Society for Pediatric Pathology

Pathologist Positions

April 5, 2019

President's Message: 2018 Year in Review

Dear Colleagues:

A year has passed since I gave “The Speech," introducing myself to many of you and starting off a year of Presidency. Now I look forward to transitioning the Presidency to Charles Timmons, and sitting back to watch his Speech. While the Society is thriving and faces an exciting future, I will pause to summarize the past year in review. Thanks to the hard work of many, there are many successes to reflect upon.



The SPP and PPS jointly publish Pediatric and Developmental Pathology (PDP). PDP highlights during the year included the following:

Initiatives new this year within PDP have included:

Social Media

In less than two years since its launch, the SPP Twitter feed @SocPediPath has gained 1461 followers. The Society’s journal also launched a Twitter feed: @PediDevPath has gained 531 followers. These efforts may enhance the presence of our subspecialty and support the dissemination of its specialized knowledge around the world.

Grants, Awards and Other Honors

Recruitment of new talent, ongoing professional development in Pediatric Pathology, recognition and support of academic work and research, remain important. Grants, awards and other honors for the past year are listed below and on the SPP website.

The 2018 recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Colleague Awards were:

The SPP has funded attendance at the International Paediatric Pathology Association (IPPA) Advanced Course in Paediatric Pathology through 2019 for a pathologist from an underserved area who could not participate otherwise.




In the past year there was intense work focused on optimizing SPP’s relationship with its association management company (The Kellen Company). Over the course of the year, the SPP onboarded a new Executive Director (Emily Burch), Controller (Howard Burkat), and Administrator (Jordan Burghardt), with overall great improvement to date. From this perspective it has been a year of volunteer-intensive managerial input; and the Society’s presently thriving state is thanks to the hard work of many.


In 2018, the SPP advanced its mission by making many small improvements across all of its programs, thanks to its engaged membership and many volunteers. It was a great honor to play a small role in advancing the field of pediatric pathology, a task which ultimately benefits the young patients we serve.

Respectfully submitted,

Sara O. Vargas, M.D.
President, Society for Pediatric Pathology
March 14, 2019

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