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The Department of Pathology will celebrate and welcome Dr. Charles A. Parkos, MD, PhD, the Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair in a reception held on Monday, October 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Alumni Center.  Dr. Parkos is the seventh chairman of the Department of Pathology.  We hope you will be able to attend as we honor our seventh Chair of Pathology.

Dr. Thomas J. Giordano, MD, PhD, the project co-lead for The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, recently published findings that identify genetic markers of aggressive papillary thyroid carcinoma.  Published in Cell, this comprehensive analysis of a large cohort of 500 patients will improve the understanding of genetic drivers of thyroid cancer and consequently will have the potential to improve the classification and treatment of PTC, as well as offer new insights into the role that genetic modifications play in driving disease development.

The Department of Pathology and the U-M Medical School would like to welcome Dr. Charles A. Parkos, M.D., Ph.D., as the new Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology. Click here to view the official press release.

Louann Dake, MT(ASCP)SBB was presented with the 2014 Founders Award by the Michigan Association of Blood Banks. This award is given for service to the association.

Exciting news for Pathology! U-M doctor training programs rank among the best in the nation. Pathology’s Residency program is ranked #1 among large public universities, and #7 overall by Doximity. To learn more about our rankings, visit here.

The Department of Pathology, working with Wayne County, has received approval from the Board of Commissioners to manage all activities of the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office effective Oct.1, 2014.  Information regarding this contract can be found here.

The New Frontiers in Pathology symposium took place September 4-6 at the Rackham Graduate School.  This Anatomic and Hemepathology course featured case presentations and breakout session addressing diagnostic problems in Pathology.  The plenary lecturers were Jeffrey Warren, MD and Thomas Giordano, MD, PhD.  The A. James French lecturer was Dr. Volkan Adsay, MD from Emory University. New Frontiers 2015 will be held October 22-24.

The next monthly Pathology Mentoring Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in the Pathology Library, 5th Floor MS I at noon.  We will feature David F. Keren, M.D. from Pathology. His topic is “Staying fit for life – balancing mental, spiritual, physical aspects of your life”.  Bring your lunch and join us!  

The Pathology Mentoring Team is open to all administrative personnel who are interested in personal and professional development. Our monthly meetings provide communication, education and support to administrative personnel throughout our Department. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Greene, marygree@umich.edu or Pam Warwashana, pwarwash@umich.edu.

Congratulations to Michael Bachman, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pathology, and Matthew Schaller, PhD, Research Investigator in Pathology who have both been awarded one of 14 MICHR Pilot Grants.

Dr. Bachman's proposal is: Identification of Klebsiella pneumoniae virulence factors in hospitalized patients.

Dr. Schaller's grant is for the study of: Notch ligand expression on PBMCs as a diagnostic for tuberculosis infection.

 

MICHR pilot grants are designed to promote the development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes.

Welcome Charles “Chuck” Parkos, M.D., Ph.D., our Department’s new Incoming Chair.  Dr. Parkos joins us from Emory University School of Medicine where he is currently a Vice Chair and Director of Experimental Pathology. Dr. Parkos will officially join us on September 15, 2014.  Read more