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ADASP President’s Letter

David Lucas, MD
President, ADASP

Dear ADASP members and friends,

It is a great honor to be the incoming President of ADASP. Our organization continues to promote expertise, effective administration and productive education in the practice of administering anatomic pathology laboratories. These salient and timely topics are important to Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology as well as Cytopathology and Autopsy Directors, Assistant/Associate Directors, Surgical Pathology Subspecialty Service Chiefs and pathologists and house officers with leadership aspirations. All are encouraged to join us as full or associate members.

Education remains the mainstay our organization. We sponsor and promote the education of pathologists and others in health care related to the administration of anatomic pathology and its branches. Those who attended the 2018 Annual ADASP Meeting, in Vancouver, heard cutting edge talks about digital pathology by Alexander Baras (Johns Hopkins), Anthony Magliocco (Moffitt), Anil Parwani (Ohio State), Liron Pantanowiz (Pittsburgh), and Andrew Evans (Toronto). Following a report of our ADASP survey results by Council Member Paul Staats (University of Maryland), we also learned about QCDR and MIPS from Diana Cardona (CAP) and Ali Brown (ASCP), and innovative quality dashboards by Yael Heher (Beth Israel) and John Sinard (Yale). The meeting was well attended by 75 people, yet the high quality and scope of the excellent presentations and discussions were deserving of a larger audience. Although it is our intention to broadcast meeting information earlier and more widely, we hope you will help us spread the word. In addition to our Annual Meeting, which is always on the Saturday before at the same venue as USCAP, we offer an ADASP Companion Lecture at the ASCP Annual Meeting. Last year at this meeting Chicago, Council Member Vinita Parkash (Yale) discussed the Use of Cause Analysis for Error Reduction in Anatomic Pathology.

Surveying members on salient topics in Anatomic Pathology is an important function of ADASP. Council Members Erika Bracamonte (University of Arizona) and Paul Staats have been the driving forces in this effort. Our most recent survey was on Communication of Significant and Unexpected Values Reporting, for which a white paper is in progress. We encourage and welcome new ideas for survey topics among our membership.

One of our objectives is to establish and maintain appropriate relationships with other societies and groups of physicians and scientists who share professional interests with the Association. ADASP collaborates with physician groups including ASCP, CAP, and USCAP. We are also an associate member of the Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ICIP). We also have a seat at the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) Round Table and the American Board of Pathology (ABP). These functions allow us to keep abreast of important issues and policies facing Anatomic Pathology and to share our perspective with others.

ADASP recognizes house officer research presented at USCAP. Our 2018 winners for best surgical pathology and autopsy posters by Stowell-Orbison Award candidates as selected by ADASP Council were Eman Abdulfatah (Wayne State) for her study titled Molecular Classification of Endometrial Carcinoma Applied to Endometrial Biopsy Specimens: Towards Early Personalized Patient Management, and David Priemer (Indiana University) for Death After Solid Organ Biopsy: An Autopsy Series. We congratulate them and their co-investigators; these two ambitious residents have received an award certificate and stipend.

ASCP continues to act as our managing partner with important contributions to multiple facets of our organization. We are currently working with them to improve and update our website, making it more accessible and user-friendly for our members and other visitors to the site.

Our mission of educating leaders in Anatomic Pathology, including a new generation of leaders; addressing salient and current issues affecting Anatomic Pathology through meetings, surveys, white papers and collaborations with other societies; providing up-to-date answers to FAQs, especially in gray areas in pathologic diagnosis for patients and families; and by providing a rich environment for networking, continues to be our major offering. That said, we welcome and encourage input from our members to continuously improve what we do.