President’s Message August 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Hans Popper Society is growing and thriving! Many thanks to all of you who participate in the society by attending the companion meeting, the reception, and by doing such great work on the various committees. Also, many thanks to all of you who have recently joined the society—Welcome! The mission of the Hans Popper Society is to increase knowledge about the normal and diseased liver, with a special emphasis on the role of liver pathology in clinical care.  For those of you who are new to the society, I thought it might be worthwhile to take the next few President Messages and familiarize everyone with the structure of the Hans Popper Society.     
The Hans Popper Society is operated through the executive board. The executive board is chaired by the president and is composed of the president, vice president, ex president, and secretary-treasurer. The secretary-treasurer serves for three years and can be renewed, while the other members each serve for two years in each role, starting in the vice president role and moving to president and then ex president (so 6 years in total).  The secretary-treasurer and the vice president are nominated by the executive board and final approval/disproval obtained at the annual business meeting.
The function of the executive board is to administer the society in accordance with the society by-laws and SOPs.  Most of this involves (1) appointing, overseeing, and directing the various activities of the committees and (2) planning the USCAP companion meeting and reception (the latter which began last year).  The executive committee meets on a regular basis by phone conference (usually bimonthly) and has an annual face-to-face meeting at the USCAP.  
That sums up the executive board—we’ll proceed on to other offices and committees in the next message.
Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Hans Popper Reception in San Antonio (Saturday night).
Michael Torbenson, MD
President, Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society

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