40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology Conference Attracts Global Attendance

Pathologists from the Department of Pathology welcomed colleagues from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and other units at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and from around the world at the 40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach.

The conference focuses on practical issues of interest to practicing pathologists and provides them with the opportunity to expand their skills and acquire new information that can be integrated into their practice. One of the primary aims of the course is to showcase the deep talent within the Department of Pathology and within the Miller School of Medicine overall.

Sixteen Miller School faculty members presented aspects of their work at the February 15-19 conference. Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D., professor of pathology and Director of Pathology Medical Education and Breast and Head and Neck Pathology Services, and a Sylvester member, was the conference director. Co-directors were Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of the Genitourinary Pathology Services and a Sylvester member, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and pathology, and the Victor T. Curtin Chair in Ophthalmology, and Paul Taylor-Smith, M.D., Vice Chair of Clinical Pathology.

Guest speakers included John Goldblum, M.D., professor of pathology and Chair of the Department of Pathology at Cleveland Clinic Ohio, Robert Michel, Editor in Chief of the Dark Report, and Founder and Director of the Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, Gary W. Procop, M.D., M.S., professor of clinical pathology and Chair of the Department of Clinical Pathology, and Medical Director of Molecular Microbiology, Mycology and Parasitology Laboratories at Cleveland Clinic Ohio, and Mark Wick, M.D., professor of pathology and Associate Director of Surgical Pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Michel received the 2016 W.A.D. Anderson Award for outstanding achievement in pathology, for his work in education and reporting on the business of pathology. The award was established in 2010 and named for the founding Chair of the Department of Pathology, who was one of the outstanding pathologists and educators of his time.

“This year’s conference was an outstanding success,” said Richard J. Cote, M.D., Professor and Joseph R. Coulter Chair of the Department of Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Chief of Pathology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute (BioNIUM) and a Sylvester member. “We are very proud of this academic activity, which attracted more than 150 participants from 26 states and six countries, including Canada, Belgium, France, England, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Australia. We are very grateful to the companies that helped to sponsor the conference, and with whom we work on a daily basis, including Roche Diagnostics, Sakura Finetek, USA, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Foundation Medicine, Lab Corp, Leica Biosystems, Quest Diagnostics, Veracyte, Genomic Health, Sysmex America, Huron Digital Pathology, and Genoptix Laboratories.

“The conference attendees had many choices of educational activities that will help them stay at the cutting edge of their practice. They chose this conference because of their high regard for our own faculty, the quality of our guest speakers and our wonderful location.”

Plans are already under way for the 41st Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology conference, to be held February 13–17, 2017, at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Guest speakers will include David J. Dabbs, M.D., Professor and Chief of Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC at Pittsburgh, Marc K. Rosenblum, M.D., Chief of Autopsy Service, Director of Neuropathology, and Founder’s Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and Bruce M. Wenig, M.D., of the Department of Pathology at Mount Sinai Health System and professor of pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. The conference will focus on neuropathology, head and neck, and breast pathology, as well as other topics, and will feature many members of the Department of Pathology. Many pathologists have already registered for the 2017 conference, which promises once again to be a great success.

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