Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

12th Annual Midwestern Conference: Update Course in Diagnostic Pathology

Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 | Saint Kate The Arts Hotel | Milwaukee, WI

MCW Pathology Annual Midwestern Conference in Milwaukee

Course Overview

This three-day course has been designed to provide a comprehensive and practical update of diagnostic surgical pathology, with a special focus on women’s health pathology. It is primarily designed to enhance the knowledge of practicing surgical pathologists, particularly those involved in community practice. The activity will include lectures containing the latest in research and diagnosis, and complex surgical pathology cases, each session providing time for questions and answers. Case presentations are selected to highlight unusual presentations of rare and common conditions, to demonstrate key points in diagnosis and potential pitfalls, and will emphasize application of evidence-based medicine and up-to-date references.

Conference Speakers

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Barrett C. Lawson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Teri A. Longacre, MD
Richard Kempson Endowed Professor of Surgical Pathology
Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology
Director, Gynecologic Pathology
Stanford Medicine & Stanford Cancer Center

Mari Mino-Kenudson, MD
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Pulmonary Pathology Service
Senior GI Pathologist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Wael Sakr, MD
Professor & Chair, Department of Pathology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Service Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Karmanos Cancer Center and Detroit Medical Center

Featured MCW Faculty Speakers

Featured MCW Faculty Speakers

Elizabeth J. Cochran, MD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Neuropathology & Autopsy Services

Juan C. Felix, MD
Professor & Vice Chair of Pathology
Director, Anatomic Pathology

Tamara Giorgadze, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Cytopathology & Cytopathology Fellowship

Catherine E. Hagen, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship

Christopher Hartley, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Gastrointestinal & Liver Pathology & Cytopathology

Bryan C. Hunt, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Head & Neck Pathology & Cytopathology

Kenneth A. Iczkowski, MD
Professor of Pathology & Urology
Urologic Pathology

Julie M. Jorns, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology
Director, Breast Pathology & Women’s Health Pathology Fellowship

Steven H. Kroft, MD
Professor & Interim Chair
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Vasiliki Leventaki, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Technical Director, Hematology and Flow Cytometry
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Paula E. North, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Director, Histology Core Laboratory
Children’s Research Institute

Lauren N. Parsons, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Pediatric Cytopathology
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Brian Peterson, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Chief Medical Examiner, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office

Reena Singh, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Saul Suster, MD
Professor of Pathology & Chair Emeritus
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Program Agenda

Instructional techniques will include didactic lectures with visual supports and case-based discussions. Learners will have an opportunity to interact via an audience response system, as well as participate in question and answer sessions to address issues relevant to their own practice and learning needs.

Friday, October 4

7:15 - 8:00 am
Registration and breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 am
Uterine Mesenchymal Tumors in the Molecular Era | Teri A. Longacre, MD

9:00 - 10:00 am
Uterine Carcinoma in the Molecular Era | Teri A. Longacre, MD

10:00 - 10:15 am

10:15 - 11:15 am
Vascular Tumors and Malformations | Paula E. North, MD, PhD

11:15 - 11:45 am
Indolent B-cell Lymphomas in Children | Vasiliki Leventaki, MD

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:15 pm
GI Lymphomas | Steven H. Kroft, MD

1:15 - 2:15 pm
Hepatocellular Dysplasia and Neoplasia | Christopher Hartley, MD

2:15 - 2:30 pm

2:30 - 3:00 pm
The Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytology: Moving Toward a Uniform Standardized Classification? | Tamara Giorgadze, MD, PhD

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Lung Cancer 2019: What Your Thoracic Surgeons and Oncologists Want to Know | Mari Mino-Kenudson, MD

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Medical Lung Pathology for the General Pathologist | Mari Mino-Kenudson, MD

5:00 - 5:30 pm
Why Won't My Good-for-Nothing Medical Examiner Take Jurisdiction of This Case? | Brian L. Peterson, MD

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Conference Welcome Reception

Saturday, October 5

7:15 - 8:00 am
Registration and breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 am
Updates in Penile Pathology | Kenneth A. Iczkowski, MD

8:30 - 9:30 am
Location, Location, Location...Differential Diagnosis of Primary Brain Tumors | Elizabeth J. Cochran, MD

9:30 - 9:45 am

9:45 - 10:15 am
Follicular Lesions of the Thyroid | Bryan C. Hunt, MD

10:15 - 11:15 am
Breast Cancer Following Neoadjuvant Therapy | Julie M. Jorns, MD

11:15 - 11:45 am
The Management of the Abnormal Pap, Part 1 | Juan C. Felix, MD

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:15 pm
The Management of the Abnormal Pap, Part 2 | Juan C. Felix, MD

1:15 - 2:15 pm
Squamous and Glandular Lesions of the Cervix and Vulva | Barrett C. Lawson, MD

2:15 - 3:15 pm
High Grade Serous Carcinoma and Risk Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy: A Practical Review | Barrett C. Lawson, MD

3:30 - 4:30 pm (Optional Bonus Session; separate sign up and fee required)
Fireside Chat: Women-Specific Issues – Limited Seating!
Barrett C. Lawson, MD & Reena Singh, MD; moderated by Juan C. Felix, MD

Sunday, October 6

7:15 - 8:00 am
Registration and breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 am
Pathological Evaluation of Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer and Considerations for Active Surveillance | Wael Sakr, MD

9:00 - 10:00 am
The Role of the Pathologist in the Clinical Decision Making for Patients with "Superficial Bladder Cancer" | Wael Sakr, MD

10:00 - 10:15 am

10:15 - 10:45 am
Problems in the Interpretation of Lipomatous Soft Tissue Tumors | Saul Suster, MD

10:45 - 11:15 am
A Practical Approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease | Catherine E. Hagen, MD

11:15 - 11:45 am
Navigating the Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology | Lauren N. Parsons, MD

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Bile Duct Dilemmas in Cytology | Lauren N. Parsons, MD

12:15 - 12:30 pm
Break/Boxed lunch selection

12:30 - 2:30 pm
Slide Seminar (working lunch) | Moderators: Catherine E. Hagen, MD & Lauren N. Parsons, MD

2:30 pm
Conference adjourns

Program Information

This course is applicable to practicing surgical pathologists, surgeons, oncologists and pathologists-in-training. Healthcare professionals who work in other areas of research and diagnostic surgical pathology will also find this course beneficial.

Conference Program
Course Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate current criteria for diagnosis in various subspecialty areas in diagnostic pathology
  • Discuss the proper application of immunohistochemical and other special studies in problematic cases
  • Explain advances in terminology and classification of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders
SAM MOC Credit

SAM quizzes will be available to participants online through MCW’s Ethos learning management system following the conference. Participants who would like to earn SAM MOC Credit must complete and pass the quizzes as well as provide DOB (month and day), NPI# and Board ID# by November 4, 2019 to be credit eligible.

Individual participants’ information will be shared with ABPath through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Accreditation & Credit Designation

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 21.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs)
The Medical College of Wisconsin is a provider for Self-Assessment Modules as defined by the American Board of Pathology, and has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 12.0 SAMs credits.

Course Planning Committee
  • Jennifer Anderson, MBA
  • Juan C. Felix, MD – Course Co-Director
  • Nico Gonzalez
  • Catherine E. Hagen, MD
  • Jason A. Jarzembowski, MD, PhD
  • Steven H. Kroft, MD
  • Shannon M. Majewski, CMP – Course Coordinator
  • Lynn Regozzi
  • Saul Suster, MD – Course Co-Director
Conference Location & Accommodations

Saint Kate The Arts Hotel
139 East Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-8686

Freshly opened in 2019 and named as one of Frommer’s “12 Hot and Fresh Hotels to Book in 2019,” The Saint Kate, named for the patron saint of artists, Saint Catherine, is a one-of-its-kind destination focused on celebrating the arts and the creative process.

The conference general sessions will be held in the Simone Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Saint Kate. The fireside chat will be held in Deep Image on the 3rd floor of the Saint Kate (separate signup and fee required).

Meeting Floor Plan (PDF)

  • Room Rate: $179 per night (Run of House)
  • Hotel Check-in: 4:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 pm
  • Reserve by: September 3, 2019

Rates do not include applicable occupancy tax. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. Cancellations within 48 hours of arrival and no-shows will be charged one night’s room and tax.

Reserve your room by calling (414) 276-8686 or online. Discount rate is under The Medical College of Wisconsin – Pathology.

Reserve Room Online


Discounted self-parking is available at Saint Kate for $16 per car, per night, in the underground parking structure (accessible via East Kilbourn Avenue and North Water Street). Program attendees without overnight accommodations pay hourly posted rates, not to exceed $16 per day (discount vouchers available as applicable); however, please note a new fee will apply to each entry into the lot; unlimited in-and-out privileges are available to overnight guests only.

Valet parking is available for overnight hotel guests booked through the Saint Kate directly for $33 per night with unlimited in-and-out privileges; or $17 for day parking (new fee applies for each entrance).

Alternate nearby structure/surface/street parking options, availability and rates vary.

Special Assistance

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Medical College of Wisconsin-sponsored events. If you require special accommodations to attend this event, please contact Shannon Majewski at (414) 805-6976 or

Disclosure and Disclaimer Declarations

The Medical College of Wisconsin must ensure that those in control of content disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential or actual conflicts of interest before the activity. Relevant financial relationships will be listed in the course syllabus. Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers were the sole responsibility of the planning committee. While unlikely, agendas and presenters are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing. Cancellations postmarked on/before September 3, 2019 will receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations postmarked after September 3, 2019. Fees will not be refunded for no-shows.

The Medical College of Wisconsin reserves the right to cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation, all registration fees will be refunded in full. The Medical College of Wisconsin will assume no financial responsibility or obligation to the registrants or exhibitors for any related costs including, but not limited to, airfare, lodging or other travel expenses.

Registration Information

Course registration deadline is Tuesday, September 24, 2019.



Tuition includes daily breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks, access to the electronic syllabus, Friday Welcome Reception and post-seminar online access to SAM Credit Quizzes. SAM Quizzes must be completed by November 4, 2019 to receive SAM MOC Credit.

  • Physician: $750
  • Fellow/Resident/Student*: $375
  • MCW Active/Retired Faculty**: $375
  • MCW Fellow/Resident/Student**: $50

*To receive this discounted rate, you must submit a letter from your program director verifying your status to Shannon Majewski, Course Coordinator at

**MCW Affiliates, contact Shannon Majewski at (414) 805-6976 or


A digital syllabus will be available to registrants prior to the conference. To purchase an optional printed syllabus, select the printed syllabus option prior to checkout ($40 fee applies). Printing is done in black and white. Printed syllabi will be available upon check-in at the conference. Presenters are asked to submit presentation materials two weeks in advance; any changes made thereafter will be updated in the digital version of the syllabus.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Friday Welcome Reception (Self Only or Self+Guest): $0
  • Optional Bonus Session: Fireside Chat: $30
    Join course co-director, Dr. Juan Felix for an intimate interview-style session with Dr. Debra Bell as they discuss pathology issues specific to women. Audience questions and interaction will be encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited!
  • Printed Syllabus: $40
  • SAM Online Quizzes: $0
Attendee Registration

Attendee Registration

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) utilizes an online learning management system that requires a one-time account and profile setup. Through this system individuals can register for courses, manage requirements and track attendance history.

To register:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” link below to be directed to the OCPE website.
  2. Once on the OCPE website, look for “Log in” or “Create an Account” in the upper right hand corner. New users will need to click on “Create Account” and complete the user profile; returning users choose “Log In” and enter your Username and Password.
  3. Select the “12th Annual Midwestern Conference: Update Course in Diagnostic Pathology” to add it to your cart; to also register for the (optional) Fireside Chat session, be sure to select “Continue Shopping” prior to checkout, add the “Fireside Chat” session to your cart and proceed to Check Out.
  4. While on the OCPE site, to ensure that we can provide the best customer care, please update your profile information to include your most current mobile number, emergency contact information and any dietary requirements and/or special needs.

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Conference Exhibitors

Thank you to all of our Exhibitors, past and present for your ongoing support of this educational event. A special thanks to our 2019 Exhibitors.

Save the Date! October 23-25, 2020

Join us for the 13th Annual Midwestern Conference

Juan Felix, MD

Juan Felix, MD
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Sciences

A message from Dr. Juan Felix, Course Co-Director

For the past twelve years, the Department of Pathology has unwaveringly committed to the shared vision of the Medical College of Wisconsin, knowledge changing life, by hosting the annual Update Course in Surgical Pathology.

We value the ability to share comprehensive and practical updates in diagnostic surgical pathology including the latest in ancillary and prognostic testing.

Our case-based approach using complex surgical pathology cases enhances audience understanding and subject matter retention with the goal of improved diagnostics and patient outcomes.

It is our great honor to serve our community in these capacities, and we look forward to the privilege of having you join us again in the future.

Contact Us

Have a question or need more information?

Shannon Majewski, CMP
Education Program Coordinator II
(414) 805-6976
(414) 805-6980 (fax)


Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Contact Shannon Majewski; space is limited so be sure to book your space early!

Conference Location & Accommodations
Saint Kate The Arts Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-8686
Saint Kate The Arts Hotel Google map location