Society for Pediatric Pathology

SPP Newsletter

February 7, 2017

SPP President's Newsletter to the Society for Pediatric Pathology, Spring 2017, & 2016 IPC Report.

SPP President’s Newsletter, February 6, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

This year has brought many changes for our Society and through the commitment of you, its Members, and the team of leadership I have been fortunate to have, we have wrought a stronger and more lasting foundation for the Society. I am proud to have been a part of the process and, while I know there is still work to be done, I am confident the Society has forged a structure that will secure further growth and development of the SPP’s mission and aims. I have provided a copy of my summation for the Intersociety Pathology Council, at the end of this Newsletter, which may help put the full year in perspective. However, there are few topics that merit more detailed update, for you, as Members, since the issue of the December 7, 2016 Newsletter.

  • New SPP Officers: In an electronic meeting conducted December 9-14, 2016, the BOD discussed and approved a slate of nominees from the Nomination Committee (Chaired by the Past-President, Cheryl Coffin) for the offices of President- Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer-Elect. The BOD then voted anonymously, and approved the appointment of Sara Vargas, MD as President-Elect (2017); Fusun Gundogan MD, Secretary, and Linda Ernst MD, MHS, Treasurer-Elect. These results were announced to the Membership on December 21, 2016. Again, please join me in congratulating these individuals and in thanking them for their willingness to serve.

  • New Board of Directors Members 2017- 2021: Membership only very recently voted to elect Rebecca Baergen, MD and Megan Dishop, MD to the Board to fill two retiring Members’ positions. Their terms will commence after the Spring 2017 Meeting.

  • SPP Committee reorganization: This process was largely completed with dissolution of Membership, and Bylaws Committees and re-appointment of Members and Fellows from these Committees and who had remaining terms of service, to other Committees, of their choice. Practice Committee was merged with Education (Cristina Pacheco, MD, Chair) with most Members appointed to Education and others, including the Chair, John Ozolek, MD to the Fellowship Committee, as Assistant Chair to work with the Chair Raja Rabah-Hammad, MD, in anticipation of formation of a new Professional Development Committee, during 2017. Additional Committee and Subcommittee Chair-Elects were appointed to the Education Committee. The new Research and Awards Committee is chaired by Gino Somers, MBBS, PhD. Upon the merge with Archives Committee, the new Website Committee is now chaired by Chandra Krishnan, MD. Several Fellows were appointed to continue on as full voting members on various Committees, effective July 1, 2017. Members will be appointed by the current President-Elect, Miguel Reyes-Múgica, MD, to fill impending 2017 Committee vacancies. Newly assigned Committee members terms will be lengthened to four (4) years. The current list of Committees and Members are now posted on the Website.

  • SPP Slide Survey Program: The 2017 program is online only and now available for enrollment through April 3, 2017 via the SPP Website address A description of the technical parameters necessary to access the Program is posted, as well. The first 6 digitized slides and digital booklets will be accessible in April 2017. Anita Sengupta, MD, and her Subcommittee have worked very hard to ensure the quality, quantity, and ACCME Compliance of the slides and the discussions and questions used for the cases.

  • Society Journal- Pediatric and Developmental Pathology (PDP) and specialty volumes Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology: Pierre Russo, MD from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, began his term as the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, on January 1, 2017, and appointed Linda Ernst MD, MHS as an Associate Editor, in addition to the continuing Associate Editor, Sara Vargas, MD. Jennifer Black MD was appointed to the Editorial Board. Congratulations to all of these individuals. SAGE also fully transitioned to role of Publisher on January 1, 2017. The hard cover version of the full current volume of Perspectives on testicular pathology was prepared for purchase and will be available, for a reduced cost to meeting attendees, along with other volumes, at the 2017 SPP Spring Meeting.

  • SPP Publication: In October 2016, the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine released the electronic publication (ahead of publication 2017 Feb;141(2):209-214. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2015-0531-OA) of the SPP Practice Committee’s article, “Pathologist Effort in the Performance of Fetal, Perinatal, and Pediatric Autopsies: A Survey of Practice”. Congratulations to M. Cristina Pacheco, MD, and Robyn C Reed MD, PhD, for providing our colleagues in adult Pathology a valid perspective and evaluation of such an important aspect of our profession.

  • SPP Budget for 2017: The revised budget with the requisite clarifications was reviewed by Jon Rowland, Chair, Finance Committee and his Committee in a teleconference on December 8, 2016 and the final draft was sent to the BOD on Friday December 9, 2016, for discussion and review, during a specified electronic meeting date window. The BOD then voted to approve the Budget with announcement to the Membership on December 21, 2016. The financial status of the Society is secure.

  • SPP audit by American Board of Pathology: Thanks to Cristina Pacheco, MD, and members of the Education Committee, volunteers from the Perinatal Committee, and Kismet Saglam and Patricia Ferchland-Bingham of SPP Administration for completing the strong work required to meet the ABP audit standards and deadline of January 15, 2017. Members will be notified of the ABP’s decision when it is received.

  • Awards: The 2016 recipient of The Young Investigator Research Grant (which provides up to $15,000 to establish scientific research in pediatric pathology) was Elena Repnikova B.S., M.S., Ph.D., from the University of Missouri Kansas City Medical School for her project “Characterization of Copy Number Variations in Genomic Regions Containing Long Non-Coding RNA Using DNA Microarray". The A. James McAdams Short-Term Study Stipend provides up to $5000 for expenses related to receiving extramural training in pediatric pathology. The 2016 recipient was Julianna Weiel M.D., a second year pathology resident at Stanford's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, who focused on pediatric renal and gastrointestinal pathology during a 4-week rotation, working with David Witte, M.D., at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

  • 2017 Spring Meeting in San Antonio, TX: All is proceeding on schedule, registration numbers are strong, and the room shortage seems to have resolved following negotiations by Chris Viglione of SPP Administration. Miguel Reyes-Múgica, MD will become the next President. The main symposium will be “Personalized Medicine in the Practice of Pediatric Tumor Pathology.” The online system accessed via the Website has successfully enabled Spring 2017 registration and is on schedule for the SAMs and Evaluation/CME processes. For the first time for the SPP, the entire Meeting program agenda, Committee meetings, all abstracts, and other pertinent information, in addition to the ability to contact other registrants, will be via a dedicated Application (“App”). An e-blast to the registrants will be issued by SPP Administration that will explain how to download and use the App. I wish to thank the SPP Administrative Executive Director Martha Jones, and Kismet Saglam and James Brannigan for this accomplishment. As always, I remind you to submit your photos from the Meeting. Photos can be uploaded from the SPP homepage, by logging in and following the steps outlined in the Yogile FAQ, or by e-mailing images to the site at . In addition, there may be ongoing and/or changing issues for foreign travelers attending the Spring Meeting (as well as subsequent Meetings.) Please check the US Customs & Border Protection Website for updates in travel restrictions.

  • Reminder: SPP Fall Meeting is in Denver, CO, September 7-10 2017: See the previous Newsletter for an overview of the scientific program, but the Pediatric Symposium will be “Down Syndrome in the 21st Century”, the Perinatal Symposium program “Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment”, and a special clinical pathology symposium ““Precision Medicine in the Clinical Laboratory: Applications and Consequences” will be offered.

In closing, there are many individuals who have been named in this Newsletter and some who have not, such as Cheryl M Coffin, MD, Sharon M. Geaghan, MD, Charles Timmons MD, PhD, and Raj Kapur MD, PhD, who collectively deserve great thanks for their dedication and professionalism in helping to lead our Society through its challenging changes this past year. I have appreciated their help and wisdom. Mostly I have appreciated the incredible opportunity and honor to serve as 2016 President of the SPP. It has been an amazing experience to represent a Society of such a high caliber, inspiring, and talented colleagues. Thank you, most sincerely.

Wishing you and our Society all the best,

Ona M. Faye-Petersen, MD
2016 President, Society for Pediatric Pathology

2016 Report to Intersociety Pathology Council

Ona Faye-Petersen, M.D., President, Society for Pediatric Pathology

February 5, 2017


The Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP) is an organization of more than 600 members who are pediatric pathologists or have an interest in pediatric pathology education, practice, or research. Most are from the United States and Canada, although members come from all over the world.

The mission and purposes of the SPP are:

  • To promote expertise, effective teaching and productive research in the practice of pediatric pathology.
  • To assist and promote the development and recognition of resident/fellow training programs in pediatric pathology and, through the American Board of Pathology, establish and maintain a means by which pathologists may be certified as having special competency in pediatric pathology.
  • To sponsor and promote the education of physicians and others in healthcare related to pediatric pathology.
  • To establish and maintain appropriate relationships with other societies and groups of physicians, and other scientists who share professional interests with the Society.

To accomplish its mission, the SPP has a website (, holds two scientific meetings each year, offers a separate course in perinatal pathology every several years, holds a joint meeting every 5 years with the European Paediatric Pathology Society (PPS), is a constituent member of the International Paediatric Pathology Association (IPPA), publishes the journal Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, and gives awards in recognition of medical, scientific and professional achievements. The SPP Executive Director at The Kellen Company provides management. The list of the 2016 SPP accomplishments is summarized below.

Importantly, and also occurring during 2016, the SPP underwent a several-stage process of change in its Bylaws necessitated for compliance with current governance standards and other aspects of law related to nonprofit organizations. These changes involved structural modifications and were made while fully upholding the mission and purposes of the SPP, as well as ensuring their continuation in the future. The changes were ratified by a majority vote by the Membership on November 28, 2016 and were posted on the SPP Website. While a number of modifications were made, the main change in the SPP structure involved the construction of an elected Board of Directors (BOD) composed of a minimum of 8 Members who, upon recommendations offered by the Nomination Committee, appoint the President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The transition from the past structure to full implementation of the new BOD and officers was facilitated by the sitting, elected President’s appointment of two new Board Members and BOD appointments of a new Secretary and Treasurer-Elect. In addition, a separate CME Course Advisor position was created, and a process of reorganization of standing SPP Committees was initiated to ensure the ongoing existence of a streamlined and continually progressive, purpose and mission driven Society.


The SPP is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through 2018 and is approved by the American Board of Pathology to offer Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in pathology. Regular educational programs are offered twice yearly in spring and fall for pediatric and other types of pathologists whose practices include pediatric material. Both meetings include peer-reviewed abstracts as poster or platform presentations and a major symposium. Spring meeting workshops are repeated in a three-year cycle to maximize opportunities for attendance.

The 2016 Spring meeting was held in Seattle, Washington. The symposium topic was “Neonatal and Infantile Cholestatic Liver Disease”. 54 abstracts were presented. Pediatric pathology Workshop topics included pediatric lung biopsy, peripheral nerve sheath tumor pathology, kidney biopsy, hematopathology, cytopathology of pediatric non-thyroidal head and neck masses, and specific aims and methods to ensure added relevance to the pediatric autopsy. An evening slide seminar was given in conjunction with the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). The Farber-Landing lecture by Louis P. Dehner, M.D., was entitled “Pleuropulmonary Blastoma”.

The 2016 Fall meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. 39 abstracts were presented. The symposium topic was “Current Concepts in Pediatric Tropical Medicine”. The program also included a perinatal pathology symposium, “Obesity in Pregnancy,” a perinatal slide seminar, and Children's Oncology Group updates on rhabdomyosarcoma and pediatric cystic nephromas.

The SPP Slide Survey provided subscribers with the clinical history and slides/digitized images for 18 challenging cases, to evaluate for CME credit. In November 2016, the Membership voted to move to an online only format for the Slide Survey, which will become effective upon the first release of program materials in Spring 2017.


The SPP and PPS jointly publish Pediatric and Developmental Pathology (PDP). Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology, formerly an independent publication of the SPP, is now a peer-reviewed supplement to PDP. Subscription is included with membership in the SPP and PPS. In 2016, change in the Journal’s publisher from AllenPress to SAGE was initiated with full transition to be active on January 1, 2017. In addition, a new Editor-in-Chief was selected by a Selection committee chaired by Sharon Geaghan, MD and composed of SPP and PPS members. Miguel Reyes-Múgica, MD, completed 15 years as Editor-in-Chief on December 31, 2016 and the new Editor-in-Chief, Pierre Russo, MD was named in early October 2016 to enable a smooth transition in leadership of the Journal. Drs. Manuel Nistal and Miguel Reyes-Múgica published segments of the current volume of Perspectives on testicular pathology in issues of PDP. The hard cover version of the full volume was prepared for purchase and will be available, along with other volumes, at the 2017 SPP Spring Meeting.

In October 2016, the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine released the electronic publication (ahead of the February 2017 publication) of the SPP Practice Committee’s article, “Pathologist Effort in the Performance of Fetal, Perinatal, and Pediatric Autopsies: A Survey of Practice”.

Grants, Awards and Other Honors

Recruitment of new talent, ongoing professional development in pediatric pathology and recognition and support of academic work and research are important for the SPP members and pediatric pathology trainees. The SPP discounts meeting registration and fees for trainees. Grants, awards and other honors are listed below for 2016 and at

The Young Investigator Research Grant provides up to $15,000 to establish scientific research in pediatric pathology. The 2016 recipient was Elena Repnikova B.S., M.S., Ph.D., from the University of Missouri Kansas City Medical School for her project “Characterization of Copy Number Variations in Genomic Regions Containing Long Non-Coding RNA Using DNA Microarray".

Residents in the U.S. and Canada who are considering a career in pediatric pathology are eligible for the Pediatric Pathology Resident Recruitment Award, which is based on a written critique of a recent publication in pediatric pathology. The 2016 awardee was Jennifer Kasten, M.D., of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Several awards recognize outstanding presentations at SPP meetings. The 2016 Gordon F. Vawter Pathologist-in-Training Awardees were

Chrystalle Katte Carreon, M.D., from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA for “Histologic Features of Very Early Onset Compared with Older-Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, and Priya Skaria, M.D., of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, MO, for her presentation, “Role of HBME-1, Galectin-3 and CD56 in the Diagnosis of Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Childhood”. The 2016 Harry B. Neustein Awardees were Miguel Reyes-Múgica, M.D., from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg of UPMC, Pittsburg, PA. The title of his study was “Serotonin Induces Proliferation in NRAS-mutated Nevus Cells from Patients with Large/Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevi”, and Rangaraj Selvarangan, M.D., also of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, MO, for his work, “Human Parechovirus 3 is the Leading Picornavirus Associated with CNS Infections in Children”. The 2016 Perinatal Pathology Awardee was Dr. William (Tony) Parks, M.D. of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, for “Maternal Prepregnancy Obesity and Maternal Vascular Malperfusion of the Placenta: A Study of >10,000 Recent Deliveries”.

The Enid Gilbert-Barness Prize recognizes the impact of an outstanding pediatric pathology paper on anatomic pathology, clinical practice, research, or public health. Angshumoy Roy, MD, from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX received the award for the study “Recurrent internal tandem duplications of BCOR in clear cell sarcoma of the kidney,” which was published in Nature Communications. (2015;6:8891. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9891.)

The A. James McAdams Short-Term Study Stipend provides up to $5000 for expenses related to receiving extramural training in pediatric pathology. The 2016 recipient was Julianna Weiel M.D., a second year pathology resident at Stanford's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, who focused on pediatric renal and gastrointestinal pathology during a 4-week rotation, working with David Witte, M.D., at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

The Lotte Strauss Prize recognizes an outstanding publication in pediatric pathology by an early career (<40 years old) pathologist or basic scientist. The 2016 awardee was Mariana Cajaiba, M.D., from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL, for her publication “Pediatric Cystic Nephromas: Distinctive Features and Frequent DICER1 Mutations,” in Human Pathology (2016;48:81-7.)

The 2016 recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Colleague Awards were Louis P. Dehner, M.D., Deborah A. Perry, M.D., and Elizabeth J. Perlman, M.D.

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.

Boston Children’s Hospital offers a Pediatric Pathology Visiting Scholar Award for additional training in pediatric pathology for a visiting trainee or pathologist.


The SPP is a constituent member of IPPA, the worldwide umbrella organization for pediatric pathology. The SPP practices international educational outreach with IPPA, the International Academy of Pathology (IAP), the College of American Pathologists, the USCAP, the Latin American Society of Pediatric Pathology (SLAPPE), the Paediatric Pathology Society (PPS), the Australia/New Zealand Pediatric Pathology Group (ANZPPG), and other locally or individually organized courses and educational programs. SPP members serve regularly on the IPPA Council, as Officers, and as tutors for IPPA courses. The 2016 SPP President, Ona M. Faye-Petersen, M.D., is a Councilor and has been a tutor in several IPPA Courses in the past and also is scheduled to participate in the 2018 Course. The SPP President-Elect, Miguel Reyes-Múgica, M.D., is also the President-Elect of IPPA, and will assume this IPPA office in 2018.

The SPP has also continued to initiate and respond to requests to form official liaison positions with other pathology subspecialty societies and professional organizations, and hopes to formalize many of these during 2017. In addition, the SPP is making plans, via the creation of a special ad Hoc committee, to provide updates and access to resources and courses through social media. Nonmembers are also encouraged to subscribe to the Slide Survey Program and to consider purchase of volumes of Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology pertinent to their subspecialty or their training programs.

Final Comments

In keeping with its mission to be a vital component in the progress and optimization of support for the care of infants and children, worldwide, 2016 became a focused year of change for the Society for Pediatric Pathology. Indeed, because of the commitment to the ongoing advance of practice, education, research and professional development in pediatric pathology and the collegiality of its members, the SPP remains a primary force in the quest to improve the well-being of children. Moreover, SPP members have contributed to the development of global multidisciplinary networks of pathologists, pediatricians, obstetricians, and other specialists who are united in their commitment to improve pregnancy, infant, and childhood outcomes and to provide answers and contacts for families faced with illness of or loss of a child.

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