Keynote Speakers of 2015 Symposium:

Sanford Consortium Auditorium, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
 La Jolla, CA 92037; November 14 (Saturday), 2015


Daniel ArberDaniel A. Arber, MD is the Ronald F. Dorfman, MBBch, FRCPath, Professor of Hematopathology at Stanford University. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Scott & White Clinic in Temple, Texas and in Hematopathology at City of Hope National Medical Center. He was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University prior to moving to City of Hope where he was the Director of Hematopathology and Molecular Pathology until moving to Stanford in 2012 as a Professor of Pathology. Dr. Arber currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology and is the President-Elect of the Society for Hematopathology. He has authored over 250 manuscripts and book chapters and is an editor of Wintrobe’s Clinical Hematology and Hematopathology. He is currently a Senior Advisor for the upcoming revision of the WHO classification of hematopoietic tumors and the co-chair of the College of American Pathologist/American Society for Hematology task force that is developing guidelines for the work-up of acute leukemia patients.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Arber



Thomas KippsThomas J. Kipps, MD PhD, is the Professor of Medicine, Evelyn and Edwin Tasch Chair in Cancer Research, and Deputy Director of Research Operations at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology and M.D. from Harvard University and had his residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Kipps has a national and international reputation for his work in cancer research, immunology, and gene therapy. He has been a leader in the field for many years, and has helped to develop standardized treatment protocols. He is the author of more than 300 publications and is the PI on several peer-reviewed grants, including an award from NCI/NIH to fund the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Research Consortium (CRC). Dr. Kipps is also the Director of the Blood Cancer Research Fund at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Kipps has over 20 years’ experience in combining research and clinical care responsibilities. As deputy director of research operations, Dr. Kipps is working to further integrate basic and translational research investigators at the Moores Cancer Center with clinical investigators, epidemiologists, and physicians offering state-of-the art therapies for patients with various forms of cancer.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Kipps



Our Invited Speakers:

Stefano FratoniStefano Fratoni, MD, is a practicing pathologist currently serving as Consultant Pathologist for hematopathology at Department of Anatomic Pathology - St. Eugenio Hospital of Rome, Italy, from 2003. He received his medical degree from the University of Rome “Tor-Vergata”, Rome, Italy in 1998. He attended the five-year post-graduate school in Anatomical Pathology and Cytopathology at University of Rome “Tor-Vergata” in 2003. After finishing his post-graduate in surgical pathology Dr. Fratoni spent 3 years training in haematopoietic and lymphoid tissues pathology under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Ascani MD, authoritative hematopathologist and Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology at Perugia University, Italy. Dr. Fratoni is co-author of 41 peer reviewed articles and of four chapters regarding malignant lymphomas of an Italian oncology textbook. His diagnostic daily practice is primarily focused on lymph node and bone marrow biopsy pathology, as well as other fields of diagnostic surgical pathology.

Presentation: Prof. Fratoni (Part 1, Part 2, total ~90 MB)



Ryan PhanRyan Phan, PhD, PhD, 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.

Presentation: Dr. Phan



Jessica Wang-RodriguezJessica Wang-Rodriguez, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pathology and Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service Line, VISN22. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Zoology in 1986 and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1990, both from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her residency in combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at UCSD from 1990 to 1995, and served as Chief Resident in Pathology from 1994-95. She is certified in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. From 1994 to 1995, Dr. Wang-Rodriguez was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pathology at UCSD with a secondary appointment as Associate Physician (Management and Professional Services). In July 1995 she was appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology and then was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor in 2001. As Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Wang-Rodriguez has served as Director of the Blood Bank, Co-Director of Immunogenetics (Flow Cytometry) and an Associate Surgical Pathologist at the VA Healthcare System, San Diego. Dr. Wang-Rodriguez clinical activities include significant teaching of residents, fellow and medical students, She is also a recent (2005) award recipient of the Performance Improvement Fair at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The clinical and administrative duties at the VA Blood Bank include clinical consultation, maintenance of accreditation with AABB, CAP, FDA, and JACHO, budget and personnel issues.

Presentation: Dr. Wang-Rodriguez



Young KimYoung S. Kim, MD, is Associate Professor and Director of Immunohistochemistry Laboratory at the City of Hope. He received his BA from Sung-Kyun-Kwan University in 1986 and MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1996. He was trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at Indiana University and resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He was subsequently trained as fellow in Surgical Pathology at University of Southern California Medical Center 2001-2002 and fellow in Hematopathology at Duke University Medical Center 2002-2003. He was recruited to City of Hope as Assistant Professor and Hematopathologist/Surgical Pathologists from 2003 to 2012 and has been promoted to Director of Immunohistochemistry Laboratory since 2011 and Associate Professor since 2013. Dr. Kim is a retired Major of the Armed Forces of the United States. He won many honors and awards and published over 25 research papers.

Presentation: Dr. Kim



Jun Qin MoJun Qin Mo, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the UCSD and Staff Pathologist of Rady’s Children Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Mo got her MD from Zhejiang Medical University. She did her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Cincinnati University, her fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Mo is board-certified on Anatomic, Clinical and Pediatric Pathology. She is specialized in Pediatric Pathology and Hematopathology.

Presentation: Dr. Mo



Don XuXiangdong (Don) Xu, MD, PhD, 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.

Presentation: Dr. Xu



Frank ZhaoXianfeng Frank Zhao, MD PhD MBA, is Clinical Professor of Pathology at the UCSD and Director of Clinical Core Laboratories at VA Medical Center. He also serves as Chief of Hematopathology and Director of Flow Cytometry Laboratory of VISN22. Dr. Zhao graduated from Shandong Medical University in 1985. He undertook a graduate study at Academy of Military Medical Sciences and received MSc in Microbiology and Immunology in 1988. He pursued further research training at University of Western Ontario and was awarded PhD in Biochemistry in 1996. After his postdoctoral research on genetics of T-ALL at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, he joined SUNY at Buffalo for his AP/CP residency training. He was further trained at University of Pennsylvania in Hematopathology and subsequently became Assistant Professor of Pathology at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2005 He was recruited to University of Maryland as Director of Hematopathology and established Hematopathology Fellowship Program. He was promoted to Associate Professor at University of Maryland and received his MBA from Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Dr. Zhao joined UCSD as Clinical Professor of Pathology in 2012. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. He is the Founder and the President of San Diego Society of Hematopathology (SDSH).

Presentation: Dr. Zhao




Our Organizing Committee:

H. 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
Jie-Gen Jiang, MD, PhD, Senior Hematopathologist, Genoptix Medical Laboratory
Arash Mohtashamian, MD, CDR MC USN, Staff Hematopathologist & Residency Program Director, Naval Medical Center
Robert Sharpe, MD,, Professor & Senior Staff Hematopathologist, UCSD/Scripps Green Hospital
Keith Thompson, MD, Staff Hematopathologist, Naval Medical Center
Huan-You Wang, MD, PhD, Professor & Director, Hematopathology Fellowship, UCSD
Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, MD, Professor & Chief, PALMS, UCSD/VAMC
Xiangdong (Don) Xu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSD/VAMC
Frank Zhao, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor & Chief, Hematopathology, UCSD/VAMC (Program Director)

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