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.
The Department of Pathology is pleased to announce Brooklyn Khoury, MBA, MHSA, MS as the new Chief Department Administrator (CDA), effective Monday, June 19, 2023. Ms. Khoury was identified as a top candidate after a comprehensive national search. Khoury will partner with our Department Chair, Dr. Charles Parkos, to manage operations and accomplish strategic initiatives across all our missions.
Drs. Corey Post and Nathan McCammon, 2023-2024 Chief Residents in the Department of Pathology, are pleased to announce that Dr. Ashley Brent will be joining the chief resident team as the Assistant Chief for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please join us in welcoming her into the new role!
Congratulations are due to Dr. Asma Nusrat, F. Peyton Rous Professor of Experimental Pathology and Director of Experimental Pathology, and Dr. Charles Parkos, Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair of Pathology, on being named 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. The 2022 class was comprised of 505 scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world and across all disciplines. Being selected as an AAAS Fellow is one of the most distinguished honors within the scientific community. The newly elected Fellows are being recognized for their scientific and socially notable achievements spanning their careers.
The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers received one of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s four inaugural Class of 2022 TACTICAL (Therapy ACceleration To Intercept Cancer Lethality) Award. This $30 million program will support cross-disciplinary pioneering research toward the goal of developing 21st Century therapies for the most life-threatening form of prostate cancer [...]
For many of us, the idea of having blood drawn can be an unnerving thought. The use of needles and the sight of blood itself is not something we look forward to. However, Michigan Medicine has made several measures over the years to help the experience of our patients when needing to draw blood; especially young children [...]
As part of the ongoing series of renovations of the clinical laboratories at University Hospital, the Blood Bank Laboratory — and its landmark front window — will relocate about 135 feet to the east on Sunday, June 5. A wayfinding graphic can be found here.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus brought lab testing to the headlines. Learn how Michigan Medicine Pathology responded to this unprecedented challenge.
The Department of Pathology was well represented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) held on October 15-19, 2021. This year’s event was held in person at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. There was also an on-demand virtual option for those who couldn’t attend the conference in person [...]
Within the Department of Pathology, lives a Communications Team who handle all aspects of departmental promotion. Led by Lynn McCain, the team also features Brent Temple, Camren Clouthier and Carrie Walper on the MLabs side. Learn more about this group of creative-minded individuals and how they help to put the Department on the map.
Research by Drs. Ann Laszczyk and the Department of Pathology's Dr. Gregory Dressler was just published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study focuses on PAX2 proteins and their effects on kidney function and development.
The Department of Pathology was well represented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), held March 13-18, 2021. This year's event was reconstructed into a fully virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with participants able to tune in and contribute from all over the world. Several of our faculty and trainees were featured at this year's conference. Let's take a moment to recap some key highlights from #USCAP2021.
Clinical trials underway are testing whether drugs that target the androgen receptor – successful in controlling prostate cancer – could also work against the coronavirus. wo proteins, ACE2 and TMPRSS2, help the coronavirus gain entry and replicate within cells. TMPRSS2 is well-known to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD. His lab discovered that TMPRSS2 fuses with the ETS gene to drive more than half of all prostate cancers [...]
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! [...]
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.
The National Association of Medical Examiners met recently in Kansas City, MO, for their annual conference. University of Michigan forensic pathologist, Milad Webb, MD, PhD, presented on the critical national shortage of forensic pathologists, as well as pathologists in general [...]
A study by Drs. Emily McMullen, Paul Harms, Lori Lowe, Doug Fullen, and May Chan is published in the September issue of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology (AJSP). Calciphylaxis is a dermatologic emergency where an accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but [...]
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 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 [...]
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On Friday, June 8th at Weber's Inn, the department held the House Officers' Farewell dinner to highlight the achievements of the class of 2018 residents and fellows. Awards were presented for the most outstanding residents and teaching faculty. [...]
Recently published by Michigan Medicine Headlines, Michigan Medicine recognizes its employees that continue to "make a difference and inspire colleagues through their hard work and dedication". Within the last month, one of Pathology's own phlebotomists, Trish Harris, was recognized [...]
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[...]
Michigan Pathology has over 30 pathologists traveling to Vancouver, BC for this year's USCAP 2018. The department is featuring numerous speakers and displaying dozens of posters at this annual meeting. Read more to find out where and when to meet up with our faculty, fellows, and residents.
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 [...]
The Review Article, Innate immune responses to trauma, was released today in Nature Immunology. This work, by Markus Huber-Lang of the University Hospital of Ulm, Institute of Clinical and Experimental Trauma-Immunology in Ulm Germany, John D. Lambris of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Pathology [...]
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.
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. [...]
Scott Tomlins, MD, PhD and Philip Palmbos, MD, PhD, along with team members Maha Hussain, MD, Edward Shaeffer, MD, PhD, Joshua Meeks, MD, PhD, and Roohollah Sharifi, MD, have received a 2017 Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award worth $1,000,000 [...]
Andrew Lieberman, MD, PhD, Gerald D. Abrams Collegiate Professor and Director of Neuropathology, has been elected to serve on the Neuropathology Core Steering Committee of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC). The goal of the [...]
The work entitled The Utility of SDHB and FH Immunohistochemistry in Patients Evaluated for Hereditary Paraganglioma-Pheochromocytoma Syndromes by Aaron M. Udager, MD, PhD, and colleagues in the Department of Pathology was published in Human Pathology on [...]
Our department was recently highlighted in an article by Michigan Medicine Headlines online news. It featured photos of some of our faculty and staff, quotes by Dr. Parkos and Dr. Myers, and gave an excellent overview of what our 1,200 colleagues do and why. We manifest our study of the essential nature of disease in our clinical, research and education missions [...]
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 [...]
Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: Med Sci 1, Rm 5330
Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30 am. Gift card drawing for those attending from last quarterly meeting. The meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend.
The HASP program is a twenty-month educational experience designed for house officers interested in pursuing healthcare administration as part of their careers. [ ... ]
Newborns are highly susceptible to enteric infections. It was assumed this was due to immaturity of their immune systems but new research in the laboratory of Dr. Gabriel Nunez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Academic Pathology, suggests otherwise.
The Proteomics Resource Facility (PRF) in the Department of Pathology aims to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation, technical expertise, and bioinformatic support during both discovery and validation phases of proteomic experiments to researchers at the University of Michigan.
At this time, the PRF wishes to announce that there are funds available for 2 separate pilot proteomic projects. [ ... ]
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.
If you have cancer, the treatment plan probably started with a pathologist’s review of your biopsy
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.
Mary Skinner serves as the lab manager for David Lombard, MD, PhD. In addition to managing the animal colony, maintaining and allocating funding, and performing her own research, she trains new team members, reminding them that as science changes the lab needs to change with it. Learn more about what makes Mary deserving of the nomination, including her mantra for the success of the lab, by reading more in this story from UMHS Headlines.
The laboratory of Dr. Celina Kleer, Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor, discovered that mammary-specific knock down of CCN6 results in mammary carcinomas with features of human metaplastic carcinomas. This model may lead to discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutic targets for this rare and aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer. The article appeared in Oncogene, on the November 7th 2016 issue, and can be found at www.nature.com
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. [ ... ]
Dr. Geoff Baird from the University of Washington came as a Visiting Professor to the Department of Pathology on October 17th. His lecture and interest is “Laboratory Test Utilization Management: What Works, and What Doesn’t”.
Congratulations to the Nusrat/Parkos Lab on having the cover image of the September 2016 issue of Mucosal Immunology. The image is from their article, Neutrophil interactions with epithelial expressed ICAM-1 enhances intestinal mucosal wound healing.
You can read more at nature.com.
A team of twenty, including Assistant Professor of Pathology, Scott Tomlins, M.D., Ph.D. is launching a Blood Profiling Atlas pilot as part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the Moonshot strives to end cancer as we know it.
Click to read more about Tomlins’ roll in this mission.
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. [ ... ]
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) annually recognizes two Residents from the Resident Representative Network with the Resident Representative Leadership Award. One of the 2016 recipients is House Officer III, Stephanie Skala, MD. Stephanie received the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and for promotion of ASCP resident activities and membership. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Congratulations to the Department of Pathology's David Manthei, MD, PhD, House Officer III, for winning the "Best Poster Award" at the 2016 ASCP Annual meeting in Las Vegas. His poster on "Predictive value of hypogammaglobulinemia in monoclonal gammopathies detected by reflex immunofixation of serum protein electrophoresis samples" presented the largest study to date on the value of reflexing hypogammaglobulinemic samples for detecting monoclonal gammopathies. Scoring for the award was based on originality, potential importance, research design or implementation and interpretations.
Congratulations to the Department of Pathology's Mike Bachman, MD, PhD, for his recent paper in the journal mBio about the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae, the third most common cause of infections in hospitalized patients. His work has identified siderophores, an iron-scavenging product of those bacteria, as a mechanism the bacteria use to help them invade throughout the body. Dr. Bachman is the Associate Director of the Microbiology Laboratory [ ... ]
The AMA Journal of Ethics August edition features articles on ethical issues in pathology. Current and former trainees are co-authors on these papers, including Martin Magers, John Sherbeck and Kristina Davis. Faculty members Michael Roh and Lauren Smith also contributed to this issue. Lauren Smith served as a faculty advisor to Margaret Cocks, a resident at Johns Hopkins University, who was the guest editor.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office has been granted accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners. This is a result of the partnership between the county and the Department of Pathology. You can read about this collaboration in the most recent issue of Inside Pathology.
More than 2,500 unexpected, violent, and suspicious deaths are investigated by the team at Wayne County Medical Examiner's office each year.
Director of autopsy and forensic services at the U-M Department of Pathology, Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D. says, “Accreditation assures citizens and the community that the office functions at a high level and provides systematic quality and timely service.”
To hear more from Jentzen and the team at Wayne County, read the full press release.