2018 Dermpedia Course: Non-Neoplastic Skin Diseases: Alopecia and Dermatopathology Hot Topics

Course For Dermatopathologists and Experienced General Pathologists

Honorary Guest: Phillip H. McKee, M.B., M.D., FRCPath


* Nooshin Brinster, M.D. (New York, NY)

* May Chan, M.D. (Ann Arbor, MI)

* Joyce Lee, MBBS, MRCP (Singapore)

* Vincent Liu, M.D. (Iowa City, IA)

* Stephen Lyle, M.D., Ph.D. (Cambridge, MA)

* Roberto Andres Novoa, M.D. (Stanford, CA)

* Michael Tetzlaff, M.D., Ph.D (Houston TX)

* Sonia Toussaint, M.D. (Mexico City, Mexico)

* Yu Hung Wu, M.D. (Taipei, Taiwan)

* Artur Zembowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (Boston, MA)

Invited Speakers:

* Jeong Hee Cho-Vega, MD, PhD (Miami, FL)

* Norain Karim, MBBS, MPath, FRCPath (Malaysia)

* Johanna Moore, MD (Santa Maria, CA)

* Anar Mikailov, MD (Boston, MA)

* Rajendra Singh, MD (New York, NY)

* Claudia Vidal, MD, PhD (St. Louis, MO)

* Pedram Yazdan, MD (Chicago, IL)

Dermpedia courses are made available by Dermatopathology Consultations, LLC (Needham Heights, MA), www.dermatopathologyconsultations.com

For more information about this event, please call 1-617-549-1168 or send email to: courses@dermpedia.org

Course Venue:

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. A limited block of rooms at a significantly discounted group rate are available through online registration. This oceanfront hotel is the tallest urban waterfront resort on the West coast. Featuring roof-top tennis, pool, whirlpool, firepit, spa, and 24 hour fitness facilities, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is also centrally located.

Course Objectives:

We expect to discuss the following entities:

Atopic Dermatitis * Dyshidrotic Eczema * Id Reaction * Seborrheic Dermatitis * Pityriasis Rosea * Stasis Dermatitis * Lichen Simplex Chronicus * Psoriasis * Zoon Balanitis * Parapsoriasis * Lichen Planus * Erythema Multiforme and Related Disorders * Pigmented Purpuric Dermatoses * Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus * Graft-vs.-Host Disease * Pityriasis Lichenoides * Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris * Erythema Dyschromicum Perstans * Lichen Striatus * Lichen Nitidus * Phytophotodermatitis * Bullous Pemphigoid * Pemphigus and Variants * Dermatitis Herpetiformis * Cicatricial Pemphigoid * Hailey-Hailey Disease * Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita * Linear IgA Bullous Dermatosis *Pemphigoid Gestationis *Bullous Diabeticorum *Erosive Pustular Dermatosis * Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis *Granuloma Faciale * Erythema Elevatum Diutinum * Urticaria and Variants * Thrombotic Vasculopathy * Polyarteritis Nodosa * Annular Erythemas * Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy * Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis * Churg-Strauss Syndrome * Malignant Atrophic Papulosis * Livedo Reticularis * Pernio * Erythema Nodosum * Lipodermatosclerosis * Traumatic Panniculitis * Eosinophilic Panniculitis * Erythema Induratum * Sclerema Neonatorum * Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis of the Newborn *Cold Panniculitis * Pancreatic Panniculitis * Lupus Erythematosus and Variants * Morphea/Scleroderma * Dermatomyositis * Eosinophilic Fasciitis * Nodular Fasciitis * Relapsing Polychondritis * Atrophoderma * Erythema Ab Igne * Anetoderma * Cutis Laxa * Perforating Dermatoses * Minocycline Deposition * Calciphylaxis * Necrolytic Migratory Erythema * Papular Mucinosis * Scleredema * Reticular Erythematous Mucinosis * Follicular Mucinosis * Sarcoidosis * Granuloma Annulare * Necrobiosis Lipoidica * Rheumatoid Nodule * Annular Elastolytic Giant Cell Granuloma * Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome * Multicentric Reticulohistiocytosis * Necrobiotic Xanthogranuloma * Perioral Dermatitis * Lupus Miliaris Disseminatus Faciei * Cutaneous Crohn Disease * Palisaded Neutrophilic Granulomatous Dermatitis * Rosacea * Eosinophilic Pustular Folliculitis * Androgenetic Alopecia * Telogen Effluvium * Trichotillomania * Alopecia Areata * Lichen Planopilaris * Discoid Lupus Alopecia * Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia * Folliculitis Decalvans * Acne Keloidalis Nuchae * Dissecting Cellulitis * Morbilliform Drug Reactions * Fixed Drug Eruption * Lichenoid Drug Eruptions * Phototoxic Dermatitis * Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis * Drug Rash With Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms * Toxic Erythema of Chemotherapy * Grover Disease * Darier Disease * Granular Parakeratosis * Incontinentia Pigmenti * Keratosis Pilaris * ILVEN * Vitiligo * Postinflammatory Pigment Alteration * Pityriasis Alba * Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis * Dowling-Degos Disease * Sweet Syndrome * Pyoderma Gangrenosum * Subcorneal Pustular Dermatosis * Necrolytic Acral Erythema * Pellagra * Scurvy * Acrodermatitis Enteropathica * Polymorphous Light Eruption * Hydroa Vacciniforme


Thursday 4/12/2018

7:00am -8:00am Registration

7:30am - 10:00am Working Breakfast and Didactic Session I - Bread and Butter Dermatopathology Part I - How to Best Handle the Most Common Biopsies in Dermatopathology Practice

  • Artur Zembowicz: Welcome and Introduction. Clinicopathological Thinking and Algorithmic Approach to Diagnosis of Common Inflammatory Skin Conditions
  • Phillip McKee: Curbside Consults - Importance of Clinicopathological Correlation
  • Yu-Hung Wu: Invisible Dermatoses
  • Nooshin Brinster: Clinical - Rule Out Psoriasis
  • Vincent Liu: Clinical - Rule out Lichen Planus
  • Sonia Toussaint: Lichen Planus Pigmentosus
  • Sonia Toussaint: Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica
  • Artur Zembowicz: Rule Out Eczema
  • Faculty: Q&A

10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session II - Bread and Butter Dermatopathology Part II - How to Best Handle the Most Common Biopsies in Dermatopathology Practice

  • Joyce Lee: Clinical - Rule Out Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sonia Toussaint: Granuloma Faciale With Eosinophilic Angiocentric Fibrosis and Discussion of IgG4 Disease
  • May Chan: How to Diagnose Rosacea
  • Vincent Liu: Clinical - Rule Out Granuloma Annulare
  • Sonia Toussaint: Annular Elastolytic Granuloma
  • May Chan: Patient With Blisters - Excerpts from an Upcoming Practical Textbook of Cutaneous Immunoflourescence
  • Artur Zembowicz: Alopecia for Dummies

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Didactic Session III - Dermatopathology in a Hospital Setting

  • Artur Zembowicz: Drug Eruptions Including EM, SIS, and TEN
  • Roberto Novoa: DRESS Syndrome
  • Vincent Liu: Cutaneous Reactions to Cancer Therapeutics Including New PD1 Inhibitors
  • Artur Zembowicz: Vasculitis and Vasculopathies
  • Michael Tetzlaff: Graf vs Host Disease
  • Artur Zembowicz: Nutritional Deficiencies

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Coffee Break

4:30pm - 6:30pm: Didactic Session IV - Diagnosing Less Common but Important Dermatological Conditions Including Infections

  • Sonia Toussaint: Common Inflammatory Disorders South of the Border
  • Joyce Lee: Asian Dermatoses
  • Yu-Hung Wu: Neutrophilic Dermatoses
  • Rajendra Singh: Differential Diagnosis of Erythema Nodosum (PathPresenter Presentation)
  • Roberto Novoa: Artificial Intelligence in Image Analysis: Implications to Practice of Dermatology and Dermatopathology

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Course Reception

Friday 4/13/2018

7:00am-12:00pm: Optional Small Group Microscope Sessions

(Separate Registration)

7-8 am

Dr. Zembowicz: Problem Areas in Diagnosis of Melanocytic Lesions Part I - Grading Melanocytic Nevi

8-9 am

Dr. Lee: Practical Alopecia

9-10 am

Dr Zembowicz: Diagnostic Pitfalls in Inflammatory Dermatoses Part I

10-11 am

Dr. Tetzlaff: Problem Areas in Diagnosis of Difficult Melanocytic Lesions Part II


Dr. Wu: Diagnostic Pitfalls in Inflammatory Dermatoses Part II

12:00-12:30pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

12:30pm - 2:30pm: Didactic Session V - Hot Topics in Dermatopathology

  • Artur Zembowicz: What is New in WHO Classification of Skin Tumors - Preview of Changes to be Introduced to 4th Edition. New Entities and New Classification Scheme
  • Michael Tetzlaff: Role of Pathology in Guiding Immune Check Point Therapies
  • Claudia Vidal: Update on Recommendations re: Mismatch Repair Gene Testing in Sebaceous Neoplasms
  • Anar Mikailov: Neutrophilic Dermatoses from a Clinical Perspective
  • Norain Karim: Challenging Ulcerating lesions (from Malaysia)
  • Jeong Hee Cho-Vega: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Associated Follicular Syndrome
  • Pedram Yazdan: Dilatation of Eccrine Ducts in Scarring Alopecia
  • Johanna Moore: Localized Ischemic Fasciitis

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Didactic Session VI - Neoplastic Mimics of Inflammatory Conditions and Granulomas

  • Vincent Liu: Distinguishing Reactive From Lymphomatoid Inflammatory Infiltrates - Diagnostic Pitfalls
  • Artur Zembowicz: Mycosis Fungoides or Not?
  • Roberto Novoa: Inflammatory Mimics of Mycosis Fungoides
  • Sonia Toussaint: Cutaneous Tuberculosis
  • Phillip McKee: Clinicopathological Correlation and the Role of Social Media in Dermatopathology

5:00pm - 5:30pm: Coffee Break

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Didactic Session VII - Words of Wisdom:

Teaching Point Presentations

  • Phillip McKee: Multiple Dermatofibromas: Think Outside the Box
  • Nooshin Brinster:
  • Michael Tetzlaff: Not All Tumors Are Neoplastic: Watch Out For a 'Great Mimicker'
  • May Chan:
  • Roberto Novoa:
  • Yu-Hung Wu: Diagnostic Clues in the Hair Follicles
  • Vincent Liu:
  • Joyce Lee: Simple Trick To Enhance Visualization of Pigmented Hair Shafts With the Microscope
  • Artur Zembowicz: How to Sign Out a Pimple?

Saturday 4/14/2018

7:30am - 10:00am: Working Breakfast and Didactic Session VIII - Clinicopathological Correlations in Dermatopathology - Diagnosing Common and Less Common but Important Conditions

  • Stephen Lyle: HOT TOPIC LECTURE - Castle Biosciences Melanoma Profiling Test
  • May Chan: Critical Immunoflourescence Diagnoses - How to Avoid Common Diagnostic Pitfalls
  • Yu-Hung Wu: Papulosquamous Diseases in Children
  • Sonia Toussaint: Clinicopathological Correlations in Nail Diseases
  • Yu-Hung Wu: Papulonecrotic Disease in Children

10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30pm: Didactic Session IX - Advanced Alopecia Part I

  • Stephen R. Lyle: Biology and Functional Histology of the Hair Follicle
  • Nooshin Brinster: Alopecia from the Clinical Perspective - What Clinicians Want (Can Get) From a Pathologist
  • Joyce Lee: Evaluation of Alopecia Biopsies on Horizontal Sections
  • Stephen Lyle: Scarring Alopecia (Lichen Planopilaris, Lupus Erythematosus, Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, Follicular Degeneration Syndrome/Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia)
  • Artur Zembowicz: Follicular Mucinosis and Follicular Mycosis Fungoides

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Didactic Session X - Advanced Alopecia Part II

  • Joyce Lee: Non-Scarring Alopecias (Androgenetic Alopecia, Acute Telogen Effluvium, Chronic Telogen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata)
  • Sonia Toussaint: Various Alopecias
  • Nooshin Brinster: Pustular Alopecias (Psoriatic Alopecia, Psoriatic Alopecia Induced by TNF-Inhibitors, Syphilic Alopecia, Dissecting Folliculitis, Folliculitis Decalvans, Eosinophilic Folliculitis)
  • Joyce Lee: Clinicopathological Correlations in Alopecia - Case Presentations

Course Concludes


Physician Attendee Entire 3 day Course:

  • Early Registration Fee $995 (deadline 3/12/2018)
  • Full Fee $1100

Physician-In-Training, Entire 3 day Course:

  • Early Registration Fee $695 (with complimentary receptions)
  • (deadline 3/12/2018)
  • Full Fee $770

Physician-In-Training Discount:

We set aside a limited number of significantly discounted admissions for physicians-in-training (residents and fellows). These admissions will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to qualify for the discounted fees you need to present proof of being in training at registration.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

A refund will be issued if requested on or before March 12, 2018. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 processing fee. After the deadline, only the credits towards tuition for future courses amounting to 50% of the course fee will be offered. All refunds must be requested in writing or by email.

CME Credits:

Approved for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), (and up to 25 Credits for those participating in optional small group microscopic sessions). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty disclosures will be listed in the Course Handout.

American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs):

Dermpedia has been approved by the American Board of Pathology to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs). SAMs are a specific form of Category 1 CME required by the ABP as part of its Maintenance of Certification Program. A self-assessment post-test -- with defined acceptable performance and timely feedback will be available and is required to obtain SAMs credit.

10 SAMs will be offered.


To preserve the ambience of the course only a limited number of exhibitors will be allowed to present their services or products. Each exhibiting company will be provided with one 6 feet x 30 inches (or 16 inches, if requested) table and free power outlet. The tables may be located in the breakout/coffee break area, allowing ample opportunity to interact with the participants and faculty. The area will be the social center of the course.

The exhibitor's fee includes registration, participation in our official Course Reception and coffee breaks for two representatives. The exhibitors are eligible for any discounts available to students. The exhibitors will be asked to set up their displays according to the Hyatt policy. The exhibitors are responsible for all the costs of set up and transportation. The floor hours are Thursday and Friday from 7:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday from 7:00am - 1:00pm.

In order to apply, send an email to Margaret K. Cho at courses@dermpedia.org and specify:

  1. Company name
  2. Company address
  3. Brief Description of Products/Services
  4. Contact Person (name, address, email, telephone, fax)
  5. Number of Representatives​