News Archive

Happy Valentine's Day: Celebrating UMich Path Couples

February 14, 2024 /
Many aspects make our department great, but one aspect makes us unique, our Pathology Couples! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we sat down with two  of our couples and found out a bit about their love stories.   Jordan Habitz and Justin Rogers How long have you and your partner been together? JH & JR: We have been together for 13 years and will be married for 10 years in October.   What do you love about working toget
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In Memoriam: Dr. Eugene and Alida Silverman

February 6, 2024 / In Memoriam

It is with sorrow that we report that Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Eugene M. Silverman and his wife, Alida Silverman, both recently passed away and their funeral was held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

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Apheresis Unit Celebrates Opening on January 19, 2024

January 25, 2024 / Renovation And Relocation Project

On January 19, 2024 the new Apheresis Unit at the University Hospital opened.

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A Man of Many Talents

January 24, 2024 / Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Robert C. Bell, Assistant Professor of Pathology

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Education is His Passion

January 19, 2024 / Education

Dr. Kamran Mirza, Assistant Chair for Education

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MCP Graduate Student Joanna Lum Receives ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation Fellowship Award

January 18, 2024 / Phd Program

In the world of research and grant funding, it is easy to lose sight of the effort required for foundations to provide funding to researchers and the underlying motivation for that funding. This is not the case, however, for Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Student Joanna Lum. Lum was recently awarded the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation Fellowship Award, providing her with $200,000 over 3 years to study Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, the deadliest form of pediatric brain cancer. DIPG is a brainstem glioma most commonly affecting children ages 5-9 years old. More than 90% of these children will die within 1.5 years. The DIPG foundation was created by two families who lost their sons to DIPG.

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In Memoriam: David Ferguson, MD, PhD

January 12, 2024 / In Memoriam

In Memoriam
David O. Ferguson, MD, PhD
June 11, 1966 – January 6, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of David O. Ferguson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology. David passed away suddenly at the age of 57 on Saturday, January 6, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Dr. JoAnn Sekiguchi (Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School), their daughter, Brianna, and his brother, Peter Ferguson of Henderson, NV.

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Dr. Jonathan McHugh Named A. James French Professor of Surgical Pathology

January 11, 2024 / Award

Please join us in congratulating him!

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What is in your gut?

January 5, 2024 / Research

Dr. Gabriel Nunez 's Lab Makes Breakthrough Discovery in Colitis

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Co-Chief Resident Corey Post Awarded the 2024 F. Stephen Vogel Award

January 4, 2024 / Residents

Congratulations to our co-chief resident, Dr. Corey Post, for being selected by the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology as the recipient of the 2024 F. Stephen Vogel Award.  This award is given to a resident who has published an outstanding paper in one of the USCAP’s affiliated journals, Laboratory Investigation or Modern Pathology, and will be presented to him at the USCAP Honors Session on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

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Dr. Charles Parkos Shares Year End Wrap for 2023

December 20, 2023 / Chair's Office
As we approach the end of 2023, we take a few moments to look back on the eventful year within the Department of Pathology. In the newest episode of our departmental podcast, The Path Report, Dr. Charles Parkos, Chair of the Department of Pathology, shared some of the exciting efforts made this year, what sets us apart, and what he is looking forward to in 2024. With digital pathology being the way of the future, the department has invested its
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Year End Wrap: A look at the Department of Pathology in 2023

December 19, 2023 / Path Report

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Chair of the Department of Pathology, Dr. Charles Parkos, stops by The Path Report to discuss some of the top highlights of 2023 and what he is most excited about in 2024.

 

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Dr. David Keren Celebrates the Publication of 14th Book

December 7, 2023 / Publications
In an age of new and emerging laboratory practices, Dr. David Keren has been at the forefront. With the release of his 14th book, he has advanced clinical laboratory pathology in his field. His new book “Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry” is an evidenced-based guide for detecting monoclonal immunoglobulin proteins (M-proteins) and other protein disorders. It provides clear recommendations for laboratory applications of state-of-th
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Sahiti Marella becomes Dr. Sahiti Marella

December 6, 2023 / Phd Program

Congratulations to Dr. Sahiti Marella on successfully defending her PhD dissertation entitled “Regulatory Networks that Govern the Esophageal Epithelial Proliferative Response in Eosinophilic Esophagitis Endotypes."

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Career Conversations: Analisa DiFeo, PhD

November 30, 2023 / Path Report

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Dr. Analisa Difeo, PhD drops by The Path Report, to discuss how she became interested in medicine, the work her lab is doing, and more!

 

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MCP Student Derek Dang Secures Prestigious Fellowship Position

November 30, 2023 / Phd Program

Students who train in our Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate program find a broad range of opportunities before them as they graduate.  Whether they wish to remain in academia, go to industry or pursue another path, their options are plentiful. Derek Dang, who will be defending his dissertation soon, decided to pursue a path that is taking him to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was accepted into the prestigious Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) Fellowship.

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Breakthrough in Defining pre-cancerous potential of Persistent Rhombic Lip (PeRL)

November 29, 2023 / Cancer
Medulloblastomas are one of the most common types of childhood brain cancer. Thanks to Dr. Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD and his colleagues, there has been a recent breakthrough in group-3 and group-4 medulloblastomas, a tumor that appears during fetal development of the cerebellum.  Alongside collaborating investigators Dr. Elaine Mardis, PhD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Michael Taylor, MD, PhD Texas Children’s Hospital,
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Roberta Caruso, MD, PhD Makes Her Mark

November 28, 2023 / Careers In Pathology

From Italy to Ann Arbor

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MCP Graduate Student Madeline Sykes Awarded Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant

November 27, 2023 / Phd Program

Congratulations to Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate student, Madeline Sykes, on being selected for a 2023 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant. These grants are awarded to students based on the quality of their research proposals and are used toward funding experiments for their thesis work.

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Grant funds research into childhood blindness, new partnership in Turkey

November 21, 2023 / Research

A Global REACH seed grant aims to bridge stem cell biology and cutting-edge 3D retinal organoid technology to inform new research of childhood diseases that cause blindness.

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., Leonard G. Miller Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Pathology, is a retina surgeon and physician-scientist. He garnered a $10,000 Partnership Development Grant last fall to collaborate with colleagues at the Ege University Faculty of Medicine, in Turkey, where the team was treating a very unique patient.

“This is just one of those needle-in-a-haystack situations. The disease the patient was suffering from, Strømme Syndrome, is so incredibly rare,” Rao said. “I’m really grateful that Global REACH [...]

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Give Blue - Give Pathology - Give Life

November 21, 2023 / Philanthropy

November 28, 2023

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Study provides mechanistic link of diet to inhibition of colitis in Crohn's disease

November 16, 2023 / Experimental Pathology

Crohn’s disease (CD), one of the major forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is a chronic relapsing intestinal disorder that affects millions of people globally. The cause of CD is unknown, but it is thought to result from a dysregulated immune response against environmental factors, including intestinal microbes, in genetically susceptible hosts.

The critical role that the intestinal microorganisms, collectively known as the gut microbiota, plays in the pathogenesis of CD has been investigated over the past two decades. Given the importance of the gut microbiota in triggering CD, the development of therapeutic approaches that target disease-causing intestinal microbes may provide a unique approach to the treatment of this disease [...]

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Leading the FiSHing Expedition

November 15, 2023 / News

In April 2023, six Pathology employees from across the department came together for two days of training. Many of these had never met the others in the room as they worked in different units, on different campuses, and on different shifts. But they came together with a common goal: to become FiSH! Philosophy trainers with the aim of improving the culture in the Department of Pathology. Over two days of training, these strangers became a team of motivated trainers.

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Faculty Recognition: Congratulations!

November 14, 2023 / Award

Multiple Department of Pathology faculty members have recently been recognized for their achievements and nominated to leadership roles for their excellence within their respective fields. These members continue to demonstrate the depth of our department's knowledge and research.

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22nd Annual Molecular and Cellular Pathology Research Symposium Held November 3rd

November 9, 2023 / Phd Program
On November 3rd in the Biomedical Science Research Building's Khan Auditorium, the 22nd Annual Pathology Research Symposium began. This year the symposium featured lectures, panel, and poster sessions from a variety of individuals from the Molecular and Cellular Pathology program, including Department of Pathology faculty, Michigan Medicine staff, and visiting professor and keynote speaker Charles Mullighan, MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD Departm
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A Day at the Orchard: The Department of Pathology Annual Fall Picnic

November 3, 2023 / Events
On a sunny day in October, the Department of Pathology set out for its annual Fall Picnic at Wiard's Orchard in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Faculty, staff, trainees, and their families came to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, cider, and donuts and explored the grounds full of fall festivities like hayrides, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo, and much more.  “We were fortunate to have such spectacular weather for this year’s Fall Picnic with th
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A Pathway to Discovery

November 2, 2023 / Pstp

Physician Scientist Dr. Aaron Udager shares his journey.

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Successful 15th Annual New Frontiers in Pathology Held at The Graduate

October 31, 2023 / Conferences

The weather was unseasonably warm as pathologists and trainees gathered at The Graduate Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the 15th Annual New Frontiers in Pathology Conference on October 26-28. For two and a half days, attendees heard 20 case presentations by a variety of Michigan Medicine Pathology specialists and participated in break-out sessions for deeper dives into selected subspecialties. Plenary speakers, Steven Smith, MD, PhD, from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Julie Jorns, MD, from the Medical College of Wisconsin, both alumni of our pathology training programs, gave attendees in-depth reviews of oncocytic kidney tumors and metastatic serious carcinoma in the breast. Jorns, also a former member of our faculty, discussed some of the changes that can be seen in breast tissue for transgendered individuals who have undergone gender-affirming chest surgeries and hormone therapy [...]

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The Battle is ON!

October 27, 2023 / News

With blood levels critically low, U-M is once again entering a Blood Battle against Ohio State from October 25th – November 22nd to help collect donations that will save countless lives.

To make it as easy as possible to give, there are upcoming drives on the main medical campus, which are listed in the full article.

To schedule an appointment, log onto RedCrossBlood.org (don't forget to include the sponsor code: goblue), call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or email Erin Burns at erin.burns2@redcross.org.

Appointments highly recommended. Walk-ins accepted as space permits. Photo ID required.

You can also find a blood drive near you by visiting the American Red Cross website and entering your ZIP code.

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DQHI Supporting Pathology

October 26, 2023 / Quality And Health Improvement
Every October, Michigan Medicine recognizes Quality Month as a reminder that we work to create an environment of excellence for patients, families, faculty, and staff. Here in the Department of Pathology, our Division of Quality and Health Improvement, or DQHI, is a unit that supports operational quality activities, providing expertise and resources in various ways.  Nearing its tenth anniversary, DQHI has always reimagined the role of path
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Dr. Asma Nusrat Receives 2024 Rous-Whipple Award at ASIP Meeting

October 24, 2023 / Award

Dr. Asma Nusrat, F. Peyton Rous Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology, was awarded the 2024 Rous-Whipple award at the American Society for Investigative Pathology Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 22, 2023 in Baltimore, MD.

The ASIP Rous-Whipple Award is presented to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research who has advanced the understanding of disease and has continued productivity at the time of the award, including impactful science [...]

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Dr. Allecia Wilson receives the Early Career Distinguished Alumni Award

October 24, 2023 / Award

Congratulations to Dr. Allecia Wilson for her recognition by the Michigan Medicine Alumni Society with the Early Career Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to her October 12, 2023. Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Forensic and Pediatric Pathology, Director of Forensic Pathology, and Director of the Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program. She also serves as the Medical Examiner for Washtenaw County.

This award honors U-M Medical School alumni who epitomize the Michigan tradition of excellence through exemplary achievement in medical education, research, or patient care in the initial 20 years of their career. Only one award is given each year. 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wilson on this well-deserved honor. To read the full press release, please click here.

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Dr. Rohit Mehra - Hour Magazine's Top Doctors of 2023

October 24, 2023 / Faculty

Dr. Rohit Mehra honored as 2023 Detroit's Top Doctors alongside 5 other pathology colleagues across Metro Detroit.

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MCP Graduate Student Michael Pitter Receives Trainee Abstract Award

October 16, 2023 / Announcement

The Department of Pathology invites you to join us as we congratulate our Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Student, Michael Pitter, on being selected for the 2023 American Association of Immunologists Trainee Abstract Award. As the award recipient, Michael was invited to deliver an oral presentation at IMMUNOLOGY2023 in Washington DC.

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Welcome Reception Introduces New Trainees and Faculty

October 6, 2023 / Events

The Department of Pathology welcomed 7 new graduate students, 7 new residents, 10 new ACGME fellows, 10 new non-ACGME fellows/Clinical Instructors and 11 new faculty at its annual Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

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Stories of Love, Loss, and Wonder - Dr. Julianne Szczepanski Shares Her Experience

October 4, 2023 / Residents

Dr. Julianne Szczepanski shares her story of parenting while working in healthcare.

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Life-Altering Events Guide Career Path

September 29, 2023 / Mlabs

Dr. Julia Dahl, Director of MLabs

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Think Like a Molecule

September 26, 2023 / Molecular And Genomic Pathology

Welcome to our new Director of Molecular and Genomic Pathology, Dr. Annette Kim

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Their Success is My Success

September 22, 2023 / Finance

Meet our new Director of Finance and Administration: Brooklyn Khoury, MS, MHA, MBA

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Navigating the Labyrinth to Leadership

September 21, 2023 / Women

Pathology Welcomes Four New Division Directors

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Wellness brings Farm Fresh Produce to Work

September 20, 2023 / Wellness

In the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, wellness is taken seriously. In fact, the department has an assistant chair for wellness, Dr. Maria Westerhoff, who also leads an active wellness committee. One of the many initiatives Westerhoff and her committee has launched is the weekly distribution of free farm-fresh produce to members of the department [...]. 

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Dr. Paul Harms Discusses The Passing of a Legend from Merkel Cell Carcinoma

September 7, 2023 / News

The death of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett brought sadness to those of us who grew up listening to his music and enjoying the beach vibe. Buffett died from a rare, but aggressive, form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). Following Buffet’s death, Dr. Paul Harms, Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at Michigan Medicine, was interviewed by Wood TV. In this interview, Harms, who is an expert on MCC, discusses the causes, clinical presentation, and treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma.

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AAMC's Organization of Resident Representatives Selects Two UMich Path Residents

September 6, 2023 / Residents

First and Second-year residents Herman and Miller joining AAMC's Organization of Resident Representatives.

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Pathology Residency Open House

September 5, 2023 / Residents

Learn more about residency at the University of Michigan.

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Newly Arrived Fellows Answer, "Why Michigan?"

August 18, 2023 / Fellowships

Welcome to Pathology!

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Visual Recognition Talent Leads to Career in Dermatopathology

August 16, 2023 / Newsletter

A special talent in visual pattern recognition led Dr. May Chan to her career in Dermatopathology.

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Residency Conversation: Chief Resident Team

August 11, 2023 / Path Report

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The 2023-2024 Chief Resident Team (Nathan McCammon, Corey Post, and Ashley Brent) stopped by The Path Report to share insight into life as a resident at U-M, what it means to be part of the Chief team and more. Check out their episode now!

 

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Microbiology Night Team Essential Part of Patient Critical Care

August 9, 2023 / Mls Internship

Imagine for a moment that it is 1:00 am and you and your toddler just arrived in the Emergency Department at the Mott Children’s Hospital. Your child is running a high fever, is lethargic, and hasn’t been able to eat or drink. You were at the pediatrician’s office a couple days ago, but tthe prescribed antibiotics aren’t working. You are nearly panicked, not knowing what is wrong. The triage nurse rushes your precious little one to a room where a critical care team quickly makes an assessesment and draws blood, which then disappears from the room, as you await answers[...]

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Kevin Yang, Nesvizhskii Lab, publishes first first-author publication

August 8, 2023 / Phd Program

Congratulations to Kevin Yang (Ph.D. student in the Nesvizhskii lab) on his first first-author publication in Nature Communications! In a manuscript published in Nature Communications, Ph.D. student Kevin Yang, from the Alexey Nesvizhskii lab, presented a new computational tool, MSBooster [...]. 

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Study brings insight to kidney cancer with gene mutation

August 8, 2023 / Mctp

A study from clinicians and researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, U-M Department of Pathology and the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology reveals findings from over 800 clinical assays performed for kidney patients with MiTF family gene mutations.

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