Message from the President

It is my great pleasure and honor to serve as the new president of the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology (PSC) for the upcoming two years (March 2015-2017). Since its inception, this incredible organization has been dedicated, through its members, to bridging the gap between cytopathology and surgical pathology via national and international educational efforts in cytopathology and small biopsy histology, and to the development of practical evidence-based practice guidelines.These incredible efforts and accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts of past and present PSC executive boards, committees, and members. I would like use this opportunity to also give special thanks to Zubair Baloch, who has performed with distinction in his past two-year tenure as president. In addition, I would like to welcome three newly elected members to our executive board, David Chhieng as president-elect, and Andrea Abati and Andrew Field as members at large. The complete list of members of executive board and committees’ rosters for 2015-2017 are available on the PSC website.

As always, PSC had another strong showing at the 2015 USCAP annual meeting in Boston. ,. On the evening of March 21st, the PSC companion scientific session took place and was well attended, and received excellent evaluations. The scientific session was titled “Small Biopsy Specimens of Head and Neck with Emphasis on Cell Cytology and the Role of Special Studies”, which was moderated by Mat Zarka (past chair of scientific committee). Bill Faquin gave the first presentation entitled “Salivary Gland FNA: New Markers and New Opportunities for Improved Diagnosis”. This was followed by Raja R. Seethala who presented “Lumps and Bumps of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx”, and Lester Thompson who presented “SRBCT: Sinonasal Region Biopsies: Cytology of Tumors”. The session concluded with a presentation by Margaret Brandwein-Gensler entitled “Challenging Squamoid Biopsies”. The contents of the presentations emphasized a practical approach to diagnosing difficult and challenging cases in head and neck small biopsies and cytologic samples, utilizing a standardized approach and practical application of ancillary studies including immunohistochemistry and molecular studies.

At the PSC evening scientific session, several prestigious awards were also presented to distinguished pathologists for their continuing and everlasting contributions to the field of cytology. Britt-Marie Ljung received the life time achievement award, Celeste Powers received the L.C. Tao Educator of the Year award, and David Kaminsky received the Yolanda Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist Award. PSC Research Awards were granted to two pathologists in training. This year the Research Committee reviewed a total of 81 abstracts submitted by first authors in training in the category of Cytopathology. First Place was awarded to Georgios Deftereos, et al. from the University of Washington for their work entitled “Methylation Markers of Pancreatic Carcinoma and Their Usefulness in Pancreatic FNA Cytology”. Second place was awarded to Christopher Vytlacil, et al. from Allegheny General Hospital for their work entitled “The Diagnostic Implications of GNAS Point Mutation in Pancreaticobiliary Neoplasia in FNA and Brush Cytology Specimens”. Congratulation to all awardees for well deserved recognitions.

Earlier in the afternoon of March 21, 2015, the International Relations Committee presented its annual session at USCAP, moderated by Eric Suba. The session included three presentations by Rosemary Tambouret, Ronald Balassanian, and Eric Suba on “Cervical Screening Programs in Developing Countries”, “Developing a Breast FNA Biopsy Service in Peru”, and “U.S.-Funded Measurements of Cervical Cancer Death Rates in India”, respectively. This was followed by a roundtable discussion.

The PSC book series publications continue to be a success. Three books were published this past year, including “Lymph Node and Spleen Cytohistology” by Field and Geddie, “Head and Neck Cytohistology” by Baloch et al, and “Cytohistology of Focal Liver Lesions “ by Wee at al. Two additional books are due to be published in July 2015, including “Cytohistology of the Serous Membranes” by Michael et al and “Pancreatic Cytohistology” by Centeno et al.

The PSC closes the year 2015 strong with more active participation planned on the national and international frontiers, including PSC sponsored sessions and presentations in September in Milan at the European Congress of Cytology, in October at the ASCP annual meeting in Long Beach, and in November  at the ASC annual meeting in Chicago. Our society remains strong and healthy and, with your help and active participation, will continue to grow and have a global influence on the field of cytology and surgical pathology for years to come.Sincerely, Tarik M. Elsheikh, MD