The Chinese American Pathologists Association
President: Shu-Yuan Xiao, M.D.
President-Elect: Shuan Li, M.D. Vice President: Pei Hui, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President: Maomi Li, M.D., Ph.D. Member at Large: Jiaoti Huang, M.D, Ph.D.
Secretary: Steven Shen, M.D., Ph.D. Member at Large: Wenxin Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.
Immediate Past-President: Bin Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
March 8, 2008
Dear CAPA members and friends,
It is with great pride that I write to you about our Association, the numerous achievements by our members, and the prospective about our future. Among many missions envisioned by the original group who funded this society, providing a platform for the overseas Chinese who are involved in practice, teaching, and research in the field of Pathology, to interact and to share, is the foremost important. We’ve just had such an opportunity during the 2008 Annual Meeting and Reception, held on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008, in Denver.
Despite the fact that the event was held at a place away from the main USCAP hotel, about 120 members showed up at the reception. Thanks to the hard work of Wendy Liu (Case University) and others, we had very nice meeting rooms, and plenty of delicious food and drinks. I am sure that everyone who was there enjoyed it very much. The event was also attended by several guests of honor, including Drs. Chris Crum (President of USCAP), Fred Silva (Executive VP of USCAP), David Hardwick (Secretary of IAP), H.K Ng (President of Asia-Pacific IAP), Gary Tse (President of Hong Kong IAP), Stanley Robboy (President candidate of CAP), Jiang Gu (Dean of College of Biomedical Sciences of Peking University, China), who all gave warm-hearted speeches, and acknowledged the great contributions by CAPA members.
In the past year, Bin Yang (Cleveland Clinic), our Immediate Past President, had worked so hard and played such pivotal roles in accomplishing several educational and scholarly activities, and helped increasing the visibility and strength of our society. Among these were the establishments of the CAPA-CCC (Chinese Cytopathologists Club) and the CAPA-Canadian chapter. During his slide presentation, Bin gave a nice summary of the many prestigious awards received by CAPA members. I strongly encourage everyone to visit our website to view a complete list of these great achievements (www.capa-ht.org). In addition, at the 2008 USCAP, there were 471 abstracts authored or co-authored by someone of Chinese heritage.
Among these, 351 abstracts have a Chinese pathologist as the first author, with 312 being CAPA members. These represent about 20% of all USCAP abstracts (1707) this year. This is a huge contribution by our group. Needless to say, such impressive academic achievements by these members make us all proud! At this point, I like to share with you a quote from a recent email sent by Dr. Fred Silva: “Very impressive CAPA report: you and your CAPA members have really been quite prolific in the USCAP. You should be very proud! Appreciated and honored greatly by the Academy as well....”
It is on this great platform, as a proud member, and with great honor, that I assume the duty of President of CAPA. Obviously, I am fortunate that a lot have been done under the leadership of Bin Yang, and several important activities are already set to start in the near future. There will be several educational diagnostic pathology workshops that CAPA is either a co-sponsor or co-organizer in 2008 and 2009. A Chinese Medical Association Pathology meeting will be held from June 20 to 24th in Shenyang. One of the keynote speakers will be Dr. Chris Crum. The 7th Annual Meeting of ADPC will be held on October 25-26, 2008 in Beijing as well. Several members have organized or are going to organize educational missions in China this year. Please visit our website periodically for the most updated information. We are in the process of making such activities known to members in a more timely fashion, so those who are interested in participating will have more time to plan.
Also during the annual meeting, the membership has approved the election to the Executive Committee 4 new distinguished members, Wenxin Zheng (University of Arizona), Jiaoti Huang (University of Rochester), Steven Shen (Methodist Hospital Houston and Cornell University), and Shuan Li (Orlando Regional Health System). I’m grateful that they will join Pei Hui (Yale University), Maomi Li (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), and myself, as the new EC. to carry the torch of CAPA to the next phase.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the members who’ve just “retired” from the EC, and thank them again for their tireless efforts and valuable contributions to our society. They are: Qin Huang (Boston VA Hospital), Wendy Liu, Bin Yang, and Jim Zhai (Methodist Hospital Houston). It is comforting to know that they will continue to support our missions regardless of their positions in the Association.
Shu-Yuan Xiao, M.D. President
Chinese American Pathologists Association (CAPA)
Departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Galveston, Texas 77555