Dear SCVP Members:
As the annual USCAP meeting rapidly approaches, I wanted to report to you that the Society is vigorous with many new and ongoing activities. Dylan Miller has arranged for a Saturday evening session at the annual meeting for the young investigator’s award competition and also an “Open Mic” session where members and trainees can show interesting cases. There is an excellent program scheduled for our Sunday morning companion meeting focused on Sudden Cardiac Death, also organized by Dylan Miller. We will be honoring Allen Burke this year with the lifetime achievement award at the banquet Sunday evening. Carmella Tan has programmed an exciting evening specialty conference this year on pulmonary vascular pathology.
The Society continues to develop consensus statements with two projects ongoing, one focused on sudden death reporting and the other on temporal artery biopsies. Melanie Bois has created the first ever podcast for the society, featuring an interview with the 2019 lifetime achievement awardee Gayle Winters. The SCVP is co-sponsoring a joint session with the ASIP at Experimental Biology in San Diego in April on clonal hematopoiesis and cardiovascular disease. We are currently in the process of creating an education committee to oversee the educational aspects of the society.
These are certainly challenging times for the practice of pathology in general and cardiovascular pathology in particular. As funding and reimbursements continue to tighten, we will be called upon more than ever to demonstrate the value and impact of the field of cardiovascular pathology. The Society is committed to advancing the field of cardiovascular pathology through teaching, promoting the development of consensus documents, and fostering novel and quantitative methods to assess cardiovascular specimens. If you want to get involved in the Society, let me know. Please seek me out either in person at one of the upcoming meetings or by email. I look forward to working with you.
James R. Stone, MD, PhD
President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology