Pearls in Pathology

American Osteopathic College of Pathologists

Spring 2023 Conference

February 24-26, 2023

Hilton West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, FL


Bruce Smoller, MD

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Aaron Huber, DO

Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Neoplasms: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Navigating the Nomenclature


Randall K McGivney D.O. FCAP MBA

Transfusion Medicine & Practice Update

Aaron Huber, DO

Hepatocellular Mass Lesions: Pearls and Pitfalls


Bruce Smoller, MD

Dermatopathology in Systemic Disease


John Kasimos, DO

Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine

Steven Gustafson, DO

Interesting Surgical Pathology Cases from the Files of Dr. G.


Chaya Prasad, MD

Liquid Biopsy


Jason Haxton, MA,DO (Hon), ATSU

Our Osteopathic Heritage


Robert Kurtzman, DO, FAOCP, FCAP

A Shocking Subject: Investigation of Electrocution Deaths


Our Speakers

Dr. Steven A. Gustafson is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology.


In 1996, Dr. Gustafson earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology at University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine, followed by a numerous fellowships in Hematopathology, Surgical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, and Pediatric Pathology.  He has lectures and conducted research on national and international levels, as well as authored and co-authored multiple peer-review publications.  He is a reviewer for the Journal of Histotechnology.  He currently serves on the faculty of Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In his spare time, he volunteers for USA boxing as a ringside physician.


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Dr. Randall K McGivney DO, MBA is a 1980 graduate of Oklahoma State University with BS degree in Physiology.  He received his DO degree in 1983 from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (the last of the 3-year medical programs).  Dr. McGivney did a transitional internship in 1983 at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso Texas followed by a residency in an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from 1984 – 1988. 


Dr. McGivney served in the US Army as teaching chief at WBAMC and worked at Medical Arts Lab in Oklahoma City before joining Mac Neal Hospital in the fall of 1991. He helped build Genesis Clinical Laboratory which Tenet Health sold to Lab Corp in 2015. 


In 2011 he created Illinois Pathology Associates in which currently employs 8 pathologists and serves 3 suburban hospitals in Chicago.  Dr. McGivney is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from the American Board of Pathology and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.  Dr. McGivney serves as Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Sciences for West Suburban Medical Center.  Dr. McGivney has served as an adjunct professor at Midwestern University in the Department of Pathology and he does private autopsies for Chicago Area Autopsy Services. 


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John Kasimos, DO is board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and family medicine. He completed his residency training in all areas at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his BS in Biology at Loyola University of Chicago and his MS in Biology with specialization in Microbiology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is primarily based at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields. Dr. Kasimos currently serves as Chair and Professor of the Department of Pathology, Midwestern University where he is extensively involved in the education and training of osteopathic medical students and is a SOMA Foundation’s Northup Educator of the Year Award Recipient.


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Dr. Huber is a surgical pathologist who specializes in gastrointestinal, liver, pancreaticobiliary, bone, and soft tissue pathology.


He is Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology – American Board of Pathology

He received his DO degree in 2004 from Univ. of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine


He completed his Residency in Pathology at Naval Medical Center San Diego07/20/2005 – 07/19/2009


His Post-doctoral Training & Residency training was completed 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014 with a

Fellowship in Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Pathology at University of Rochester Medical Center.


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Dr. Smoller currently serves as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. He began his career in pathology as a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. From there, he did a dermatopathology fellowship at Cornell Medical School/ New York Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Scott McNutt. He remained on faculty at Cornell for several years before relocating to Stanford University in 1990 to assume the position as Director of Dermatopathology and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Pathology and Dermatology. In 1997, he relocated to the University of Arkansas where he became Chair of the Department of Pathology, in addition to his role as the Director of Dermatopathology. He remained there until 2011 when he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. He spent nearly three years in that position before accepting the position as Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Dr. Smoller has published more than 235 original articles, 39 book chapters and 13 textbooks of dermatopathology. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and as the President of the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is proudest of the Nickel Award he received from the American Society of Dermatopathology in recognition of lifetime excellence in teaching.


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1987 – 06/30/1989

Fellowship in Dermatopathology at Cornell University Medical College


07/01/1984 – 06/30/1987

Residency in Pathology, Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Main Campus

Dr. Prasad hails from Bangalore, India where she completed her medical school. She then went on to complete her pathology residency at OHSU, Portland Oregon and a 2-year fellowship in Ob/Gyn pathology at Harvard Medical School. At Harvard she was the recipient of several American Cancer Society and NIH research awards. In 1995, she went onto receive the prestigious National Physician Scientist award from NIH, an award that is given to few select physicians a year. She then continued to work at Kaiser Permanente for over 2 decades where she wore many administrative hats. Dr. Prasad joined Western University in 2016, where she is an associate professor and chair of the Clinical Sciences Dept.


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Jason Haxton, MA, DO (h.c.) has been the director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine since January 2001. Besides managing the Museum that was created in 1934, he makes multiple international trips each year. He is active with Continuing Medical Education credits (CME) for physicians too. He provides lectures, historic research materials and promotes the principles of osteopathic medicine through exhibits in the USA and abroad. At A.T. Still University in Kirksville he keeps a busy as Advisor to SAHOPs (Society for the Advancement of Historical Osteopathy and Philosophy Organization), along with teaching medical students and welcoming guests from around the world to the museum.

Jason worked on a variety of documentaries which includes the Historical Emmy award PBS 2017: “The Feminine Touch” Spanish 2019: “The Science of Osteopathy” and German 2020: “Osteopathie Heilen mit den Handen”
He authored “Andrew Taylor Still – Father of Osteopathic Medicine” a biography for young readers (10-12 years). This is the first book of its kind approved for school curriculum in social studies.
He contributed the opening history chapter on osteopathy for an Osteopathic text book – English and German Language Elsevier: Lehrbuch Osteopathische Medzin – Johannes Mayer & Clive Standen – published in British English in 2019.

Jason received several Library and Museum grants all totaling half a million dollars to process and put online the Museum’s 100,000 artifacts and to create K-8th grade health curriculum. The Museum just received a $50,000 grant to organize and preserve the textiles in the collection. His leadership at the Museum was recognized as an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Shining STAR organization for its work promoting the osteopathic profession worldwide. The Museum has achieved AAM Accrediation under his guidance in July 2022. This is the golden standard in museums — the highest level in the Museum profession.


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Forensic Pathologist, Retired Montana State Chief Medical Examiner

Rocky Mountain Forensic Services, PLLC

Dr. Kurtzman received his Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa. Attended 1977-1980.  He is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, July 1989, Laboratory Medicine, July 1991, Forensic Pathology, May 1994.  He previously served on AOCP Board of Governors from 1989-1997 in various positions with having served as President 1996-1997.


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