Volume 3 Issue 1 November 2005
This newsletter is as an annual communication medium among the Arab pathologists. It aims to communicate news of regional meetings, practice ideas, experiences, and job opportunities in the Arab world. News from the council and from the mother IAP is also communicated. Your contributions of any topic of interest to the Arabic pathologists are welcomed. Please e-mail your article to the address listed at the last page. We look forward to your contributions.
Wasim F. Raslan, MD, PhD
from the President
My term of office as President of the Arab Division is about to conclude by the end of this year.
A new President, Dr. Ali El Hindawi from Egypt, shall carry the responsibility of the presidency of the Division for the coming two years 2006-2007. I wish him the best in leading our Division to more successes and to new horizons. During the last two years, I had the privilege of presiding over a robust and healthy Division by all standards. Our annual meetings are attracting more and more pathologists from the Arab world as well as guests from European, Asian and North American countries. Our last meeting in Tunisia in 2004 was featured in “International Pathology “, the news bulletin for IAP, with lots of pictures featuring our colleagues from various Arab countries. This is a testimony on the esteemed status of our Division among various Divisions of IAP. Without your efforts and support, we could not achieve this level of organization and the status we achieved through the hard work and the organizational skills which many of you had given selflessly to this Division.
Our Arab School of Pathology is doing quite well. We had been able to conduct 3 tutorials so far in collaboration with the British Division of IAP. The first was on hematopathology in Beirut, Lebanon in 2002; the second was on soft tissue tumors in Damascus, Syria in 2003; the third was on Gastro-intestinal pathology in Cairo, Egypt in 2004. A fourth tutorial on Dermatopathology will be held at the end of November 2005 in Manama, Bahrain. Our sincere thanks go to our British colleagues, particularly Prof. Kristin Henry, for their continued support. In all of these tutorials, there had been always local faculty from the ranks of membership of the Arab Division. We are planning to have a tutorial on nephropathology in January, 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates depending mostly on our local nephropathologists. We shall try to hold two tutorials every year, one with support from the British Division and the other relying on our own resources.
Our Division shall encourage the establishment of interest groups in various areas of pathology. A GI group was established under the leadership of Dr. Najib Haboubi with several pathologists interested in gastro-intestinal pathology joining in. A cytopathology group shall be established soon under the leadership of Dr. Fadi Abdul Karim. We shall discuss the establishment of more similar groups and lay down guidelines for their activities and establish bylaws governing their activities.
I look forward meeting you all in our meeting this year in Amman, Jordan. The scientific program is quite rich with several world-renowned speakers participating in this meeting.
I wish you all success in your careers as pathologists striving to help
our physicians reaching the most accurate diagnoses to be able to serve
our patients. Our Division shall remain an instrument in educating all
of us in the new advances of our specialty. We count on your continued
support so that our Division can achieve its mission.
of the Council Meeting of the 16th Congress of the IAP
This council meeting was held on September 21, 2004 at Nile 4 Conference
Room at Hotel Africa in Tunis, Tunisia during the 16th Congress of the
Arab Division of IAP held in Tunis, Tunisia on September 20-22, 2004.
1. Dr. Zaatari expressed his thanks on behalf of the Arab Division of IAP to our Tunisian colleagues for their excellent preparation of the meeting and their hospitality.
2. Approval of previous minutes: The minutes of the last Council meeting held in Cairo in September 15, 2003 were reviewed and approved.
3. Report on the current meeting (16th Meeting of the Arab Division)
4. 17th Meeting of Arab Division, 2005.
5. Arab School of Pathology.
6. Newsletter of the Arab Division.
7. Web Page of the Arab Division.
8. Report on the First Intra European Mediterranean Conference of IAP.
9. Questionnaire from IAP Educational Committee.
10. Establishment of Working Groups.
11. Financial Report.
13. Arab Board of Pathology.
14. Other Business.
Representatives of the Arab Division Participate in International Meetings
First Intra European Mediterranean Conference of
IAP, Athens, Greece, May 2003
Through the efforts of the Hellenic Division and its dynamic President, Dr. Niki J Agnantis, and the Secretary Dr George Kontegeorgos, the meeting was held on May 8-10, 2003 at Astir Palace Resort in the suburb of Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece. Dr Amr attended the meeting as well as several councilors of IAP including Dr Shinichiro Ushigome, President of IAP, Dr Francis Jaubert, President elect, Dr Antonio Llombart Busch , Past President, Dr. Jack Strong, Treasurer, and Dr F Martinez-Tello, Vice President for Europe.
The program of the meeting was composed of 5 workshops on hot topics
in pathology including the following workshops:
There were several posters. Dr. Nasir Amra from Dhahran Health Center
was the only Arab pathologist along with Dr. Amr. They had a poster on
FNA cytological findings of low grade fibromyxoid sarcoma. On the last
day of the meeting, officers of IAP had a meeting with the Council members
of the Hellenic Division. The agenda included the following items:
Dr. Wasim F. Raslan, Chief of Pathology Services Division at Dahran Health Center, Saudi Aramco and Editor of the IAP- Arab Division newsletter represented the Arab Division during the 31st European Congress of Cytology, October 2-5, 2005 in Paris, Franc. He briefed the audience about the activities of the Arab Division and invited them to participate in our annual meetings. His participation included chairing a free paper session on the Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Cytology of the thyroid gland and presentation of two rare cases of FNA biopsies (above left).
Winners of Ibn Al Nafees Award
16th Annual Meeting, Tunis, 2004
Due to the large number of young pathologists, mostly women, participating in the competition for Ibn Al-Nafees Award for the best poster or oral presentation by young pathologists, it was decided to give two awards this year. An Arab pathologists residing and working in Paris, France, donated the money for the second award. She is a long time supporter of the Division.
The first award this year was granted to Dr. Assia Kaddouri-Slimani from Algeria for her poster entitled “Hybridation in situ (HIS) detection de l’ HPV des lesions du col uterin. Experience du Service D’ Anatomie Pathologique CHU Beni Messous”. ( Detection of lesions of the uterine cervix induced by HPV by In Situ hybridization (ISH). Our experience at Anatomic Pathology Service at Beni Messous Hospital, Algeria).
The second award was given to Dr. Essia Saiji-Dhiab
from Tunisia for her poster entitled “ Resultats de 99 biopsies
en miroir systematiques pour carcinome lobulaire du sein”. (Results
of 99 biopsies in cases of lobular carcinoma of the breast).
Kamal G. Ishak, MD, PhD. (1928-2004):
A leading liver pathologists from the Arab world, a symbol of pride and a role model
By Wasim F. Raslan, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Florabel Mullick, Secretary of IAP, has described him as a “giant in the field of liver pathology, a great scientist and teacher”. Dr, Kamal Ishak was a constant supporter to the Arab Division of the IAP and frequently presented a valuable lectures and courses at different Arabic cities. The Arab division has named its Keynote lecture after him.
Dr. Ishak was born in Sudan in 1928. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Cairo University in 1951, and completed internship and residency training at affiliated Cairo hospitals. In 1954, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute, where he studied Schistosomiasis and Brucellosis. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and received pathology training at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He later earned a PhD in microbiology from Baylor, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965. Dr. Ishak had the reputation of having an “encyclopedic knowledge of pathologic and clinical aspects of liver disease”. In addition to a vast experience gained from study of the AFIP’s unique collection of rare and common diseases.
In 1963, Dr. Ishak joined the staff of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and soon after, he became chief of the Hepatic Pathology Branch in 1965. His professional interests included clinicopathologic studies of drug-induced hepatic injury, viral and other infections of the liver, benign and malignant tumors, and inherited metabolic diseases of the liver. During his career, he authored or co-authored over 300 books, chapters and scientific publications.
His landmark paper on malignant liver tumors in children (Cancer. 1967; 20:396-422) defined hepatoblastoma as an entity distinct from hepatocellular carcinoma. He followed that by numerous other papers on medical diseases of the liver and the pathology of phenothiazine hepatotoxicity (Arch Pathol. 1972; 93:283 304). He devised the first version of the Histological Activity Index (HAI) for evaluating liver biopsies from patients with chronic hepatitis (Hepatology. 1981; 1:431-435). He served as the lead author on the authoritative AFIP fascicle Tumors of the Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Ducts (2001). In 2001, he also co-edited the authoritative Textbook (MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver). In addition, he was a major participant in all three editions of the WHO “blue books,” devoted to the classification of liver tumors.
He served as a faculty member for over 30 years at annual meetings of the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, where he taught dozens of courses on hepatic pathology. He received the Academy’s President’s Award, a distinguished service award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and a lifetime achievement award from the AFIP. He held the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive, Senior Executive Service, as well as several other prestigious awards. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, United Kingdom. He was planning to attend the 16th annual meeting of the IAP Arab Division in Tunisia in September 2004. Unfortunately, he passed away on April 5, 2004.
Dr. Ishak will always remain as a symbol of pride and a role model in the minds of the Arab pathologists for many years to come.
Calendar of Events
congress of the Arab Division of the International Academy of Pathology
26th International Congress of the International
Academy of Pathology
Eighth Meeting of the Syrian Society of Pathology
Fourth Tutorial of Arab School of Pathology on
Fifth Tutorial of the Arab School of Pathology
Contributors to this newsletter:
Editor & Correspondence:
Winner of Ibn Al Nafees Scholarship
Dr. Dr. Soraya Ouhida, a histopathologist from Algeria was the winner of Ibn Al Nafees Scholarship. She spent two months at the Department of Histopathology with Dr. N haboubi at the Tarfford Hospital, Manchester, England.
Below is her description of her experience:
The department receives around 9000 surgical pathology specimens and 500 post mortems per year. The consultants along with the trainees do the reporting. The department is equipped by the latest models of lab machines. Special stains and immunochemistry are used routinely for reporting. The department has a good library with a good collection of the latest journals and books and free access to the Internet for literature and research. This makes the work easier and interesting.
This training was very beneficial to me because it gave me the opportunity
to see the organization and the functioning of the Histopathology Department.
As part of my training, I attended the cut up in the mornings; screened
the daily slides; screened the archive slides; and attended autopsies.
I also had the opportunity to attend the multidisciplinary team meetings
and realize the importance of the interaction of pathology with other
disciplines for the good of the patient. These meetings were as follows:
I also attended the Continuous Medical Educational courses presented by the trainees and the consultants. When I return to Algeria, I will transmit the experience I have gained to my colleagues. The department is very friendly, run very well, coordinated and advanced in both service and research. It is highly respected in the hospital. I highly recommend it. It was a privilege for me to be part of this unit for two months. I hope that others may benefit for this opportunity”.
Dr. Soraya Ouhida
Ibn El Nafees scholarship was offered by Dr. Najib Haboubi the chairman of the Department of Pathology at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust. It pays for a single accommodation up to six months to a young pathologist just before getting his/her consultant grade. The nominee will be allowed good exposure to the running of Pathology services in the UK, the interaction of Pathology and other disciplines in this hospital, and possibly initiating a research project..
As there will be a strong interest in this opportunity, the selection will be made strictly on CV’s and may give some consideration for certain geographical factors.
For more information, kindly contact: