Featured Speakers

A. James French Lecturer

Volkan Adsay, M.D. is Professor of Pathology, Vice Chair, and Director of Anatomic Pathology at Emory University. After graduating from Hacettepe University School of Medicine (Turkey),  Dr. Adsay completed his Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology residency in New York and went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Oncologic Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After 11 years as faculty at Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Center, he joined Emory University. Dr. Adsay is an internationally-recognized pathologist in the field of gastrointestinal and pancreatobiliary cancers. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, authored several chapters in the most prestigious textbooks of Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery and Gastrointestinal Tract Oncology, mostly focusing on cancers of pancreas, gallbladder and ampulla. He was a member of the Pancreas Review Group of National Cancer Institute, and co-author in multiple chapters in the World Health Organization's "classification of tumors" series. Among his contributions, he was instrumental in the characterization of various tumor types of the pancreas and biliary tract, and was also the member of an international group that put forth the definition and criteria for the early cancerous lesions of these organs. He serves as committee member in several national and international academic medical societies. He has given over 90 lectures at national and international platforms. He sits in the editorial board of 7 medical journals. He is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards from medical students and residents.


Conference Organizers

Jeffrey L. Myers, M.D., A. James French Professor and Director, Anatomic Pathology is an expert in diagnostic pathology and pulmonary pathology with specialized interest in the area of patient safety and practice innovation.  
Joel K Greenson, M.D., Professor of Pathology and the University of Michigan health System, is an alumni of the University of Michigan Medical School, with residency and fellowship training at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests are in gastrointestinal and liver pathology, infections and neoplasms of the liver and GI tract, inflammatory bowel disease and AIDS in the GI tract. He is past-President of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. His devotion to the field of GI Pathology may be viewed at: http://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/greensonlab/bluegenes/badliverredo.mov  

Plenary Lecturers

Jeffrey Warren, MD, is the Aldred S. Warthin Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1980, completed an Internal Medicine internship at Indiana University Medical Center in 1981 and combined Clinical-Anatomic Pathology residency training at Indiana in 1985. After a three year immunopathology research fellowship in the Department of Pathology at Michigan, Dr. Warren joined the faculty in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He served as Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology and the Clinical Laboratories from 1993 through 2013. For the first two decades of his academic career, Dr. Warren's chief academic focus was in inflammation where he directed an NIH-funded laboratory that studied the pathophysiology of acute immune complex vasculitis, granulomatous vasculitis and the role of iron in the early stages of atherosclerosis. Since 2012, his academic focus has been in the areas of clinical laboratory resource utilization and the system-based application of large sets of clinical laboratory data to improve patient management.  
Dr. Giordano received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1983 and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. through a combined program at Rutgers University and UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His graduate studies in the Department of Microbiology involved regulation of gene expression by phage T3 and T7 RNA polymerases. He completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the National Cancer Institute and fellowship training in Oncologic Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After AP training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School as Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001, and Professor in 2008. He also holds a joint appointment in the Metabolism and Endocrinology Division of the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Giordano is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Giordano has interests in the molecular biology of endocrine neoplasia and maintains an active translational research program in endocrine and other tumors. His research is focused on using contemporary molecular and genomic profiling techniques to address problems in oncologic pathology. For the last several years, he has become active in several projects of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) of the NCI and NHGRI, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Thyroid and Adrenocortical TCGA Projects and a member of the Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma Analysis Working Group. He is also Director of the Tissue Core of the Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Molecular Pathology Research Laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Director of the Biosample Core for the Michigan GI Spore, a former member of AP Test Committee for the American Board of Pathology.