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Message from the President

Message from the President

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

Happy Winter!

We are gearing up for the annual USCAP meeting! Our Companion Society session will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 7-10 pm in room LACC 502-A. Our annual Business Meeting will immediately follow. This year is the end of the two-year terms for the Executive Committee so we will be presenting the slate for President, Vice President and Secretary Treasurer. Please attend and cast your votes!  Also, nominations have been submitted for the PBPath Society Abstract Award and the winner will be announced at the Business Meeting.

Our society has been extremely productive over the past several months. The creation of an excellent program for the Companion Society by our Education Committee is only one of several accomplishments. I am excited to inform everyone that Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is going to publish review articles sponsored by the PBPath Society. These articles are based on the lectures that were given during our Companion Society Meeting at USCAP 2019. Please keep an eye out for these publications. Our Case of the Quarter Subcommittee remains active and has been providing educational cases for all members to tackle; this past fall, we welcomed 4 new members to the subcommittee: Deyali Chatterjee, Goo Lee, Yue Xue and Zhaohai Yang.  Our bimonthly Journal Watch nicely highlights pertinent publications involving the pancreatobiliary tract.

And there is more good news. Because of Serdar Balci’s web-based knowledge and dedication to the society, the Membership/Website Committee, along with the Executive Committee, have appointed Serdar Balci as the official Webmaster for the society – congratulations Serdar on this well-deserved appointment!  The PBPath Society is also now accepting ads for job and fellowship postings.  The Working Groups have been productive as well:  The Cytology group is wrapping-up a multi-institutional study assessing the minimal number of tumor cells required for Ki67 index calculation on pancreas FNA samples using corresponding resections as the gold standard for comparison, and the Neoadjuvant group presented their data at the 2019 USCAP Annual Meeting and is planning to write a consensus paper based on the group’s work. This past fall, PBPath Society members also participated in the ASCP, CAP and European Congress of Pathology annual meetings. Most recently, we’ve been asked to provide input on the ICCR’s draft dataset on carcinoma of the exocrine pancreas (please check your emails as the deadline is February 14th).

Our society continues to be a success because of you, its members! I would like to recognize the following members who continuously contribute time and effort to our society: Olca Basturk, for organizing another stellar USCAP Companion Society session; Serdar Balci for publishing the bimonthly journal watch; Mabel Ko for managing our website and the members of the Executive Committee, Grace Kim, David Klimstra, David Lewin, Volkan Adsay, and Olca Basturk, for keeping everything on track and in order.

The PBPath Society is an international organization that strives to improve the clinical practice of pancreatobiliary pathology by providing an environment of team work and cooperation.  As my Presidency comes to an end, it amazes me how much we have accomplished over the past 2 years.  None of what we now have would have been possible without such collegial, friendly, and motivated members. I am so happy and so proud that I had the chance to serve as the President of this great society.

Alyssa M. Krasinskas, MD


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 (
Training Institute:
PGY Year:
Date/Time of Presentation:
Abstract Name:
Poster Number (if applicable):
Contact Email:
PBPS Executive Committee

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

November is the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and November 21st is World Pancreatic Cancer day. We, the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, support the mission to raise awareness and inspire action on this day.  We send our support to the survivors, their families and to everyone who has lost a loved one to this deadly disease.  We also reiterate our dedication to improve the clinical practice and management of pancreatic cancer and to foster tissue-based research.



World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Spread the word! #WPCD or #worldpancreaticcancerday


USCAP 2020 Companion Society Program

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

Martha Bishop Pitman
Deepti Dhall

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 of what is being presented/discussed (this will also be shown in the Annual Meeting Program Book):
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.

Thank You Laura

A Special Thank You…


The Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society would like to thank Laura Tang for her generous donation to our society.


Alyssa M. Krasinskas

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society President

Donations such as these help fund various educational efforts. The PBPS is a non-profit organization that welcomes tax-deductible contributions.

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society is seeking volunteers for Case of the Quarter Subcommittee positions

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society (PBPS) members and other interested parties in the pancreatobiliary pathology community,

PBPS is seeking enthusiastic volunteers for Case of the Quarter Subcommittee positions.

Applicants need to be active members in (or they can join) the PBPS. The subcommittee will have 4 members. Term for all members is 2 years. Each member will generate a case report to be published on the website once a year.

If you are interested in, please send an email, along with your CV, to Dr. Olca Basturk ( by April 12, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by PBPS Executive Committee and chosen applicants will be informed via e-mail and will be posted in our website ( no later than April 30, 2019.

Olca Basturk, M.D.

(on behalf of PBPS Executive committee)


Olca Basturk, M.D.

Associate Attending Pathologist

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Department of Pathology

1275 York Ave. New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 639-6078


World Pancreas Cancer Day

Dear All,

November is the Pancreas Cancer Awareness month and November 15th is the World Pancreas Cancer day. We, the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, support the mission to raise awareness and inspire action on this day. We send our support to the survivors, their families and to everyone who has lost a loved one to this deadly disease. We also reiterate our dedication to improve the clinical practice and management of pancreatic cancer and to foster tissue-based research.
Spread the word! #WPCD or #worldpancreaticcancerday

Alyssa M. Krasinskas, MD
President, Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

Neo-Adjuvant Therapy Working Group

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

Neoadjuvant therapy is increasingly used for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Resection specimens that have undergone such treatment pose substantial diagnostic, staging, prognostic and reporting challenges. These issues have been raised at past PBPS meetings as some of the more challenging areas in our field that require further standardization.

In order to address this, PBPS has created a new working group, the Neo-Adjuvant Therapy Working Group, whose role will be to tackle these issues. After reviewing the many highly qualified applicants for membership, we selected the following new members and look forward to learning from them.


  • Dr. Runjan Chetty from Toronto General Hospital, Canada
  • Dr. Huamin Wang from MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA


  • Daniela Allende from Cleveland Clinic, USA
  • Dr. Irene Esposito from Heinrich-Heine University of Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Dr. Mojgan Hosseini from University of California San Diego, USA
  • Dr. Yoko Matsuda from Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital and Institute of Gerontology, Japan


Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Education Committee

Message from the President

Message from the President

Dear Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Members,

Last year was a very productive year that culminated with our inaugural Companion Society Meeting at the annual USCAP meeting in Vancouver, Canada in March. I want to thank our speakers, Ralph Hruban, Olca Basturk, and Gunter Kloppel for their excellent educational talks, and Daniela Allende and Grace Kim for presenting a summary of the findings from the Grossing Working Group, our first active working group. I want to thank the audience for their attendance (and for not being distracted by the beautiful scenery that flanked one entire wall of the meeting room).

At our annual business meeting, which immediately followed the companion session, the PBPS presented its abstract award to Tao Wang for his presentation entitled “Mass-Forming Intraductal Neoplasms of the Biliary Tract Comprise Morphologically and Genetically Distinct Entities” (congratulations Tao!) and we welcomed many new members. The official minutes of the Business Meeting are available on our website.

Members of all PBPS committees worked extremely hard over the past year not only to create a successful companion session, but to also strengthen existing and bring new activities to our young society. I’d like to recognize the following members who really made this past year a success: Olca Basturk, who was instrumental in organizing the companion session; Daniela Allende and Grace Kim, for their contributions to the companion session; Mabel Ko for creating, updating and managing our website; and David Lewin, for running the business meeting and keeping our finances in order.

I’d like to touch upon a few items that are currently in the PBPS pipeline:

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.

– Alyssa M. Krasinskas, MD