President’s Message October 2018

Dear Friends and Fellow Hepatophiles,

The Society has grown in recent years and we currently have more than 100 members. The updated website and online payment of dues has facilitated this process. I would like to highlight the role played by the Membership Committee in the growth of the Society. The committee has been in the forefront in welcoming members at the Hans Popper reception, reaching out to non-members to join the society, and to current members to renew the membership. This effort was spearheaded by Dr. Larry Burgart, when the first Hans Popper reception was held. In the last 3 years, Dr. Dhanpat Jain has been the committee chair and has done a stellar job along with 4 committee members in streamlining the functioning of the membership committee. If you have any suggestions regarding membership, please send it to the Membership Committee.

The Society had conducted a survey last year about the practice of using special stains in liver biopsies. Another survey has been sent to the members to determine the practice characteristics of assessment of fatty liver disease in liver biopsies. The goal is increase awareness among members about the spectrum of assessing various features of fatty liver disease, which can help enable improvements in practice. Please complete the survey and send by Nov 5, 2018. The results will be shared with the members and highlighted at the Hans Popper reception at the 2019 USCAP meeting.
Continue your active participation in the Society by volunteering for a committee, contributing to case of the month and by sending your feedback. Best wishes for the forthcoming holiday season.

Sanjay Kakar, MD
President, Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society

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