The ASC 68th Annual Scientific Meeting was held virtually, November 5th through 8th.  The Meeting Program began on Thursday and ran through Sunday, with inspiring and challenging scientific sessions accompanied by a professionally and entertaining presentations of the Current Issues in Cytopathology, Diagnostic Cytology Seminar, microscopic tutorials, short courses, virtual Poster and Platform presentations, and sensational virtual social events.

The ASC Achievement Awards virtual event was a success! Thank you to all the award winners for outstanding recordings and Congratulations on your award. View each award winner’s presentations videos by clicking on their names below.                         


The Papanicolaou Award was established in 1958 and is the highest award given by the American Society of Cytopathology.   It is presented annually to a physician or PhD member in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytology. This year the Papanicolaou Award recipient is Edmund S. Cibas, MD who serves as Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Cytology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.



The Cytotechnologist Award for Outstanding Achievement is presented annually to an ASC Cytotechnologist member in recognition of meritorious service or  accomplishments to the field of cytology. This year’s recipient is Maria A. Friedlander, MPA CT(ASCP)CMIAC who is the Quality & Regulatory Manager in the Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.



The Excellence in Education Award is presented annually to a cytotechnologist or pathologist in recognition of meritorious service or accomplishment in the field of cytology education to include the education of cytotechnologists, pathology residents and/or cytopathology fellows. The recipient of the Award is Karen Mangan Atkison MPA,CT(ASCP) who is Director of Education and Training for TriPath Imaging Inc (now Beckton Dickinson) in North Carolina.


The ASC President’s Award is presented annually to an ASC member.  Selection of recipients is at the discretion of the current ASC President, Dr. Daniel F. Kurtycz, who chose Donna K. Russell, M.Ed. CT(ASCP)HT as the 2020 recipient.  Ms. Russell received her Master’s in Education from the University of Rochester Graduate School of Education and currently is the Education Coordinator of the Cytopathology Resident/Fellowship training program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She has been an employee at UR Medicine for over 30 years.


The International Achievement Award is awarded to a cytopathologist or cytotechnologist who has transcended geographical boundaries and contributed significantly to cytopathology education and research.  The award honors individuals with leadership roles at an international level and are respected for their collaborative and organizational excellence in promoting the profession globally.  The 2020 recipient is Andrew S. Field MBBS FRCPA FIAC is the acting Head of the Department of Anatomical Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Notre Dame University Medical Schools. He is currently the President of the International Academy of Cytology and a foundation member of African Strategies for Advancing Pathology, an organization that aims to advocate for and co-ordinate improvements in pathology services throughout Africa.


2020 ASC’s Volunteer Appreciation Award.

This award was created in 2018 to acknowledge the contributions of an ASC member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of the ASC during a given service year. The Awardee is selected by the ASC National Office Staff.  This year’s award is presented to Dr. Paul Wakely, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee.  Dr.Wakely is from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.



Bernard Naylor Excellence in Cytomorphology Award in memory of Dr. Bernard Naylor.

The Bernard Naylor Excellence in Cytomorphology Award addresses a morphologic constituency that is not served by current ASC awards.  The Award highlights one of the most important skills in the field of cytology practice, morphology observation.

The 2020 Award is for Peritheliomatous Pattern: A Diagnostic Clue for Diagnosing Metastatic Melanoma in Cytology

First Author: Swikrity Upadhyay Baskota, MBBS, MD
Sara E. Monaco, MD; Juan Xing, MD; and Liron Pantanowitz, MD 



2020 ASC Poster and Platform Award Recipients 

Quality Improvement in Cytology Award, established in 2019, recognizes Quality Improvement (QI) projects designed to improve quality in cytopathology practice. The award is given for those projects that demonstrate innovative and forward-thinking approaches to current Cytology practices, as well as measurable and replicable improvement.

Poster 107

Quality data abstraction utilizing Bethesda Pap test reporting: Key implementation science indicators for national gynecologic cytology benchmarks

First Author: Amy Spiczka, MS SCT, MB, HTL (ASCP)1
Amy Ardisana, MPH2, Rosemarie Demyan, MA2, Elizabeth Waibel, MPH1, Raven Garris, MPH1, Jeff Jacobs, MA1, Ali Brown, MD1

 American Society for Clinical Pathology1 ArborMetrix2

Chicago, Illinois


The Geno Saccomanno, MD New Frontiers in Cytology Award, established in 1993, is presented to an ASC member who is not nominated for another abstract award.  The paper should contribute to a better understanding of cell biology or enhanced diagnosis and show significant innovation, good study design and potential diagnostic utility. 

Poster 72

Comparison of Molecular Testing Performed by Liquid Biopsy and Cytology Specimens in Non–small Cell Lung Cancer

First Author:  Xin He, MD
Lisi Yuan, MD, PHD, Yanjun Hou, MD, PHD, Sonali Sethi, MD, Daniel Farkas, PhD, Elizabeth Azzato, MD, PHD, Joseph Cicenia, MD, Jordan Reynolds, MD

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


The Advances in Thyroid Cytology Award, established in 2014, recognizes the abstract presentation that best contributes to the knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases using FNA and/or ancillary techniques.  This award is supported by an educational grant from Thyroid Cytopathology Partners in Austin, Texas. 

Platform 9

Immune Profiling of Thyroid Lesions and its Application to Malignancy Prediction

First First Author:  George Xu, BA
Li Wang, MS, Daniel Byrne, MS, Vivian Weiss, MD, PhD

 Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 


The Cytotechnologist Scientific Presentation Award, established in 1969, is presented to the cytotechnologist or cytotechnology student enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited Cytotechnology Program who presents the best scientific paper in cytology for either a platform or poster session.             

 Poster 15

Prevalence of Tumors in Pleural, Pericardial and Peritoneal Serous Effusions: A Five-Year Institutional Study.

First Author:  Donna Russell, MEd, CT(ASCP)HT
Phoenix Bell, MD, Ryseana Lynch, BS, Ryan Granger, MS, Tanupriya Agrawal, MD

University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY 


The Warren R. Lang, MD Resident Physician Award, established in 1978, is presented annually to recognize the resident or fellow in an approved training program who submits the best scientific paper in cytology for either a platform or a poster session. 

Poster 50

Anal Cytology and Concurrent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Testing among Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-positive and HIV-negative Men

First Author:  Robert Post, DO
Osama Elfituri, MD, Robert Cabay, MD, DD1, Odile David, MD

 University of Illinois
Chicago, IL


The Innovative Cytotechnologist Practice Award, established in 2018, this award demonstrates programs, services or projects performed by a cytotechnologist that are creative, cost-effective and improve practice in cytopathology

 Poster 02

Training in Cytopathology in Times of Social Distancing: A Comparison of Remote vs. Traditional Learning


First Author: Melissa McCrosson, CT(ASCP)cm1
Bhumika Vadalia, MS, MBA, CT(ASCP)1, Alanna Chiu, BS1, Alex Burke, CT(ASCP)cm1, Ryan Brenkert, SCT(ASCP), MB1, Cecilia Gimenez, MD2, Daniel Soto, CT(ASCP)1, Kasturi Das, MD2 Northwell Health Laboratories1, New Hyde Park, NY; Zuckerman School of Medicine at Hofstra2

Hempstead, NY