ASIP Companion Meeting at USCAP

The COVID-19 Autopsy Experience

This session includes 1.5 hours of on-demand educational content. This content can be viewed starting March 1. There will also be a live 30-minute Q&A session with the faculty on Thursday, March 18th, from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time.

The SARS-CoV2 virus which causes COVID-19 disease emerged from China in late 2019 and became a global pandemic in early 2020. The virus is highly infectious and produces high rates of mortality, especially among patients with co-morbidities (such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and others). Pathologists performing autopsies need to know what types of postmortem findings might be expected in patients with COVID-19 disease. Given the prevalence of the disease, many/most pathologists performing autopsies are likely to see some COVID-19 patients in the coming months and/or years. The expert speakers in this session will discuss and address the concerns surrounding the postmortem examination of COVID-19 decedents as well as the use of effective personal protective equipment while conducting these autopsies. In addition, the speakers will share their knowledge of the findings reported to date in decedents dying of or with COVID-19, including up-to-date information regarding the pathobiology of COVID-19 based on their personal experiences conducting autopsies on COVID-19 positive patients. They will review information from autopsy series starting to emerge from across the USA as well as other countries. The speakers will present the actual evidence that COVID-19 is a systemic viral disease with multifaceted abnormalities of the lungs, heart, and other organ systems.

Chhavi ChauhanChhavi Chauhan, PhD, ELS
American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

William ColemanWilliam B. Coleman, PhD
American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

Maximilian BujaL. Maximilian Buja, MD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Jody HopperJody E. Hooper, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Richard Vander HeideRichard S. Vander Heide, MD, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Alex WilliamsonAlex K. Williamson, MD
Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northwell Health

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the American Society for Investigative Pathology. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this Other activity (enduring materials and internet live activity) for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Live Q&A Session: Thu, March 18, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT