Pancreatic EUS-FNA: Current Topics and Helpful Hints


The course will focus on emerging trends in EUS-FNA of the pancreas including the emergence of novel needle types and the potential impact of rapid on site evaluation. A case-based approach will be used to highlight some of the potential pitfalls in both solid and cystic lesions of the pancreas. The lecture will include both a cytopathologist and clinician perspective on performing, reporting, and management of pancreatic EUS-FNAs.

Originally presented on February 8, 2017, in Park City, Utah.

Lecture Presenters

Benjamin L. Witt, MD

Benjamin L. Witt, MD

Assitant Professor of Anatomic Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Cytopathology
ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Witt is an assistant professor of anatomic pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he serves as the residency rotation director for cytopathology. Dr. Witt received his MD at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine and completed his AP/CP pathology residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore) where he served as the chief resident during his last two years. He also completed a cytopathology fellowship at the University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories, and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, with subspecialty boards in cytopathology. Dr. Witt is a member of the College of American Pathologists Cytopathology Committee, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the American Society of Cytopathologists. His research interests include studies related to fine-needle aspiration and head and neck pathology.

Douglas G. Adler, MD

Douglas G. Adler, MD

Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Douglas Adler, MD, is a Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also an investigator and director of therapeutic endoscopy at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

His interests focus on pancreatobiliary disease (disorders of the pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts) and therapeutic endoscopy, which is a procedure using a lighted, flexible instrument, or endoscope, to reach areas of the body that require treatment. Dr. Adler is also interested in gastrointestinal (GI) cancer and endoscopic therapy for GI cancer patients.

Dr. Adler received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1995. He then completed internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Adler completed both a general gastroenterology fellowship and an advanced therapeutic endoscopy (ERCP) fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute, he was director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. Dr. Adler has lectured and published extensively on therapeutic endoscopy and gastrointestinal cancers, and serves as a manuscript reviewer as well as on editorial review boards for a variety of publications. Dr. Adler has over 200 scientific publications and book chapters and is the editor of four textbooks on gastroenterology.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate intra-procedurally to the performing gastroenterologist and ensure optimal specimen triage.
  • Understand current practice and emerging trends in regard to EUS-guided FNAs of the pancreas.
  • Gain insight into the perspective of the gastroenterologist.
  • Increase awareness of potential pitfalls of solid and cystic pancreatic lesions using a case-based approach.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories