Current Topics in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology

Johns Hopkins Clinical Update

Improve clinical performance with this authoritative review of the latest concepts and techniques in the interpretation of gastrointestinal and liver specimens.

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SKU: 240

Improve Your Ability to Interpret Gastrointestinal and Liver Specimens

This recording of Johns Hopkins’ 17th Annual Current Topics in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology event delivers a practical overview for pathologists who encounter gastrointestinal and liver specimens in daily practice. Interpretation of biopsies of the upper GI tract mucosa and the liver will be addressed, as well as recent advances in pancreatic and biliary pathology. Participants should come away with a better understanding of interpretation of mucosal biopsies, liver biopsies, pancreatic/biliary disorders, and the application of modern techniques to gastrointestinal disorders.

Discover New Guidelines

A clinically based update, this learn-at-your-own-pace course in GI and liver pathology provides a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Available online, it provides access to unbiased, evidence-based content and case-based reviews so you can expand your knowledge and incorporate the latest guidelines into your daily practice.

View our full list of Topics/Speakers, Faculty, Accreditation and Media Format information.

Quick Facts

Provider: Johns Hopkins

Course Director:
Lysandra Voltaggio, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Credits: Earn a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

  • Esophagitis is a Pain in the Neck - Joel Greenson, MD
  • Common Issues and Challenging Cases from the GI Consultation Service - Lysandra Voltaggio, MD
  • Genomic Test Interpretation for the Gastrointestinal Surgical Pathologist - Jason Park, MD, PhD
  • Iatrogenic Findings in the GI Tract: From Curious to Critical - Dora Lam-Himlin, MD
  • Molecular Pathology of Colorectal Cancer - Jason Park, MD, PhD
  • A Systematic Approach to Interpreting Medical Liver Biopsies - Meredith Pittman, MD
  • Update on Hepatic Vascular Diseases - Kiyoko Oshima, MD
  • Practical Topics in Tumor Immunology: What are Immune Check Point Inhibitors and How Do They Impact Anatomic Pathology? - Robert Anders, MD, PhD
  • Spindle Cell Lesions of the GI Tract: Just Like Real Estate, It’s All About Location - Elizabeth Montgomery, MD
  • Burning Issues in Barrett Esophagus - Elizabeth Montgomery, MD
  • Gastritis: A Pattern-Based Medicine - Lysandra Voltaggio, MD
  • A Rock-Solid Approach to Solid Tumors of the Pancreas - Elizabeth Thompson, MD, PhD

Activity Director

Lysandra Voltaggio, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology

Johns Hopkins Speakers

Robert Anders, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Pathology

Elizabeth Montgomery, MD

  • Professor of Pathology


Kiyoko Oshima, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology

Elizabeth Thompson, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology

Guest Speakers

Joel Greenson, MD

  • Professor of Pathology
  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI

Dora Lam-Himlin, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Phoenix, AZ


Jason Park, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Children's Medical Center
  • University of Texas Southwestern
  • Dallas, TX

Meredith Pittman, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Cornell University
  • Ithaca, NY

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Original Release: December 1, 2017
Date Credits Expire: January 30, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete: 9.45 hours

A certificate of credit will be provided after successful completion of the online activity evaluation and post-test. A minimum passing rate of at least 70%, within three attempts is needed. A $45 processing fee is required before taking the online post-test. Instructions will be provided in the electronic syllabus. Registrations for credit will not be accepted after the expiration date of the activity.

Policy on Speaker and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the development and use of checkpoint inhibitor (PD-1/L1) immune cancer therapy in laboratory medicine.
  • Discuss some immunolabeling pitfalls in interpreting biopsies of spindle cell neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Outline the American College of Gastroenterology guidelines for management of Barrett's Esophagus.
  • Describe findings in neoplastic lesions and dysplasia.
  • Recognize and differentiate the patterns of reflux, eosinophilic, lymphocytic, sloughing, infectious and pill-induced esophagitis.
  • Recognize that an algorithmic approach can simplify the practice of pancreatic pathology.
  • Recognize the role of expanded genetic testing for patients with colorectal cancer.
  • Identify common hepatic vascular diseases related to obstruction/obliteration of large and small hepatic veins, obliteration of small portal. veins, and entities associated with non-cirrhotic portal hypertension.
  • Differentiate between common patterns of liver injury.

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for community pathologists, gastrointestinal specialists, hepatologists and gastrointestinal, and hepatology fellows and residents.


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