Previous Webinars

Note: Webinar recordings will be made available to API members six (6) months after the live streamed event. CMEs may be offered for live webinars but will NOT be provided for the recorded sessions.

2020 Virtual Classroom Series Webinars

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 11:30 AM ET to 1:30 PM ET:

Informatics Impact on the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory and the Healthcare Enterprise

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For nearly five years, laboratory leaders have consistently broken new ground in exploring ways in which the clinical laboratory can extend its value proposition to the greater healthcare delivery system.  This is commonly referred by moniker of Lab 2.0.

Now, in the setting of unprecedented demands on laboratory medicine resources, as created by the global Covid-19 pandemic, Lab 2.0 is now more germane than ever.  The API is pleased to offer a mini-symposium on Lab 2.0, as presented by key laboratory leaders driving this movement.  This two-hour national teleconference will present targeted material outlining the numerous ways in which clinical laboratories can significantly impact the local delivery of healthcare in directly impact the quality and efficacy of clinical care.  This virtual educational session will consist of several lecture segment by the presenters interspersed with audience engaging Q&A breaks.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this Live Activity for a maximum of TWO (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Maximizing the Value of an Integrated Laboratory Network: What has COVID-19 taught us?

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Senior Vice President of Laboratory Services

James Crawford, MD, PhD, oversees the integrated laboratory network for Northwell Health, which includes 23 hospital-based clinical laboratories, the health systems integrated pathology practice and the centralized Core Laboratory that serves Northwell and, through the CLNY Alliance, the 15 hospitals of Health + Hospitals of New York City.

Prior to joining Northwell in January 2009, Dr. Crawford served at Brigham and Womens Hospital, a 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, and as chair of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at the University of Floridas College of Medicine.

Dr. Crawford is a leading proponent of the role of pathology and the clinical laboratory industry in patient-centered care and value-based care. He is providing national leadership in developing the value statements for laboratory diagnostic services, which includes the role of founding member of Project Santa Fe and the concept of Clinical Laboratory 2.0. The latters goal is for clinical laboratories to support a proactive, integrative paradigm of health care, taking particular advantage of the vast store of latent information in the data routinely generated through clinical laboratories. This is then coupled with opportunities in precision medicine, as through genomics, biobanking and informatics.

Author of more than 260 publications, Dr. Crawford is editor-in-chief of Academic Pathology, the official journal of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC). He received his MD and PhD from Duke University School of Medicine, and he completed post-graduate training in anatomic pathology and gastrointestinal pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in hepatic pathology at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The Digital Assistant in 21st Century Diagnostics 
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor and Peter A. Nickerson, PhD Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
  • Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

John Tomaszewski, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. Internationally renowned for his scholarship, teaching and service, Dr. Tomaszewski is a leader in clinical and digital pathology, computational modeling in histopathology, and the informatics revolution in pathology, where he contributes to international diagnostic guidelines. He is widely praised by his colleagues for his innovative approach to applying engineering and quantitative techniques to biopsy visualization and analysis for cancer and kidney disaese. Dr. Tomaszewski holds four patents and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and 35 book chapters, including 10 chapters dealing with his special interests in renal pathology, renal transplant and immunopathology. Among his numerous leadership roles, Dr. Tomaszewski served as president of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the worlds largest organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. In recognition of his exceptional leadership and research contributions, he was awarded Mastership by ASCP in 2014, the organizations highest honor.

Practical Applications of Informatics in Pathology and Lab Medicine

  • Duckworth Family Chair of Molecular Pathology
  • Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Northshore University Healthsystem, Evanston, Il
  • Clinical Professor of Pathology University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Il

Dr. Karen Kaul is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NorthShore and is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.   Dr. Kaul is board-certified in Anatomic and Molecular Genetic Pathology, and established one of the earliest Molecular Diagnostics laboratories in the US. She has been deeply involved in the development of DNA-based laboratory tests for a variety of conditions and has been significantly involved in education, quality, and standardization of the practice of molecular pathology, the lab basis for personalized medicine.  She served as president of the Association for Molecular Pathology, and past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, and is the 2008 Association for Molecular Pathology Leadership Award.  She is also a Trustee of the American Board of Pathology and has served in numerous roles related to pathology training and certification. As departmental Chair, she has led efforts to improve laboratory efficiency and utilization, and maximize the impact of the laboratory on clinical care.  She continues to practice and advocate for Molecular Pathology, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in general, and is a board member of Laboratory 2.0 an organization focusing on leveraging the laboratory to improve healthcare.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 1 PM ET to 5 PM ET and
Friday, July 17, 2020 from 1 PM ET to 5 PM ET: 

Introduction to R Workshop Interactive Webinar

This is a beginner's workshop on the statistical programming language R. R is a scalable tool that enables data analytics and graphics, and when mastered can be used for machine learning, image analysis, business intelligence, and much more!
This introductory R workshop aims to teach participants with minimal programming experience the basics of the R statistical programming language for reproducible laboratory data analytics. R is a freely available programming environment that is aimed squarely at common activities in data analysis including complex data manipulation, statistical analysis, automation, and robust visualization. We will introduce basic concepts of R programming as well as more generalizable best practices in working with laboratory data. 
Particularly for learners without computer programming skills, learning basic principles can be a challenge. By introducing basic tasks such as importing files, performing calculations, and generating plots, attendees will gain comfort with programming concepts and develop tools for lifelong learning.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. List the key features of reproducibility in clinical data analysis
  2. Use R to perform routine analyses of laboratory operational and quality data
  3. Create simple reproducible reports using R to support clinical laboratory operational needs

July 16, 2020

1:00 pm - 1:30 pmInstructor Introductions, Introduction to TechnologyAmrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmIntroduction to R and RStudioJoseph Rudolf, MD
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmR Basics for Reproducible ReportingPatrick Mathias,MD, PhD
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmData Visualization in RStephan Kadauke, MD, PhD

July 17, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:30 pmData ManipulationAmrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD
2:45 pm - 4:15 pmStatistical Analysis in RDan Herman, MD, PhD
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmAdvanced Reporting in R

Patrick Mathias, MD, PhD

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this Live Activity for a maximum of EIGHT (8) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). 

Amrom Obstfeld, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Director of Hematology and Coagulation Laboratories
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Amrom Obstfeld MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of the Division of Pathology Informatics as well as the Hematology Laboratory at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. After receiving his MD and PhD degrees from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, he went on to train in Clinical Pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties within the Hematology Laboratory, Dr. Obstfelds clinical responsibilities include leading the development of analytic tools to aid in laboratory quality management, administration, and operation, and interfacing with other groups throughout the hospital on informatics initiatives. His research focuses on utilizing clinical and pre-clinical laboratory data sets for predicting diagnosis and prognosis using statistical and machine learning techniques. Dr. Obstfeld plays a major role in designing and implementing educational experiences for pathology trainees and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania within the areas of clinical and pathology informatics.

Daniel S. Herman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Endocrine Laboratory
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Daniel Herman practices clinical pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Endocrinology laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his MD and PhD degrees at Harvard Medical School and trained in Clinical Pathology at the University of Washington. His current clinical practice, in addition to clinical chemistry, includes leading informatics projects to make better use of existing laboratory data in the form of live operational dashboards, test utilization reports, and identification of missing patient diagnoses. His research group has been developing EHR-based methods to improve population health screening, focused initially on improving population hypertension management by identifying patients with undiagnosed primary aldosteronism. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Herman has been leveraging in-practice SARS-CoV-2 testing data to monitor infection rates in the community and is working toward understanding the immune correlates of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

Stephan Kadauke, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Director of the Cell and Gene Therapy Laboratory 
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Stephan Kadauke is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Stephan is the Assistant Director of the Cell and Gene Therapy lab and a Faculty member of the Division of Pathology Informatics. Stephan has been teaching R to residents and medical students, and hes used R to build apps that have been deployed in his clinical laboratory. Stephan is also the Chair of the upcoming R/Medicine 2020 Virtual Conference.

Patrick Mathias, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine 
University of Washington School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Informatics 

Seattle, WA

Joseph Rudolf, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Automated Core Laboratory, ARUP Laboratories

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET:

Digital Pathology Realized: Real-World Advice from The Experts


With the advent of Covid19, the potential deployment of digital pathology becomes more than just a curiosity; rather, its adoption can be integral to a group practice's continued success and maximized productivity. This API Session will explore the utility of deploying digital pathology for the several of the most compelling use-cases, including remote frozen section diagnosis, primary digital sign-out, and remote consultation, taking advantage of the collective 50+ years of experience as represented by the renowned panel of speakers. This overall session will be comprised of three 30 minute overviews followed by an interactive question and answer session. Professor Ulysses Balis of the University of Michigan Department of Pathology will serve as the moderator for this API session.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this Live Activity for a maximum of TWO (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

The UHN Toronto Experience with Remote Digital Pathology and Frozen Section Diagnosis: A Decade of Clinical Use and Still Going Strong
Andrew Evans, MD, PhD, BSc
Chief of Pathology, Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine
Department of Pathology
Mackenzie Health

Richmond Hill, Ontario  L4C 4Z3

The Ohio State University Experience with Primary Digital Pathology Sign-out
Anil Parwani, MD, PhD, MBA

Vice-Chair of Anatomic Pathology and Director of Pathology Informatics
Department of Pathology
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Effective Frozen Section and Remote Consultation Models Using Digital Pathology
Liron Pantanowitz, MBBC
Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology & Clinical Labs

University of Michigan
Editor of the Journal of Pathology Informatics


Ul Balis, MD, PhD

Director, Division of Pathology Informatics
Director, Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program
Professor of Pathology

Department of Pathology
Michigan Medicine

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and
Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET:

Foundational Topics in Pathology Informatics

API is pleased to offer a mini symposium on carefully curated Foundational Topics in Pathology Informatics of importance to the modern practice of Clinical Pathology Informatics, covering External Lab Results, Patient Portals, Reference Ranges and Clinical Decision Support.

There is a movement towards providing better, more inclusive care for transgender patients. Is your laboratory moving in the right direction to support this? Join us with Dr. Dina Greene for an interactive discussion on transgender patients and reference ranges.  With the 2014 changes to CLIA regulations and the HIPAA Privacy Rule allowing patients to directly request access to their laboratory results, you will hear a fresh perspective on patient portals and the transition to this new normal from Drs. Victor Brodsky and Ronald Jackups. Dr. Ji Yeon Kim will explore innovative Clinical Decision Support systems in Pathology that have enhanced workflows to deliver value-based care. As more and more patients are choosing to receive care at multiple hospital systems, Drs. David McClintock and Thomas Durant will delve into the challenges and opportunities in incorporating and making available External Lab Results in LIS/EMR.  

This 2-day virtual education session will consist of 2 hours per day block with each speaker presentation lasting 50 minutes followed by 10 minutes of audience engagement with question and answers.

September 23, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pmClinical Decision SupportJi Yeon Kim, MD, MPH
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmTransgender Patients and Lab Reference RangesDina Greene, PhD

ModeratorKinjal S. Shah, MD

September 24, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pmThe State of Interoperability and External Lab Results
David McClintock, MD, PhD
Thomas Durant, MD, PhD
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmPatient Portals and Patient Access to Laboratory Results
Victor Brodsky, MD, PhD
Ronald Jackups, MD, PhD

ModeratorJi Yeon Kim, MD, MPH

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this Live Activity for a maximum of FOUR (4) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Victor Brodsky, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology
Washington University in St. Louis
Medical Director of Information Systems
Cell Phone: 1 (646) 322-4648
St. Louis, MO

Victor Brodsky, MD is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Associate Medical Director of Information Systems at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prior to this position, Dr. Brodsky served as a Medical Director of Information Systems at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Previously, Dr. Brodsky was the Medical Director of Informatics and Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as the Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Prior to that, Dr. Brodsky was the first pathology informatics fellow in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after completing his Anatomic Pathology residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City following his graduation from the combined seven-year BA/MD program at Boston University in 2005.
Dr. Brodsky was recently the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and has served as the co-Chair of Health Level 7 (HL7) Anatomic Pathology Working Group while acting as a liaison to HL7 from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for over 7 years. He has been involved in the creation of the upcoming AUTO14 laboratory barcoding standard by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and has also served on Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Laboratory Reporting Workgroup, advising for US government's Meaningful Use program.
Dr. Brodsky is among the authors of the Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) curriculum ( ) and is the architect of the open source "Order" laboratory management web platform ( ), which includes the pathology resident call log book, translational research review, residency and fellowship candidate evaluation, critical result notification, and other software systems.

Thomas Durant, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Chemical Pathology, Laboratory Medicine; Medical Director, Laboratory IT Services, Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, ACGME Chemical Pathology Fellowship, Laboratory Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Dr. Durant is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and informatics researcher at the Yale School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Connecticut and completed a clinical pathology residency and clinical microbiology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is the medical Director of Chemical Pathology, Medical Director of Laboratory Information Technology (IT), and the Associate Director for the ACGME Chemical Pathology Fellowship. His primary research focus is in clinical informatics, using novel data management technology and machine learning to enhance quality improvement and business intelligence for laboratories and patient care. Ongoing projects involve the investigation of stream processing of interface data, adapted to the study of moving averages and automated curation of antibiogram data. Machine learning related projects include the use of 'very deep' convolutional neural networks for automated classification of digital images acquired in the clinical laboratory.

Dina Greene, PhD, DABCC
R&D Scientist
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Laboratory

Dr Dina Greene began her scientific career in Gainesville, Florida by obtaining a degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida.  From there, she headed a bit north to Georgia, obtaining her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Emory University.  ARUP Laboratories subsequently convinced her to migrate west, trading in her southern roots for snow-filled mountains to complete the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship at the University of Utah.  In 2011 Dr Greene joined the staff at Northern California Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Scientific Director for several years.  Since, she spent 4 years as the Associate Director of Chemistry at the University of Washington before recently returning to Kaiser Permanente Washington as Technical Director of laboratories.  She has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, and has a specific interest in health disparities and how gender influences medicine.

Ronald  Jackups, Jr., MD, PhD
Associate CMIO, Laboratory Informatics, BJC Medical
Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship
Co-Medical Director, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Hematology Lab
Director, St. Louis Children‘s Hospital Blood Bank
Co-Medical Director, St. Louis Children‘s Hospital Core Laboratory
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Ronald Jackups, MD, PhD is the medical director of laboratory information systems at Washington University School of Medicine and the chief medical information officer for laboratories at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, MO. His clinical and research interests include the use of clinical decision support to improve the utilization of laboratory testing and blood transfusion in healthcare systems.

Ji Yeon Kim, MD, MPH
Physician Director, Esoteric Chem & Immunology, Special Coagulation, Lab Informatics
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Reference Laboratories
Los Angeles, CA

JiYeon Kim, M.D., M.P.H., graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in anthropology from Boston University. She attended Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her residency and fellowship programs in clinical pathology, pathology informatics, and clinical microbiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kim works as a clinical pathologist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Reference Laboratories. She is the physician director for the esoteric testing departments, and provides strategy and oversight for the region's laboratory information systems that support testing for over 4.4 million members in Southern California.

David McClintock, MD, PhD

Associate CMIO, Michigan Medicine
Director, Digital Pathology
Associate Director, Pathology Informatics
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology

Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Kinjal S. Shah, MD

Assistant Professor and
Associate Residency Program Director

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

Edward C. Klatt, MD
Mercer University School of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Sciences

Savannah, GA

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 1:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Pathology

Moderator: Thomas Durant, MD, Yale School of Medicine
Talk 1:  Machine Learning 101 - David McClintock, MD, PhD, Michigan Medicine
Talk 2 :  Artificial Intelligence in Pathology Practice - Toby Cornish, MD, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine


  1. Understand the fundamentals of machine learning (ML), including supervised, unsupervised, and deep learning
  2. Recognize how ML is used within artificial intelligence AI), including how to apply AI and ML to the practice of pathology
  3. Recognize the technical, operational, cost, and human barriers affecting the adoption of AI & ML within Anatomic Pathology and how to  overcome/mitigate them

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this Live Activity for a maximum of TWO (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). 

David McClintock, MD, PhD
Associate CMIO, Michigan Medicine
Director, Digital Pathology
Associate Director, Pathology Informatics
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology

Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
David McClintock is an Associate CMIO of Michigan Medicine (Pathology Informatics), Director of Digital Pathology, and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. McClintock’s primary clinical interests comprise of operational pathology and clinical laboratory informatics including workflow analysis, Laboratory Information System (LIS) optimization, and improved integration of pathology and clinical laboratory data within the EHR and clinical research data warehouses. His research interests include understanding the role and effects of whole slide imaging and digital pathology within the clinical laboratories, the effects of computational pathology and machine learning on diagnostics testing and patient outcomes, and how to enable laboratory data analytics in order to provide both pathologists and clinicians opportunities to better optimize patient care and clinical decision-making.
Toby C. Cornish, MD, PhD
Medical Director of Informatics, Associate Professor

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO
Dr. Cornish is an Associate Professor of Pathology at The University of Colorado School of Medicine where he practices gastrointestinal pathology and serves as the Medical Director of Informatics for the department of pathology and Medical Director of the LIS for the UCHealth system. His interests include histologic image analysis, digital pathology in education and clinical practice, computational pathology and mobile applications for pathology education.  Dr. Cornish has co-developed software packages for biomarker quantitation including TMAJ/FrIDA, PIP, and HPASubC. Dr. Cornish is the co-author of several educational apps for the iPad: The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Pathology, The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Cytopathology, The Johns Hopkins Flashcards App and the iCarebook for Pancreatic Cancer, and he is a series editor for the ongoing Johns Hopkins Atlases of Pathology series of apps. He was named to The Pathologist magazine's Power List 2020 for Big Breakthroughs, serves on the Editorial Board for Modern Pathology and is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.