Author: Mehran Taherian

USCAP 2023 Highlights

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Best Abstract Award of USCAP2023 goes to Dr. Dalia Elganainy.

Congratulations to Dr. Dalia Elganainy, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, who was awarded the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society’s Best Abstract at USCAP 2023! Dr. Elganainy’s winning abstract is entitled “Landscape, Spatial Organization and Clinical Correlates of Stromal Content and Fibroblast Subtypes in Primary Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Assessed by Multiplexed Immunofluorescence and Digital Imaging.” Dr. Elganainy was presented the award at USCAP 2023 by Drs. Wang and Basturk.

The authors for this abstract are listed below:

Dalia Elganainy, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School (Primary Presenter)
Andressa Dias Costa, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Sara A. Väyrynen, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hannah Williams, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Chen Yuan, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Kimberly Perez, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Harshabad Singh, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Richard F. Dunne, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center
Thomas E. Clancy, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Daniel T. Chang, MD, Stanford Cancer Institute
Brian M. Wolpin, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Cancer Center
Jonathan Nowak, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Message from the President

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

Despite all the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic, PBPath Society remained very productive last year, thanks to the members of the committees who worked extremely hard to strengthen the existing activities and to bring new initiatives to our organization. I’d like to share with you a few items:

PBPath Society participated in the annual CAP meeting in Chicago, IL in September 2021. Dr. Michelle Reid and I presented the society’s first official course titled “EUS-Guided and “SpyBite” Biopsies of Pancreatic and Biliary Tract Lesions (FNA versus Biopsy)”. This course is scheduled to be repeated at the next annual CAP meeting in October 2022.

The first joint virtual course organized by collaboration of PBPath Society and PathCast was a 2-day course held in January 2022. A total of eight international speakers presented a range of topics covering various aspects of pancreatobiliary pathology. The course was a huge success and was received more than 40,000 in multiple platforms including PBPath.org, YouTube, and Facebook. If you have not attended the course yet, it is still available on our website for virtual viewing (https://pbpath.org/pbps-pathcast-2022/).

Our annual Companion Society Meeting returned to the in-person format at the annual USCAP meeting in Los Angeles, CA in March, 2022. The featured theme “Clonal Evolution of Pancreatobiliary Neoplasms” was received extremely well. I want to thank our speakers, Drs. Yoh Zen, Elizabeth Thompson and David Klimstra for their excellent educational talks, our moderators Drs. Klimstra and Allende for hosting the Q&A session, and you, our members, for your record attendance.

At our annual business meeting, which followed the companion session, we welcomed many new members and presented the PBPath Society abstract award to Dr. Burcin Pehlivanoglu, for her research presentation entitled “TPPP-BRD9 Fusion-Related Gallbladder Carcinomas are Associated with Intracholecystic Neoplasia, Neuroendocrine Carcinoma and a Distinctive Small Tubular-Type Adenocarcinoma Commonly Accompanied with Syringomatous Pattern” (congratulations Dr. Pehlivanoglu!). The official minutes of the Business Meeting can be found on the PBPath Society website (https://pbpath.org/business-meeting-minutes/).

I am also excited to announce that Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine recently published another special section based on the talks given in our previous Companion Society Meeting at USCAP in 2020. I would like to thank Drs. Michelle Reid, David Klimstra, Irene Esposito, and Jing-Young Jang, for their excellent review articles (Arch Pathol Lab Med March 2022 Volume 146 Issue 3; https://meridian.allenpress.com/aplm/issue/146/3)

The Working Groups have been productive as well and published 2 articles:
Dhall D, Shi J, Allende DS, Jang KT, Basturk O, Adsay V, Kim GE. Towards a More Standardized Approach to Pathologic Reporting of Pancreatoduodenectomy Specimens for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Cross-continental and Cross-specialty Survey from the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Grossing Working Group. Am J Surg Pathol. 2021; 45(10):1364-1373.

Wang H, Chetty R, Hosseini M, Allende DS, Esposito I, Matsuda Y, Deshpande V, Shi J, Dhall D, Jang KT, Kim GE, Luchini C, Graham RP, Reid MD, Basturk O, Hruban RH, Krasinskas A, Klimstra DS, Adsay V; Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society. Pathologic Examination of Pancreatic Specimens Resected for Treated Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Recommendations from the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society. Am J Surg Pathol. 2022; 46(6):754-764.

Finally, our Challenging Case Series, kindly edited by Dr. Rondell Graham, was created for the review of interesting and challenging pancreatobiliary cases in real time. The first case has already been published and can be found on our website (https://pbpath.org/welcome-to-pbps-challenging-cases/). Please keep an eye on our website for detailed discussion of this, and future cases.

I would like to thank the amazing members of the PBPath Society who are dedicated to the growth of our Society and have worked hard to make these accomplishments a reality! Several additional exciting opportunities for PBPath Society to increase our outreach and be impactful is already being explored; as these plans mature, we will share news about these events.

I am honored to have been elected President of the PBPS and I am proud to carry on the tradition of fostering excellence and collaboration in education, research, and the clinical practice of pancreatobiliary pathology around the world.

– Olca Basturk, MD

The PBPS is seeking new Social Media Committee Members

The PBPS social media committee is seeking three new committee members (regular or associate) to join our team. This position has a 2-year term.

The integral members of this committee will actively disseminate and increase the visibility of Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society events and updates (via Twitter @pbpath).

Interested PBPS members should send their CV and Twitter account handle to info@pbpath.org by September 9, 2022. Successful committee members must be active members of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.

The PBPS is seeking a new Journal Watch Committee Member

The PBPS journal watch (JW) is seeking a new committee member to join our team for a term of 3 years. The JW is posted every 2 months and includes articles to be highlighted from the most relevant journals in pancreatobiliary pathology. The JW is a valued educational tool among our community and a great way to network with others in the field.  

Interested PBPS members should send CV to info@pbpath.org by June 8, 2022.  Applicants must be paid members of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society. 

Daniela Allende, MD MBA, PBPS JW Editor