Speakers of 2016 Symposium:

Sanford Consortium Auditorium, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
 La Jolla, CA 92037; September 17 (Saturday), 2016


Keynote Speakers:

Bharat NathwaniBharat Nathwani, MD completed his residency training in Pathology at the Grant Medical College in Bombay, India in 1972, and immigrated to the U.S.A. to obtain additional training. Dr. Nathwani was at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, for 10 years with Dr. Henry Rappaport. In 1984, Dr. Nathwani, at age 39, was appointed as a Full Professor of Pathology with tenure and Chief of Hematopathology at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He retired from USC after 25 years. Dr. Nathwani has returned to the City of Hope Medical Center and serves as a Professor of Pathology and Director of Pathology Consultation Services. Dr. Nathwani, as a Principal Investigator (1985-1995), obtained R01 Grant funding ($1,874,811) for Research from the NIH/NCI. Dr. Nathwani has 43 years of experience in Lymphoma Pathology and has reviewed > 85,000 lymphoma cases. He has authored 170 scientific papers. Dr. Nathwani has given >300 lectures, seminars, courses & workshops in U.S.A and worldwide. Dr. Nathwani has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and was given the Most Distinguished Physician Award in 2002 from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Also, he is listed in the “America’s Top Doctors” and “The Best Doctors in America”.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Nathwani



Lawrence WeissLawrence Weiss, MD, received his BS summa cum laude and MD summa cum laude from the University of Maryland. He completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and a fellowship in surgical pathology at Stanford University Medical Center. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Stanford and Director of Surgical Pathology, President of the Medical Staff, and Chairman of Pathology at the City of Hope. He is the author of over 500 papers and book chapters, as well as over a dozen books, including an AFIP Lymph Node Fascicle, Applied Immunohistochemistry, Lymph Nodes, and the recently published Knowles’ Hematopathology. His laboratory discovered the first molecular evidence linking the Epstein-Barr virus with Hodgkin Lymphoma. He has won numerous awards, including the Benjamin Castleman, Arthur Purdy Stout, and the United States Canadian Academy of Pathology Young Investigator Award, and has delivered over 250 national and international talks in pathology, including several named lectureships. He is on the editorial board of ten scientific journals, and is a past President of the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists. He has been listed in the book The Best Doctors in America since 1994. Dr. Weiss’s diagnostic interests lie in lymph node pathology, adrenal pathology, tumor pathology, and immunohistochemistry.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Weiss



Invited Speakers:

H. Elizabeth BroomeH. Elizabeth Broome, MD, 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.

Presentation: Dr. Broome



Minyi ChenMinyi Chen, MD PhD, is an Associate Professor of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of California Davis Medical Center. He received his Medical Degree from Peking University Health Science Center in 1992 and PhD in pharmacology from Kyoto University of Japan in 2001. He had his Pathology Residency training at UC San Diego in 2005 and at Loma Linda University Medical Center from 2006 to 2009, followed by a hemapathology fellowship at City of Hope supervised by Dr. Lawrence Weiss in 2010. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the UC Davis in 2010, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Since 2012, he served as Associate Laboratory Medical Director of Shriners Hospital of Northern California. His research focuses on viral infection in the pathogenesis of lymphoma and leukemia, tumor immunology, cancer stem cells, GVHD and sickle cell disease. He has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

Presentation: Dr. Chen



John A. ThorsonJohn A. Thorson, MD PhD, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Genomics Laboratory at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Thorson received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa. Following this, he completed residency training in Laboratory Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology at Washington University in St. Louis. During his post-doctoral fellowship, he studied regulatory events controlling the interaction of the RAF-1 kinase with downstream signal transduction molecules. Dr. Thorson served as Director of the Molecular Diagnostics and the Clinical Chemistry Laboratories at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from July 1999 through May 2003. He subsequently joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, where he was Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. Dr. Thorson has been a member of the faculty at UC San Diego since February of 2009. Dr. Thorson’s research interests involve the application of state of the art molecular biology and genomics technologies to clinical laboratory diagnostics.

Presentation: Dr. Thorson



Huan-You WangHuan-You Wang, MD, iis 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.

Presentation: Dr. Wang



Renee MohrmannRenee Mohrmann, MD, is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematology, and Cytopathology. She has broad-based knowledge and experience in all aspects of pathology, and has focused particularly on hematopathology and molecular pathology. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed an internship in Surgery prior to her Pathology residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles. She subsequently completed one year of fellowship training in Surgical Pathology and two years in Hematopathology at the University of Southern California and Columbia University. She has been a staff pathologist in community hospital practices as well as at the City of Hope Medical Center, Los Angeles County-King/Drew Medical Center, Specialty Laboratories, and US Labs. She was Senior Hematopathologist, Director of Hematopathology, and Science Director at Genoptix Medical Laboratory for nine years prior to joining the staff at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, Chantilly, VA, in 2015.

Presentation: Dr. Mohrmann






Our Organizing Committee:

H. Elizabeth Broome, MD, Professor & Director, Hematology Lab, CALM of UCSD
Steven Gonias, MD, PhD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Pathology, UCSD
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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