Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,  

Our initial charge from the Education committee was to 1) evaluate the literature and assess the current state and 2) create a written document with recommendations on grossing pancreas specimens.  With your input, we have completed #1, which we reported on at the inaugural USCAP 2018 Companion Society Meeting.   We are now converting our presentation into a manuscript.  

We would like to extend a special note of appreciation to those who have helped us accomplish these goals.   More than a decade ago, Dr. Volkan Adsay envisioned hosting an annual Pancreas Luncheon during USCAP that was open to all interested members, from international experts to residents, to discuss and work together towards resolving the most current issues in the field.  The first such luncheon was held in 2008.  His vision, as well as his tremendous efforts to organize this gathering every year, culminated in the establishment of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.  He served as the first President of our Society and together with the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Executive Committee supported our efforts.  We are grateful for Volkan’s attendance and contributions at our monthly calls; his knowledge was immensely valuable.  Also, we would like to thank Dr. Olca Basturk, who shared her expertise and provided critical support to the logistic aspects of this presentation. We want to acknowledge Dr. Alyssa Krasinskas in her new role as the President of the Society who will support our efforts moving forward. To the members of our team who relentlessly worked along our side, Drs. Deepti Dhall, Kee-Taek Jang and Jiaqi Shi, thank you!. 

Lastly, a sincere THANK YOU to our colleagues (pathologists and clinicians) for participating in the survey.  

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Grossing Working Group Co-Chairs Daniela and Grace