Clinical Perspectives

Conference Recap: A Weekend of Dermatopathology

September 16, 2017

Dr. Jane MessinaThe first of a new series, Weekends of Pathology, was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Stabile Research Building at Moffitt Cancer Center. Cutaneous oncology diagnosis was the topic of the first event, with dates planned into 2018 covering various sub-specialized pathology topics.

Attendees included a variety of pathologists from both academic and community settings, other specialists in oncology and dermatology, as well as pathology trainees. "Update in Dermatopathology: Tools for the Everyday Clinician to the Academician" featured presentations from Moffitt faculty, and its academic partners USF Health and the James A. Haley VA Hospital:

  • Melanoma vs. Nevus: Strategies for the Difficult Decision - Jane L. Messina, MD

  • Poorly Differentiated Carcinoma, Non melanoma skin cancer, Adnexal carcinoma, or Metastatic carcinoma? - Kenneth Tsai, MD, PhD

  • Cutaneous Lymphoma vs. Pseudolymphoma - Paul Rodriguez-Waitkus, MD, PhD

  • Spindle Cell Lesions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Leslie Turner, MD

The forum included focused presentations on key areas of interest, including melanocytic, soft tissue, lymphoid, and carcinoma, as well as an interactive slide review session. The program was very well received, with comments such as "I'd definitely return next year if you have this again" and "The interactive slide session was the best I've seen."

Additionally, the event served as an unofficial reunion of a number of dermatopathology fellows trained by the course director, Dr. Jane Messina.

These Saturday sessions focus on practical education, mixing classroom lectures and laboratories-style case discussions. In the current financial environment, we understand it is becoming difficult for practitioners to leave their laboratories for an extended period of time. Weekends of Pathology is designed with convenience in mind. If you are interested in attending future dates in the Weekends of Pathology at Moffitt series, click below.

From left to right: Leigh Ann Carter, Iriana Perez Belongie, Amy Prakash, Richard Degregorio, Jane Messina, Leslie Turner (faculty), Kaisa van der Kooi, and Julie Gibbs