education Committee
  • Diana Treaba, MD, Education Committee
  • Jun Wang, MD, Education Committee
  • Tracy George, MD, Membership Committee
  • Bachir Aloebid, MD, Membership Committee

In Memoriam
It is with great sadness and personal loss that I report the loss of two members of the hematopathology community:

  • Robert Deaver Collins, M.D. on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. Please see the complete announcement at http://www.sh-eahp.org/in-memoriam/14-in-memorium/151-dr-robert-collins
  • James A. Waldron, M.D., on February 8, 2014. Dr. Waldron was from Arkansas and served on the faculty of Yale University, the Veteran’s Hospital Denver, and the University of Arkansas Medical School as a surgical pathologist and hematopathologist. He was Dr. Collins’ first fellow and wrote an early paper describing peripheral T-cell lymphoma (Cancer 40:1604-1617, 1977).

In closing, it has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the President of the SH from 2012-2014. I thank you for your support and encouragement along the way, and I look forward to continuing as Past-President and Chair of the Nominating Committee for the next two years.

Best wishes for the Spring and Summer and hope to see you in Istanbul in October.

Marsha C. Kinney, M.D.
Immediate Past President, SH

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