2015 Annual Meeting

North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology

2015 Annual Meeting

Room CC 304, March 22 2015, 1:30pm to 5:00pm

William Faquin, James Rocco, Rebecca Chernock, Sylvia Asa, Vikram Deshpande, Christopher Fletcher

The Integrated Modern Head and Neck Pathology Practice – Morphologic, Molecular, and Clinical Aspects of Critical New Topics

Educational Objective

The selection of the moderator for this Companion Meeting was decided based on input of the Executive Committee and several senior members of the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology Scientific Program Committee, all of whom have served in leadership or speaking roles for the society in the past. The topics were selected jointly by the moderator and speakers in order to provide an update to clinically relevant issues in head and neck pathology including the application of new approaches to diagnosis, and avoidance of pitfalls in this challenging field. The objectives of this meeting are aimed to help the attendees stay current in diagnostic criteria in important head and neck lesions. NASHNP endorses this program and its delivery of critical information to those who review head and neck pathology. This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of surgical pathologists who practice head and neck pathology and residents and fellows in training. The field of surgical pathology is advancing rapidly and becoming ever more complex, with need for integration of clinical, histologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular information to arrive and diagnoses for patients and in order to provide best management. This symposium is composed of complex topics where morphologic, molecular, and clinical aspects have been recently described, and is presented by nationally recognized experts on these specific topics. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the potential role of MATH in predicting outcome in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
  • Apply ancillary techniques for the workup of a metastasis of unknown primary in the neck
  • Describe molecular aspects defining aggressive cancers of the thyroid gland
  • Apply criteria for the evaluation of IgG4-related disease of the head and neck
  • Be familiar with histologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of myoepithelial tumors

Session Credits: CME = 3 / SAMs = N/A


Companion Meeting Moderator
Speaker: William C. Faquin, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Speaker: William C. Faquin, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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Mutant-Allele Tumor Heterogeneity (MATH) and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Speaker: James W. Rocco, MD, PhD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Approach to Metastatic Carcinoma of Unknown Primary in the Neck: Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Beyond
Speaker: Rebecca D. Chernock, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Breaking Bad: What Makes a Good Thyroid Cancer Behave Badly?
Speaker: Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada
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IgG4-Related Disease in the Head and Neck: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Speaker: Vikram Deshpande, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Myoepithelial Tumors of Soft Tissue
Speaker: Christopher DM Fletcher, MD, FRCPath, Brigham and Women?s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Handouts: View PDF
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