Past Program

2017 New Frontiers in Pathology Program

Speakers & Program

A. James French Lecturer


Adam Bagg, MD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Adam Bagg is a Hematopathologist with alleged expertise in the area of the Molecular Pathology of Leukaemia and Lymphoma. He attended Medical School at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (a long, long time ago), where he also completed his Pathology training in Laboratory Hematology /Haematopathology. In 1989, he came to the United States for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship, but he has been impossible to get rid of, and has remained here ever since. He spent a decade at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he repeated residency and fellowship training (the price foreigners have to pay!) and subsequently joined the faculty, ultimately as Director of Haematopathology.

Currently, Dr. Bagg is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (where he has been for 18 years), and divides his time between directing Haematology, attending in haematopathology (he also has a busy extramural consultation practice), teaching and (ever less so nowadays) research. He was Director of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society of America-funded Minimal Residual Disease Core Facility of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Centre for Immunotherapy for 10 years. In 2010, he was appointed Medical Director of the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory (but subsequently fired in 2015 by a new recruit – who, coincidentally, had just joined Penn from the University of Michigan), and (was coerced to) serve as Interim Director of Haematopathology between 2013 and 2015.

Dr. Bagg’s research is supposed to be focused in 3 areas: 1) development of new assays, in particular molecular assays, to help diagnose and prognosticate hematologic malignancies; 2) minimal residual disease testing; and 3) developing new tools to facilitate the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). He was once awarded a patent for a novel flow cytometry assay for diagnosing MDS that nobody uses. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants, including some from the NIH.

He engages in an array of extramural and intramural teaching endeavors, and has received numerous awards recognizing his apparent skill in information transfer, being awarded the Kevin E. Salhany MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2000, less than one year after arriving at the University of Pennsylvania. He received this award again in 2010. He has also received teaching awards from Thomas Jefferson University, which is kind of weird since he doesn’t even work there. For the past 8 years (2010-2017), he was voted by his peers as one of Philadelphia’s "Top Doctors". In 2012 (and since), he was noted by US News and World Report to be in the top 1% of doctors in the United States. In 2011, he was elected to Council/Board of Directors of USCAP for a 4-year term.

Dr. Bagg is a renowned speaker who has lectured extensively nationally (including at USCAP, ASCP, AMP, CAP, ACLPS, AACC, ISLH and ASH) and internationally (Northern Ireland, Germany, India, China, South Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Canada, Mexico, Sudan, Turkey, Romania, Scotland, Iran and Australia). He has over 170 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews and textbook chapters, most in the realm of the molecular pathology of hematologic malignancies. A publication that he was a coauthor on (CART19 T-cells to treat CLL, PI Carl June) was the most downloaded article in Science Translational Medicine for 2011. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and on the Editorial Board of Advances in Anatomic Pathology.

Plenary Lecturers


Christina Isacson, MD

Gynecologic Pathologist
CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories
Seattle, WA

Dr. Isacson is a gynecologic pathologist at CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington Medical Center, Department of Pathology, in Seattle. Following a two-year fellowship in gynecologic pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital with Dr. Robert J. Kurman, she was Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, where her research interests included HPV-related disease and diagnostic immunohistochemistry. In 2000, she moved to Seattle where she has worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center and CellNetix Pathology as a community pathologist, while still trying to remain engaged in academic pursuits. Dr. Isacson’s interests include teaching and women’s health issues. She has served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology and currently is a Section Editor of Gynecologic Pathology for Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She has been actively involved with the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology where she has been on the Education Committee, served as Short Course Coordinator and was appointed to Council in 2011. She is also a co-author of the widely used book “An Illustrated Manual for the Dissection of Surgical Pathology Specimens”. Besides practicing pathology a lot, she enjoys swimming, bicycling and long walks with her French Bulldog, Biscuit.

Paul Wakely, MD

Professor of Pathology
The Ohio State University

Paul Wakely, Jr., MD is a board-certified surgical pathologist and cytopathologist specializing in fine needle aspiration cytopathology, head/neck pathology, and soft tissue/bone pathology. He has been in practice since 1983, and is a tenured professor in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University (OSU).

A frequent speaker at regional, national, and international courses, Dr. Wakely’s research involves application of new technologies to the detection and diagnosis of head/neck and soft tissue/bone neoplasms. He has collaborated with the Thyroid Cancer Unit for more than 15 years and serves as a co-Investigator for the Pathology and Clinical Correlation Core of the OSU Thyroid Cancer P01 SPORE Grant in which he has been responsible for pathology review of thyroid tissue/tumors collected from patients. Dr. Wakely also provides thyroid cancer-specific reviews of tissues for clinical trials in thyroid cancer and also from tissue microarrays and other samples collected as part of the Endocrine Neoplasia Repository.

Dr. Wakely is currently an associate editor of the Journal of American Society of Cytopathology, and previously served as associate editor of Cancer Cytopathology for ten years. He serves on the Education Committee of the U.S./Canadian Academy of Pathology, and previously served on the American Board of Pathology test development & advisory committee. Prior awards include the M-II pathology teaching award (OSU), the anatomic pathology resident teaching award (twice), and Y. Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist Award from the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology.

Conference Organizers


David Lucas, M.D.

A. James French Professor and Director of Anatomic Pathology
University of Michigan

Dr. David Lucas received his M.D. from Wayne State University in 1988. After Pathology residency training at Wayne State University (1998-1991), he spent two years as a Surgical and Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellow at the Mayo Clinic (1991-1993). In 1993, he accepted a faculty position at Wayne State University, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, and worked there until 2003. Dr. Lucas was Course Director for the sophomore Connective Tissue Unit at Wayne State University from 1995-2003 and Director of Immunohistochemistry at the Detroit Medical Center from 2000-2003.

Dr. Lucas joined the faculty of the University of Michigan of Pathology Department in 2003 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. He is an expert consultant in Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology. He served as Director of Immunohistochemistry from 2006-2010, Director of Surgical Pathology from 2010-2015, and Program Director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship from 2010-2015. Dr. Lucas was appointed Director of Anatomic Pathology in December 2015. He is author of 120 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored two editions of Diagnostic Pathology of Soft Tissue Tumors (2011 and 2016), and wrote multiple book chapters and abstracts. He has given various extramural invited presentations at local, national, and international venues, and has participated as study pathologist on multiple clinical trials.

Lauren Smith, M.D.

Director of Hematopathology
University of Michigan

Dr. Lauren Smith received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan Honors College with highest distinction in 1992. She spent four years working in a neurogenetics laboratory at the University of San Francisco with Dr. Nelson Freimer. For the next two years she worked as a manuscript editor for Dr. Donald Klein, a psychiatrist, at Columbia University. In 1998, she began medical school at the University of Michigan. She was awarded AOA in her junior year and was president of the UM AOA Chapter the following year. She completed her residency in anatomic/clinical pathology and fellowship in hematopathology from 2002-2007.

In July, 2007 she began her faculty career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. She was appointed Fellowship Director in 2013. She was appointed the Director of the Ethics Path of Excellence in the University of Michigan Medical School in 2013. She became the permanent Director of the Hematopathology Section in 2016. In addition, she serves as a Hospital Ethicist at Michigan Medicine.

Laura Lamps, M.D.

Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology
University of Michigan

Laura Webb Lamps, MD is the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Gastrointestinal Pathology at the University of Michigan Department of Pathology, and the Patient Safety Officer for the University of Michigan Hospital. Dr. Lamps, originally from Auburn, Alabama, received her B.S. degree from Davidson College, followed by her M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She also completed her residency and surgical pathology fellowship training at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Lamps is a renowned academic pathologist and educator, and a leader in the fields of gastrointestinal, hepatic, and infectious disease pathology. She has authored numerous papers and abstracts, and is the co-author or author of several major pathology textbooks including Surgical Pathology of the Gastrointestinal System: Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, and Parasitic Infections; Diagnostic Pathology: Normal Histology; and Diagnostic Pathology: GI Endoscopic Correlation. She is also one of four editors of the upcoming new edition of Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology. Until this past March, she served as the chair of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Education Committee.

Dr. Lamps has recently moved to Ann Arbor with her husband, Paul Ward, and their two rescue corgis, Henry and Alys. She is an avid knitter, cook, and yoga practitioner.

University of Michigan Contributors

Henry Appelman, MD

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology

Sandra Camelo-Piragua, MD


Karen Choi, MD

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology

Sarah Choi, MD


Rajan Dewar, MBBS, PhD

Hematopathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology

Avneesh Gupta, MD

Neuropathology and Forensic Pathology

Amer Heider, MD

Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology

Alexandra C. Hristov, MD


Tao Huang, MD

Pulmonary Pathology

Celina Kleer, MD

Breast Pathology

Kristine E. Konopka, MD

Pulmonary Pathology

Madelyn Lew, MD


Richard W. Lieberman, MD

Gynecologic Pathology

Kathryn A. McFadden, MD

Neuro & Pediatric Pathology

Jonathan B. McHugh, MD

Head & Neck Pathology

Rohit Mehra, MD

Genitourinary Pathology

Jeffrey L. Myers, MD

Pulmonary Pathology

Scott R. Owens, MD

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology

Rajiv M. Patel, MD

Dermatopathology, Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

Anamarija Perry, MD


Russell Ryan, MD


Andrew P. Sciallis, MD

Gynecologic Pathology

Aaron M. Udager, MD, PhD

Genitourinary Pathology

Allecia M. Wilson, MD

Forensic Pathology

Program for 2017

The speakers have no financial relationships relevant to this CME activity.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:15am      
Welcome & Introduction 8:15 - 8:30am      
Plenary Lecture 8:30 - 9:30am Paul Wakely, MD "Diagnostic Traps That Await The Head And Neck Pathologist"
Case 1 9:30 - 10:00am Jonathan McHugh, MD Head & Neck  
Case 2 10:00 - 10:30am Allecia Wilson, MD Autopsy/Forensics  
Refreshment Break 10:30 - 11:00am Terrace Ballroom    
Case 3 11:00 - 11:30am Karen Choi, MD Gastrointestinal  
Case 4 11:30 - 12:00pm Henry Appelman, MD Gastrointestinal  
Case 5 12:00 - 12:30pm Laura Lamps, MD Gastrointestinal  
Lunch Break 12:30 - 1:30pm      
Interactive Digital Microscopy 1 1:30 - 2:15pm Paul Wakely, MD Head & Neck, Cytology  
Interactive Digital Microscopy 2 1:30 PM - 2:15pm Tao Huang, MD & Jeffrey Myers, MD Pulmonary Pathology
Transition Break 2:15 - 2:30pm Terrace Ballroom    
Interactive Digital Microscopy 3 2:30 - 3:15pm Rajiv Patel, MD Soft Tissue Tumors of the Skin  
Interactive Digital Microscopy 4 2:30 - 3:15pm Kathryn McFadden, MD and
Avneesh Gupta, MD
Intraoperative Consultation in Neuropathology  
Refreshment Break 3:15 - 3:30pm Terrace Ballroom    
Case 6 3:30 - 4:00pm Sandra Camelo-Piragua, MD Neuropathology  
Case 7 4:00 - 4:30pm Celina Kleer, MD Breast  
Case 8 4:30 - 5:00pm David Lucas, MD Bone & Soft Tissue  

Friday, October 20, 2017

Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00am      
Plenary Lecture 8:00 - 9:00am Christina Isacson, MD "The Spectrum of Ovarian Mucinous Tumors"
Case 9 9:00 - 9:30am Richard Lieberman, MD Gynecology  
Case 10 9:30 - 10:00am Andrew Sciallis, MD Gynecology  
Refreshment Break 10:00 - 10:30am Terrace Ballroom    
Case 11 10:30 - 11:00am Aaron Udager, MD Genitourinary  
Case 12 11:00 - 11:30am Madelyn Lew, MD Cytopathology  
Case 13 11:30 - 12:00pm Rohit Mehra, MD Genitourinary  
Lunch Break 12:00 - 1:00pm      
Interactive Digital Microscopy 5 1:00 - 1:45pm Christina Isacson, MD Gynecology  
Interactive Digital Microscopy 6 1:00 - 1:45pm Lauren Smith, MD & Scott Owens, MD Gastrointestinal Lymphoma  
Transition Break 1:45 - 2:00pm Terrace Ballroom    
Interactive Digital Microscopy 7 2:00 - 2:45pm Laura Lamps, MD Gastrointestinal  
Interactive Digital Microscopy 8 2:00 - 2:45pm Amer Heider MD Placenta & Perinatal Pathology  
Refreshment Break 2:45 - 3:00pm Terrace Ballroom    
Case 14 3:00 - 3:30pm Alexandra Hristov, MD Dermpath  
Case 15 3:30 - 4:00pm Jeffrey Myers, MD Pulmonary  
Case 16 4:00 - 4:30pm Kristina Konopka, MD Pulmonary  
Reception Dinner & Entertainment 5:30 PM University of Michigan Museum of Art / See Website

Saturday October 21, 2017

A. James French Lecture 8:00 - 9:00am Adam Bagg, MD "B-cells Behaving Badly: a Better Basis to Behold Belligerence in B-cell Neoplasms"
Case 17 9:00 - 9:30am Anamarija Perry, MD Heme  
Case 18 9:30 -10:00am Raj Dewar, MD Heme  
Refreshment Break 10:00 - 10:30am Terrace Ballroom    
Case 19 10:30 - 11:00am Adam Bagg, MD Heme  
Case 20 11:00 - 11:30am Russell Ryan, MD Heme  
Case 21 11:30 - 12:00pm Sarah Choi, MD Heme  
Concluding Remarks