Society for Hematopathology Newsletter, Autumn 2003
Membership dues statement ; some new features and benefits are
Yes, it is time to pay dues again. Although the dues remain the same, there are some new features and
benefits. The dues statement for 2004 has some important information regarding the on-line membership directory. This directory is linked to our website
(socforheme.org). Your membership number, printed on the dues statement, is your initial password to
access the directory. After log-on, you can change your password if you wish, and update your own
information on the directory. You will also be able to find contact information for other SH members.
The directory includes the name, address, phone, fax, and email that you have provided to the Society.
The SH will not permit printing the entire membership directory in order to prevent undesired usage.
Should you not wish to be included in the on-line directory, contact Ms. Carolyn Lane at the SH office
(see dues statement) and she will remove your name.
Case of the Quarter – Important changes, including on the Website at no
First – many thanks to Dom Pantalony, who has edited the C/Q for the past two years. The cases
have all been on time, and have been of excellent quality. Dom is now passing the baton for this SH
function to Karen Chang at City of Hope. Although she has already lined up some cases for the coming
year, she would still like to hear from anyone with a good case to submit. By early 2004, the C/Q will be free to all on the website. Each C/Q will be prepared for the
website by a professional webmaster, and posted on the website for all who wish to access them.
Kodachrome reproductions will no longer be mailed.
The 2003 SH/EAHP Joint Workshop in Memphis, “Congenital, Reactive and
Neoplastic Disorders in Pediatric Hematopathology”, was an outstanding workshop that included a
wide range of cases, from acute leukemias to rare congenital diseases. A summation of the workshop will
appear in a future edition of “Patterns”, to be published by the American Journal of Clinical
Pathology. Robert Lorsbach, Jim Downing and their colleagues and staff at St. Judes are to be
congratulated for organizing this excellent learning experience.
The SH ASCP Companion Meeting, held Sept. 17, in New Orleans, also received
great reviews by the attendees. E. Hsi and S.Kroft moderated the meeting, which included discussions by
W.Finn on CLL, J.Downing on gene expression analysis of acute leukemia, Paul Kurtin on marginal zone
lymphoma and MLT translocation, and LoAnn Peterson on the effect of imatinib
mesylate on bone marrow morphology.
The theme of Pediatric Hematopathology will be continued at the SH Scientific Symposium at the USCAP meeting in Vancouver, on Sunday, March 7, 2004.
Michael Borowitz and Jim Downing will moderate the session. Speakers and their topics include R. Jaffe,
“Histiocytoses”; P. Emanuel, “Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia”; J.
Downing, “Molecular Pathology of Pediatric Acute Leukemia”; M. Borowitz, “Minimal
Residual Disease in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”; S. Perkins, “Pediatric
Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas”; S. Poppema, “Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome”. For
those who could not attend the Memphis meeting, this symposium promises to offer a synopsis of important
advances in pediatric hematopathology in a single afternoon session.
Thessaloniki, Greece, is the site of the XII Meeting of the EAHP/SH Joint
Workshop , September 26-October 1, 2004. The main themes will be “Integration of molecular
genetics into hematopathology” and “Extranodal lymphomas”. A two day EAHP Bone
Marrow Symposium, consisting of scientific sessions and slide workshops, will be held Sept 26- 27
preceding the Lymphoma Symposium. Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaikos Gulf, and this workshop will
offer the opportunity to combine hematopathology with some extraordinary sight seeing. Arrangements are
being made for observance of Yom Kippur on Sept 25 for those who will be in Greece on that day. We will
notify you of the arrangements via the SH listserve.
Call for Proposals for SH/EAHP Workshop, 2005
Despite the fact that the Memphis SH/EAHP workshop has just concluded, it is time to plan the SH/EAHP
workshop for autumn, 2005. The workshop is an excellent opportunity to bring together members of the
Society to discuss new ideas and findings regarding issues that we deal with in our practice of
hematopathology. For members who work in an institution with an active continuing medical education
office, I would urge you to consider making a proposal. Visit the website, socforheme.org, read the
detailed guidelines, which serve as a roadmap for making and implementing your proposal, and then
complete the workshop proposal form, also found on the website. Please submit to me via email no later
than Jan 15. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Executive Committee. Those
submitting proposals will likely be asked, if possible, to attend the Executive Committee meeting on
Saturday, March 6, in Vancouver.
The Hematopathology Pathologist-in-Training Award is given each year to a fellow, resident or medical
student who presents an outstanding paper related to hematopathology at the annual USCAP meeting. Papers
are judged by a committee comprised of members of the SH Executive Committee, and scored for scientific
approach, significance, and presentation. Each winner receives a $500.00 prize. To nominate a trainee,
please visit the website, socforheme.org, to check the eligibility requirements, and complete the
nomination form. Fax the form to the SH office, 706-733-8033, no later than
February 4, 2004 . Trainees with posters accepted for the Stowell-Orbison competition in the
Hematopathology category are automatically nominated, and need not submit an additional application.
The major work of the SH is carried out by a number of committees that are listed below. Each member
has volunteered their time to help the SH meet its objectives. If you are interested in volunteering for
a committee, please let me know. To each committee member, thanks.
J. Vardiman, Pres (02-04)
S. Swerdlow, Vice Pres (02-04)
L. Peterson, Sec/Tres (02-04)
K. Foucar, Past Pres (02-04)
J. (Wing) Chan (02-06)
J. Ferry (02-06)
C. Kjeldsberg (01-05)
N. Levy (00-04)
R. Coupland 03-07
E. Campo (03-07)
Case of the Quarter
D. Pantalony (01-03)
K. Chang (03-05)
N. Levy (NLOT)
Constitution and By-Laws
J. (Wing) Chan (00-04)
S. Abbondonza (00-04)
D. Arber (01-05)
C. Dunphy (02-06)
K. Foucar (02-08)
N. Harris (00-06)
P. Banks (98-04)
ASCP Program Committee
E. Hsi (01-03)
S. Kroft (02-05)
W. Finn (03-06)
K. Foucar (02-04)
S. Perkins (02-04)
P. Kurtin (02-04)
M. Borowitz (02-04)
R. Brynes (02-04)
USCAP Program Organizers/Moderators
J. Said (03)
E. Hsi (03)
M. Borowitz (04)
J. Downing (04)
Have a happy and safe Holiday Season – Jim Vardiman