The American Society of Dermatopathology

Elson B. Helwig Memorial Lecture

Saturday, November 10
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

The Elson B. Helwig Memorial lectureship is awarded in recognition of excellence in the realm of diagnostic dermatopathology and for significant contribution to the dermatopathology literature and the education of fellows and colleagues.

Patterson-Helwig.jpgJames W. Patterson, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pathology
University of Virginia


Problematic Dermatopathology: What the Textbooks Don't Teach
The challenges presented by dermatopathology are not always in the realm of straightforward differential diagnosis. Mixed-up specimens, misleading clinical information, deficiencies in specimens or the manner in which they are handled, and confounding historical and laboratory data occur all too frequently. This lecture will consider each of these and their significant impact on decision-making and patient care.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize and circumvent various factors that can complicate seemingly straightforward cases.
  • Implement process improvements to address practice gaps, improving diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes.

Previous Lecturers

2017 Elaine S. Jaffe, MD
2016 Sharon W. Weiss, MD
2015 Timothy H. McCalmont, MD
2014 Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FACP, FAAD
2013 Luis Requena, MD, PhD
2012 Boris C. Bastian, MD, PhD
2011 Heinz H. Kutzner, MD
2010 Helmut Kerl, MD
2009 Amy S. Paller, MD
2008 Paul A. Khavari, MD, PhD
2007 Steven Rosenberg, MD, PhD
2006 Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD
2005 Lorenzo Cerroni, MD
2004 Christopher D.M. Fletcher, MD, FRCPath
2003 Phillip H. McKee, MD
2002 Jean L. Bolognia, MD