President’s Message May 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Michael Torbenson, MD

It is a great honor to serve as the president of the Hans Popper Society! It’s a particular pleasure to work with all of the great people who work so hard to make the Society run smoothly, including all of the committee members and the general members who are committed to promoting and growing the field of liver pathology. A special thanks to Dr. Isabel Fiel, our past president. 
The field of liver pathology is going to change considerably over our careers. New imaging methods and new drugs are altering and will continue to alter the way medicine is practiced. Our roles in patient care will change but I do not believe our roles will diminish because new ones will emerge. As one example, currently the primary role for the liver biopsy in tumor management is diagnosis, but in the future I believe pathologists will play additional key roles in patient management by providing histology-based information on prognosis and treatment options.
In this time of change, the Society will benefit us all through its education mission and will benefit patients as our collective ongoing research activities promote improved understanding and management of liver disease. 

Michael Torbenson, MD
President, Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society

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