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The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society is seeking new Committee Members.

The PBPath Website/Membership and social media committees are seeking new committee members to join our team, for a term of 2 years.

The website/membership team member(s) will help the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society maintain and expand our membership, post updates to our website, and send newsletters to our members. Experience with WordPress and/or HTML is a plus, but not required.

The social media team member(s) will help publicize PBPath events and updates (via Twitter @pbpath) while working to increase our social media following.

The ideal candidates possess a willingness to learn and a team-player mentality.

Interested PBPath members should send CV and Twitter account handle to info@pbpath.org. Successful committee members must be active members of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society.

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Executive Committee

2021 PBPath Business Meeting agenda/minutes

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

Alas, we will not be able to meet in person this year, therefore please find attached the 2021 Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society (PBPS) Annual Business meeting agenda/minutes for your review to learn what PBPS has accomplished: PBPath Business Meeting 2021

Two requests:
1. Listen to our PBPS Companion meeting speakers, submit your questions and attend the LIVE Question and Answer on Tuesday March 16, 2021 11-11:30 AM PST
2. Vote for our new member before March 20, 2021 (will only take 1 minute) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7PWVKV5

Can’t wait to see all of you in person next year!

Most appreciatively,
Grace E. Kim
Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Secretary/Treasurer

USCAP 2021 Companion Society Program

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Companion Meeting USCAP 2021

Rondell Graham, MBBS, Mayo Clinic (Moderator)
Michelle D. Reid, MD, MSc, Emory University Hospital (Moderator)
Barbara A. Centeno, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Vikram Deshpande, MBBS, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Günter Klöppel, MD, PhD, Technical University of Munich
Giuseppe Zamboni, MD, University of Verona

Inflammatory Conditions of the Pancreatobiliary Tree 

This session includes 1.5 hours of on-demand educational content. This content can be viewed starting March 1. There will also be a live 30-minute Q&A session with the faculty on Tuesday, March 16, from 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Chronic pancreatitis is a complex inflammatory process with rising incidence and prevalence, and no curative treatment for frequently intractable chronic pain. Despite advances in the field, challenges remain in the radiologic, endoscopic and histologic diagnosis, and the distinction of pancreatitis from cancer. Although some specific pathologic subtypes of pancreatitis have been described and characterized in the past decade, many pathologists are still unaware of their existence, clinicopathologic characteristics, management and genetic implications. Pathologists also struggle with formulating diagnoses, reporting terminology, and determining etiology, particularly on small biopsies, fine needle aspirations and bile duct brushings. In the past year alone numerous multidisciplinary international, consensus guideline manuscripts have made new recommendations regarding risk factors, etiology, management (endoscopic, surgical/non-surgical), and histopathology of chronic pancreatitis. The latter was aimed at clarifying the pathologist’s role in diagnosis, histopathologic criteria, standardizing reports, and limiting confusion in reporting and the literature. The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society executive committee determined the theme, titles, content and speakers for this year’s companion meeting, with a mission to educate surgical and Cytopathologists on recent advances in inflammatory conditions of the pancreatobiliary tree. This year’s meeting will provide a 360-degree expert analysis and update on acute and chronic inflammatory conditions of pancreatobiliary tree, including specific entities acute/alcoholic pancreatitis (Dr. Günter Klöppel), paraduodenal pancreatitis (Dr. Giuseppe Zamboni), IgG4-related (autoimmune) pancreatitis (Dr. Vikram Deshpande), and the cytopathology of inflammatory lesions of the pancreatobiliary tree (Dr. Barbara Centeno).

 The program can be accessed by USCAP attendees here:

USCAP 2021 Annual Meeting

 Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this Other activity (enduring materials and internet live activity) for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Live Q&A Session: Tue, March 16, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT

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Message from the President

Message from the President

 

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society (PBPS) Members,

We will all remember 2020 as a year filled with challenges and new ways of doing things, and many of our modified processes are spilling into 2021 as well.  With the upcoming USCAP meeting being virtual, we have been working to prepare a compelling agenda for our PBPS Companion Meeting, and I am pleased to report that we have a very fine program devoted to the topic of pancreatitis.  Our speakers will include Dr. Barbara Centeno (Cytopathology of inflammatory lesions of the pancreatobiliary tree), Dr. Vikram Deshpande (IgG4-related (autoimmune) pancreatitis), Dr. Günter Klöppel (Acute/alcoholic pancreatitis) and Dr. Giuseppe Zamboni (Paraduodenal pancreatitis).  The lectures will be prerecorded, so you can listen to them any time after they go live on March 1.  Because of the modified format, the session will only be 90 minutes this year.  Please access the talks via the USCAP website.  There will be a 30 minute live question and answer session, hosted by Michelle Reid, PBPS Education Committee Chair, on Tuesday, March 16 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.  You can enter your questions on-line as well, and Michelle will review them with the speakers.  We hope this will be a highly interactive Q&A session, and that the virtual format will allow even more participants to hear these lectures.

I also want to remind everyone about the PBPS Abstract Award competition. Our PBPS Education Committee will select the winning abstract for 2021, and the first author will receive a $500 prize.  All applications should be submitted no later than 2/15/2021.  Please see the PBPS website for details.

In other news, we have recently revamped our Journal Watch feature, kindly edited by Daniela Allende, PBPS Chair of Journal Watch Subcommittee – please keep an eye on our website for updates about excellent publications related to pancreatobiliary pathology.

We truly regret that we cannot gather in person this year – one of the hardest things about the pandemic of course is the restriction on seeing family, friends, and colleagues – but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we will look forward to future meetings when we can gather again to share our interests and catch up on our professional lives!

David Klimstra,  Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society President

 

 

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

 

This month, with so many global issues in front of us, I want to remind everyone that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.  Pancreatic cancer has been in the national consciousness this year, in part due to well-known figures who have been affected, but we also draw greater awareness to the disease through Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, to urge private and public agencies to extend more funding to study this disease and help researchers search for a cure and improve the lives of those affected.  This year, over 56,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and many more around the world will be affected.  Recognition of the growing prevalence of pancreatic cancer, with the help of foundations and organizations like the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, can help direct resources towards research and clinical care efforts.  Thursday, November 19 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day – an even more focused opportunity to recognize this disease and the numerous efforts to improve the care of those affected.  Please remember to “wear purple” and spread the word that we are redoubling our efforts, so that the impetus to address pancreatic cancer is also felt throughout the year and reflected in renewed energy and enthusiasm for research collaboration and knowledge sharing.  Pancreatobiliary pathologists are charged with establishing the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and surely we should be leading advocacy efforts as well!

David Klimstra, President 

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

 

PBPath Journal Watch

The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Journal Watch for the articles on the pancreatobiliary pathology will be released every other month.

We are reviewing the journals to select the articles about pancreas, gallbladder and biliary system pathologies. Original research articles, case series and reviews in the surgical pathology, cytopathology, and molecular pathology as well as related fields (i.e. novel methods, database studies) are included.

We have created several categories for convenience; however, articles in each category are in no particular order.

See the Current Issue here, and the draft of the Upcoming Issue here.

Older Issues will be collected under the archive.

Please let us know your comments and suggestions. Please fill the feedback form.

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Below is the list of journals we search regularly:

Advances in Anatomic Pathology
American Journal of Clinical Pathology
The American Journal of Pathology
American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
Annals of Surgery
Annals of Surgical Oncology
Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cancer
Cancer Cytopathology
Cell
Clinical Cancer Research
Cytopathology
Diagnostic Pathology
Endocrine Pathology
Gastroenterology
Gut
Histology and Histopathology
Histopathology
Human Pathology
International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Journal of Clinical Pathology
Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
Journal of Pathology
Laboratory investigation
Lancet
Modern Pathology
Nature
Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology
NEJM
Pancreas
Pancreatology
Pathology
Pathology International
Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Virchows Archiv

Message from the President

Message from the President

Dear Colleagues, 

I am sad to share news of the death on July 7 in Milan, Italy of Dr. Juan Rosai. 

Dr. Rosai was clearly one of the most influential figures in surgical pathology in the last 50 years, whose broad diagnostic expertise was recognized worldwide.  For much of his career, he served as a consultant to the international pathology community, providing expert second opinions and making enormous contributions to direct patient care.  As a researcher, Dr. Rosai was best known for his work on neoplasms of the thyroid, thymus, and vascular system, but essentially there is no subspecialty area that did not receive his investigative attention.  In fact, he wrote many papers on pancreatic neoplasms, and it was his encouragement of me to pursue a case of pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma that led me to the field of pancreatic pathology.  Dr. Rosai was among the first to embrace technologies like electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and molecular biology to enhance pathologic diagnosis. He was also one of the first pathology leaders to promote digital pathology and predicted the field’s evolution from microscopic to digital pathology many years before it occurred, and he pushed for subspecialization of academic pathology years before it became commonplace – ironic, given that he himself was the quintessential generalist.  But perhaps his most lasting contributions were made as a mentor and teacher, roles he took on with great enthusiasm. He fostered the careers of countless trainees, many of whom are now in leadership positions around the world.   Recitation of his numerous achievements, awards, and honors can await more formal tributes that will appear in time, but no one can doubt that Juan Rosai achieved as much as any individual can in our field, and his influence has been felt across all subspecialties.  A world-renowned surgical pathologist, as well as a treasured friend to many, Dr. Rosai’s generous spirit and ability to build consensus are as much a part of his legacy as his unparalleled expertise. Our thoughts are with his wife, Dr. Maria Luisa Carcangiu, and his children.

David Klimstra

President, Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

 

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society’s Special Section in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society’s Special Section in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members

I am writing to draw your attention to the newly released Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (https://archivesofpathology.org/toc/arpa/144/7) which includes a Special Section containing review articles on the topics we presented at our 2019 USCAP Companion Meeting session.

You will find comprehensive and authoritative reviews written by our speakers, Drs. Laura Wood, Laura Tang, Stefano La Rosa, and Huamin Wang, along with selected collaborators.  We are particularly pleased and grateful to the Editors of Archives, Drs. Philip Cagle and Donna Hansel, for agreeing to publish a Special Section based on our meeting, and to Managing Editor Katie Giesen, whose assistance was tremendously helpful during the process.

I am also happy to report that we will be publishing a second installment based on the presentations at the 2020 USCAP Companion Meeting, so stayed tuned.  Thanks to all who participated in authoring, reviewing, and publishing these reviews, and I hope you all enjoy reading them.

Best wishes, and Stay Safe!

David Klimstra

On behalf of the Executive and Education Committees

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

 

USCAP 2020 Highlights

USCAP 2020 Highlights

COMPANION SOCIETY HANDOUTS

Cystic and Intraductal Neoplasms of the Pancreatobiliary Tract

Moderators:
Martha Bishop Pitman, Deepti Dhall

Speakers:
Jin-Young Jang: Management Algorithms for Pancreatic Cysts and Intraductal Neoplasms: The Surgeon’s Perspective
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Michelle D. Reid: Cytologic Assessment of Cystic/Intraductal Lesions of the Pancreatobiliary Tract
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Aatur D. Singhi: Preoperative Molecular Assessment of Pancreatic Cysts and Intraductal Lesions
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David S. Klimstra: Mucinous Cystic and Intraductal Neoplasms of the Pancreatobiliary Tract
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Irene Esposito: Non-mucinous Cystic Lesions of the Pancreas
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BEST ABSTRACT AWARD

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Best Abstract Award of USCAP2020 goes to:

Julia R. Naso, MD/PhD
University of British Columbia

Association of Inflammatory Cell Infiltrates with Signatures of Immunogenicity in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

See Poster at Tue, March 03 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
LACC West Exhibit Hall A Poster Board Number: 164




USCAP 2020 Abstract Award

Dear Colleagues,
 
We are pleased to announce that the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society will be awarding a pathology trainee who is presenting an abstract (poster or platform) on the field of pancreatobiliary pathology at the annual meeting of the USCAP. Each abstract will be evaluated based on originality, scientific merit and presentation and the winner will receive a $250 prize. Please remind/encourage your trainees to apply. Applicants do not need to be society member in order to apply.
 
The deadline for the Abstract Awards is January 15, 2020.
 
To submit an application, please email your abstract and the following information to our chair of education committee Dr. Olca Basturk (basturko@mskcc.org)
 
Name:
Training Institute:
Position:
PGY Year:
Date/Time of Presentation:
Abstract Name:
Poster Number (if applicable):
Contact Email:
Comments:
 
PBPS Executive Committee

USCAP 2020: PANCREATOBILIARY PATHOLOGY COMPANION SOCIETY PROGRAM

Cystic and Intraductal Neoplasms of the Pancreatobiliary Tract
When: February 29, 2020. 7-10PM
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center

Moderators:
Martha Bishop Pitman
Deepti Dhall

Speakers:
Jin-Young Jang: Management Algorithms for Pancreatic Cysts and Intraductal Neoplasms: The Surgeon’s Perspective
Michelle D. Reid: Cytologic Assessment of Cystic/Intraductal Lesions of the Pancreatobiliary Tract
Aatur D. Singhi: Preoperative Molecular Assessment of Pancreatic Cysts and Intraductal Lesions
David S. Klimstra: Mucinous Cystic and Intraductal Neoplasms of the Pancreatobiliary Tract
Irene Esposito: Non-mucinous Cystic Lesions of the Pancreas

Brief overview:

Despite numerous advances in the field, the diagnosis, classification, grading, and management of cystic and intraductal lesions of the pancreatobiliary tract remain controversial. Additionally, recently described entities such as intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm (ITPN) and intraductal papillary neoplasm of the bile duct (IPNB) remain diagnostically challenging, and their prognostic implications are poorly understood. The mission of the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society is to educate surgical and cytopathologists on the importance of the advances in this complex area and will hopefully transform the way we practice pancreatobiliary pathology. The Education Committee, in consultation with Society officers, determined the title, contents, and speakers of this companion meeting.

The chosen topics represent a 360-degree expert evaluation of cystic and intraductal pancreatobiliary lesions in the step-wise manner in which they are often encountered, from the surgeon’s perspective, to their cytomorphologic and molecular characteristics, as well as their histomorphology.

Openings and Happenings

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve? We will have two open positions on the Education Committee and two open positions on the Membership/Website Committee.  Applicants must be a member (regular, associate or emeritus) who has paid annual dues (only $50/year for regular members). The 2-year term will begin after USCAP 2020.  If you are interested,  please reply with the information (indicate with a “X”) below along with your CV to Vince Hoang (vincent.hoang@ucsf.edu) by February 14, 2020.

  • I am a member (regular, associate, emeritus) of Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society
  • I have paid 2020 membership dues (only applicable for regular members)
  • I would like to be considered for the Education Committee
  • I would like to be considered for the Membership/Website Committee
  • I know WordPress (blog tool/publishing platform) or am willing to learn
  • I have social media skills

Applications will be reviewed by Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Executive Committee.  The selected applicants will be informed via email.

Hot of the press! You can find the President’s letter on the website and learn what your Society does for you!  Look forward to learning with you at our Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Companion Meeting in Los Angeles on February 29, 2020.

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Executive Committee