2016 Annual Meeting

Society for Cardiovascular Pathology

Room CC 608-609, March 13 2016, 8:30am to 12:00pm


Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Advances in the Autopsy Assessment of Sudden Cardiac Death

Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs

Sunday, March 13, 2016
8:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Moderators: James R. Stone, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Cristina Basso, MD PhD, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Course Description:
Cardiovascular diseases remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Sudden unexpected cardiac death is particularly devastating as it often involves people otherwise thought to be relatively healthy. These cases are routinely encountered by autopsy and forensic pathologists. This session will update the audience on the latest developments in the field including instructions for doing autopsies on these cases and updates on the utility of molecular approaches to ascertain a genetic diagnosis. Information gained from such cases can have a significant impact on living family members and on furthering our understanding of these diseases. The session will be capped by Dr. Jeffrey Saffitz, the recipient of the SCVP Distinguished Achievement Award, speaking on the anatomic pathology of sudden cardiac death. In addition, there will be a portion of the session devoted to short presentations by a selected subset of young investigators who have submitted heart- and vessel-oriented posters to USCAP. This will provide an important opportunity to develop and build fellowship amongst junior and senior members of the USCAP with an interest in cardiovascular pathology. Moreover the brief presentations will allow for a fairer judging of posters being considered for award of the SCVP Young Investigator prize, with excellent feedback from an increased number of cardiovascular pathologists at the meeting.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe the approach to investigate sudden unexpected death at autopsy.
  2. Describe the sudden death in the young registry and how to utilize this registry.
  3. Describe cardiac conditions that can result in sudden unexpected death.
  4. Describe cardiac conditions for which molecular analyses may be useful at autopsy.


8:30 AM

The Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry: A Resource for Medical Examiners, Coroners, Pathologists, Researchers
Heather M. MacLeod, MS CGC, Elmhurst, IL

9:00 AM

Sudden Unexplained Death, the Molecular Autopsy, and Genetic Purgatory
Michael J. Ackerman MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

9:30 AM

Molecular Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Death: The New York Experience
Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD, Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, New York, NY

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Young Investigator Presentations

11:00 AM

The Anatomic Pathology of Sudden Cardiac Death
Jeffrey E. Saffitz, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


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