President's Report, December 2015







Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this update finds you well and enjoying the holiday season.

I wanted to bring you up to date on developments since our last meeting.

SCVP has been approached by Elsevier to take part in an exciting new opportunity that will increase Society visibility. The Elsevier Publishing Campus (EPC) is an online educational forum designed to provide free educational content about publishing. Be it writing a paper, reviewing a manuscript, or editing a journal, this forum is intended not only to provide expert advice on how best to accomplish these tasks, but also to provide certificates documenting the time individuals spend learning these topics.

To expand the reach of their content, EPC is partnering with professional societies. The hope is to provide co-branded content that increases society visibility and adds reputability to the content on EPC. SCVP was approached as one of the first few societies to receive such an opportunity. We are pursuing the most mutually beneficial ways to provide such content such that the authors of the content are credited appropriately, the Society is appropriately recognized for its role, and that individuals are attracted to join the Society as a result of the content.

Learn more about the EPC at:

We are pleased to share the news that the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology (SCVP) and Elsevier, Inc. have recently renewed the contract for continued publication of Cardiovascular Pathology: The Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology. The terms of this contract, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2016, are quite favorable to the SCVP and the journal, and provide considerable incentives to both members and non-members for submission of high-quality papers and to membership in SCVP.

We began a new Standard and Definitions Committee to facilitate advancement in cardiovascular pathology, autopsy pathology and patient care. The committee is beginning to work with Dr. Sam Gulino, Chief Medical Examiner of Philadelphia. He is a leader in establishing a sudden death registry in the young, and we are hoping to create best practices for the investigation of these deaths. The information on this SDY Registry is online at

We continue to pursue relationships both for collaborative scientific sessions with other groups and financial support from industry. I will have more to report on this in Seattle.




Barbara Sampson, MD, PhD

President, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology