20 a 21 Sep. 2024 - 08:30

New Course at Champalimaud Foundation: Pathology Updates 2024

The Champalimaud Foundation is excited to announce the upcoming course, Pathology Updates 2024, which will be held on September 20th-21st in the Seminar Room. This course is organised in partnership with Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. The 2024 edition marks its 4th iteration and the first to be hosted at the Champalimaud Foundation.

New Course at Champalimaud Foundation: Pathology Updates 2024

This comprehensive course - designed to address both common and uncommon diagnostic dilemmas encountered in surgical pathology practice - offers an in-depth exploration of various pathologic findings through detailed case discussions.

Participants will gain valuable insights into the differential diagnoses across multiple specialised areas, including:

- Gastrointestinal, Hepatic & Pancreatobiliary Pathology
- Breast Pathology
- Head & Neck Pathology
- Pulmonary and Thoracic Pathology
- Cytopathology

Course Objectives

- Identify and resolve diagnostic dilemmas: develop the skills to tackle both common and uncommon challenges in surgical pathology.
- Interpret ancillary tests: learn to apply appropriate ancillary tests for study cases to enhance diagnostic accuracy.
- Integrate diagnostic, clinical, and pathologic insights: improve communication and collaboration between pathologists and clinicians by understanding the complexities of diagnostic, clinical, and pathologic challenges.

Target audience

This course is primarily designed for practicing surgical pathologists who are looking to refine their diagnostic skills and stay updated with the latest advancements. Additionally, medical laboratory scientists and other physicians interested in enhancing their care delivery will find this programme highly beneficial.


Pathology Updates 2024

Join us for this unique opportunity to advance your expertise and improve patient care through greater diagnostic precision. 


Registration for this course is free but limited to available seats. Admission is subject to the evaluation by the organising committee, which will assess the justification provided in the registration form. Please explain why you wish to participate in this course (maximum 200 words) in the corresponding form field.


Dr. Rafaela de Lima Rego is a Consultant in Anatomic Pathology at the Pathology Centre of Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and Botton-Champalimaud Pancreatic Cancer Centre, since July 2023. She is a practicing surgical pathologist with 21 years of experience in three different countries (Brazil, USA and Portugal). She served as faculty at the Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa, Francisco Gentil for 15 years and at Hospital da Luz de Lisboa for 9 years. She did her Medical Degree and Residency Program in Rio de Janeiro and her Fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepato-pancreaticobiliary pathology (GI-HPB) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. As part of her activities, she performs diagnostic pathology in a complex GI-HPB consultation routine, participates in multidisciplinary consultations and therapeutic decision-making tumor boards in Gastro-Entero-Pancreatic and Liver tumors, has been a training advisor for residents at the Anatomic Pathology Residency Program, Director of many gastrointestinal and liver courses, author and co-author of several papers published in national and international scientific journals, author of 2 book chapters and participates in translational research projects, with special interests in GI-HPB pathology. While at the Mayo Clinic, she met Dr. Alessandra Schmitt and from this friendship came the enthusiasm to create the Pathology Updates course. The 2024 course is going to be its' 4th edition and the first conducted at the Champalimaud Foundation.

Mayo Clinic Faculty

Dr. Rish Pai is a Consultant and Professor at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Arizona. He did a fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology at the University of Chicago Medical Center and his MD/PhD in Immunology at the Case Western Reserve University. Dr Pai has an active research interest in the histopathology of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver. He is also interested in molecular and morphologic aspects of colorectal carcinoma. Using deep learning tools to better evaluate colorectal carcinoma specimens is another area of keen interest. Dr. Pai is also the principal investigator for the Colon Cancer Family Registry at Mayo Clinic, a branch of the Colon Cancer Family Registry (Colon CFR) Cohort. The Colon CFR Cohort is an international consortium of six institutes in the U.S., Canada and Australasia formed as a resource to support studies on the etiology, prevention and clinical management of colorectal cancer. Dr. Pai has lectured nationally and internationally on many aspects of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology and has directed multiple GI and Liver CME courses. He is Past-President of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. Dr. Pai is a regular reviewer for numerous pathology and gastroenterology journals and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology and Modern Pathology. He has published over 190 articles and written multiple book chapters in the fields of gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology.

Dr. Alessandra Schmitt is a Consultant and Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Arizona. She is originally from Brazil, and we have known each other for more than 20 years. She did a research fellowship in Germany, moved to the US and completed her surgical pathology residency in Iowa, which was followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and a Cytopathology fellowship at Emory in Atlanta, GA. She has diverse experience in Head and Neck Pathology (emphasis in thyroid and salivary gland), GYN Pathology and Cytology. Dr. Schmitt affiliates with Mayo Clinic Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Mayo Clinic Arizona. She is passionate about teaching and she is eager to share her experience and her interesting cases.

Dr. Yasmeen Butt a Consultant and Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a thoracic pathologist and part of a busy pulmonary pathology consultation service. Dr. Butt is also the author of the recently published textbook “Atlas of Pulmonary Pathology, A Pattern-Based Approach“.

Dr. Kelsey McHugh is a Senior Associate Consultant and Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is subspecialty trained in Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Pathology and Cytology. Dr. McHugh enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of a complex patient population at Mayo Clinic Arizona. She is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed medical and scientific manuscript publications as well as several book chapters.

Dr. Erinn Downs is a Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She did a GI and pancreaticobiliary fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and a breast pathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. These subspecialty areas have been the focus of her clinical work and research endeavors. She has authored over 80 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters.

Dr. Brandon Larsen is a Consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Larsen was trained in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Arizona and completed multiple years of fellowship training in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and bone and soft tissue pathology at Mayo Clinic. After working at the University of Arizona for several years, he returned to Mayo Clinic where he has run a busy consultation practice in pulmonary, cardiac, and bone and soft tissue pathology for the last 6 years. He also practices general surgical pathology and autopsy. He has lectured nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics in these specialties. He curates the Charles B. Carrington Memorial Pulmonary Pathology Teaching Collection, one of the largest collections of pulmonary pathology cases in the world, and regularly trains visitors who come from across the world to view this collection. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters in the fields of pulmonary, cardiovascular, and soft tissue pathology.

Dr. Steven Nelson is a Consultant and Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr Nelson trained at Mayo Clinic Arizona Dermatology Residency, after graduating, was appointed to staff at Mayo Clinic.  Subsequently, through the Mayo Scholar Program, completed a fellowship in Dermatopathology at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.  He is involved in medical education and currently serves as Chair of the Core Competency Committee and Associate Program Director for the dermatology residency. Dr. Nelson serves on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee and is Co-Director for the Annual SKIN Conference. 

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