Society for Pediatric Pathology

Meetings and Events

The Society conducts a Spring Annual Meeting in conjunction with the U.S.-Canadian division of the International Academy of Pathology (USCAP), attracting large numbers of registrants from both organizations. In addition, the Society holds a Fall Meeting each year at various pediatric institutions throughout North America. The Fall Meeting includes the presentation of papers and a symposium that draws upon the expertise of local faculty. An informal atmosphere allows for interchange among colleagues and an opportunity to visit the institutions of peers. Since 1978 the Society has presented the Sidney Farber Lecture which features an in depth view of current topics in developmental pathology.

Upcoming SPP Meetings

  • SPP-PPS Joint Meeting, October 17-19, 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    -- registration opening soon!
  • SPP Spring Meeting, February 28 - March 1, 2020, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • SPP Fall Meeting, October 22-24, 2020, Portland, Oregon, USA

Abstract Submission

The Society for Pediatric Pathology will be soliciting abstracts for consideration for presentation at the upcoming 2019 SPP-PPS Joint Fall Meeting to be held October 17-20, 2019 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

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Click here for step-by-step instructions on abstract submission.

Please review the instructions below carefully.

Rules for Abstract Submission

  • Submission deadlines— The online abstract submission will open June 11, 2019. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Electronic submissions must be received by August 5, 2019, at 11:59 PM, Central Time.  Electronic submissions not received before the deadline will not be accepted for review. 
  • Disclosure Statement—Disclosures are collected once the program committee has selected abstracts for presentation.
  • Verification of receipt—Notification of receipt will be emailed to the contact author within 2 business days of abstract receipt. 
  • Abstract fee—There is a $45 processing fee for each abstract submission. Credit Card payment must be completed on the Submit Abstract page to complete the submission process.
  • Additional information—Additional information, including author instructions, will be available on the abstract submission site.

If you have any questions regarding your abstract submission, please contact Patricia Ferchland-Bingham at, or call 847-686-2374.

Program Overview

All events are located at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square unless noted

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monterey Bay Restaurant

SPP Board of Directors / PPS Council Dinner
Shuttle provided

Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Brighton/Edenburg/ Pointview

Committee Meetings (multiple rooms)

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grand Station

Pediatric Heart Disease Symposium
Marta Cohen, M.D.
Brian Feingold, M.D.
Bernhard Kuhn, M.D.
Cecilia W. Lo, Ph.D.
Jennifer Picarsic, M.D.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Welcome Reception
Wine tasting

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Grand Station

COG/SIOP Update on Liver Tumors,
S. Ranganathan, M.D.
Rita Alaggio, M.D.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

GS Foyer

Coffee / Tea Break

9:45 am – 11:30 pm

Grand Station

Pediatric Pathology Plenary Sessions

Grand Station

Perinatal Pathology Plenary Sessions

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Grand Station

Lotte Strauss Plenary Lecture

Bonnie Cole, M.D.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Grand Station

Perinatal Business Meeting

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Grand Station

IPPA Graduate presentation: Diversity (all welcome)
Irina Kletskaya, M.D.
Isabel Comenero, M.D.
Peter Bode, M.D.
Fernando Casco, M.D.

Grand Station

Perinatal Pathology Poster Session

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Grand Station

John Emery Lecture:
Dr. Cristina Antonescu

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

GS Foyer

Coffee / Tea Break

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Grand Station

PPS Annual General Meeting

Grand Station

SPP Board of Directors Meeting

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Off-Site: Grand Concourse Restaurant

Gala Dinner

Saturday, October 19, 2019

7:30 am – 11:30 am

Grand Station

Pediatric Pathology Plenary & Poster Sessions

Grand Station

Perinatal Symposium:
Mana Parast, M.D.
Srinivas Rao, M.D.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Grand Station

Awards Ceremony

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Grand Station

Slide Seminar: SPP/PPS

Grand Station

Perinatal Pathology Plenary & Poster Sessions

12:30 am – 1:30 pm


On your own

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Cultural Excursion


Thank you choosing your event with us! Here's your reservation link your guests can use to make reservations:

Book your group rate for SPP-PPS 2019 Joint Fall Meeting

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Last Day to Book: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square $199 USD - $199 USD per night

Book your group rate for SPP & PPS 2019 Combined Fall Meeting


Delta Air Lines is offering special discounted* airfares for attendees traveling to Pittsburgh. 
Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, up to 10% off the fare. 
*Please note the following:

  • Not all fare codes are eligible for a discount; fare rules determine eligibility
  • Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, and apply to round trip travel only.
  • Not valid with any other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers.
  • Name changes on the ticket are permitted at $200 USD/$200 CAD on select fares.

Delta Airlines Discount

Taking advantage of this discount is easy! Just click the “Advanced Search” link on and enter NMSE9 in the box that says “Meeting Event Code.” If your flight qualifies for a discount, it will automatically be applied to your search results. We suggest using this discount to book your SPP flight.

Meeting Event Code: NMSE9
SkyBonus Points Member Number: US0084894


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