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From the Editor's Desk

May 6, 2020

Greetings to all fellow members of the Society for Pediatric Pathology! As your new Newsletter Editor, I am now ensconced in my home in Little Rock, waiting out the pandemic and pondering all the great things that are going on in our Society.

To prepare for this new position, I am reviewing past editions of our SPP Newsletter, going back to my oldest one from Summer 1995. Editors since that time have included John Fisher, Edwina Popek, Art Weinburg, Margaret Collins, and Rob Ruiz. After 2004, my collection becomes sketchy, and it appears that at some point newsletter editorship became a province of the SPP President and the SPP Newsletter morphed into the President’s Newsletter. On-line newsletters that are access-ready on our website begin in 2014 with Raj Kapur and are continued up to our current Past-President Charles Timmons. It appears that I am reviving the previous SPP tradition, and any missing issues that could be shared with me would be most welcome.

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In spite of the fear of infection, the SPP held a very successful meeting in Los Angeles from February 27 to March 1, 2020. Highlights of the meeting included changes from previous traditions including: consecutive pediatric and perinatal platforms rather than competing ones, use of a 2-minute platform to “advertise” posters rather than a mini-presentation, and an open bar and finger food replacing the formal SPP dinner.

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From L to R: Mike Caplan (SPP, Keyboard), Craig Zuppan (SPP, bass), Jeff Olson (local freelance jazz drummer), Chuck Alvarez (freelance guitarist), and Paul Dickman (SPP, saxophone).

 

Although there were a few growing pains, positive signs included the ability to hear both surgical pathology and perinatal pathology topics, and to talk with poster presenters who stood by their work during the subsequent session. Unfortunately, President Gino Somer’s Presidential Address lacked the attention it deserved as a result of the new format, but I look forward to seeing how the Education Committee incorporates this treasured part of our shared memory into the program. Another positive change was a Business Meeting Lunch with FREE FOOD, so it was much better attended than in times past.

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I hope that all of you are able to keep well during the present pandemic, and I look forward to seeing you again. Be safe!

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David Parham, MD

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David Parham, MD

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