Coming Events

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KOPANA Meeting at 2019 USCAP National Harbor

2019 KOPANA seminar will be held on March 15-16 at Residence Inn near the Convention Center (National Harbor, MD, near Washington DC) on Friday and Saturday preceding the USCAP meeting.  There will be an annual dinner on Sunday. 2019 KOPANA meeting will be a special occasion commemorating Dr. Jae Y. Ro's 50 years of career in pathology. 


Meeting registration: You can register in advance by sending registration fee $150 using KOPANA website (https://kopana.org/pay-%2F-donate). Registration fee includes dinner on 3/14 Thursday, lunch and dinner on 3/15 Friday. You can also register on site at the time of meeting. The venue is Residence Inn Marriott, National Harbor, the same hotel that we get reservation for. Those who bring family members to the meeting, please add $75 to the regular registration fee so that we can cover the cost for meals. 


 Final schedule of the seminar:

Title: Celebrating Dr. Jae Ro’s 50th Anniversary of Pathology Career: Do your BeST!

  

Thursday (3/14/19)

6:00 pm-6:30 pm Ice Breaker, Residence Inn Lobby

6:30 pm-8:30 pm Dinner TBA


Friday (3/15/19)

8:30 am – 8:40 am Dr. Sung Sik Shin, KOPANA President: Introduction 

Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Fontana, CA


8:40 am – 8:45 am Dr. Jae Y Ro: Remarks

HoustonMethodist Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, Houston, TX


8:45 am – 9:15 am  Dr. Hye Jung Song [Forensic]: “Re-discovery of the oldest tool: extended utilization of autopsy/forensic pathology” [Think]

Cook County Medical Examiner Office, Chicago, IL


9:15 am – 9:45 am Dr. Edward Lee [Neuropathology]: “Heterogeneity in frontotemporal dementia” [Study + Think

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


9:45 am – 10:15 am  Dr. Kyung –Bun Lee [Digital Pathology] “Digital pathology and clinical informatics” [Think]

Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea


10:15 am -10:45 am Break


10:45 am – 11:15 am  Dr. Jason Park [Molecular]: “Genomic pathology for surgical pathologists” [Think

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


11:15 am – 11:45 am Dr. Aeree Kim [Dermatopatholoy] “Melanocytic lesion” [Think]

Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea


11:45 am – 12:15 pm Dr. Sarah Choi [Hematopathology]: “Reactive lymphadenopathy” [Basic

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (TBA)


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Dr. Chiyoung Ok [Molecular + Hematopathology]: “Implication of persistent IDH1/2 mutation in AML patients in remission” [Study]

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Dr. Karen E. Choi [GI]: “GI tract polyps” [Basic

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  Dr. Young Nyun Park [Liver]: “Update in liver cancer pathology: stemness and tumor microenvironment“ [Basic +Study

Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break


4:00 pm –  4:30 pm Dr. Eun Young Oh [Breast]: “High risk benign breast lesions and clinical management” [Study] 

Kaiser Permanente, Rockville, MD


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Dr. Seung-Mo Hong [Pancreatobiliary pathology]: “A “clearer” view of pancreatic pathology” [Enjoy + Study

Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner (Residence Inn, National Harbor, MD)


Saturday (3/16/2019) 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Dr. Steve Shen [GU]: “Biopsy diagnosis of renal mass: BeST practical approaches” [Study

Houston Methodist Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, Houston, TX


9:00 am - 9:30 am Dr. Jerad Gardner [Education]: “Social media: the BeST method for free, effective, global pathology education” [Enjoy

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR


9:30 am – 10:00 am Dr. Aysegul Sahin [Breast]: “Special types of invasive breast cancer” [Study

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


10:00 am - 10:05 am Certificate presentation


10:05 am – 10:25 am Break

 

10:25 am – 10:40 am Dr. Soo-Ryum Yang [Trainee abstract]: “: Targeted deep sequencing of cell-free DNA from body cavity fluids with malignant, suspicious, and benign cytology” [Study]

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


10:40 am – 10:55 am Dr. Whayoung Lee [Trainee abstract]: “The Efficacy of MRI-guided Prostate Biopsies – Review of Experience in Four Years from a Single Institution”[Think]

University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA


10:55 am – 11:20 am Brandon H. Koo [Medical Student abstract]: “Upregulation of Peritumoral Stromal Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Correlates with High Grade Tumor Budding (TB) and Mismatch Repair Proficiency (MMR-P)” [Basic + Study] 

Albany Medical College, Albany, NY


11:30 am - 11:50 am Certificate presentation


Sunday (3/17/19)

5:30 pm – 6:50 pm KOPANA Annual Dinner (Residence Inn, National Harbor, MD)

Hotel Reservation for 2019 Meeting

Dear KOPANA members,

We would like to start compiling a rooming list for the upcoming 2019 KOPANA spring seminar (3/14-3/16/2019) and 2019 USCAP annual meeting (3/16-3/21/2018), that will be held at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

I will appreciate it if you could send in the application by 1/11/2019, Friday, by email (hwajeong@gmail.com, leeh5@amc.edu). You may reserve the rooms through us even if you do not attend the KOPANA spring seminar this time. 

The registration fee for KOPANA spring seminar is $150 USD, to include dinner on 3/14 (Thurs), and lunch and dinner on 3/15 (Friday). Please use payment function in the website (https://kopana.org/pay-%2F-donate) or mail a check ($150 USD) to Dr. Joanne Yi prior to the seminar. You can also pay at the meeting. 

Venue: Residence Inn Marriott, National Harbor, Washington, DC area (1 block from USCAP convention)

Room rate: $139 USD + tax (18%) + fee / night, includes breakfast and wi-fi 

FAQs:

1. Do you have double beds? All rooms have one King and one pull-out sofa bed. No double rooms available.

2. Do you have a swimming pool? Unfortunately, we do not have a pool, but our harbor location offers many family friendly activities.

3. Is breakfast included? Yes, the Residence Inn full breakfast buffet is included in your sleeping room rate. This is offered exclusively to overnight guests each morning of their stay.

4. How much is parking? $20.00 per day for self parking. Valet parking is not available.

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[Group dinner and lunch]

3/14 Thurs – TBA

3/15 Fri lunch - TBA

3/15 Fri dinner - at the hotel, plated dinner with a cash bar (!!MUST DO RSVP!! with MENU (1-3, how many) selected). The dinner will be pre-ordered. Without RSVP, your meal will not be ordered. Coffee/ tea is included in the menu.

Menu 1: GREEK ISLAND GRILL KEBABS (GF) 

GREEK MARINATED BEEF, CHICKEN, OR VEGETABLES WITH TZAZIKI SUACE CARDAMOM BASMATI RICE PILAF (GF) BASMATI RICE, CARDAMOM, ONION, CELERY, ONION, CELERY, AND CARROTS CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD (GF) PLUM TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, CARROTS, DILL AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE BARS BROWNIE, LATTE AND PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIE AND RASPBERRY BARS

Menu 2: Vegetarian- Sample Vegetarian Menu (Seasonal)

PORTOBELLO TALEGGIO Stuffed Portobello, Garlic, Parmesan, Tarragon And Breadcrumbs With Roasted Tomato Sauce, GRAIN BOWL GF, RT Sriracha Tricolor Quinoa, Baby Arugula, Kale, Fennel Fronds, Feta, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers And Shaved Radish With Lemon Tahini Dressing

Menu 3: MARDI GRAS (GF) NEW ORLEANS JAMBALAYA (GF)- Sample menu, there may be minor changes.

SHRIMP, ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE, CHICKEN, RICE, TOMATOES, ONIONS, PEPPERS AND CREOLE SEASONING MIXED GREEN SALAD (GF) CARROTS, GRAPE TOMATOES AND MUSHROOMS WITH BARBEQUE RANCH DRESSING GERBET MACARON (GF) MACARONS FILLED WITH BUTTER CREAM OR JAM 

CASH BAR (Guests will be responsible for their own drink costs. Prices listed below reflect per drink charges). 

TOP SHELF COCKTAILS $12, PREMIUM COCKTAILS $9, IMPORTED BEER $7, DOMESTIC BEER $6, HOUSE WINE $8, MID WINE $9, TOP GRADE WINE $11, SOFT DRINKS $3, BOTTLED WATER $3,

*Prices of beverages for cash bar are subject to change without notice

3/17 Sun - at the hotel, buffet style

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Please include below in your email application

a. Name (in English)

b. Email and phone (Please include +1 if USA)

c. check-in/check-out date and total number of nights to stay

d. Single or Double occupancy; if double, whom you will share the room with, including family (only one king bed and one pull-out sofa are available, no double rooms in this property)

e.. If you can attend Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and Friday dinner (MUST SELECT MENU for Friday dinner), if you have guest(s), please indicate how many guests you will bring.

You do not need to send me the credit card info to secure the room at this time. Further details will be communicated in the near future. 

If you prefer to call the hotel directly, I will let you know the contact info (phone number and email address to contact) by mid January, 2019. 

Thank you very much.

Jenny Hwajeong Lee

News

Dr. Ro receives CAP Award

Dr. Ro receieved the 2018 CAP Resident Advocate Award at the annual meeting in Chicago.  Conratulations, Dr. Ro!

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News

2017 Spring Seminar Papers in July Issue of Archives

Following our tradition, papers presented at the 2017 KOPANA Spring Seminar have been published in July 2018 issue of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.   The cover image of issue was from the paper by Dr. Steve Koh (immunohistochemical studies of melanocytic lesions).  Congratulations, Dr. Koh!


 http://www.archivesofpathology.org/toc/arpa/142/7 

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Newsletters

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Winter 2019

January 6, 2019

By (Joanne) Eunhee S. Yi, MD

Mayo Clinic Rochester

Minnesota, USA


Happy New Year to all members!

I do hope all of you have peaceful and blissful days at your home and at work alikethis year. I am very confident that our KOPANA willmake good progresses in 2019 as has been in the past years, especially with the fresh energy from newer, younger members as well as with the invaluable wisdom and insight from older members. As communicated many times already, the upcoming 18th Spring KOPANA Seminar will be dedicated to Dr. Jae Y. Ro for his contribution and dedication to KOPANA as well as for his remarkable 50 years of career in pathology. The theme will be according to his famous BeST (Basic, enjoy, Study, Think).

I am pleased to announce that three trainees who are selected for presentation at the end of Seminar on Saturday: Soo-Ryum Yang at UCSF, Whayoung Lee at UCI, and Brandon Koo at Albany Medical College. Three additional trainees have applied for awards. All six of them will be awarded at the Sunday KOPANA Dinner. Please note that we always finish the Sunday KOPANA Dinner in time for the evening specialty course at USCAP lest any member misses the opportunity to attend.

Now, we do not have much time left to complete the necessary chores for our successful meeting in March. If you want to reserve a room at the venue hotel that is only a block away from the USCAP place, it is time to do that to secure. We posted January 11, 2019 as the deadline and still wait for more people to join us. Early registration deadline for USCAP is January 10, 2019, and so it would be helpful to reserve the hotel room at the same time. We are especially eager to get more people at this low rate ($139, as opposed to >$340 if you reserve separately not using the group rate) for the hotel in such a good location. Please do so if you have not done yet and the information is listed below. Here is the list of things to do and helpful information. The final schedule is included at the end of this Newsletter. All the information is also posted at the KOPANA website also (https://kopana.org/news-%2F-events).

1. Hotel reservation: Please note that you can reserve the room even if you cannot attend the KOPANA meeting. Send the following information to Dr. Hwajeong Lee via email at hwajeong@gmail.com or leeh5@amc.edu as soon as possible: 

· Name (in English)

· Email and phone (Please include +1 if USA)

· Check-in/check-out date and total number of nights to stay

· Single or Double occupancy; if double, whom you will share the room with, including family (only one king bed and one pull-out sofa are available, no room with two beds available)

· If you can attend Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and Friday dinner; if you attend Friday dinner, you must select menu. It will be pre-ordered and so no dinner unless you order when you reserve  

Menu 1: GREEK ISLAND GRILL KEBABS (GF) 

GREEK MARINATED BEEF, CHICKEN, OR VEGETABLES WITH TZAZIKI SUACE CARDAMOM BASMATI RICE PILAF (GF) BASMATI RICE, CARDAMOM, ONION, CELERY, ONION, CELERY, AND CARROTS CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD (GF) PLUM TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, CARROTS, DILL AND CIDER VINAIGRETTE BARS BROWNIE, LATTE AND PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIE AND RASPBERRY BARS

Menu 2: Vegetarian- Sample Vegetarian Menu (Seasonal)

PORTOBELLO TALEGGIO Stuffed Portobello, Garlic, Parmesan, Tarragon And Breadcrumbs With Roasted Tomato Sauce, GRAIN BOWL GF, RT Sriracha Tricolor Quinoa, Baby Arugula, Kale, Fennel Fronds, Feta, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers And Shaved Radish With Lemon Tahini Dressing

Menu 3: MARDI GRAS (GF) NEW ORLEANS JAMBALAYA (GF)- Sample menu, there may be minor changes.

SHRIMP, ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE, CHICKEN, RICE, TOMATOES, ONIONS, PEPPERS AND CREOLE SEASONING MIXED GREEN SALAD (GF) CARROTS, GRAPE TOMATOES AND MUSHROOMS WITH BARBEQUE RANCH DRESSING GERBET MACARON (GF) MACARONS FILLED WITH BUTTER CREAM OR JAM 

FAQs: 

1. Do you have double beds? All rooms have one King and one pull-out sofa bed. No double rooms available.

2. Do you have a swimming pool? Unfortunately, we do not have a pool, but our harbor location offers many family friendly activities.

3. Is breakfast included? Yes, the Residence Inn full breakfast buffet is included in your sleeping roomrate. This is offered exclusively to overnight guests each morning of their stay.

4. How much is parking? $20.00 per day for self parking. Valet parking is not available.

5.Room rate: $139 USD + tax (18%) + fee / night, includes breakfast and wi-fi ;during the meeting (3/14-21), the lowest rate for the room is posted as $340 and higher and our rate is extremely good, thanks to Dr. Hwajeong Lee’s savvy negotiation! 

2. Meeting registration: You can register in advance by sending registration fee $150 using KOPANA website (https://kopana.org/pay-%2F-donate). Registration fee includes dinner on 3/14 Thursday, lunch and dinner on 3/15 Friday. You can also register on site at the time of meeting. The venue is Residence Inn Marriott, National Harbor, the same hotel that we get reservation for. Those who bring family members to the meeting, please add $75 to the regular registration fee so that we can cover the cost for meals. 

3. KOPANA Annual Dinner: All KOPANA and KSP members are welcome whether you attended the seminar or not.

Time: Sunday (3/17/19) 5:30 pm – 6:50 pm

Location: Residence Inn Marriott, National Harbor, 192 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745Phone: +1-301-749-4755

Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter for KOPANA

November 11, 2018

By (Joanne) Eunhee S. Yi, MD

Mayo Clinic Rochester

Minnesota, USA


2018 calendar is now left with just 2 pages as a good reminder that we are in the home stretch for this year.  We accomplished a lot during this year, including a successful 2018 KOPANA Seminar in Vancouver, a handsome as well as functional KOPANA Website, and a superb publication of the proceedings from 2017 KOPANA Seminar in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (July and August issues).  

Now it is a time for wrapping up final tasks for our next meeting that is only a few months away. I will include the information for Trainee Award Application and Hotel rooms, following the outline of seminar (speakers and title, etc.) in this newsletter. Final schedule with full details will be distributed near the meeting (late February or early March). 

As was communicated earlier, the 18th KOPANA Spring Seminar in 2019 will be dedicated to Dr. Jae Y. Ro for his tremendous contribution to KOPANA as well as his remarkable 50 years of career in pathology.  I also learned that Dr. Ro was the recipient of CAP 2018 Resident Advocate award at the 2018 CAP meeting held in Chicago last month, which is simply another acknowledgment of his dedication to pathology education at large. 

We are also very excited about the new era of KOPANA in its dawn that should be led by our younger generation of KOPANA members as the founding members pass the torch. The 2019 KOPANA Seminar will be a wonderful opportunity as the kick off for such a transition toward the next phase. The theme for our next meeting suits very well for the future, since it can embrace various specialties and career paths. The talks in the seminar will be presented, at least to some degree, under the Dr. Ro’s famous theme of BeST (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think).  Each speaker will be given 30 minutes (25 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A).  There won’t be a day trip in the Friday afternoon next year, in order to accommodate 16 speakers during a full day session on Friday and a morning session on Saturday. We will have a group dinner on Thursdaywith those who arrive in time and a special dinner after the meeting on Friday (all included in registration fee). All talks and Q&A during the seminar (e.g.) will be in English.


Speakers and Titles of Talks:

Friday (3/15/2019)

1. Hye Jung Song, Cook County Medical Examiner Office, Chicago, IL  [Forensic pathology]: Re-discovery of the oldest tool: extended utilization of autopsy/forensic pathology [Think]

2. Edward Lee, University of Pennsylvania [Neuropathology]: Heterogeneity in frontotemporal dementia [Study and Think], 

3. Young Nyun Park, Yonsei University [Liver pathology]: Update in liver cancer pathology: stemness and tumor microenvironment [Basic and Study]

4. Jason Park, UT Southwestern [Molecular pathology]: Genomic pathology for surgical pathologists [Think]

5. Eun Young Oh, Kaiser Permanente, Rockville, MD [Breast pathology]: High risk benign breast lesions and clinical management [Study] 

6. James Suh, NIH/NCI [Molecular pathology]: Enjoying the thinking process: what precision medicine means to me [Enjoy] 

7. Chiyoung Ok, MD Anderson [Molecular + Hematopathology]: Implication of persistent IDH1/2 mutation in AML patients in remission [Study]

8. Sarah Choi, University of Michigan [Hematopathology]: Reactive lymphadenopathy [Basic]

9. Karen Choi, University of Michigan [GI pathology]: GI tract polyps [Basic]

10. Seung-Mo Hong, Asan Medical Center [Pancreatobiliary pathology]: A “clearer” view of pancreatic pathology [Enjoy + Study]

11. Aeree Kim, Korea University [Dermatopathology]: TBA  

12. Lee, Kyung –Bun, Seoul National University [Digital Pathology]: Digital pathology and clinical informatics [Think] 

Saturday (3/16/2019)

13. Steve Shen, Houston Methodist Hospital [Urologic pathology]: Biopsy diagnosis of renal mass: BeST practical approaches [Study] 

14. Tipu Nazeer, AlbanyMedical Center [Hematopathology]: Double hit lymphoma  [Study]

15. Jerad Gardner, University of Arkansas [Education]: Social media: the BeST method for free, effective, global pathology education [Enjoy]

16. Aysegul Sahin, MD Anderson [Breast pathology]: Special types of invasive breast cancer [Study]

17. Trainee presentations: 2-3 selected speakers, 15 min each, TBA


Application for Trainees’ Award and Presentation

I believe that all trainees should have received the letter from USCAP on the acceptance status for their submitted abstracts. All residents and fellows in the US and KOREA who got their abstracts (listing them as the first author) accepted for presentation (either as poster or platform) AND can attend the KOPANA Annual Dinner meeting on Sunday evening (3/17/2019) may apply. 2-3 abstracts will be chosen for presentation at the end of KOPANA Seminar on Saturday (3/16/2017). Even if one does not wish to present their abstracts during KOPANA may still submit for award, but please indicate as such on the submission. 

The Education Committee of KOPANA led by Dr. Hwa-jeong Lee will review the abstracts to select those to be presented at the KOPANA Seminar. Selected trainees will be given 15 minutes (10 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A).  Whether selected for presentation or not, all trainees who submitted their abstracts will be awarded with certificate and cash prize during the KOPANA Annual Dinner on Sunday.  Again, the awardees must be present at the Sunday Dinner to receive the award. 

The interested trainees should submit the abstract to KOPANA website by the end of this month (11/30/2019). Please use the “contact us” tool bar (https://kopana.org/contact-us) in KOPANA website and enter your full abstract including the authors and affiliations in the message line, and please also state: 1. if you want to apply for presentation at 2019 KOPANA Seminar; 2. for presentation, choose a category (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think) that your abstract should belong (if you think it may belong to more than one category, please indicate all that apply); 3. if you can actually come and present on 3/16/2019 Saturday should your abstract be chosen.  


Application for EuiHam Travel Award by Dr. Ro

It is for the trainees in Korea who need assistance. Interested trainees in Korea should directly apply to Dr. Ro via email <JaeRo@houstonmethodist.org>


Hotel room request 

Dr. Hwa-jeong Lee did a tremendous job in securing the hotel for our meeting that is located just a block away from the Convention Center where the USCAP will be held. It is also time for hotel application and the pertinent information is listed below and application form is also attached. 

2019 KOPANA spring seminar (3/14-3/16/2019)

Venue: Residence Inn Marriott, National Harbor, Washington, DC area (1 block from USCAP convention)

Room rate: $139 USD + tax (18%) + fee / night, includes breakfast and wi-fi

Group dinner

3/14 Thurs - TBA

3/15 Fri - at the hotel, plated dinner with a cash bar (MUST DO RSVP with MENU selected)

3/17 Sun - at the hotel, buffet style

FAQs:

1. Do you have double beds? All rooms have one King and one pull-out sofa bed. No double rooms available.

2. Do you have a swimming pool? Unfortunately, we do not have a pool, but our harbor location offers many family friendly activities.

3. Is breakfast included? Yes, the Residence Inn full breakfast buffet is included in your sleeping room rate. This is offered exclusively to overnight guests each morning of their stay.

4. How much is parking? $20.00 per day for self-parking. Valet parking is not available.


Payment for membership, registration and donation

All KOPANA members in the US and KSP members in Korea should be able to pay via paypal in KOPANA website https://kopana.org/pay-%2F-donate

If there is any issue, a check (payable to KOPANA)/cash can be submitted at the meeting or can be mailed to me at: 

Joanne Yi

2137 Weston PL SW

Rochester, MN 55902-1352

All fees and donations paid to KOPANA are tax deductible for US residents.

Membership fee: $ 50 for regular members (no fee for trainees or emeritus/retired members) – it is a yearly fee that goes with calendar year

Meeting registration: $ 150 (no fee for trainees or emeritus/retired members; all speakers, except for the three guest speakers who are Dr. Ro’s former trainees, will need to pay the registration, however) – registration fee includes two dinners (Thursday kick off dinner for those who arrive in time, Friday day night banquet, and Sunday KOPANA Annual Dinner) and Friday lunch

Donation: Any amount from all KOPANA and KSP members will be welcome

Summer 2018

Summer Newsletter for KOPANA

July 2, 2018

By (Joanne) Eunhee S. Yi, MD

Mayo Clinic Rochester

Minnesota, USA


The second half of 2018 has just begun and I hope all have been enjoying nice summer. Finally, I could put away snow shovel and ice scraper but now my GPS has to work overtime to find alternative routes to go around the roads closed for road construction (to fix all those pot holes from last winter), which is another name for summer here in Rochester! 

Over the past months, we worked hard to meet the posted timelines for the special KOPANA seminar next year in National Harbor. Thanks to the tremendous teamwork by Drs. Sung Shin, Grace Kim, Vincent Hoang (Dr. Kim’s assistant) and Thomas Lee, we finally have the KOPANA website that is very user friendly and serves our purpose perfectly. You can now view the past newsletters, announcements, presentations, photos, and so on. Also, it became so much easier to send tax-deductible donation or membership fee via website. Please try for paying your 2018 membership if you have not had a chance to send. Certainly, it is a wonderful venue for communication by using “contact us function” and please feel free to send us any message that you wish to get our attention. I have been especially delighted to be reached by a few members who would not have known us if it were not for KOPANA website https://kopana.org/. 

In this Newsletter, I want to share wonderful news on our new publication and also give you a preview on the speakers who will present at our special 2019 Spring Seminar. More details about the meeting will be announced in the fall or winter newsletter. Happy reading!


1. Proceedings of 2017 Spring KOPANA Seminar

Special section, part I, has been published in the July issue of Archives of Pathology of Laboratory Medicine. http://www.archivesofpathology.org/toc/arpa/142/7 One of the figures in Dr. Stephen Koh’s paper is featured as the cover photo! The part II will be published in the August issue. Please stay tuned. 


2. Speakers and Topics for 2019 Spring KOPANA Seminar

Per our timeline announced in the previous spring newsletter, we completed the lineup for the speakers for Friday 3/15/2019 (8 KOPANA members and 4 KSP members) as well as for Saturday 3/16/2019 (4 former trainees of Dr. Ro). It turned out that most speakers found it very difficult to put their presentation into one category in BeST (Basic, enjoy/effort, Study and Think) theme. Rather, most presentations tend to touch all 4 categories of BeST at least a little bit. Nonetheless, a theme was chosen by the speaker or assigned by us for each talk, just to keep the spirit of Dr. Ro’s mantra. Later this year, we will identify a few trainees for presentation on 3/16 Saturday, once they receive the notifications from the USCAP for their submitted abstracts.


Friday (3/15/19)

Hye Jung Song  [Forensic pathology]: Re-discovery of the oldest tool: extended utilization of autopsy/forensic pathology [Think]

Edward Lee [Neuropathology]: Heterogeneity in frontotemporal dementia [Study and Think], 

Young Nyun Park [Liver pathology]: Update in liver cancer pathology: stemness and tumor microenvironment [Basic and Study]

Jason Park [Molecular pathology]: Genomic pathology for surgical pathologists [Think]

Eun Young Oh [Breast pathology]: High risk benign breast lesions and clinical management [Study] 

James Suh [Molecular pathology]: Enjoying the thinking process: what precision medicine means to me [Enjoy] 

Chiyoung Ok [Molecular + Hematopathology]: Implication of persistent IDH1/2 mutation in AML patients in remission [Study]

Sarah Choi [Hematopathology]: Reactive lymphadenopathy [Basic]

Karen Choi [GI pathology]: GI tract polyps [Basic]

Seung-Mo Hong [Pancreatobiliary pathology]: A “clearer” view of pancreatic pathology [Enjoy + Study]

Aeree Kim [Dermatopatholoy]: TBA  

Lee, Kyung -Bun [Digital Pathology]: Digital pathology and clinical informatics [Think] 


Saturday (3/16/2019)

Steve Shen [Urologic pathology]: Biopsy diagnosis of renal mass: BeST practical approaches [Study] 

Tipu Nazeer [Hematopathology]: Double hit lymphoma  [Study]

Jerad Gardner [Education]: Social media: the BeST method for free, effective, global pathology education [Enjoy]

Aysegul Sahin [Breast pathology]: Special types of invasive breast cancer [Study]


Message from General Secretary on May 12, 2018

  From:  (Joanne) Eunhee Suh Yi, MD, General Secretary/Treasurer, KOPANA

To: KOPANA members; Dr. Ki-Taek Jang, KSP Liaison

Subject: Reminder to apply for 2019 KOPANA Seminar


Dear Members:

It is a friendly reminder for the application for the next KOPANA Seminar to be held in National Harbor. As was communicated in the Spring Newsletter last month, the due date for the application for presentation at the seminar is May 31, 2018. Please refer to the further details for application and timeline that are listed at the end of this memo. 

The 18th KOPANA Spring Seminar in 2019 will be dedicated to Dr. Jae Y. Ro for his tremendous contribution to KOPANA as well as his remarkable 50 years of career in pathology.  Dr. Ro is the founding member of KOPANA established in 1992 and served as the first general secretary during 1992-4 and as the president during 1996-8. Dr. Ro has been always the reliable source of support and guidance to Dr. Eun Lee, the longtime general secretary/ treasurer of KOPANA for 22 years from 1994 to 2016, who practically carried out almost all tasks for KOPANA as we all know so well.  During the early years of KOPANA, I heard that Dr. Ro and other founding members visited poster by poster in USCAP meeting to find any authors whose names might be of Korean ancestry, such as Kim, Lee, Cho, Choi, etc., in order to identify potential KOPANA members and made a directory of KOPANA out of diligent leg work, quite literally. Dr. Ro was one of the visionaries to start KOPANA Spring Seminar in 2001 and put tremendous energy on this seminar to morph into the current form. He also played a major role in getting the opportunity to publish the proceedings of KOPANA Seminar in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; the 17th KOPANA Seminar last year will be published as the special section in July (part I) and August (part II) issues this year, which will be the third time after two other such publications. Dr. Ro has been personally funding Euiham Award, a travel award to one or two trainees from Korea, every year. 

While we will never forget the contribution and accomplishment of Dr. Ro and other founding members, it seems very clear that the time has come to move on to the next phase of KOPANA, by passing the torch to the next generation members who should be aspired to not only maintain but also achieve beyond the high standard set by Dr. Ro and others.  To that end, I believe that the theme for our next meeting suits very well for the future, since it will provide a wonderful opportunity to embrace various specialties (not only different organ systems but also outside of traditional surgical pathology field such as informatics, etc.), careers in different areas (academics, private practice, industries, etc.), and more 2nd generation members who are so indispensable for KOPANA to be a sustainable organization for a long time to come. 



The 18th KOPANA Spring Seminar:


Format:                             

MEMBERS: All regular members of KOPANA (Individuals with a Korean heritage, who completed pathology training program and currently practice in USA, Canada, or elsewhere outside of Korea) and KSP can apply for presentation under the theme of BeST (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think). We welcome those who are in private practice, industry and other areas, as well as in academic institutions. Each speaker will be given 30 minutes (25 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A). We will not have a day trip in the Friday afternoon next year and should be able to accommodate 12 speakers during a full day session on Friday.

TRAINEES: All trainee members who have accepted abstracts for presentation at USCAP 2019 meeting should submit the abstracts to KOPANA website for consideration. Two to three abstracts will be selected to be presented at the end of KOPANA Seminar on Saturday as has been in the past seminars, but the submitted abstracts will be selected according to the BeST theme. Each trainee will be given 15 minutes (10 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A). Whether selected or not, all trainees who applied for presentation will be awarded with certificates as in the past years during the KOPANA Annual Dinner on Sunday. 


Submission of Proposals:              

Interested members should submit the proposals to KOPANA website.  Please use the “contact us” tool bar (https://kopana.org/contact-us) in KOPANA website and enter your proposal in the message line, starting with the indications: 1. Submission for presentation at 2019 KOPANA Seminar; 2. Category (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think) that your proposal should belong (if you think it may belong to more than one category, please indicate all that apply).  The interested trainees need to wait until their abstract acceptance status is notified by USCAP.

Spring 2018

  

Spring Newsletter for KOPANA 

April 14, 2018

By (Joanne) Eunhee S. Yi, MD

Mayo Clinic Rochester,

Minnesota, USA


Spring still has not arrived here in Minnesota and we had a record snowfall for an April day this afternoon, instead. However, I still feel warm thanks to many exciting news to share with you in this newsletter.  Please note that it contains some important information and time sensitive announcements that will need your close attention, especially in regards to KOPANA Website and 2019 KOPANA Spring Seminar.  Dr. Hwa-jeong Lee, the Education Committee chair, already has secured the Residence Inn National Harbor located right next to the Convention Center, the 2019 USCAP venue, for our 2019 KOPANA Seminar. 


Here is the list of topics covered in this issue of newsletter.

1. Change of Leadership: New President of KOPANA

2. Review of 2018 KOPANA Seminar

3. 2018 Annual Dinner

4. Finance Report (April 2017 – March 2018)

5. Proceedings of 2017 KOPANA Seminar in Press

6. KOPANA Website

7. 2019 KOPANA Seminar – Needs your application with proposals for presentation


Change of Leadership

Dr. Eun Y. Lee completed his 2 year term of KOPANA president role and Dr. Sung S. Shin became the new president. He will serve for the next two years and be succeeded by Dr. Sunhee Lee in 2020. Dr. Shin graduated from College of Medicine, Seoul National University in 1980. He came to the US in 1984 after finishing AP residency at Seoul National University Hospital and repeated his residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago followed by hematopathology fellowship under renowned Dr. Henry Rappaport at City of Hope Medical Center. He worked at University of California San Diego until 1998, when he moved to Kaiser Permanente Southern California.  Dr. Shin already has been playing a crucial role in setting up our KOPANA website as a Communication and Membership Committee member. 


Review of 2018 KOPANA Seminar 

The 17th KOPANA Seminar was held from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday March 17 in The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Hwa-jeong Lee, the Chair of Education Committee of KOPANA, did a tremendous job in negotiating and securing this upscale place at a very competitive price. I heard many compliments from those who stayed in the hotel and attended the seminar. The seminar started with a kick off dinner on Thursday, March 15, at Salathai restaurant, with the people who arrived in time. Eleven outstanding speakers gave critical review and appraisal of the latest AJCC system and/or WHO classification, a timely topic for all of us. Approximately 40 KOPANA and KSP members attended the seminar, a record member that certainly matches the high quality of each and every talk. Dr. Maria Westerhoff volunteered for a formal evaluation and was provided with an official evaluation summary based on the solicited responses from the audience. It is the first time that we underwent this type of formal evaluation process and we might consider it in the future although it is not required for a non-CME course. The pdf files of all lectures are available at the KOPANA website (https://kopana.org/downloads). 

At the end of seminar, 3 trainees presented their abstracts that have been accepted for 2018 USCAP meeting.

Christopher Bowman, MD, PhD. UCSF, San Francisco, CA, USA: Immunological and cancer related genes differentiate between hepatocellular adenoma and well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma

Hayeon Kim, MD. Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea: Clonality analysis of multifocal ipsilateral breast carcinomas using x-chromosome inactivation patterns. 

Sang Joon Choi, MD. Samsung Medical Center, Seoul Korea: Clinical significance of Trk receptor expression as a new therapeutic target in hepatocellular carcinoma


Annual Dinner

The 2018 Annual Dinner was held at Steamworks restaurant that provided us with a wonderful private room as well as outstanding food service. The dinner was attended by 68 people comprised of KOPANA and KSP members and many trainees from both USA and Korea. At the end of dinner, 10 trainees who have abstracts accepted for 2018 USCAP meeting were awarded with certificates and $100 by Dr. Eun Lee. Dr. Jae Ro gave Euiham Award, $500 travel award each, to 2 trainees, who were selected from the applicants from Korea. Here are the names of trainees who were awarded during Annual Dinner.

KOPANA Trainee Awards: 

Dr. Chris Bowman, UCSF, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Jaresh Cohen, USCF, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Daniel Martig, UCSF, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Hee Eun Lee, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

Dr. Esther Yoon, New York University Medical Center, New York, USA

Dr. Nuri Jang, Yeungnam Univerisity Hospital, Daegu, Korea

Dr. Hyun Jung Kwon, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea

Dr. Milim Kim, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea

Dr. Hayeon Kim, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Sang Joon Choi, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Ro’s Euiham Awards:

Dr. Hayeon Kim, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Hyun Jung Kwon, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea


Finance Report

Previous Balance:  $10,879.68 (as of April, 2017)

Current Balance: $11,104.76 (as of March, 2017)

(balancing is not complete at this time due to a pending transaction) 

Deposits: $8,492.91

KOPANA Seminar Registration: $150 x 30 + $50 x 3 spouse coverage = $4,650

Membership: $50 x 11 = $550

Special donation: $2,700; $500 x 4 = $2,000 (by Drs. Samuel Seongwon Park, Jae Y. Ro, Sung S. Shin and Eun Y. Lee); additional donations in 2017 $200 + $300 + $200 = $700

Pending deposit return from Steamworks restaurant

Expenses: $8,218.76

Residents award: $1,000

Clocks for speakers: $660.93 ($601.00 + FedEx shipping $50.21 + $9.72 custom) 

Thursday dinner at Sala Thai: $557.58 (including international purchase transaction fee)

Friday lunch at Daebak Bonga: $346.75 (including international purchase transaction fee)

Friday dinner at Bellagio Cafe: $1,325.57 (“)

Hotel conference room fee: $889.62

Renosi (for Nonprofit processing): $1,385.62

Renning’s flower for congratulating Dr. Sandra Shin’s new position: $94.05

Trolley reservation: $456.57

Steamwork restaurant deposit: $796.35 plus $23.89 international transaction fee (pending refund due to double charge on 2/12 and 2/26)


Proceedings from 2017 KOPANA Seminar

As was announced last year, proceedings from 2017 seminar will be published this year in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as two parts. Part 1 is planned to be out as early as May or June, followed by Part 2, probably in August or September this year. Here are the authors with the titles of their manuscripts, which should be very informative to practicing pathologists and trainees alike.  

1. Dr. Sunhee Lee: Diffuse gliomas for nonneuropathologists. The new integrated molecular diagnostics

2. Dr. Stephen Koh and Dr. David Cassarino: Immunohistochemical expression of p16 in melanocytic lesions. An updated review and meta-analysis

3. Dr. Jun hyuk Choi and Dr. Jae Y. Ro: Cutaneous Spindle Cell Neoplasms: Pattern-Based Diagnostic Approach

4. Dr. Geon Kook Lee and Dr. Eunhee Yi: Updates on selected topics in lung cancers. Air space invasion in adenocarcinoma and Ki-67 staining in carcinoid tumors

5. Dr. Thomas Lee: Spectrum of cribriform proliferations of the prostate: From benign to malignant

6. Dr. Kyung-Ja Cho and Dr. Joon Seon Song: Recent changes of classification of squamous intraepithelial lesions of the head and neck 

7. Dr. Soo-Jin Cho and Dr. Sanjay Kakar: Tumor budding in colorectal carcinoma: translating a morphologic score into clinically meaningful results


Website Update

KOPANA website is accessible without password. It is still work in progress but all basic function is up and running well. It took a lot of help from many people including Dr. Grace Kim’s assistant Vincent as well as talented people within KOPANA. Dr. Sung S. Shin was instrumental in this endeavor and currently manages the website. Please visit the site and give any suggestion using “contact us” tool bar. We will add more information including the bylaws, structure, upcoming seminars, and possibly job posting. For now, we decided not to allow any posting by others and it has to go through Dr. Shin, lest the site gets plagued by unwanted advertisements. 

The paypal function is secure and should be used for paying dues, registration fee and donation.  Please note that KOPANA is now an officially acknowledged Non-Profit Organization and thus all contributions are tax deductible. A summary receipt for all donations will be sent to the donors in January of each year. Currently, it might be somewhat confusing since a few check boxes show up when you click pay button. You can simply choose “other amounts” for the due ($50) and make a note. Either paypal or debit/credit card can be used but you have to use paypal if you have an account; when we tried, it defaults to paypal method if you have created paypal account in the past. We verified that it works both in the US and in Korea (using the credit card issued in Korea). We encourage all members pay the annual due and also welcome any amount of donation.  


2019 KOPANA Seminar

The 18th KOPANA Spring Seminar in 2019 will be dedicated to Dr. Jae Y. Ro’s remarkable 50 years of career in pathology.  We will use his renowned “BeST” theme that is well highlighted in the Pathology Resident Wiki (http://pathinfo.wikia.com/wiki/Dr._Ro%27s_BeST) for this special seminar in 2019.  It will be also a wonderful opportunity to embrace more specialties (not only different organ systems but also beyond traditional surgical pathology field such as informatics, industries, etc.) and the members in private practice, who have not been actively engaged in the seminar for the most part.    

Title of Seminar:               

The BeST (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think) Journey with Dr. Ro: A Celebration of Five Decades of Transformative Teaching and Pathology Practice 

Format:                             

MEMBERS: All regular members of KOPANA (Individuals with a Korean heritage, who completed pathology training program and currently practice in USA, Canada, or elsewhere outside of Korea) and KSP can apply for presentation under the theme of BeST.  We welcome those who are in private practice, industry and other areas, as well as in academic institutions. Each speaker will be given 30 minutes (25 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A). We will not have a day trip in the Friday afternoon next year and should be able to accommodate 12 speakers during a full day session on Friday.

TRAINEES: All trainee members who have accepted abstracts for presentation at USCAP 2019 meeting should submit the abstracts to KOPANA website for consideration.  Two to three abstracts will be selected to be presented at the end of KOPANA Seminar on Saturday as has been in the past seminars, but the submitted abstracts will be selected according to the BeST theme. Each trainee will be given 15 minutes (10 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A). Whether selected or not, all trainees who applied for presentation will be awarded with certificates as in the past years during the KOPANA Annual Dinner on Sunday. 

Submission of Proposals:              

Interested members should submit the proposals to KOPANA website.  Please use the “contact us” tool bar (https://kopana.org/contact-us) in KOPANA website and enter your proposal in the message line, starting with the indications: 1. Submission for presentation at 2019 KOPANA Seminar; 2. Category (Basics, enjoy, Study, Think) that your proposal should belong (if you think it may belong to more than one category, please indicate all that apply).  The interested trainees need to wait until their abstract acceptance status is notified by USCAP.

Membership Dues

Become a KOPANA member now, it is only $50. You can pay directly on our website at https://kopana.org/pay

Deadlines:    

MEMBERS:  For regular KOPANA and KSP members: May 31, 2018

TRAINEES: For trainees with abstracts accepted for 2019 USCAP: December 15, 2018

Notification for Selected Proposals and Abstracts:            

Education Committee Chair will notify the KOPANA and KSP members whose proposals are accepted for presentation by June 30, 2018.  The selected trainees for presentation of their abstracts for USCAP 2019 will be notified by December 31, 2018.  

Program dates

All presentation by regular KOPANA and KSP members will be scheduled on Friday March 15, 2019. Four guest speakers, who are former trainees of Dr. Ro, will give their presentations on Saturday March 16, 2019, and Dr. Ro will conclude the seminar with his talk at the end. All trainees’ abstract presentation will be on Saturday, March 16, 2019.   Further details will be distributed in the final schedule by December 31, 2018.  

Guest speakers: Dr. Ro’s previous trainees who agreed to participate are well known in their fields as outstanding pathologists and speakers. They will present on Saturday.

Dr. Gardner, Jerad Associate Professor, U of Arkansas Dermatopathology 

Dr. Nazeer, Tipu  Professor, Albany Medical College Hematopathology

Dr. Sahin, Aysegul  Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast pathology

Dr. Shen, Steven Professor, Houston Methodist Hospital GU pathology

Registration fee:

Registration fee $150 will NOT be waivered for the speakers who are regular members of KOPANA or KSP. Guest speakers and trainee members will not need to pay the fee, however. The fee can be paid prior to or during the seminar directly on our website at https://kopana.org/pay

Registration fee will include three meals (dinner on Thursday, March 14; lunch and dinner on Friday, March 15). Please note that there will be a “Special Dinner” on Friday to celebrate Dr. Ro’s accomplishment as an educator and academic pathologist spanning over 50 years of his career. Time and place for dinner will be announced later. 

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