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.

Society for Pediatric Pathology Fall Meeting 2018
October 25-28, 2018 
Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor
615 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

SPP Fall 2018 Meeting

**Preliminary Agenda - Subject to Change**

Meeting Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting, learners should be able to:

  • Acknowledge recent advancements in research and practice related to the biology, characterization and/or diagnosis of pediatric disease. 
  • Identify areas with recent significant advancement in the practice of pediatric pathology.
  • Implement diagnostic and consultative management updates in pediatric pathology into practice.
  • Summarize clinicopathologic differential diagnoses and pathologic processes of perinatal and pediatric disorders and their complications, as well as their treatments and possible outcomes.

Course Outline:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Committee Meetings

2:00 – 6:00 PM


Friday, October 26, 2018

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Scientific Program

8:05 AM – 8:50 AM

COG Update

“Updates on non-Wilms renal tumors”

Mariana M. Cajaiba, MD

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM

Break and Poster Viewing

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Lotte Strauss Lecture:

Distinct Microbiome-Neuroimmune Signatures Correlate With Functional Abdominal Pain in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ruth Ann Luna, PhD, MB(ASCP)cm

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Perinatal Business Meeting

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Perinatal Slide Session

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Symposium –

‘Quality, Patient Safety and Value Creation from a Pathology Platform’

Symposium Director:  Raja Rabah, MD, Professor and Director, Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology, University of Michigan Health System CS Mott and VonVoigtlander Women’s Hospitals

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the role of pathologists in diagnosis, quality, patient safety and providing Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC).
  2. Explain basic principles of LEAN thinking (aka scientific problem solving) and explain how LEAN thinking applies to everyday problems in healthcare.
  3. Recognize the importance of the patient experience and outcomes rather than simply cost containment.


"Implementation of LEAN Thinking: One Health System's Journey."

John E. Billi, MD


"Making Health Care Safe for Children"- Valerie P. Opipari, MD


“The Roles of Teamwork, Technology and Culture in Improving Diagnosis: Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC).” - Jeffrey L. Myers, MD


“Laboratory Utilization”- Scott R. Owens, MD


"Defining and Creating Value in Pediatric Pathology"- Raja Rabah, MD



Sunday, October 28, 2018

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM


8:00 – 8:10 AM


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Perinatal Symposium –

‘Updates on Congenital Malformations’

DirectorAmer Heider, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the appropriate use of genetic testing in congenital malformation cases, including the financial and technical aspects and limitations for the tests, such as sequencing.
  2. Describe perinatal imaging characteristics in malformation cases and discuss the complementary nature of fetal MRI and obstetric ultrasound. 
  3. Identify the utility of fragmented fetal examination in congenital malformations, including the technical challenges and importance of recognizing relevant clinical information.


“Prenatal Imaging” - Lori J Day, MD and Maria Ladino-Torres, MD


“The Fragmented Fetus” - Linda M Ernst, MD, MHS – Perinatal Pathologist, Northshore University Healthsystem


"Genetic Testing Update: single gene, panels, banking (who orders what, when, and how")? - Marcie Treadwell, MD and Beth Dugan, MS, CGC


“Update on Whole Exome Sequencing in Fetal Demise and Malformations - Marcie Treadwell, MD and Beth Dugan, MS, CGC 


Perinatal Symposium discussion and conclusion


Combined SPP - PPS Meeting
October 10-13, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania