Pathology Visions’ Presenters & Products Draw Diverse Attendance to San Antonio

| November 7, 2013

Distinguished presenters and product information drove attendees from across the globe to San Antonio, TX for the ninth annual Pathology Visions Conference, hosted by the Digital Pathology Association (DPA). The conference was held last month at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Those that attended the conference represented 30 states, 20 countries and 146 organizations.

This year Pathology Visions was condensed into two days. Day one featured presentations given by experts in whole slide imaging, image analysis and other aspects of the digital pathology field. Day two featured workshops that catered to all levels and interests of digital pathology, ranging from a “Digital Pathology 101” workshop to an “Implementation of Digital Pathology in a Clinical Environment” workshop. Between these two days, physician attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 12.5 continuing medical education (CME) credits from the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA). For Pathology Visions attendees, the presentation PDFs are now available on the DPA website. Please contact the DPA Staff with any additional questions.

Headlining the lineup of distinguished presenters at Pathology Visions 2013 was keynote presenter, Dr. Eric Glassy, titled “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Digital Pathology”. Dr. Glassy currently serves as Laboratory Director for several Southern California hospitals and has served in key leadership roles for hospital staff and foundation committees. In his keynote presentation, Dr. Glassy did a play off the popular 80s novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He took attendees on a journey where they learned more about the destruction of analog pathology, the search for a killer digital pathology app and the discovery of the real answer to Everything (digital).

One attendee stated, “Dr. Glassy’s keynote address was the most interesting session. His combination of creativity in public speaking as well as his knowledge of the subject matter made for a perfect keynote address.” Dr. Glassy’s ability to demonstrate all the capabilities of digital pathology through mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad made his presentation popular among attendees.




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Prior to the conference, the DPA awarded four pathology residents with Travel Awards. These Travel Awards allowed each resident to attend Pathology Visions with no expense. Winners included:

Travel Award Winners Srinivasa C. Chekuri, MD, Sharon Fox, MD, PhD, Andrew Johnson, MD and Lori Dockstader Racsa, MD

At the conclusion of the conference, the DPA gave away Poster Presentation Awards. This competition gave attendees the opportunity to be awarded for their superb knowledge and dedication to the field of digital pathology. Winners included:

Best Poster by a ResidentRemote Eye-Tracking for Quantitative Assessment of Whole Slide Image Viewing
Sharon E. Fox M.D. Ph.D., Department of Pathology, BIDMC, Boston MA C. Charles Law B.S. Ph.D., Kitware Inc., Clifton Park NY Beverly E. Faulkner-Jones M.D. Ph.D., Department of Pathology, BIDMC, Boston MA

Best Clinical PosterFacts and FAQs on CAP WSI Validation Guidelines
Liron Pantanowitz, MD1 John H. Sinard, MD PhD2 Walter H. Henricks, MD3 Lisa A. Fatheree, BS SCT(ASCP)4 Alexis B. Carter, MD5 Lydia Contis, MD1 Bruce A. Beckwith, MD6 Andrew J. Evans, MD PhD7 Christopher N. Otis. MD8 Avtar Lal MD PhD9 Anil V. Parwani, MD PhD1 Affiliation: 1. Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 2. Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 3. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 4. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL 5. Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 6. Department of Pathology, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA 7. Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada 8. Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, MA 9. University Hospital, London Health Science Center, London, ON, Canada

Best Education Poster
The Use of Virtual Microscopy, Slide Modification and a Wiki in Pathology Education

Zev Leifer New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Best Research PosterRemote Eye-Tracking for Quantitative Assessment of Whole Slide Image Viewing
Sharon E. Fox M.D. Ph.D., Department of Pathology, BIDMC, Boston MA C. Charles Law B.S. Ph.D., Kitware Inc., Clifton Park NY Beverly E. Faulkner-Jones M.D. Ph.D., Department of Pathology, BIDMC, Boston MA

People’s ChoiceReview and Design of a Low-Cost Dynamic Live High Definition Video Telepathology Network
Jonathan Henriksen, Department of Pathology, University of Washington Anthony Trotter, Department of Pathology, University of Washington and Stephen Schmechel, Department of Pathology, University of Washington

Pathology Visions 2014 is currently scheduled for October 19 – October 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. Continue to check the DPA website for updates and deadlines for Pathology Visions 2014.

About the Digital Pathology Association

The Digital Pathology Association, located in Indianapolis, IN, was founded in 2009. Its mission is to facilitate education and awareness of digital pathology applications in healthcare and life sciences. Members are encouraged to share best practices and promote the use of technology among colleagues in order to demonstrate efficiencies, awareness, and its ultimate benefits to patient care. To learn more about the DPA and Pathology Visions:




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