President’s Message – November 2017

Dr. Volkan Adsay
President (2017)
Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

Dear PBPS family,

We are excited that our first official Companion meeting will take place at the annual meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7 pm to 10 pm, in Vancouver, Canada.

The session we are organizing will have two components.

Part I will be talks delivered on the recent developments on molecular-genetic characterization of pancreatic neoplasia that are leading to revisions in the way we view and classify these neoplasms.

– Ralph Hruban. Pancreatic Cancer Genetics, The long and Winding Road.
– Olca Basturk. Genomic Profiling of Intraductal Neoplasms of Pancreatobiliary Tract.
– Gunter Kloeppel. Molecular Signatures of PanNENs.

Part II will be dedicated to interactive discussion (with “clickers”) on the challenges of staging of PB cancers per AJCC/UICC 8th edition that is going into effect in Jan, 2018, and how grossing impacts the evaluation of PB specimens for this and other theranostic purposes. The PBPS Annual Business Meeting will immediately follow the symposium.

We are hoping you agree that this is a program not to miss and that you will make every effort to participate in this inaugural event.

I would also like to report to you that the Cytology and Grossing Working Groups have now been constituted and beginning their work as we speak. For the interactive part our Companion meeting at USCAP on staging/grossing, please forward any questions or comments to us for us to incorporate them to the discussions.

I would like to thank to the members of the Executive and Education Committees of PBPS who have worked hard to make these happen.

Let me also take this opportunity to ask you to renew your membership if you have not already done so.We look forward to seeing you all in Saturday, March 17, at 7 pm in Vancouver.


Volkan Adsay, MD
President, Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society

N. Volkan Adsay, MD
Professor of Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, WI 53226
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