April 24-25, 2017
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Chicago, Illinois


conference summary imageDiagnostic Molecular Pathology is currently regarded as a fundamental element of surgical pathology. Excellent oncologic care requires that practicing surgical pathologists understand molecular testing platforms, results, and clinical significance. This comprehensive case-based conference will prepare attendees for both common and uncommon clinical scenarios where molecular testing should be applied in a cost- and time-effective manner.


Subspecialties of anatomic pathology covered in this two-day conference include:

  • Breast pathology
  • Head and neck pathology
  • Gastrointestinal pathology
  • Genitourinary pathology
  • Gynecologic pathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pulmonary pathology
  • Soft tissue pathology


This program is designed for practicing surgical and molecular pathologists and other medical laboratory scientists or physicians interested in enhancing their delivery of care.

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Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Identify clinical scenarios where molecular testing is appropriate—and inappropriate.
  • Discuss fundamental features of molecular testing platforms.
  • Interpret molecular test results.
  • Explain the clinical significance of molecular test results.

Attendance at this Mayo Clinic conference does not indicate nor guarantee competency or proficiency in the performance of any procedures that may be discussed or taught in this course.


Monday, April 24, 2017

7:00 a.m. Conference Check- In/Breakfast, Penthouse Ballroom Foyer
7:45 Welcome and Introductions
8:00 Cases 1 & 2: Molecular Pathology Tools and Techniques: What’s in Your Anatomic Pathology Toolbox
Benjamin Kipp, PhD
9:00 Case 3: HPV and p16 Testing in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Indication, Interpretation, and Implication
Joaquín García, MD
9:30 Case 4: Molecular Classification of Sinonasal Tract Malignancies
Joaquín García, MD
10:00 Break
10:30 Case 5: Clinical Applications of RNA Sequencing
Kevin Halling, MD, PhD
11:00 Case 6: FISH for Detection of Biliary Tract Malignancy
Kevin Halling, MD, PhD
11:30 Case 7: What Molecular Tests are Changing Liver Pathology Practice
Rondell Graham, MBBS
12:00 Case 8: Everything You Need to Know About Genomics of Colorectal Carcinoma Made Easy
Rondell Graham, MBBS
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Case 9: Tissue is the Issue: Practical Tips for Evaluating and Improving “Molecular Adequacy” in Small Specimens
Sarah Kerr, MD
2:00 Case 10: Zebras and Horses: Non-Classical Presentations in Routine Gynecologic Surgical Pathology Molecular Testing
Sarah Kerr, MD
2:30 Case 11: Melanoma Targeted Therapy
Svetomir Markovic, MD, PhD
3:00 Case 12: Melanoma Immunotherapy
Svetomir Markovic, MD, PhD
3:30 Adjourn/Light Reception

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 Case 13: Use of PD-L1 – A Predictive Biomarker in Lung Cancer
Konstantinos Leventakos, MD
8:30 Case 14: Predictive Tests for Targeted Therapies in Lung Cancer
Konstantinos Leventakos, MD
9:00 Case 15: Retroperitoneal Spindle Cell Lesions: Updating the Molecular Diagnostic Toolbox
Jodi Carter, MD, PhD
9:30 Case 16: Breast Carcinoma: Molecular Testing for Diagnostics, Prognostication and Targeted Therapies
Jodi Carter, MD, PhD
10:00 Break
10:30 Case 17: Seeing Double in AML
David Viswanatha, MD
11:00 Case 18: “Alt-CML”: More Fun with BCR-ABL1
David Viswanatha, MD
11:30 Case 19: Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma: How Does the WHO 2016 Update Affect My Practice?
Rebecca King, MD
12:00 Case 20: Low Grade B Cell Lymphoma with Plasmacytic Differentiation: Addressing Confusion in the MYD88 Era
Rebecca King, MD
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Case 21: The Utilization of Lung Cancer FNAs for Molecular Diagnostic Testing
Michael Roh, MD, PhD
2:00 Case 22: Thyroid Cytopathology: Current State of the Art and New Frontiers
Michael Roh, MD, PhD
2:30 Case 23: Part I - Classification of Adult Gliomas into Molecular Groups with Prognostic and Predictive Relevance
Robert Jenkins, MD, PhD
3:00 Case 24: Part II - Classification of Adult Gliomas into Molecular Groups with Prognostic and Predictive Relevance
Robert Jenkins, MD, PhD
3:30 Adjourn


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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The registration fee includes conference syllabus (provided within a conference app), break refreshments, daily breakfast and lunch, and Monday light reception.

  • $600 for residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, or medical technologists
  • $650 for physicians or scientists

Although it is not the policy of Mayo Medical Laboratories Education Department to limit the number of participants, conference room facilities may necessitate closing of enrollment; therefore, early registration is strongly advised. Please do not finalize hotel or travel arrangements until you receive electronic notification. Registration deadline is April 2, 2017.

This conference is not longer available for registration.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this conference on or before April 2, 2017, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded. Mayo Medical Laboratories Education Department must receive written notification of your cancellation. No refunds will be made after April 2, 2017.

Mayo Medical Laboratories reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Medical Laboratories must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Medical Laboratories will refund the registration fee, but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.



Travel and lodging arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Lodging Accommodations

Hotel guestroom
Riverview King Guestroom

Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special conference rates at the following hotel. To receive the special rate, you must make reservations before the room block is filled or before the expiration date of Sunday, April 2, 2017, whichever comes first. Reservations will be taken following this date based on space and rate availability. Please identify yourself as a participant of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology conference when making a phone reservation.


Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront lobby

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312-346-7100 or 1-800-996-3426
$179 single/double/triple/quad occupancy
Reserve online: Mayo Clinic Group Reservations

The hotel is completely booked the night of Monday, April 24. If you would like your name added to a waitlist, please contact Wyndham Reservations at 312-346-7100.

Hoyt's American Restaurant at Wyndham


Mayo Medical Laboratories is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.


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