Annual Park City Update

Program Schedule

Monday, February 5
4:30-5:30 pm
Sanjay Kakar, MD

Sanjay Kakar, MD

Professor of Anatomic Pathology
Chief, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Service
Director, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship Program, UCSF School of Medicine

Sanjay Kakar, MD, is professor of pathology, Chief of the GI-liver pathology service, and GI-liver pathology fellowship director at University of California San Francisco. After completing medical school training in India, he attended the University of Illinois in Chicago for pathology residency followed by GI-liver and molecular pathology fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is past president of United States Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, has served on the CAP Surgical Pathology Committee and is currently a member of the CAP Cancer Committee and AJCC staging panel for colorectal and hepatobiliary cancers. His principal research interests are focused on hepatocellular adenoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal cancer.

Evidence-Based Immunohistochemical Panels for the Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Neoplasms
5:30-6:30 pm
Sanjay Kakar, MD

Sanjay Kakar, MD

Professor of Anatomic Pathology
Chief, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Service
Director, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship Program, UCSF School of Medicine

Sanjay Kakar, MD, is professor of pathology, Chief of the GI-liver pathology service, and GI-liver pathology fellowship director at University of California San Francisco. After completing medical school training in India, he attended the University of Illinois in Chicago for pathology residency followed by GI-liver and molecular pathology fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is past president of United States Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, has served on the CAP Surgical Pathology Committee and is currently a member of the CAP Cancer Committee and AJCC staging panel for colorectal and hepatobiliary cancers. His principal research interests are focused on hepatocellular adenoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal cancer.

Histologic Variants of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Clinical Implications and Pitfalls in Diagnosis
6:30-7:30 pm
Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD

Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Dr. Ryan Gill is a surgical pathologist at UCSF Medical Center who specializes in the diagnosis and evaluation of adult and pediatric liver disease, liver transplantation, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver and gastrointestinal tract neoplasia and lymphoma. In his research, he focuses on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options for medical liver disease (in particular NASH), liver transplantation, inflammatory bowel disease, liver/GI neoplasia, and extranodal lymphoma. Dr. Gill received an M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS. He then completed a combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency, followed by fellowships in hematopathology and liver and gastrointestinal pathology at UCSF. Dr. Gill is a member of several professional organizations, including the Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society, the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, the Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society, the American Pathology Foundation, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Dr. Gill has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on liver and gastrointestinal pathology and lectures around the world. He is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Surgical Pathology, in the UCSF Department of Pathology.

Fatty Liver Disease: Diagnostic Challenges and Updates
Tuesday, February 6
7:00-8:00 am
Sanjay Kakar, MD

Sanjay Kakar, MD

Professor of Anatomic Pathology
Chief, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Service
Director, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship Program, UCSF School of Medicine

Sanjay Kakar, MD, is professor of pathology, Chief of the GI-liver pathology service, and GI-liver pathology fellowship director at University of California San Francisco. After completing medical school training in India, he attended the University of Illinois in Chicago for pathology residency followed by GI-liver and molecular pathology fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is past president of United States Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, has served on the CAP Surgical Pathology Committee and is currently a member of the CAP Cancer Committee and AJCC staging panel for colorectal and hepatobiliary cancers. His principal research interests are focused on hepatocellular adenoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal cancer.

AJCC Staging Updates in GI and Hepatobiliary Cancers: Keeping the Pathologists Sane and the Surgeons Happy
8:00-9:00 am
Sanjay Kakar, MD

Sanjay Kakar, MD

Professor of Anatomic Pathology
Chief, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Service
Director, Gastrointestinal-Hepatobiliary Pathology Fellowship Program, UCSF School of Medicine

Sanjay Kakar, MD, is professor of pathology, Chief of the GI-liver pathology service, and GI-liver pathology fellowship director at University of California San Francisco. After completing medical school training in India, he attended the University of Illinois in Chicago for pathology residency followed by GI-liver and molecular pathology fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is past president of United States Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, has served on the CAP Surgical Pathology Committee and is currently a member of the CAP Cancer Committee and AJCC staging panel for colorectal and hepatobiliary cancers. His principal research interests are focused on hepatocellular adenoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal cancer.

LAMN, HAMN and GCC: Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Appendiceal Neoplasms
4:30-5:30 pm
Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dora Lam-Himlin is an associate arofessor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona where she serves as a general surgical pathologist and consultant in gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic pathology. She joined the practice after completing residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center followed by a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to over 50 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters, Dr. Lam-Himlin recently co-authored the textbook "Atlas of Gastrointestinal Biopsy: A Pattern Based Approach to Non-neoplastic Biopsies" along with a companion volume covering neoplasia which is in production. She serves as editor for an upcoming general surgical pathology book series published by Lippincott, alongside Drs. C. Arnold and E. Montgomery. In addition to actively publishing, she lectures nationally and internationally in GI pathology, is strongly committed to medical education, and is director of the annual Mayo Clinic Pathology Update CME course held in Scottsdale, AZ.

A Pattern Based Approach to GI Pathology: A Case Based Presentation
5:30-6:30 pm
Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dora Lam-Himlin is an associate arofessor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona where she serves as a general surgical pathologist and consultant in gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic pathology. She joined the practice after completing residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center followed by a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to over 50 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters, Dr. Lam-Himlin recently co-authored the textbook "Atlas of Gastrointestinal Biopsy: A Pattern Based Approach to Non-neoplastic Biopsies" along with a companion volume covering neoplasia which is in production. She serves as editor for an upcoming general surgical pathology book series published by Lippincott, alongside Drs. C. Arnold and E. Montgomery. In addition to actively publishing, she lectures nationally and internationally in GI pathology, is strongly committed to medical education, and is director of the annual Mayo Clinic Pathology Update CME course held in Scottsdale, AZ.

Gastric Neuroendocrine Tumors
6:30-7:30 pm
Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Dora M. Lam-Himlin, MD

Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dora Lam-Himlin is an associate arofessor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona where she serves as a general surgical pathologist and consultant in gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic pathology. She joined the practice after completing residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center followed by a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to over 50 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters, Dr. Lam-Himlin recently co-authored the textbook "Atlas of Gastrointestinal Biopsy: A Pattern Based Approach to Non-neoplastic Biopsies" along with a companion volume covering neoplasia which is in production. She serves as editor for an upcoming general surgical pathology book series published by Lippincott, alongside Drs. C. Arnold and E. Montgomery. In addition to actively publishing, she lectures nationally and internationally in GI pathology, is strongly committed to medical education, and is director of the annual Mayo Clinic Pathology Update CME course held in Scottsdale, AZ.

Iatrogenic Injury of the GI Tract: From Curious to Critical
Wednesday, February 7
7:00-8:00 am
Mary Bronner, MD

Mary Bronner, MD

Division Chief of Anatomic and Molecular Oncologic Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Carl R. Kjeldsberg Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor of Pathology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Medical Director, AP Oncology R&D, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Bronner is a Carl R. Kjeldsberg presidential endowed professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Bronner received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pathology residency training and chief residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Bronner’s honors include her election as president of the GI Pathology Society, election as council member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and, in 2005, the award of the Arthur Purdy Stout Prize, recognizing her work as a surgical pathologist under the age of 45 whose research publications have had a major impact on diagnostic pathology. Dr. Bronner is an editorial journal board member for Human Pathology and Modern Pathology. She has served as an investigator on numerous NIH and foundation grants over the course of her career and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters

Dysplasia of the Gastrointestinal Tract
8:00-9:00 am
Kimberley J. Evason, MD, PhD

Kimberley J. Evason, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Evason is an assistant professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and an investigator in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She received her MD and PhD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She served a residency and completed fellowship training in anatomic and liver/gastrointestinal pathology at the University of California at San Francisco, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship mentored by Didier Stainier, Andrei Goga, and J. Michael Bishop. Dr. Evason’s research and clinical interests are centered on gastrointestinal and liver pathology, with a specific focus on hepatocellular carcinoma. She is currently investigating molecular pathways and identifying drugs that influence liver tumorigenesis.

Challenging Cases in Liver Pathology: Differential Diagnostics
4:30-5:30 pm
Wade Samowitz, MD

Wade Samowitz, MD

Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Solid Tumor Molecular Diagnostics and Histology, ARUP Laboratories
Staff Pathologist, Anatomic Pathology, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Samowitz is a professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from SUNY Downstate, and completed residency training in anatomic pathology at the University of Chicago and fellowships in gastrointestinal pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Specializing in gastrointestinal pathology and the molecular genetics of colorectal cancer, Dr. Samowitz is also the medical director for numerous molecular tests in solid tumor molecular diagnostics, including single-gene assays and next-generation sequencing panels.

Practical Molecular Pathology 1
5:30-6:30 pm
Jonathan Whisenant, MD

Jonathan Whisenant, MD

Associate Professor (Clinical), Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Jonathan Whisenant, M.D., is an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. His clinical practice is based at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Whisenant is a specialist in medical oncology with a primary area of interest in cancers of the gastrointestinal system.

Dr. Whisenant received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He went on to complete an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado prior to returning to California where he completed a joint fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Whisenant relocated to Utah in 2005 and has been practicing in the Salt Lake Valley with Utah Cancer Specialists. He is board certified in Medical Oncology and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Utah Medical Oncologists.

Dr. Whisenant joined the Huntsman Cancer Institute in January 2016 where his clinical practice will focus on treating gastrointestinal malignancies with a primary research interest in gastrointestinal malignancies and developmental therapeutics.

Tumor Mutation and New Immune Therapies from an Oncologist’s Perspective
6:30-7:30 pm
Georgios Deftereos, MD, FCAP, FASCP

Georgios Deftereos, MD, FCAP, FASCP

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Molecular Oncology, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Deftereos is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy. Prior to his pathology training, Dr. Deftereos completed a research fellowship focusing on HPV and gynecological malignancies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, followed by consecutive clinical fellowships in cytopathology and molecular genetic pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Deftereos provides service in the areas of molecular oncology and cytopathology. His research interests include epigenetics of solid tumors and minimally invasive precision diagnostics, with emphasis on the use of molecular testing in cytopathology of solid tumors.

Practical Molecular Pathology 2
Thursday, February 8
7:00-8:00 am
Kajsa Affolter, MD

Kajsa Affolter, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Affolter is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine while completing her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and fellowship in gastrointestinal, hepatic, and pancreaticobiliary pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology and is a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, College of American Pathologists, and the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, among other professional organizations. Dr. Affolter has research interests that include the serrated pathway of colorectal carcinogenesis and predictive markers in inflammatory bowel disease.

Pancreatobiliary Update
8:00-9:00 am
Maria A. Pletneva, MD, PhD

Maria A. Pletneva, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Surgical Pathology Resident Rotation Director, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Pletneva is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed the Medical Scientist Training Program and earned her MD and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as fellowships in hematopathology and surgical pathology with concentration in gastrointestinal pathology at University of Michigan. Her research interests include improvement of diagnostic tools for graft-versus-host disease and novel diagnostic approaches and predictive factors for lymphoproliferative neoplasms.

GI lymphomas: EATL, MALT and Beyond
4:30-5:30 pm
John Hart, MD

John Hart, MD

Professor of Pathology and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Dr. John Hart graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1986. He did his pathology residency at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology fellowship at the same institution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, and rose to the rank of full professor in 2004. He is the chief of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Pathology section and director of the fellowship program. The fellowship has graduated more than a dozen GI pathologists who are now working in academic pathology departments throughout the United States. Dr. Hart has published more than 180 articles in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has also authored numerous book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the vice president of the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.

When is it IBD and When Should You Think of Something Else?
5:30-6:30 pm
Juan Gallegos-Orozco, MD

Juan Gallegos-Orozco, MD

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Juan F. Gallegos-Orozco graduated from medical school in Mexico and completed post-graduate medical education in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in both Mexico and the United States, where he recently completed fellowship training in Transplant Hepatology at the prestigious Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. His main clinical and research interests include the management of chronic viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic liver disease and liver transplantation. He has published many research articles on these and other topics and has authored several book chapters pertaining to liver diseases. Dr. Gallegos-Orozco recently joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Liver Updates from a Hepatologist’s Perspective
6:30-7:30 pm
John Hart, MD

John Hart, MD

Professor of Pathology and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Dr. John Hart graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1986. He did his pathology residency at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology fellowship at the same institution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, and rose to the rank of full professor in 2004. He is the chief of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Pathology section and director of the fellowship program. The fellowship has graduated more than a dozen GI pathologists who are now working in academic pathology departments throughout the United States. Dr. Hart has published more than 180 articles in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has also authored numerous book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the vice president of the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.

Challenging Cases in Medical Liver Disease
Friday, February 9
7:00-8:00 am
John Hart, MD

John Hart, MD

Professor of Pathology and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Dr. John Hart graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1986. He did his pathology residency at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology fellowship at the same institution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, and rose to the rank of full professor in 2004. He is the chief of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Pathology section and director of the fellowship program. The fellowship has graduated more than a dozen GI pathologists who are now working in academic pathology departments throughout the United States. Dr. Hart has published more than 180 articles in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has also authored numerous book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the vice president of the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.

Barrett’s Esophagus in 2017: The Pathologist's Perspective
8:00-9:00 am
John Hart, MD

John Hart, MD

Professor of Pathology and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Dr. John Hart graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1986. He did his pathology residency at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology fellowship at the same institution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, and rose to the rank of full professor in 2004. He is the chief of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatology Pathology section and director of the fellowship program. The fellowship has graduated more than a dozen GI pathologists who are now working in academic pathology departments throughout the United States. Dr. Hart has published more than 180 articles in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has also authored numerous book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the vice president of the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.

Small Bowel Malabsorptive Disorders: Celiac Disease and Other Entities
9:00-10:00 am
Eric A. Swanson, MD

Eric A. Swanson, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology and Oncology, ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Swanson is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from Rush University in Chicago and completed pathology residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also served as chief resident. He then went on to complete a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at UCLA. Dr. Swanson is a member of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, and College of American Pathologists. His research interests include neoplastic and non-neoplastic gastrointestinal diseases and cardiovascular physiology.

Difficult GI Cases