Pediatric Pathologists meet in Ann Arbor for SPP’s Fall Meeting

By Dustin Johnston | October 29 2018

Over 100 individuals are in attendance for the SPP 2018 Fall Meeting, hosted by the Department of Pathology.Over 100 pathologists traveled from as far as Israel and Singapore to Ann Arbor, Michigan for this year’s Society for Pediatric Pathology 2018 Fall Meeting. Hosted by the University of Michigan at the Graduate Hotel, guests arrived as early as Thursday to enjoy downtown Ann Arbor before beginning presentations Friday morning. The U-M Department of Pathology Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair, Dr. Charles Parkos, warmly welcomed the society at the beginning of the conference and stressed the importance of pediatric pathology and his department’s commitment to the field.

Three full days of sessions were scheduled for the conference, and many U-M pathologists were in attendance including Dr. Julia Dahl, Dr. Amer Heider, and the Symposium organizer, Dr. Raja Rabah. She discussed the role of the pathologist in diagnosis, quality, and patient safety while sharing their participation in Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC), and use of basic LEAN principles.

Michigan Medicine’s Assistant Director of Cytopathology and Pediatric Pathology, Dr. Amer Heider, directed Sunday’s Perinatal Symposium, which focused on understanding the appropriate use of genetic testing, utilizing imaging technologies in malformation cases, and identifying the utility of fragmented fetal examination in congenital malformations. 

The U-M Department of Pathology also gave a tour of their new facility and laboratories on Saturday afternoon. The department was honored to host this fall’s meeting and was excited to have so many accomplished pediatric pathologists join together to make this conference a success.