President’s Message August 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that, thanks to Grace Kim’s hard work and dedication, the Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society is now officially a Non-Profit Organization and has garnered 501(3)(c) tax-exempt status officially recognized by the IRS. Additionally, the HPHS bank account has been set up locally in California. Further details from Grace are found in this newsletter.
The HPHS Companion Society Meeting is scheduled for March 22, 2015 from 8:30am-12noon. The title is “Diagnostic Challenges and Update in Hepatopathology”. We have created a program that will not only be very educational to our members but will hopefully be interesting to non-members as well.
The Business meeting will immediately follow the companion meeting. Members are encouraged to attend as we will need to vote on some modifications to the bylaws as a result of the tax-exempt status of the HPHS, as well as some changes to the duties and responsibilities of the members of the Executive Committee, and finally to officially create a Website Committee. In the meantime, I would like members to volunteer to serve on this committee. Please email me directly ( if you are interested.  In the near future, we will have the ability to check off on-line our interest in committee membership when we pay our yearly dues. Currently, Arief Suriawinata is overseeing the website with the help of Vince Hoang, Grace Kim’s Administrative Assistant. Vince has replaced Julie Gutierrez, who was an invaluable help to Beth Brunt with the membership dues, correspondence, and all other HPHS matters for many years. We thank Julie for all of her efforts throughout the years!
The Call for Abstracts for the “Pathologist-in-Training Award” is now official. Deadline for submission to Dele Odeyi (, Chair of the Education Committee, is March 6, 2015. Please encourage your residents and fellows to submit their work to the HPHS.
Finally, please encourage both your junior and senior colleagues to officially become members of the HPHS. Residents and fellows can become Trainee members without having to pay any dues. They can easily transition to Regular membership once they finish their training. Application to membership is available on the website. Please email completed application to Maha Guindi (, chair of the membership committee.
I hope everyone is having a great summer. I look forward to seeing you in Boston.

M. Isabel Fiel

Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society

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