REPORT OF THE 99th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADIAN ACADEMY OF
PATHOLOGY - March 20-26, Washington DC
The 99th annual meeting of the USCAP was held in Washington DC and was by all accounts a resounding
success. 4164 total physician-pathologists were in attendance Welcome Home.
The General Registration of the meeting was the second highest in the history of USCAP attendance -
over 4100 (one year ago in Boston being the highest--4262). These attendance figures continue to
make the annual meeting of the Academy the largest gathering, by far, of physician-pathologists in the
world. Indeed, for the past nine years we have regularly had 3000-4200 physician-pathologists or more in
attendance. 947 of the registrants/attendees at the Washington DC meeting were from international
countries outside of the US and Canada. The countries (and the number of international visitors from
each country) included:
United Kingdom (77), Spain (69), Japan (67), Italy (57), Brazil (55), France (54), Germany (45),
Ireland (42), S. Korea (42), Australia (40), Mexico (40), Netherlands (34), Portugal (29), Argentina
(26), Switzerland (25), Turkey (25), Taiwan (17), Austria (16), Greece (14), Colombia (13), Belgium (11),
and all the other countries 1-10 friends. Thus, in toto, 947 international visitors
from 68 countries outside of the USA and Canada were in attendance (23 % of our total
registrants). Pathologists from all 50 states of the US and 8 Canadian provinces were in
Of the registrants, 2081 were Regular, Sustaining or Emeritus members and 922 were Junior Members .
There were 585 pathologists in practice who were not members and 253 residents/fellows who were not
members (yet). Thus including the Residents and other students, there were a total
of 1175 residents/fellows at our meeting. Each of the last several years we have had a thousand plus
residents/fellows/students attend our Annual meetings. The percentage of house staff attending
the meeting who are members of the Academy are for the past eight years - 41% , 69%, 67%, 66%, 76%, 84%,
88%, 83%, 85% respectively. This probably relates to the effective recruitment we have had of pathology
house staff/fellows/pathologists-in-training in the last 10 years. In July 1999 we had 520 Junior
Members; in the following ten-eleven years we recruited over 6500 additional Junior
Members (many of which have now become Regular Members). Our present "steady state" of Junior
Members is over 2000. Our total USCAP Membership is over 10,600 physician-pathologists.
Dr. Richard Zarbo served a distinguished and quite active term as President of the USCAP. He turned
over the gavel and the Presidency to Dr. Stuart Schnitt as the new President of the Academy.
2580 scientific abstracts were submitted for evaluation; this was the second most in our history from
last year's all time record (2762). The quality of the submitted abstracts are very high. A record total of 1968 were accepted after "blind" peer review (72%). This is the greatest number of scientific abstracts in anatomic and diagnostic molecular
pathology ever presented in history, anywhere, by anyone, at any time! The review is
conducted by at least 4 individuals from the Academy (4 "experts" in the area). The percentage of
acceptance is generally dependent upon the space available at the hotel (which is usually booked 5-6-7
years in advance of the meeting). We try to accommodate as many quality poster sessions as space allows.
Abstracts were submitted from throughout the world (from approximately 40 countries and over 400 academic
medical centers and institutions). This was the eighth year for the USCAP to have electronic submission
of our scientific abstracts (in conjunction with Marathon, Inc). These scientific abstracts are now
online searchable by topic, disease, word, technique, author, institution, etc
(www.uscap.org). The USCAP website: www.uscap.org consistently has the last three years of
scientific abstracts (over 5000) which are now searchable by topic, disease, author, etc for the last 3
years. In fact because of space limitations in the hotel which was booked long ago, and the incredible
unforseen growth of the Academy over 100 high-rated abstracts were accepted as eAbstracts, which are also
in our Program Books, two Academy journals, and because of their high scores (but limited space) 110
citeable as abstracts. Of the total of REGULAR abstracts (non-Stowell-Orbison) of 2226, 1595 or 71.6%
were accepted (this includes the 110 eAbstracts (all non-Stowell-Orbison). The Stowell-Orbison
Pathologists-in-Training abstract data is noted in the next paragraph. Of the 2580 TOTAL (REGULAR PLUS
STOWELL-ORBISON) abstracts submitted 1858 were accepted (71.9%) with 280 being platforms and 1578 being
As noted before, 1175 pathologists-in-training attended the various portions of the meeting. 58 plus%
of submitted scientific abstracts had a first author who is a pathologist-in-training (compared to
38%, 43% , 53%, 58% the last four years). (this does not count the house staff/fellows that are second,
third, etc authors). 354 Stowell-Orbison Abstracts were submitted by Junior
pathologists. 263 were accepted for the Stowell-Orbison poster competition (74%), and many others
were accepted as regular abstracts. Once again, the "scores" for the accepted Stowell-Orbisons were
actually higher than the scores for the "regular" abstracts accepted for presentation (i.e,
Non-Stowell-Orbison). There were four co-equal Stowell-Orbison Awards presented and two Certificates of
The four co-equal recipients, in no specific order, of the Stowell-Orbison Awards are:
| Fibroblast-Like Stromal Response Is Host-Dependent While Macrophage-Associated Stromal Response Is Tumor-Dependent: A Study of Stromal Response in Paired Breast Carcinomas from Patients with Dual Primaries|
JM Wu, AH Beck, D Witten, K Allison, M van de Rijn, RB West
Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto; University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
| Multiple Skin Cancers Arising in Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients Can Exhibit a Donor Origin |
RW Lamberts, RS Ritzlin, K Yearsley, SH Barsky
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV; The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH; Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas, NV
| Lymphovascular Tumor Emboli Recapitulate an In Vitro Mammosphere Stem Cell Phenotype |
CE Graham-Lamberts, AL Llewellyn, Y Ye, K Yearsley, SH Barsky
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV; The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH; Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas, NV
| Differential Gene Expression Profiles of Neurothekeomas, Nerve Sheath Myxomas, Cellular Fibrous Histiocytomas and Schwannomas by Microarray Analysis |
S Sheth, X Li, SW Binder, SM Dry
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
The recipients of the Certificates of Merit are:
| Effect of Prostacyclin Treatment on Lesions of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension |
JE Pogoriler, S Rich, M Gomberg-Maitland, S Archer, AN Husain
University of Chicago, Chicago
| Molecular, Immunohistochemical, and Ultrastructural Characterization of Clear Cell Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma |
CJ Sailey, M Dvorakova, JC Papadimitriou, JF Borin, T Ali, AV Parwani
University of Maryland Med Ctr, Baltimore, MD; University of Pittsburgh Med Ctr, Pittsburgh, PA
The ADASP/USCAP Autopsy Award winning abstract was:
| Acute Aortic Dissection: Changing Spectrum of Clinicopathologic Findings at Autopsy |
M Aron, ER Rodriguez, CD Tan
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
The ADASP/USCAP Surgical Pathology Award was:
| Retrospective Analysis of Lung Transplant Patients between 1991-2009: Improved Survival Is Related to Native Lung Disease |
Y Li, Z Hu, J Gagermeier, C Alex, R Love, M Picken
Loyola Univ Med Ctr, Maywood, IL
633 registrants attended the Long Course entitled "Endocrine Pathology including Thyroid Pathology by
Drs. Ricardo Lloyd and Yuri Nikiforov. This well-attended Long Course was well received. Early
perusals of the critique form show that this course was very well done and very well liked by the
registrants. The syllabus was complete/"long" (280 plus pages in length) and this
Long Course includes a CD packed full of over six hundred images. This Long Course will be
published in the next year in Modern Pathology.(Last year's Long Course is in Modern Pathology).
Sixty half-day Short Courses were presented and very well attended (with a total registration of Short
Courses taken being 5194 (the highest in history; three year's ago was the record at 4923) -that
is the number of courses attended times the number of attendees at these sessions; an overall average of
about 76-80 pathologists/per Short Course offering). From 1999 to the present time, the Academy has had
regularly over 4000 in total registration each year. Virtually all of our Short Courses have pre-meeting
and post-meeting CD's (56) and many have "Virtual Slides". All but four Short Courses this year had
Self-Assessment Modules (SAM) available.
Four Special Courses were offered: one on "Basic Molecular Pathology in Cancer" (headed by
Drs. Julia Bridge (Univ. Nebraska)was "sold out" attracting virtually a maximum room number of 432
registrants on Monday. This course has a CD in addition to the extensive syllabus. The ongoing Advanced
Molecular Pathology course (headed by Dr. Frederic Barr, Univ. of Pennsylvania) on Tuesday attracted 359
registrants and included a CD in addition to the extensive syllabus (the third highest in history). A
third new course in its second year entitled "Careers in Investigative Pathology" directed by Drs.
Massimo Loda (Brigham & Women's/Dana Farber) and David Berman (Johns Hopkins). This course was totally
filled with 133 attendees. In addition Dr. Sharon Weiss (Emory) gave a course entitled "Navigating the
Academic waters: A Survival Course for Residents/Junior Faculty". It also was "sold out".
Twenty - Six Companion Societies presented their educational endeavors on Saturday night and
Sunday. The total number of registrants was 2805, by far and away one of the highest
in our history (67% of all attendees attended at least one Companion Society). For the past
seven years all of the Companion Societies and evening Specialty Conferences' handouts/syllabus have
been placed on our website. (www.uscap.org)after
the Annual meeting. This year was our fifth year for the Companions and the Specialties to go
"paperless". All of the Companion Society handouts were on our USCAP Website at least two weeks before
the meeting, and the Specialty Sessions had their unknowns (i.e., Clinical history and unknown slides) up
one month before the Annual meeting, with the answers (i.e., text, powerpoints, references, answers, etc)
up the morning after that evening Specialty Conference.
The Nathan Kaufman Timely Topic Lecture was given by Dr. Anthony Atala, MD entitled "Regenerative
Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare". His lecture was elegant, timely, "almost futuristic" and very
well received by the appreciative audience of over 2200 pathologists.
Dr. Henry Appelman gave the fifty-third Maude Abbot Lecture entitled: "Bowels are Beautiful....and
Profitable. The Gut Has Been Good to Me and I Am Grateful". This elegant, quit humorous and wonderful
lecture was also attended by over 2200 pathologists. His was truly an outstanding presentation.
The Distinguished Pathologists Award was presented this year to an individual in recognition of
his long-term, distinguished service in the development of the discipline of pathology and the
USCAP: Dr. Juan Rosai, recognized by the Academy membership for his major and
extensive contributions to pathology over the years. Please see the USCAP Website
(www.uscap.org) for his biosketch. Also please watch for the unprecedented collection of
The Juan Rosai Collection of Surgical Pathology Seminar, free to all on our
USCAP Website (more than 19,000 cases from more than 1400 seminars): a comprehensive collection,
complete with historical elements and modern diagnostic content. It should be noted that Dr. Victor
Reuter, Mrs. Kerry Crockett, and Aperio were instrumental in making this happen.
The President's Award was presented this year to Dr. Jeffrey Myers. His dedication and work
for the Academy is way "above and beyond the call of duty". Please see the USCAP Website of the 2010
Annual Meeting for details about this outstanding and dedicated individual who have contributed so much
to pathology world-wide.
The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award went to Drs. John Eble and James Crawford for their important,
multiple and extraordinary efforts as Editors-in-Cheif or our Academy's two journals.
The Ramzi Cotran Young Investigator Award was presented to Jorge Reis-Filho, MD, PhD for his seminal
work in molecular pathology of breast cancer.
The Benjamin Castleman Award for the most outstanding paper in the field of human pathology was
awarded to Adeboye Osunkoya for his paper entitled: "Diagnostic Biomakers for
Renal Cell Carcinoma: Selection Using Novel Bioinformatics Systems for Microarray Data Analysis"
in the Journal: Human Pathology, 2009 Dec;40(12):1671-8. The Award was presented by Dr. David
Louis, Chair of MGH/Boston.
The F. Stephen Vogel Award (for the most outstanding paper published in an Academy journal by a
pathologist-in-training ) went to Ibrahim Batal for his paper entitled: "The
Significance of Renal C4d Staining in Patients with BK Viruria, Viremia, and Nephropathy" in the
Journal: Modern Pathology, 2009 Sept; 1-9
The USCAP in conjunction with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Harvard announced the institution of the
Harvey Goldman Master Teacher Award. The first awardee will be announced next year at our
100th Annual Centennial Meeting of the Academy.
The 19 evening Specialty Conferences, which are organ-based, were held from 7:30-9:30 PM, which
was a testimony to the continuing endurance of the meeting's registrants. All of the evening Specialty
Conferences are online on the Academy's website. For the past six years the unknowns (i.e., clinical
history and representative histologic images) are placed on our USCAP website several weeks before the
annual meeting, and the answers, complete text, references, etc are placed on our website the next
morning after the Specialty Conference for all throughout the world to enjoy.
Additional activities of the Academy have concentrated on the partnership of our two academy journals
with the most outstanding medical and science publishing group in the world--Nature Publishing Group.
Many of the top scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century were first reported in the journal -
Nature (it is the world's foremost weekly scientific journal by impact factor). Nature Publishing Group
(NPG) publishes over 60 high profile society-owned or affiliated journals and 7-8 of the top 20 in the
world in impact factor. Both of our Academy's journals now offer 4 pages of free color per published
article, rapid advance online publication available 6 weeks after manuscript acceptance, increased
international exposure, electronic table of content alerts delivered directly to your inbox highlighting
new content each month, online submission of manuscripts and tracking, and reference cross-linking via
CrossRef and MEDLINE. Powered by Naturejobs, the Career and Recruitment
division of the journal Nature, Pathologyjobs provides recruiters with unique vehicles to advertise.
Their Nature website is outstanding with free abstracts of all articles, integrated searches, online
archives of all full-text articles from 2000 available through a personal or institutional subscription,
and author index-which searches authors names across all available articles. This is a very powerful
force in research and education for our members to utilize. In addition, the scientific abstracts for
the past three years are now online and searchable. (Please see our USCAP and the Nature websites).
Nature Publishing Group publishes the leading journal in science/medicine and Nature has an impact
factor of 31.434! Nature Publishing Group (NPG) publishes 16 of the top 50 journals in Impact Factor in
the world, and of their academic/society journals - 16, including our two, are in the top 10 of their
respective categories. Scientific American is now part of NPG with its over 140 Nobel-Prize writers.
Our Two Journals (Modern Pathology and Laboratory Investigation) are considered two of the top four or
five general pathology diagnostic and investigative journals in the world (including by Impact
Factor). Modern Pathology is now the top (by Impact Factor) pathology journal dedicated to general
diagnostic anatomic/surgical pathology. 85% of their papers are published online within 30 days, both
have impact factors of above 4.5, and connects to over 35,000 professionals in pathology and other
disciplines online. Laboratory Investigation (LI) has over 950,000 page views, over 100,000 eTOCs, and
94,000 Pub Med Linkouts, and Modern Pathology has 2 million page views (averaging more than 70,000
webpage visits/month), 84,000 eTOCs, and 147,000 PubMed Linkouts each year. No one can match that! And
our impact factors continue to climb. Our journals reach over 70 different countries. These journals both now have four (4!) Pages of Free Color available.
Other educational endeavors by the USCAP these past few years include:
- The establishment of the eAcademy (go to: www.uscap.org for further information). This online long distance-learning tool, renders CME and/or SAM credit for a minor charge. This is under the Direction of Dr. John Sinard (Yale). The APECS cases (anatomic pathology cases) started in December, 2008 and there are presently over three dozen interactive, dynamic cases of all types available.
- The First and Largest American Board of Pathology-approved "Self Assessment Modules" (SAM): Diagnostic Cytopathology 07. We now have multiple SAM offerings: see our USCAP Website for a listing of our "five sets" of SAM offerings. According to the ABP the USCAP has more SAMS than any other society (one for every day of the year: over 360).
- The continuing development of the CME Portfolio for members.
- Continuing involvement in altruistic activities, including West and Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Continuing growth of the free USCAP "Knowledge Hub/Pathology Portal"
- Over 500 Virtual Slides are now up on the USCAP Website for free (e.g., IAP Centennial; Annual evening Specialty Conferences)
- The continued "Naturization"of Laboratory Investigation (watch for future developments of this type for Modern Pathology coming soon!)
- The development of the Complete Itinerary Planner (electronic planner) for the Annual Meeting
- Online Membership Renewal and Registration
- A Poster Creation Service and ability to demonstrate entire abstract online
- Pod casts of the IAP Centennial KeyNote Addresses, and 2007-2010 Annual addresses.
- Online Evaluation of all of the Academy's Courses
- The Recruitment of a Director of Marketing and Development for the Academy (Mr. John Garrard)
- Many other upcoming opportunities for our members.
EXHIBITORS: In addition to the high number of attendees, we also reached record-breaking numbers in
our Exhibit Hall. With 112 exhibitors and 234 booths, this proved to be our largest Exhibit Show in
history, with a 12% increase over last year. In fact since 2003, we have doubled the exhibit
booths! In recent years, the Academy has twice won Tradeshow Week's Award for the "Fastest 50 Growing
Shows". With our 100th meeting in 2011 we anticipate this number will continue to increase.
By action of Council, the USCAP instituted a Strategic Planning Initiative
in 2003-2004 to look at the future of pathology and The Academy. Summer retreats (actually
advances) directed by Drs. David Hardwick and Jeffrey Myers have continued,
and implementation of these educational goals and strategies have been implemented, and are continuing to
be implemented. The Long Term Strategic Planning Initiatives continue.
For the last six years, the Academy rolled out a number of new initiatives for our Junior members
including: Several programs for pathologists-in-training were instituted-- including the
Fellowship Fair with 40-55 institutions to discuss hundreds of fellowships; the new evening Specialty
Conference just for house staff/fellows; and the House Staff Hospitality Room where Academy and Pathology
leaders from throughout North America were present to talk with the house staff. In addition the Weiss
and Loda/Berhman courses listed above are aimed for these young pathologists as well.
The USCAP's annual summer pathology review course and update- Diagnostic Pathology, with its
fourteen outstanding faculty was held in Niagra Falls (July 11-17, 2009). It was Directed by Drs.
Stuart Schnitt (BID, Boston) and Jennifer Hunt. (See www.uscap.org for complete schedule).
Last year's course (98) came with a 1100 page handout and a 3800 image CD-ROM! The 2010 Meeting will be
held July 10-16, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency at Lake Tahoe, NV.
This was the fifth year for the USCAP Winter (January) Course entitled "Diagnostic Cytopathology"
under the initiation, leadership and direction of Dr. Celeste Powers (Virginia Commonwealth
University, Richmond). This 2 l/2 day weekend intense and advanced course has a complete handout and the
extensive CD (with thousands of images) were very well received. There were over 100 individuals in
attendance in January 2010.
The educational initiative of the USCAP is Practical Pathology Seminars, in its fourth year, under the
direction of Dr. John Goldblum (Cleveland Clinic) . It was held from April 30-May 3, 2009 in San
Francisco at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf and will have approximately 100 in attendance. Five short
courses given on topics including: Gyn, GI, GU, Endocrine/Thyroid, and Hemepath by eleven outstanding
faculty. The next PPS is in New York City, April 29-May 2, 2010. Topics include: Dermatopathology,
Pulmonary Pathology, GI Pathology, Hematopathology and Soft Tissue Pathology.
Next year's CENTENNIAL annual (100th Annual) USCAP meeting will be held in San Antonio,
Texas from February 26 to March 4, 2011. The Long Course entitled "Practical
Solutions to Common Problems in Pulmonary Pathology" by Drs. Myers and Luise-Katzenstein. As
usual there will be an extensive handout/syllabus and a CD with a great many images. Two new courses on
Basic/Elementary Molecular Pathology (given by Dr. Jennifer Hunt et al.) and Basic Cytopathology (given
by Dr. Elsheikh et al) will be introduced.
There are several additions to our USCAP Committees: Four new members of
the Education Committee (under the Direction of Dr. John Goldblum) are: Drs. Wendy Frankel, Dan Arber,
Ilan Weinreb, and Jason Harnick.
Dr. Linda Ferrell (UCSF) , is by vote of the membership the new Vice-President of the Academy, and
Dr. Greg Fuller, MD Anderson) is President-Elect. The newly elected (by the Academy membership) Council
members are: Kathleen Cho (Univ. Michigan), Andy Renshaw (Baptist Medical Center, Miami), and
Christopher Fletcher (B&W/Boston).
The Finance Committee is now headed by Dr. Peter Banks (Carolinas Medical Center) and our newest
member is Dr. Jeffrey Saffitz. The Publications Committee is now chaired by Dr. Ronald DeLellis with
Drs Tony Yachnis and Murray Resnick as our newest members. The newest members of the Young Investigator
Committee are Drs. John Eble, Laura Lamps, and Abdul Abbas. New Members of the Castleman Award
Committee include: Drs Julia Bridge and Adam Bagg. The newest members of the Vogel Award Committee are
Drs. Tarik Tihan and Kay Washington . Dr. Steven Black-Schaffer is our newest Alternate Delegate to the
will join Dr. Jack Strong as Delegate, and Drs. Silva and Bill Gardner as a member of the Pathology
Section Council at the AMA House of Delegates. All of the members of the various USCAP Committees are
noted on our website (www.uscap.org).
Please check the USCAP Website (www.uscap.org) for an immense number of educational
materials which are free. Over six year's worth of our evening 19 plus Specialty Conferences and
over 26 Companion Society's materials are up as well over 75 excellent, ended Short Courses and available
to anyone who wishes to utilize them. In addition, as noted before, three successive years of our
scientific abstracts are now online and searchable, and can be downloaded, as well as many Short Courses.
That's over 5000 searchable cutting-edge scientific abstracts! We also have a Table of Contents by over
24 organ systems/subspecialties of our nineteen hundred entries/modules for all to have for free. Our USCAP Website continues to have record-setting hits with over 46 million "hits" and 5.6
million page downloads in 2008 from 22,000 unique pathologists in 168 countries–a true global forum for
our colleagues. That also includes from 10,000-15,000 slide views a month for our Virtual Slides.
In 2009 we had 51 million "hits" and 6.1 million page downlods from 24,000
plus pathologists in over 168 countries. The USCAP is happy to provide this free altruistic service for
pathologists throughout the world. Go to: www.uscap.org for the largest eBook in the
history of anatomic and diagnostic molecular pathology, for free (the March 09 figures shows over 10
million "hits" and page views, an all-time record. Over 1600 different educational offerings/modules
were "hit" in March 09), and each of our 1900 educational modules are receiving at least 20 page
downloads each month (thus each and every one of our educational modules is helping someone throughout
the world). The March 2010 website showed over 17 million "hits" from over 33,500 individual
pathologists and virtually every educational module on our website received at least
20 page downloads that month!!!!
At present the USCAP membership is in excess of 10,600 pathologists (from 77 countries in addition to
the US and Canada); over 2000 of those are Junior Members. We continue to grow and be vibrant. It is
clear that our colleagues in pathology are a very dedicated and professional lot. We are proud to be
associated with them.
Thanks for all your support for all those we serve--our patients, our physicians and our students.
Fred Silva, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Vice President, USCAP
April 8, 2010