President’s Message December 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I would like to remind you that the HPHS  Companion Society Meeting at Boston is scheduled for March 22, 2015 from 8:30am-12 noon. 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 topics that will be discussed include new therapeutic interventions for hepatitis and liver cancer and what this means to the pathologist, differential diagnosis of fatty liver diseases, vascular diseases and portal hypertension, the basics of biomedical informatics and its applicability in general practice, diagnosis of mixed hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma, and the current methods available to assist in reaching a diagnosis in challenging liver pathology cases. Please see the last page of this Newsletter for the list of speakers and the title of their talks.
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. 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.
We have officially created a new Website Committee, and I am grateful that Dr. Arief Suriawinata has graciously agreed to be the Chair of this committee. Please see the website for new updates including the discussion and main learning points for the two interesting cases presented in this Newsletter. I would also like to thank Dr. Bita Naini, past member and the new Chair of the Newsletter Committee as the person behind the scenes in making this Newsletter go out.
I look forward to seeing you all in Boston.

Isabel Fiel, M.D.
President, Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society

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