• Patient Champions Featured Events
    Featured Events

ASCP Patient Champions hosts and participates in events to provide educational and networking opportunities for both patients and health care professionals. Events include symposia, conferences, exhibits, and webinars. We are also proud to share important events from our partner organizations.




Cancer can mean different things to different people. For some with strong family histories, they take decisive action to prevent cancer. For others with genetic mutations, they must be continually monitored because they are at high risk. As cancer survivors, patients are all under “surveillance”, but what do all those tests actually tell their oncologist? ASCP Patient Champions participated in GRYT Health’s GVCC panel session, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Me where patients discussed what all those screenings are for. ASCP Chief Medical Officer, Dan Milner, MD, FASCP, served as a panelist providing the pathologist and laboratory perspective on this topic. Check out www.grythealth.com to access more videos.



Patient Champions and National Kidney Foundation of Arizona Educational Event

September 9th – 11th, 2020

Receiving a diagnosis can be devastating, especially if it involves intensive or life-long treatment. Learning more about your diagnosis and treatment plan can, therefore, be very helpful and empowering. The 2020 Patient Symposium focused on creating patient-laboratory dialogues focused on helping patients understand the specifics of their individual diagnosis, treatment, and management plans. Health providers, pathologists, laboratory professionals, and patients will share knowledge of resources available to patients, caregivers, and advocates to make it easier for them to understand and track their health. Sessions part of this event are listed below:

Session 1: The Lab Saved My Life with Champion and End Stage Renal Disease Survivor Anthony Reed General Opening Session

ASCP Patient Champion, Anthony Reed, shares his story as a patient who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and received a kidney transplant. He shares insights for both the medical team and patients in how to best communicate with each other while managing a disease or condition.





General Opening Session: COVID Patient Panel

Actress, Rita Wilson and CNN Anchor, Chris Cuomo who are both survivors of COVID-19, will kick off ASCP 2020 Virtual with a live discussion. Attendees can submit questions for Ms. Wilson and Mr. Cuomo in advance to be fielded during the session.

Session 2: The Impact of Seeing My Pathology Slide with Champion and Breast Cancer Survivor Michele Mitchell

ASCP Patient Champion, Michele Mitchell, is a Co-chair of the Department of Pathology Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) at the University of Michigan as well as an Officer of Kachin Strong Foundation. Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and speaks about how understanding the role of pathology, as well as lab results, can have an empowering impact for a patient while managing their diagnosis. Michele was also the recipient of the 2020 ASCP Patient Champion Award.





Session 3: COVID and Patient Education with Lynnette Chakkaphak

Lynnette is a Laboratory Director in Jacksonville, Florida and has experienced what it is like being a caregiver to her husband who was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year. She will share her experience with COVID from a patient and laboratory perspective and speak about the importance of patients understanding lab results when a partner has a significant diagnosis or is recovering.

Session 4: Building a Dialogue between Patients and the Laboratory with Jeff Myers, MD and Constantine Kanakis, MD

This course focused on further developing participants’ abilities to directly and effectively engage with patients and their families. Session faculty consisted of a facilitator and communications specialist, a senior experienced pathologist, and a pathologist trainee with experience as a laboratory professional and broad interests in education, public health, and the advancement of pathology and laboratory medicine.