Our Keynote Speakers (Nov 2nd, 2013):

Jonathan SaidJonathan Said, MD, is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and Director of Anatomic Pathology at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Said was a graduate of University of the Witwatersrand Medical School. He had extensive training on pathology and hematopathology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is an internationally renowned hematopathologist and past President of the Society for Hematopathology, he organized the Society for Hematopathology Workshop in 2011. He has published over 350 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. The title of his talk is "Burkitt Lymphoma and MYC: What Else is New?"

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Rafael BejarRafael Bejar, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician-scientist at the UCSD Moores Cancer in La Jolla, California where he is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. After earning a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Bejar enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCSD where he received his PhD and MD degrees. His internship in internal medicine was at the University of Chicago before moving to Boston where he completed his residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Bejar's hematology and oncology fellowship was at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he began his research into the genetic basis of myelodysplastic syndromes. His work has helped identify how genetic mutations contribute to the development of MDS and how testing for these abnormalities can help physicians care for their patients with this disease. Dr. Bejar has established an MDS Center of Excellence at UCSD where he cares for patients and continues to study the molecular mechanisms that drive the development of MDS.

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Our Speakers:

Elizabeth BroomeH. Elizabeth Broome, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a residency in pathology and a fellowship in hematopathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Broome became certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology and Hematology. Her current clinical responsibilities for UCSD Healthcare include Director of the Hematology Laboratory and Co-Director of Hematopathology. Her research interests include prognostic and diagnostic markers of hematologic neoplasms.

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Arash MohtashamianArash Mohtashamian, M.D., CDR MC USN is Director of Pathology Residency, and Medical Director of Laboratory Hematology and Coagulation at the Naval Medical Center - San Diego (NMC-SD). Dr. Mohtashamian received his M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin and had his residency training at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has been deployed to various marine and naval bases and served as General Medical Officer and Department Head of Pathology. After his hematopathology fellowship training at the Northwestern University, he came to the NMC-SD as a board-certified Hematopathologist and Medical Director of Transfusion Service. He is a Clinical Investigator of Children's Oncology Group (COG) and a member of several professional societies, including ASH, USCAP, SH and ASCP, etc.

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Ryan PhanRyan Phan, Ph.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor and Molecular Pathologist at VA Greater Los Angeles (VAGLA) Healthcare System. Dr. Phan got his B.A. at University of California Berkley and his Ph.D. at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons. He subsequently had his Fellowship training in Molecular Pathology & Cancer Biology at Harvard Medical School. He had numerous awards and published extensively in Nature, PNAS, and other high impact journals. He is jointly appointed as a faculty member at the UCLA and USC and directing the Molecular Pathology laboratory at VAGLA .

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Huan-You WangHuan-You Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Pathology, Director of Hematopathology Fellowship Program, and Co-Director of Hematopathology at the UCSD Department of Pathology. After his medical training at Tongji Medical University, Dr. Wang was recruited to Peking University as an Instructor of Pathology. He got his Ph.D. at the UCSD Molecular Pathology program, and subsequently had his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Training at the University of Virginia. Upon his finishing Hematopathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he accepted a faculty position at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he worked for 4 years with Dr. Robert McKenna. During this period, he served as Director of Hematology and Bone Marrow Lab at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Clinics, and Director of Molecular Genetics Pathology fellowship. Dr. Wang returned to UCSD in 2009 and served as Co-Director of Hematopathology ever since. Together with his colleague, he established the ACGME-accredited UCSD Hematopathology Fellowship program. Dr. Wang's practice includes benign and malignant disorders involving blood, bone marrow, lymph node, and lymphoid tissue. In addition, he is also interested in flow cytometry, molecular and cytogenetic hematopathology.

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Don XuXiangdong (Don) Xu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Pathology, UCSD and a Staff Pathologist at VA San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Xu received his M.D. degree from Peking Union Medical College. He then received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences from UCSD. Afterwards, Dr. Xu was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Fred Gage's laboratory at the Salk Institute, focusing on alternative splicing regulation in stem cells, before he was trained at UCSD Medical Center in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP). He served as Chief Resident in AP/CP, and at the same time he completed the Kurt Benirschke fellowship in Reproductive Pathology. Dr. Xu completed his Hematopathology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis before he joined the faculty at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and at the UCSD Pathology. His areas of subspecialty include Hematopathology, flow cytometry, surgical pathology and transfusion medicine.

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Our Organizing Committee:

John Adamson, MD Professor & Chief, Hematology & Oncology Section, UCSD/VAMC
Kelly Bethel, MD, Director, Hematopathology Fellowship, Scripps Green Hospital
Elizabeth Broome, MD, Professor & Director, Hematology Lab, CALM of UCSD
Steven Gonias, MD, PhD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Pathology, UCSD
Anand Kunda, MD, Staff Pathologist, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Arash Mohtashamian, MD, CDR MC USN, Staff Hematopathologist & Residency Program Director, Naval Medical Center
Huan-You Wang, MD, PhD, Professor & Director, Hematopathology Fellowship, UCSD
Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, MD, Professor & Chief, PALMS, UCSD/VAMC
Frank Zhao, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor & Chief, Hematopathology, UCSD/VAMC (Program Director)


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