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Hurricane Katrina Doctor and Nobel Laureate Headline ASCP Annual Meeting

Gregory S. Henderson, MD, PhD, FASCP, joined by Nobel Laureate J. Robin Warren, MD, and leading lung disease researcher Samuel A. Yousem, MD, FASCP, at Pathology Gathering

CHICAGO, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How has one of the worst natural disasters in American history helped shape and advance global health initiatives through pathology? How did serendipity play a part in discovering the cause of ulcers and gastric cancer? What does the future hold for developments in lung cancer research and diagnosis?

These and a host of other questions will be answered as some 700 members of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) gather in New Orleans to explore "The Heart and Science of Pathology," Oct 18 - 21 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The ASCP is the largest member organization dedicated to the advancement of the entire field of pathology; this year's meeting will draw on both national and international expertise in more than 125 in-depth educational and inspirational programs.

ASCP is also concerned about the people of New Orleans and the rebirth of the city. During the month of October, ASCP is sponsoring a silent auction for the United Way Workforce Project, which benefits residents of the city who have no medical insurance.

Highlights At A Glance

-- Thursday, Oct. 18

-- Dr. Gregory S. Henderson - Opening Keynote Address, "Out of the

Laboratory and Into the World: Expanding the Pathologists' Role in

Global Healthcare"

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

-- Dr. Henderson's story of providing medical assistance with scarce

supplies and tragedy all around during the Hurricane is legendary.

Now he discusses the important role of the pathologist in everyday

health care stateside and on a global level. He will also discuss

the future of the industry and provide a call to action to

pathologists to become more involved with ASCP and its humanitarian


-- George L. Mutter, MD - "EIN (Endometrial Intraepithelial Neoplasia)

and Ambiguous Premalignant Endometrial Lesions"

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

-- Hailing from world-renowned Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,

Dr. Mutter adds his expertise on diagnosis of neoplastic and

metaplastic lesions. He will also help attendees learn to segregate

lesions into precancerous and non-precancerous based on recent data

and clinical trials. Incorporating actual patient examples into his

seminar, Dr. Mutter will also touch on lab error, artifacts and

hormonal effects and how they factor into accurate diagnosis.

-- Friday, Oct. 19

J. Robin Warren, MD - Keynote Address, "Helicobabacter Pylori - The

Ease and Difficulty of a New Discovery"

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

After an unexpected scientific discovery, a Nobel Prize and years

of teaching pathology at the University of Western Australia, Dr.

Warren will talk about how his findings linking a little-known

bacterium to the common, painful ailment of ulcers has changed the

shape of diagnosis and prevention.

-- Frank A. Mitros, MD, FASCP - Video Tutorial: "Differential

Diagnosis of Non-Neoplastic Liver Diseases"

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

-- Attendees at this interactive and informal session will learn the

latest approach to the slide with a description of how to piece

major morphologic findings into a limited differential diagnosis.

Dr. Mitros will go on to explain how to use the findings to further

resolve the differential using video and an LCD screen for


-- John R. Ball, MD, JD, MACP, ASCP Executive VP; Lee H. Hilborne, MD,

MPH, DLM (ASCP), FASCP, ASCP President-Elect; Janice K. Jesse, MD,

FASCP, ASCP Fellow Council Chair-Elect - "ASCP Fellow Council


1 - 2 p.m.

-- Learn from ASCP leadership at this open, interactive luncheon

where ideas, questions and opinions about the most pressing issues

in pathology practice and the future of the profession will be

discussed. Driving this session are the subjects of technology,

practice patterns, and the business of pathology.

-- William E. Schreiber, MD, FASCP - "Stump the Stars: Problem Solving

in Clinical Pathology"

7 - 10 p.m.

-- Get a bird's eye view of what goes on behind the scenes in the

laboratory as several experts showcase their skills in selection

and interpretation of diagnoses. Given limited background

information, three pathologists will generate a list of possible

diagnoses, discussing significance and rationale.

-- Saturday, Oct. 20

-- Samuel A. Yousem, MD, FASCP - Keynote Address, "Pulmonary

Neuroendocrine Jambalaya: Ingredients and Instructions for Digestion"

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.

-- Just as there are recipes for jambalaya, there is a recipe for

clarification in classification of neuroendocrine tumors of the

lung. A leading pathologist at the University of Pittsburgh School

of Medicine, Dr. Yousem will highlight and deconstruct definitions

and diagnostic criteria for carcinoid tumors.

-- Robert E. Petras, MD, FACG, FASCP and Robert Michel - "Sleaze,

Graft and Corruption in Surgical Pathology: A Primer for Residents"

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

-- At this breakfast meeting, residents will learn about the dos and

don'ts of pathology practice from Mr. Michel, editor of The Dark

Report, and Dr. Petras of AmeriPath.

-- Jan F. Silverman, MD, FASCP - "Anatomic Pathologists' Role in Patient


10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

With recent reports of laboratory errors in the news, Dr. Silverman of Drexel University College of Medicine gives guidance critical to the prevention of inaccuracies in the laboratory. With more than 70 percent of all medical decisions that affect patient diagnosis and course, attendees will come away with enhanced ability to recognize types of cases that are more prone to error, to identify which cases may need a second opinion, to identify cases that qualify as potential critical value diagnoses, and much more.

With some 60 new programs added, 25 booths with cutting-edge medical products and services on display, new books and networking opportunities, this meeting is sure to have many stories and updates of interest.

Reporters can register for free in advance by contacting Gelasia Croom in the ASCP Communications Department, 312-541-4754 or Media registration will also be available on site.

For more information, please visit the ASCP Web site at

Founded in 1922, the American Society for Clinical Pathology is a professional society with nearly 140,000 member pathologists and laboratory professionals. Based in Chicago, the ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.

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