June 16, 2015

Society for Hematopathology Presidents Message

Winter/Spring 2015

It was wonderful seeing all of the Society for Hematopathology members at the 2015 USCAP Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in March.  Below are some of the highlights from the many activities of Society for Hematopathology over the past six months:

Berard-Dorfman Founders Award:

During the intermission of the Sunday Symposium at the Boston 2015 USCAP Meeting the SH awarded the first Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Awards.  The inaugural awardees included Dr. Andrew (Andy) Feldman, receiving the Young Investigator Award based on the excellence of his research, teaching and clinical contributions in the area of T-cell lymphomas.  His many research contributions have shaped diagnostic approaches and identification of prognostic features for a variety of T-cell lymphomas.  Dr. Steve Swerdlow from University of Pittsburg was awarded the Senior Leadership Award for his demonstrated excellence in the practice, teaching and understanding of hematopathology.  Dr Swerdlow has held multiple leadership roles in the SH, the publication of the WHO Classification update, as well as at his institution.  Steve has also made major contributions in research and clinical practice to the field of hematopathology. 

Both Dr. Feldman and Dr. Swerdlow are excellent examples of individuals providing quality contributions to the practice of hematopathology.  They are well deserving of these initial Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Awards.

A new, simplified nomination form for next year’s Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Award will be posted on website in August under the tab of “About SH-resources” (subheading Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Award). Nominations should be submitted to Nilda Barrett at ASCP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than December 1, 2015 for consideration for the awards to be presented at the March 2016 USCAP Meeting in Seattle.  The awards committee members include Drs. Elaine Jaffe, Roger Warnke, LoAnn Petersen, and Jonathan Said. We look forward to receiving your nominations to recognize your peers who have made significant contributions to the field of hematopathology.

Members are also encouraged to contribute financially to sustaining this award by mailing a check to SH- Berard-Dorfman Founder’s Award in care of Nilda Barrett ASCP Affiliated Organization, 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, Ill 60603 or by making a contribution when you pay your annual dues via the web.

2015 SH/EAHP Workshop, Long Beach, CA October 29-31, 2015

Preparations are well underway for the 2015 SH/EAHP Workshop on immunodeficiency and dysregulation to be held October 29-31, 2015 at Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the ASCP Annual Meeting.  A total of 423 cases spanning a wide spectrum of immunodeficiency-related lymphoid proliferations including post-transplant, infectious, drug related and primary immunodeficiency disorders were submitted for the workshop.  An expert group of panelists including Drs. Yaso Natkunam, Dita Gratzinger, Amy Chadburn, John K.C. Chan, Daphne DeJong, Elaine Jaffe, John Goodland, and Jonathan Said met at Stanford University School of Medicine in early May to review the submissions and select cases to be presented at the workshop.  Given the exceptional caliber of the case materials received, it is anticipated that there will be a comprehensive and informative discussion of this complex and multifaceted topic presented at the workshop.  An online virtual slide box, containing whole slide images of all accepted cases, will be made available to workshop participants.  The workshop will coincide with the ASCP 2015 Annual Meeting and participants in the workshop will receive discounted registration for the ASCP Annual Meeting. 

We encourage early registration for this excellent workshop to reserve your seat.  SH Members who have paid their society membership dues will receive discounted registration for the workshop.

New Workshop Proposals

It is already time to begin considering topics for the 2017 SH / EAHP Workshop.  This workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2017 ASCP Annual Meeting on September 21-23, 2017 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency.  If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please submit your proposal to me, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by September 15, 2015.  A proposal form is available on the website under the “About SH-Resources" tab.  Proposals will be reviewed by the SH Leadership and the organizers for the next workshop identified by early November to allow for sufficient time for planning and development.  We look forward to receiving your workshop proposals over the next months.


Pathologists in Training (PIT) Award: 

The 2014 PIT Award was presented at the SH Scientific Symposium in Boston to Dr. Alexandra Kovach from Massachusetts General Hospital for her abstract entitled “Prognostic Significance of Residual Disease in Bone Marrow Specimens from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Patients Prior to Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation”.  Dr. Kovach did this work under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Hasserjian.  This work was presented as an oral presentation at 2014 USCAP Meeting. 

The PIT Award committee (Drs. Dan Arber, Bob Lorsbach, Jim Cook, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, and Sherrie Perkins) reviewed a total of 46 abstracts for the 2015 PIT Award.  Congratulations to the top abstract, presented as a poster by Dr. Benjamin H. Durham from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, entitled “Exploring the Molecular Bases of Histocytic Neoplasms by Sequencing Analysis” done in collaboration with Drs. Ma, Choi, Campbell, Walsh, Chung, Nakitandwe, Park, Gruber and Abdel-Wahab from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Jude’s Research Hospital. 

USCAP Sunday Symposium

I want to thank Drs. Dan Arber and Steve Swerdlow who moderated and organized the SH Scientific Symposium at the Boston USCAP Meeting on March 22, 2015.  They put together an excellent program on the topic entitled “The Times they are a-Changin’: What’s on the Horizon for the WHO Classification of Hematopoietic Lymphoid Tumors“.  The symposium included timely talks on proposed changes for the upcoming revision of the WHO Classification. Talks addressing myeloid neoplasms included Dr. Dan Arber speaking on diagnostic impact of genetic and epigenetics in acute myeloid leukemia, Dr. Attilio Orazi presenting an update on myeloproliferative neoplasms, and Robert Hasserjian providing an update on myelodysplastic syndromes.  The second half of the seminar focused on non-Hodgkin lymphoma with excellent presentations by Dr. Elias Campo on updates to the classification of small B-cell lymphomas, Dr. Nancy Harris presenting on “aggressive” B-cell lymphomas, and Dr. Elaine Jaffe presenting on T/NK lymphomas.  This highly relevant and exciting overview of proposed changes anticipated in the upcoming revision of the WHO Classification, reflected the hard work of both the myeloid and lymphoid committees on incorporating new knowledge and diagnostic approaches for hematopoietic neoplasms. 

ASCP Companion Meeting

Many thanks to Dr. Russell (Rusty) Higgins for organization of the SH companion meeting at the ASCP Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida in 2014.  The companion meeting included lectures on “Mimics of Myeloid Neoplasms” by Dr. Dave Czuchiewski from the University of New Mexico, “Histocytic and Dendritic Proliferations in Neoplasms” by Dr. Larry Weiss from Clarient Laboratories and “Practical Use of Molecular Methods for Hematopoietic Neoplasms” by Dr. Sophia Yohe from University of Minnesota.  There were 71 attendees with high evaluations of 4.4 out of 5 for the program. 

The next ASCP Companion Meeting will be held at the 2015 Long Beach ASCP Annual Meeting in October 2015: Dr. Sophia Yohe has developed an excellent program entitled “The Spectrum of Non-Neoplastic Hematologic Disease:  Important Non-Malignant Conditions in Lymph  Nodes, Bone Marrow and Flow Cytometry.”   This session will include lectures on “Reactive Lymphadenopathy” by Dr. Lauren Smith from the University of Michigan, “Differentiation of Benign from Malignant Lymphoid Lesions in the Bone Marrow” by Dr. Kathy Foucar from the University of New Mexico and “Recognizing the Reactive Flow Cytometry Proliferations that can Masquerade as Neoplasia” by Dr. Sindhu Cherian from the University of Washington.

EAHP/SH Workshop in Istanbul Turkey:

The 2014 EAHP Meeting and EAHP/SH Workshop was held in Istanbul Turkey on October 17-22, 2014 on the topic of “Redefining the Spectrum of Small B-cell Lymphomas in Light of Current Technology”.  This was an excellent meeting with participants from all over the world, interesting case presentations in both the bone marrow and lymphoma workshops as well as strong scientific presentations in the lymphoma symposium. 

EAHP/SH 2016 Workshop in Basel, Switzerland

The 2016 EAHP Meeting and EAHP/SH Workshop will be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 3-8, 2016.  The chair of the local organizing committee, Professor Stephan Dirnhofer, will be overseeing preparations for a lymphoma and bone marrow workshop devoted to “Aggressive Lymphoid and Accessory Cell (Hematolymphoid) Neoplasms”.  The bone marrow workshop will be focusing on “Aggressive Malignancies of the “Other Cells” of the Bone Marrow: Histocytes, Dendritic Cells and Accessory Cells”.  Submission of cases will be open August 1, 2015 until November 28, 2015.  This promises to be an exciting and interesting workshop and SH members are encouraged to submit cases and attend the workshop and symposium. 

SH Committees

SH is indebted to all of the members who have served on committees over the past several years.  Certificates of Appreciation were given the following individuals at the Annual Business Meeting in Boston: 

James Cook:                Member at Large

Scott Rodig:                Case of the Quarter

LoAnn Petersen:         Constitution & Bylaws

Sophie Song:               Education Committee Chair

Horatiu Olentau:         Education Committee

Sara Monhagn:            Education Committee

Germain Pihan:           Membership

Beverly Nelson:          Member at Large


New committee member appointments 2015 include:

Carlos Buesos-Ramos:            Member at Large

Horatiu Oleantu:                     Case of the Quarter

LoAnn Petersen:                     Reappointed to Constitution & Bylaws

Sara Monahan:                        Education Committee Chair

Lori Soma:                              Education Committee

Parul Bhargava:                       Membership

Stephania Pittalugia:               Member at Large

Sarah Gibson:                          Education Committee



We are pleased to report that 45 new members have been approved for membership in the SH between September 2014 and March 2015, including 15 new associate members and 30 full members.  We encourage you, if you have not already, to renew your SH membership for 2015.  Membership benefits include: reduced registration at the upcoming SH/EAHP Workshop to be held in collaboration with the ASCP Meeting in Long Beach California October 28-31, 2015, access to the Hematopathology program directors breakfast and SH social events at the USCAP Annual Meeting, and opportunities to support collaborative efforts with other organizations.  Your membership also helps to recognize trainees who have performed research in hematopathology, support fellowship training and continuing education through the work or the education committee and recognize outstanding contributors in the field and practice of hematopathology.  Additional information may be found under the “Membership Tab” on SH website.  If you have any difficulties with your renewal, please call ASCP customer service at 800-267-2727 (option 4) or contact Nilda Barrett atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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