Congratulations to Dr. Kristina Davis, who was just elected Co-Chair of the Transplant Diagnostics Community of Practice (TxDxCOP) for the American Society of Transplantation (AST). Davis will assume her position as Co-Chair at the Amertican Transplant Congress meeting in Boston this June. She is replacing Dr. Evan Farkash, who will serve as Chair of this committee [...]
Dr. Riccardo Valdez, the John G. Batsakis Professor of Pathology and Director of Clinical Pathology, has been appointed as the Ambulatory Care Clinical Chief (ACCC) for Pathology. While he has been fulfilling the duties of the role since just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the appointment was recently formalized.
Today is Match Day! Match day is when medical students find out where they will be going for their residency training programs and the training programs find out who is coming. In this year’s match, the Department of Pathology discovered that the following medical students will be coming to Michigan on July 1, 2022 [...]
The Department of Pathology recently selected Karen Barron (MT) ASCP, as its new Education Internship Coordinator. Learn more about Karen as she transitions into this exciting role [...]
Dr. Peter Ward, Active Emeritus Professor and former Chair of Pathology, was named “World Expert in Sepsis” by Expertscape on World Sepsis Day, September 13, 2021. To be named a World Expert, one must be in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about Sepsis over the past ten years. Ward came in among the top .006% of scholars in the world and the number 1 scholar on sepsis at the University of Michigan [...]
This week, the Department of Pathology proudly unveiled its newest workspace as part of the PRR initiative. This new space, located on the second floor of University Hospital, is a quiet room dedicated to wellness, rest and relaxation [...]
The Department of Pathology's 2020 Annual Report is now available online. In the report, you will read about the department’s tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care, and learn about the goals of the department’s Strategic Council [...]
The Department of Pathology is pleased to announce its new Pathology Residency Training Program Leadership Team! Dr. Shih Hon (Sean) Li, will transition from Associate Residency Program Director to Residency Program Director, replacing Dr. Kristine Konopka, on August 1, 2021. Supporting him are Dr. David Manthei, who will serve as the Associate Residency Program Director for Clinical Pathology, and Dr. Sara Abbott [...]
For the last 18 months, faculty and staff have had to endure the renovation being done in the hallways of the University Hospital, which caused significantly longer routes to deliver specimens, social separation from teammates, and the usual challenges associated with construction. However, on July 7, 2021, the walls came down and completed another milestone.
In 2009, a shy, but extremely talented employee arrived in the Education Office of the Department of Pathology. “From the beginning, we knew we’d work well together and since then, our team has become like family,” stated Marie Goldner about Pam Howard, the Residency Program Administrator. This week, the Education office bids Pam a fond farewell as she retires. “If I had to choose what I appreciate the most about Pam, it is her incredible commitment to her work. That is not something that can be easily taught. I think it is a characteristic inherent in who she is,” continued Goldner [...]
Dr. Laura W. Lamps, the Godfrey Dorr Stobbe Professor and Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology and the director of the GI Pathology Fellowship Program, can now add President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) to her list of titles. Dr. Lamps assumed this leadership role on April 1, 2021 [...]
This year's Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) kicks off from April 18 until April 24, 2021. The department plans to celebrate with virtual events and activities for all those within the department! When did it start, and how can you be a part of it? Continue to the article for more information [...]
The Annual Winter Blood Battle has begun! This year our opponent is Michigan State University. Our goal: To collect more pints of blood donated between February 10 and February 28, 2021 than MSU. All blood donors who register to donate as part of our U-M BB Team, will receive a Blood Battle T-shirt, a coupon for Washtenaw Dairy (while supplies last) and be entered into a raffle for gift cards to local business along with other great prizes. This is a win-win for you and the patients who receive your donated blood products. Let's make this a win-win-win as we beat MSU!
Congratulations to Don Giacherio, PhD, who retired July 31, 2020, following 38 years of service in the University of Michigan Department of Pathology. Giacherio completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in 1980, followed by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic. In 1982, Giacherio joined the University of Michigan Department of Pathology as an Instructor in Pathology [...]
Kathy Davis, IT Administrative Director in Pathology Informatics, retires after more than 40 years of service to the Department of Pathology. Over her career, she has contributed to lab information system software development efforts that have impacted the history of pathology informatics, both at Michigan and nationally.
The University of Michigan will begin a Sampling and Testing Program of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff for the virus that causes COVID-19 on September 7.
Serology testing for SARS-CoV-2 is now available for ordering on appropriate patients at Michigan Medicine. A separate process for testing and screening of health care workers and Michigan Medicine affiliates will be communicated in the coming weeks.
The serology test detects specific antibodies generated as part of the immune response to SARS-COV-2 infection. Our current test methods detect [...]
The Department of Pathology 2019 Annual Report is now available online. Our department continues to show outstanding performance and growth and the past year was another example of why our department is one of the best in the world.
In the report, you will read about [...]
Clinical Pathology Operations Director, Kristina Martin, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Recent Alumni Award from the Michigan State University College of Natural Science. Martin graduated from [...]
I am standing in the Blood Bank at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. I am looking at the refrigerator that contains only one day's supply of blood for the hospital.
The hospital is full. There are patients who need blood and cannot wait. Some have leukemia. Some are bleeding. Some are infants born with heart disease who will die is they do not have surgery [...]
Michigan Medicine Headlines recently asked for nominations of faculty and staff who amaze colleagues with their work ethic, dedication, and commitment to carrying out the organization’s mission. Among those recognized were the staff from the Rogel Cancer Center phlebotomy team [...]
PTM Therapeutics, Inc. celebrated on February 6th the signing of an exclusive license for an antibody (PTM-001) jointly from the University of Michigan and Emory University during a bell-ringing ceremony at University of Michigan Tech Transfer. The startup is [...]
A new podcast out of the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, in partnership with the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, provides education for the lay public and armchair detective. Drs. Leigh Hlavaty, Lokman Sung, Milad Webb, and Omar Rayes are your guides through the field of forensic pathology [...]
Pathology Communications is a team of professionals here to help you tell your story. Whether you’ve just been awarded a major grant, successfully defended your dissertation, been published, completed a marathon, or welcomed a new addition at home, we have an outlet for your news! [...]
After a nationwide search, Allecia (Lisa) Wilson, MD, has been named the new Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services. Wilson follows the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen. In addition to this new role, Wilson serves as Residency Program Director [...]
We are pleased to announce that Mike McVicker is the new Administrative Manager for Clinical Operations in the Department of Pathology.
Mike has worked at Michigan Medicine for over 13 years, kicking off his career in the Specimen Processing division [...]
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mila Blaivas, MD, PhD. Blaivas passed away after a short illness on January 6, 2020, at a local hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had moved to be with her daughter and son-in-law in May 2011. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Alex Blaivas, who was the love of her life, two children and three grandchildren.
It is with great pleasure that we announce Dr. Rajiv “Raj” Patel as our new Section Head (Director) for Dermatopathology effective February 1, 2020. [...]
Dr. Sean Li has been appointed to the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Test Development and Advisory Committee (TDAC) for Clinical Pathology CertLink® for 2020.
Physicians appointed to TDACs are considered established subject matter experts in their subspecialties [...]
Mary Jo Bishop retired on December 13, 2019, after working in Pathology for 28 years! Mary Jo began her career working in specimen processing and ended up in surgical pathology where she was for the bulk of her career. Over the years, Mary Jo developed friendships with many in our department, which was evidenced by the strong turn-out for her retirement party on December 13th. Faculty, staff, and department leadership all came to wish her well [...]
After 41 years in the laboratory, Sue Stern, MS, MT(ASCP), is retiring. Sue graduated from the U-M Medical Technology Program in 1978. She then secured a position as a medical technologist in the Chemistry Laboratory. [...]
All faculty who serve as the Principal Investigator or one of the key personnel on an NIH award or pending proposal are required to review their new guidance and address the two parts below, as appropriate, by January 20, 2020 [...]
The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award supports outstanding PhD and other Research Doctoral candidates who complete their dissertation research training (F99 phase) and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions (K00 phase). [...]
At 23 years old, Jeanette Jeffreys just knew she would work for the University of Michigan “forever.” She was hired by Suzanne Butch to work for the Department of Pathology Blood Bank. When her job was going to be eliminated by a computer, she was asked to stay on in the Pathology Office. [...]
The Pathology Communications Team recently welcomed two new members: Camren Clouthier, who joins the team as our Multimedia Designer, and Lidija Fremeau, who is temporarily joining the team as a Marketing & Media Assistant. [...]
Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, the Paul de Kruif Endowed Professor of Pathology, is one of the newest members of the National Academy of Medicine. The Nuñez laboratory has made ground-breaking discoveries in the field of [...]
The University of Michigan announced today a gift of $10M from Dr. Tadataka Yamada and Leslie Yamada to create a new U-M-wide Center for Global Health Equity. The Department of Pathology’s own Dr. Lee Schroeder has focused his career on global health, in particular, developing the essential diagnostics list for developing countries, understanding the current landscape within these countries, and finding the most efficient ways to improve access [...]
Congratulations to Steven L. Kunkel, PhD, on his appointment as the executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer of the University of Michigan Medical School, effective September 1, 2019, following a nationwide search for the best candidate. Kunkel previously served [...]
Laurie McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD, received the 2019 Stephen M. Krane Award on September 20th, 2019. The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) gives the award in recognition of outstanding achievements in basic, translational, or clinical research in inflammation and/or skeletal matric biology [...]
In November 2018, postdoctoral fellow Jay Vornhagen, PhD, was appointed as the first Department of Pathology Medical School Postdoctoral Trainee Senator. The Medical School Postdoctoral Trainee Senate is a volunteer organization [...]
August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day. We at the Department of Pathology understand that grief has no timeline and have a variety of programs in place that can help mitigate the grief of our staff, our patients, and their families [...]
Dr. Choi is an assistant professor and the Hematopathology Fellowship Director.
The Department of Pathology’s relocation to the North Campus Research Complex was accomplished over the summer of 2018. Since that time, the members who transitioned to the new space have been adjusting to new workflows, environment, and responsibilities. As a Department focused on continuous improvement, a weekly NCRC huddle was created to learn ways in which to use our new space to more effectively nurture a culture of collaboration and to increase our capacity for innovation [...]
Save the Date for the Pathology Fall Picnic Event at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend! Join us on September 15 from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm in the pavilion and from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm for country fair [...]
On August 1, six Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology staff members assumed positions on the board of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science’s (ASCLS) Michigan chapter. As [...]
The new Director of the Division of Education Programs joins us from the Cleveland Clinic.
Sarah Choi, MD, PhD, has been honored as one of ASCP’s “40 under Forty” program recognizing the future generation of laboratory leaders.
ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program shines the spotlight on 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership. [...]
The third edition of Diagnostic Pathology Gastrointestinal has been released. The textbook, authored by the Department of Pathology's Joel Greenson and Scott Owens, is an award-winning volume in the Diagnostic Pathology series. This one-stop reference for [...]
Lynn McCain and Drs. David Keren and Lee Schroeder are part of a multidisciplinary team at Michigan Medicine and Rogel Cancer Center who have developed an online tool to help identify those at risk for familial cancers. InheRET, which has already [...]
The Blood Bank’s John Ko and Phlebotomy’s Jennifer Slater will serve on the board of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science’s (ASCLS) Michigan chapter. Beginning August 1, Ko will serve as President-Elect and Slater will serve as [...]
First-year resident, William R. Perry, MD, received a 2019 Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award at the 54th Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The awards were established [...]
Two of our hematology lab technologists were first authors on poster abstracts at the XXXII International Symposium on [...]
Congratulations to Jolanta Gembecka, PhD, who is one of fourteen in the inaugural class of Rogel Scholars! As part of the commitment from Richard and Susan Rogel, researchers will have the opportunity and freedom to pursue new directions in their work. Dr. Grembecka's research focus is developing [...]
Congratulations to Drs. Caroline (Libby) Simon and Helen Worrell for completing the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program. The University of Michigan Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP) is a 20-month [...]
The Fifth Edition of Histology for Pathologists has just been published by Wolters Kluwer and Maria Westerhoff, MD, and Joel Greenson, MD, co-wrote the chapter on colon histology. The newest edition of this award-winning book is a comprehensive collection of normal histology written by anatomic pathologists for anatomic pathologists. The book is designed to [...]
Dr. Charles Parkos, Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, has been inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Founded in 1885, the AAP is an organization of leading senior physician-scientists [...]
Eric Fearon, MD, PhD , and Thomas Glover, PhD, are two of fifteen researchers at the University of Michigan named 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. A total of 416 members were awarded for 2018, chosen by their peers for their [...]
The Division of Quality and Health Improvement (DQHI) is hosting Be a Birthday Leprechaun on Friday, March 15th in the Superior conference room at the North Campus Research Complex. Dress in your St. Patty’s Day gear and join DQHI to assemble Birthday Bags which will be distributed to kids in need [...]
Dr. Kathleen Cho received a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue her work in ovarian cancer research. High-grade serous carcinoma, or HGSC, is both the most common and most deadly form of “ovarian” cancer, although it is now believed that most HGSCs arise [...]
On December 12, Dr. Thomas Glover was recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research. Glover, who is the pioneer and defining scientist in the field of common fragile sites (CFS) in human chromosomes, gave [...]
On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 3:30 pm, the founders of InheRET, Inc., participated in the bell ringing ceremony at the University of Michigan’s Technology Transfer office. The event signaled the formal licensing of technology developed at the University of Michigan to the spin-off corporation.
InheRET, Inc., developed jointly by the Department of Pathology and the Department of Internal Medicine faculty and staff, has produced an online family health history questionnaire. It interprets patient-entered data [...]
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can lead to blood supply shortages as fewer people take the time out to donate blood. You have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the life of a patient in need [...]
Second-year resident, Laurie Griesinger, MD, won both second and third place at the 2018 Winter Resident Research Competition on December 1st at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The competition, held annually by the Michigan Society of Pathologists during their Winter Meeting, is open to [...]
Tomasz Cierpicki, PhD, has been awarded an RO1 with five years of funding from the National Cancer Institute for his grant application, Targeting NSD1 In Leukemia, to develop inhibitors of NSD1 histone [...]
Jiaqi Shi, MD, PhD, has been awarded a KO8 (Career Development Award) from the National Cancer Institute for her grant application, Linking epigenetic regulation and TGF-β signaling in [...]
The Department of Pathology is seeking a professional, experienced and adaptable Administrative Specialist to provide support for the Director of Finance and Administration. The right candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, possess [...]
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has chosen Dr. Russell Ryan as a recipient of its Junior Faculty Scholar Award in Basic/Translational Research. Established more than 30 years ago, the Scholar Awards program is one of [...]
A non-profit organization co-founded by U-M Department of Pathology Communications Specialist, Elizabeth Walker, is receiving the 2018 Hope Award for Innovation from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Walker's organization, The ART of Infertility, uses art [...]
The Department of Pathology at Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking an MD or MD, PhD academic pathologist with a track record of accomplishments in a leadership role to head our academic Division of Anatomic Pathology [...]
Michigan Medicine is committed to the safest possible environment for employees, patients, and their families. All Michigan Medicine staff, faculty, trainees, contract personnel, vendors, and volunteers must receive an influenza vaccine [...]
The Fourth Edition of the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Skin Tumours has been released. Edited by David E. Elder, Daniela Massi, Richard A. Scolyer, and Rein Willemze, the book contains content contributed by the Department of Pathology’s [...]
The board of regents has appointed Steven Kunkel, PhD, as the interim executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer [...]
Funding to Chinnaiyan supports evaluating new cancer markers that could become treatment targets.
Sethuramasundaram Pitchiaya, PhD, a research investigator in the lab of Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, has received the 2018 Keith Frankel, Michael DeAddio, and Thomas H. Lee – PCF Valor Young Investigator Award for his proposal entitled Unraveling Molecular Heterogeneities [...]
Commitments to patient care and innovative technologies earn us top ratings.
Molecular and Cellular Pathology PhD graduate student, Andi Cani, MS and Postdoctoral Fellow Yashar Niknafs, PhD, were among the twelve recipients of the inaugural U-M Precision Health Scholars Award. This award provides grants supporting precision-health research to applicants whose work reflects the far-reaching potential of precision health at [...]
Thomas Peterson started his career in U-M pathology as the midnight operations supervisor of the Laboratory Data Center. He was primarily responsible for overseeing billing, which was done overnight at the time. After four years, Peterson, who had a degree in chemistry and experience teaching [...]
In 1987, Lynn Forbes was taking the first year of medical laboratory technology classes at Eastern Michigan University when she received a letter. The University of Michigan was looking for students interested in filling open positions in Central Distribution, now known as Specimen Processing. Intrigued, Forbes applied. Soon after, she accepted [...]
Thomas Giordano, MD, PhD, the Henry Clay Bryant Professor of Pathology, has published an invited review article in a special issue of Endocrine-Related Cancer, celebrating 65 years of the double helix. In Classification of endocrine tumors in the age of integrated genomics, Giordano shares [...]
Congratulations to Asma Nusrat, MD, the Aldred Scott Warthin Professor and director of experimental pathology in the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, for her election as president of the American Society for Pathology for [...]
Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, the Paul de Kruif Endowed Professor of Inflammation & Immunology and Co-Director of Immunology and Host Response Program in the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, has been [...]
The textbook, Atlas of Non-Gynecologic Cytology, has been released as part of the Atlas of Anatomic Pathology series. The book was edited by U-M’s Associate Professor of Pathology, Xin Jing, MD, as well as [...]
New Clinical Pathology location serves Michigan Medicine patients and more
Congratulations to Dr. Nick Lukacs, the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and the Scientific Director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, for his nomination and selection for the 2018 MICHR Distinguished Mentorship Award!
Lukacs was nominated by his trainees and peers at the [...]
Congratulations to Dr. Celina Kleer, the Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor of Pathology, who has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the 7th Annual MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award!
Dr. Kleer was nominated by her trainees as well as peers at U-M Medical [...]
On April 30, 2018 the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announced that U-M Professor Emeritus Thomas Annesley, PhD was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Contributions in Education Award [...]
University of Michigan Pathology faculty Douglas Fullen, MD, May Chan, MD, Aleodor Andea, MD, along with David Arps, MD, from Consolidated Pathology Consultants (a former dermatopathology fellow at University of Michigan), have co-authored a new book titled, Handbook of Direct Immunofluorescence: A Pattern-Based [...]
Molecular and Celluar Pathology (MCP) Students Siva Kumar Natarajan, Paloma Garcia, and Kelly Kennaley took earned valuable experience and took top prizes during the 4th Annual Midwest Case Competition.
Talha Anwar is in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program at U-M. He defended his PhD thesis, Regulation of EZH2 in triple-negative breast cancer, on Friday April 6, 2018 [...]
Scott Owens, MD has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Pre-Clinical Teaching, joining [...]
Dr. Charles Parkos was part of a delegation representing the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. to advocate for increased funding for research[...]
Richard Miller MD, PhD, has been elected into the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The AAP is a non-profit, professional organization founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” The Association is composed of members who are leading senior physician-scientists and are [...]
On February 14, 2018, the New York Times Magazine ran a medical column about a patient in Alabama who was diagnosed with Schnitzler syndrome, thanks to the insights of Dr. Forest Huls and his former [...]
Dr. Myer's newest DOP Updates highlights two valued staff members in Pathology who model the values at the core of the work we do. Mary-Jo Bishop was recognized as a "gold medalist," and Sue Valliere is retiring after working at MLabs for over 25 years. The commitment and character of these two department of pathology staff members are truly inspirational.
As we wish Harry Neusius a happy retirement, it is our pleasure to announce that Jennifer Slater, previous supervisor of onsite-outpatient phlebotomy areas, has been promoted to Phlebotomy Manager.
We're excited to feature the original artwork of our Pathology team in this inaugural exhibit at NCRC [...]
Dr. Ting successfully defended her PhD thesis, Notch ligand Delta-like 4 (DII4) induced epigenetic mechanisms in regulatory T cell function during pulmonary viral infection, on February 21, 2018. [...]
It is with sadness that we report the death of our colleague and friend, Dr. Gerald Abrams.
Dr. Abrams graduated cum laude from University of Michigan Medical School in 1955. He continued at U-M, completing his internship and residency in Pathology [...]
First year resident, Laurie Griesinger, MD, was honored with a Medical Student Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology Award for work she did as a medical student at University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Each year, the award is given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to ten students who have shown leadership ability, have a strong interest in pathology, and have achieved academic excellence. Laurie will be recognized [...]
The HASP program is a twenty-month educational experience designed for house officers interested in pursuing healthcare administration as part of their careers. [ ... ]
Please welcome our new Pathology Residents! They are a great addition to our already outstanding classes and some may even look familiar from M4 rotations and interviews last year!
Kristina Martin, MLS(ASCP)CH will present Document Control for Control Freaks during the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Seminar Series at Michigan State University. The series, celebrating its 90th year, invites BLD alumni to share educational lab topics and insights from their careers in health care. Kristina’s presentation is on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:00pm EST in North Kedzie Hall, room N317.
Assistant Professor of Forensic Pathology and Director of the Residency Training Program, Allecia Wilson, MD has been named President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners (MAME). MAME's mission is to foster the highest professional standards in the performance of the duties of the county medical examiners of Michigan. [ ... ]
The laboratory of Dr. Celina Kleer, Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor, isolated human mesenchymal stem cells from breast cancer metastasis. The lab discovered that a collagen receptor tyrosine kinase, DDR2, mediates stromal-cancer communication and induces breast cancer metastasis. The study provides the basis for the development of DDR2 inhibitors. The article appeared in Cell Reports and can be found at www.cell.com.
Effective December 20, 2016
The manufacturer of the chemistry analyzers and reagents used here at UMHS (Siemens Healthineers, Tarrytown NY) has recently announced a change in its calibration material for the direct bilirubin assay in order to bring results more in line with a reference method. [ ... ]
Kudos to Chemical Pathology’s Nick Wesener, MLS (ASCP)cm, Senior Clinical IT, POC for being selected to serve on the Alere Informatics RALS Advisory Board (RAB). The purpose of the RAB is to facilitate transparent discussion between Alere Informatics and the point-of-care testing community. Topics include issues and trends that may influence the way RALS Point-of-Care Data Management Systems programs are managed. Those selected to serve on this board are considered leaders in the field of point-of-care testing who can provide valuable feedback to Alere Informatics and experience and knowledge to other RALS users.
Laura Lamps, MD will join the Department of Pathology as the Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology on February 1. Dr. Lamps comes from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center where she was the Director of Surgical Pathology, Director of the Diagnostic Laboratories, and Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for Pathology. [ ... ]
The laboratory of Dr. Tomasz Cierpicki has determined the structure of BMI1 protein in complex with PHC2 and characterized its role in regulation of the architecture and activity of the PRC1. The article "BMI1 regulates PRC1 architecture and activity through homo- and hetero-oligomerization" has been published in Nature Communications. Co-first authors are Felicia Gray, Hyo-Je Cho and Shirish Shukla, and this is a collaborative study with Dr. Grembecka and Dr. Lawlor from the Department of Pathology.
Effective immediately, Dr. Allecia Wilson is the Program Director for the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program. Dr. Wilson completed residency here at Michigan, followed by Forensic Pathology and later Pediatric Pathology fellowships. Since returning to our Department in 2012, Dr. Wilson has been recognized as a talented and devoted teacher of residents, fellows, and medical students. [ ... ]
Congratulations to Eric R. Fearon, MD, PhD, who has been named director of University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fearon's research focuses on the field of cancer genetics, specifically colorectal tumors. He has authored more than 135 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and more than 60 book chapters and review articles. [ ... ]
Clinical Pathology Operations Manager Kristina Martin, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, is among one of twelve in the 2016 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Voices Under 40 Spotlight. Awardees are scored by their peers and ranked according to their commitment to the ASCLS, their profession, and their communities early on in their professional careers. Congratulations, Kristina!
I wish to acknowledge and share a great story about our own Dr. Francisco Diaz. Dr. Diaz recently assisted with a complicated homicide case in Saginaw of a young individual who was also a potential multi-organ donor. A law enforcement official initially indicated that a forensic autopsy was required, which almost led the family to rescind consent for donation. Dr. Diaz was called to the rescue. He wrapped up his work at Wayne County and traveled to Saginaw. When he arrived, multiple transplant teams were already present and ready to harvest organs. The organ recovery process began at 11:30 PM and continued until 5 AM, during which Dr. Diaz visualized the recovery of the organs. He also stayed to perform the autopsy. By allowing a forensic autopsy to occur simultaneous with organ harvesting, Dr. Diaz’s heroic actions literally saved five lives by enabling the donations to Gift of Life to proceed. Please join me in thanking Dr. Diaz.
Dr. Thomas Giordano, M.D., Ph.D, the Henry Clay Bryant Professor of Pathology, led an international study on the genomics of adrenal cancer. The project was one of the 33 projects that comprise The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project of the NCI and NHGRI. The study results were published in Cancer Cell.
Dr. Ulysses Balis, M.D., Director of Pathology Informatics, was recently quoted in CAP Todays' Newsbytes. In the April 2016 news post, Dr. Balis advises on finding, fixing, and foiling shadow IT problems based on his experience here at UMHS.
View the full article online.
The laboratory of Dr. Yali Dou, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, reported new findings in the article “PRDM16 suppresses MLL1r leukemia via intrinsic histone methyltransferase activity” which was published in the journal Molecular Cell on April 27th, 2016. Dr. Bo Zhou is the first author. Other co-authors from the Department include Shirley Y. Lee, Yuqing Sun, and Rajesh C. Rao. The article can be found online at:
Assistant Professor, Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, was named a Kimmel Scholar by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. The Kimmel Scholar Awards are given annually to 15 innovative research scientists and medical doctors in the U.S. who are in the early stages of their careers. Dr. Venneti will receive a $200,000 grant for his work, titled, “Metabolic regulation of epigenetics in childhood brain tumors.” Congratulations, Dr. Venneti, on being recognized as one of the country’s most promising young cancer researchers!
Dr. David Lombard was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
The ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists, those who translate findings in the laboratory to the advancement of clinical practice. Founded in 1908, the Society is home to nearly 3,000 members who are leaders in academic medicine and industry. Dr. Lombard was one of only 74 new members inducted at the annual ASCI meeting on April 15th.
Dr. Scott Owens, Associate Professor, has been selected by the Galens Medical Society to receive the 2016 Elizabeth Crosby Award, presented to a faculty member in the Medical School for outstanding teaching of medical students.
Dr. Dafydd Thomas is an author of the paper, Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 Beta Predicts Survival in Resected Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas, which was featured on the December 2015 cover of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research.
Click Here to view the article.
April 24-30, 2016Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) originated in 1975 in an effort to raise public understanding and appreciation for the impact of the laboratory as it relates to a patient’s diagnosis and care. It is also critical for the public to understand the quality and professional accountability the lab has as it relates to the patient. Laboratorians play a vital role as a member of the health care team. This is also a moment for lab staff to recognize their contributions to patient care while having fun with their coworkers.
Congratulations to Dr. Asma Nusrat, Director of Experimental Pathology on her election as Vice President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP). Her term is effective July 1, 2016 after which she will become President elect, then President on July 1, 2018. Dr. Nusrat has been a productive member of the ASIP community for over a decade participating in many program committees and task forces. Her commitment to enhance experimental pathology and translational medicine is admirable as evidenced by her work as the program committee chair for ASIP and PISA (Pathobiology for Investigators, Students, and Academicians) conference. Please join us in congratulating her on this prestigious national leadership appointment in Experimental Pathology
Description: The Department of Pathology invites applications from faculty with primary appointment in Pathology for proteomics related Pilot Projects that intend to use the state-of-the-art Proteomics Resource Facility (PRF) at the University of Michigan Medical School that is led by Dr. Alexey Nesvizhskii. Funds are primarily meant to help offset the cost of proteomic experiments, the results of which could potentially form the basis for or strengthen an extramural grant application. The grant is a cost share (2/3 funded by Department of Pathology and 1/3 by the investigator).
Who Can Apply: Department of Pathology Faculty
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications received by Monday February 29, 2016 will be reviewed by March 8, 2016.
More information about this opportunity can be found by Clicking Here
Lauren Smith was named a UMHS Hospital Ethicist effective January 1, 2016. In this role, she serves as one of eight Ethicists funded through the Office of Clinical Affairs. The Ethicists are responsible for fielding ethics consults for adult and pediatric services and conducting educational sessions for the hospital. Lauren has served on the Adult Ethics Committee since 2005 and has been the Director of the University of Michigan Medical School Path of Excellence in Ethics since 2013.
Congratulations to Dr. Lauren B. Smith who has been appointed as the new Director of Hematopathology beginning on January 1, 2016. For the past 8 months, Dr. Smith has delivered outstanding service as the Acting Director of the Section of Hematopathology and Acting Director of the General Hematology Laboratory in addition to her full time roles as Director of the Hematopathology Fellowship, Director of the Ethics Path of Excellence at the University of Michigan Medical School, Laboratory Director at Forest Health Hospital and Laboratory Director at the University of Michigan Student Health Service . . .
The Board of Regents approved the design for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers Clinical Pathology Laboratories Relocation and Renovation project. Approximately 186,000 gross square feet of space will be renovated within North Campus Research Complex Buildings 30, 35, 36 and 60, as well as University Hospital and University Hospital South to enhance the clinical lab functions necessary to meet present and future growth in test volumes, improve operational efficiency, and reduce the expense from having labs in their current locations. Hospitals and Health Centers' resources are funding the $160 million project that is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.
View full news article via The University Record
It is my pleasure to announce Dr. Jonathan McHugh as the new Director of Surgical Pathology beginning on December 15, 2015. With expertise in head and neck pathology, Dr. McHugh brings outstanding diagnostic skills, extensive academic accomplishments and credentials, and top-rate organizational and teaching skills to this position. Originally from the Midwest, he did his undergraduate and graduate studies at University of Missouri in Columbia and . . .
It is with great pleasure that the Department of Pathology announces that Dr. David Lucas will become the Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology. With expertise in bone and soft tissue pathology, Dr. Lucas brings outstanding clinical diagnostic skills, extensive academic accomplishments and credentials, and love of teaching to this new position.