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Hail to the Front Line

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and every day, our Department of Pathology phlebotomists are on the front lines of patient care.

We often call our phlebotomists the face of the laboratory since they are often the first, if not the only, touchpoint to the department for patients. [...]

March 31 2020

Critical Need for Blood Donations

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 [...]

March 16 2020
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Important Test Updates Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources and guidance.

March 16 2020

Alex Taylor, MD wins Rodger Haggitt GI Pathology Award

Congratulations to Alex Taylor, MD, 3rd year resident, for winning the first place Rodger Haggitt GI Pathology Award for his platform presentation at USCAP! 

March 16 2020

Faculty Spotlight: Sara Abbott, MD

Sara Abbott, MD, took a winding road to becoming an assistant professor here at U-M. She actually has a master’s degree in education and spent two years guiding students grudgingly through high school biology. That’s when she realized that maybe this wasn’t the kind of teaching she was meant to do after all. [...]

March 16 2020
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Department Co-Hosts 2020 Mucosal Immunology Symposium

The event showcased experiemental pathology research.

March 13 2020

Marcin Cieslik Receives Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb

Marcin Cieslik, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and member of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology (MCTP), received an award from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) for the project entitled, “Identification of novel therapeutic vulnerabilities across immunophenotypes of refractory and metastatic tumors.” This award provides two years of funding.

March 11 2020

Dr. Eman Adbulfatah Awarded at USCAP

Genitourinary pathology fellow, Dr. Eman Abdulfatah, recently received the International Society of Urologic Pathology (ISUP) Excellence in Urologic Pathology Award for her abstract presentation, [...]

March 10 2020

Nicholas Lukacs, PhD, Receives an Outstanding Investigator Award

Nicholas Lukacs, PhD, The Godfrey Dorr Stobbe Professor of Pathology, received an Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA or an R35) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) entitled, “Viral and allergen-driven immunity in chronic lung disease.” This award will provide 7 years of funding. [...]

March 5 2020

The Epic Bugsy Application is an Asset

The Epic Bugsy Application went live June 3rd with no major issues and under budget. Although this application is used mainly by the Infection Prevention team within MiChart, it relies heavily on Microbiology/Virology data. [...]

March 4 2020

Congratulations to Margaret Fang, MD

Congratulations to Margaret Fang, MD, for winning the 3rd Place Hans Popper Society Award for Trainee Best Abstract at USCAP!

March 3 2020
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100% Tuned In: Q&A with Dr. Laura Lamps

When she's at work, Dr. Laura Lamps is 100% tuned in. Find out how she got here and what she recommends for those considering pathology.

March 2 2020

Julian Mioc Retires

Three years ago, Julian Mioc decided to plan for his retirement and his official last day is February 28, 2020. “I'm looking forward to my retirement in Florida to be with my family and grandchildren.” Please join us in wishing Julian a peaceful and joyous retirement! [...]

February 28 2020

Tom Morrow Retires

Tom Morrow grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from U-M, and spent his entire 47-year career working for the University. He joined the Department of Pathology as a System Administrator in 1981, and while he’s officially retiring February 28th, he’ll stay [...]

February 28 2020

Rogel Cancer Center Phlebotomy Team Named Michigan Medicine MVPs

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 [...]

February 20 2020
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Department Hosts 11th Annual CHAMP Research Symposium

Event showcases clinical and translational research.

February 17 2020

New Start Up Aims to Target Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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 [...]

February 17 2020

February 14th is National Donor Day

National Donor Day, observed on February 14th each year, is an opportunity to raise awareness and educate about tissue, eye, and organ donation. In Michigan, there are more than 3000 people waiting for organ donation and, nationally, 22 patients die waiting [...]

February 14 2020

Faculty Spotlight: Milad Webb, MD, PhD

Great mentorship, at just the right time, led Milad Webb, MD, PhD, to specialize in forensic Pathology. After completing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada in Reno, Webb earned his MD at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He then enrolled in residency training at [...]

February 14 2020

Ellie Mills is the New QA Coordinator in DQHI

 

The Department of Pathology’s Division of Quality and Health Improvement welcomes Ellie Mills, the new Quality Assurance Coordinator.

February 7 2020

Manuscript by Dr. Muhammad Nadeem Aslam Demonstrates Effects of a Seaweed-Derived Multi-Mineral Supplement on Colonic Microbial Community

A recent report based on a phase I clinical trial by Dr. Aslam, et al, in the Varani Laboratory shows that a multi-mineral supplement, Aquamin®, modulates the colonic microbial community in human subjects.  This study is part of an ongoing effort to determine if multi-mineral intervention [...]

February 5 2020

“Detroit’s Daily Docket” Podcast Sheds Light on the Medical Examiner Process

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 [...]

February 3 2020

Take Care of Your Ticker

If you’ve run out of motivation for your New Year’s Resolutions, American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind us all to focus on our hearts and health! [...]

February 3 2020
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Anti-Leukemia Compound Induces Complete Remission in Mouse Models

A Phase I clinical trial, using a structurally related analog of the compound, is currently enrolling patients.

February 3 2020

Spotlight On: The Research Histology Laboratory

Drs. Thomas Giordano, Paul Harms, and Dafydd Thomas have a fully staffed and highly functional Research Histology lab. The laboratories lead technician, Chelsea Decker, HT, has been keeping the lab [...]

January 30 2020

Faculty Spotlight: Vipulkumar Dadhania, MBBS

Vipulkumar Dadhania, MBBS, is fascinated with learning. It’s this passion that will keep him evolving in his career. He joined U-M in August of 2019 as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pathology. His primary interests are genitourinary pathology and breast pathology. [...]

January 29 2020

Suzanne Butch is Deservedly Recognized

Suzanne Butch, who is the Division of Quality and Health Improvement’s (DQHI) Manager of Clinical Pathology Quality Assurance has been an instrumental part of the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA) for many years. ICCBBA is the not-for-profit, nongovernmental standards body in official relations with the World Health Organization [...]

January 29 2020

Coronavirus Information and Links

On January 23, three possible cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were identified in Michigan; two in Washtenaw county. As of publishing, no cases of the 2019-nCoV have been confirmed in Michigan. [...]

January 28 2020

What Pathology Communications Can Do For You

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! [...]

January 27 2020

Dr. Wilson Becomes New Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services

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 [...]

January 27 2020

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. While cervical health is important twelve months of the year, it’s a great time to schedule necessary appointments and screenings. According to Dr. Richard Lieberman, with regular health screenings and the use of pap-smear testing, death rates from cervical cancer have dropped 90% since 1943. [...]

January 24 2020

Results of Michigan-Led Study Published in Modern Pathology

Modern Pathology recently published a multi-institutional study led by pathology faculty Dr. Rohit Mehra; other participating centers included The Cleveland Clinic, Emory School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Third year Pathology resident at Michigan Medicine, Alex Taylor, MD, was the first author with other major contributions by Drs. Noah Brown and May Chan. [...]

January 23 2020

Mike McVicker Named Administrative Manager for Clinical Operations

 

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 [...]

January 17 2020

In Memoriam: Dr. Mila Blaivas 1938-2020

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.

January 17 2020

Dr. Rajiv Patel named Section Head for Dermatopathology

It is with great pleasure that we announce Dr. Rajiv “Raj” Patel as our new Section Head (Director) for Dermatopathology effective February 1, 2020. [...]

January 16 2020
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A Simple Twist of Cell Fate

U-M researchers are shedding new light with exciting implications for research and health.

January 15 2020

Sean Li, MD, PhD, Appointed to ABPath Test Development and Advisory Committee

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 [...]

January 10 2020

Dr. Chan Chung Receives Two Grants to Study Brain Cancers

 

Chan Chung, PhD, received two grants in funding from the ChadTough Foundation and Defeat DIPG foundation ($150,000) and the Robert Connor Dawes CERN Pediatric Fellowship ($100,000). [...]

January 9 2020

Faculty Spotlight: Felipe da Veiga Leprevost, PhD

In 2015, Felipe da Veiga Leprevost, PhD, came to the University of Michigan as a research fellow to study computational proteomics. In June of 2019, he accepted a faculty position as a Research Investigator in Bioinformatics. He now has a Michigan-born little one and his roots are growing deeper in Ann Arbor [...]

January 2 2020

Congratulations on your retirement, Mary Jo!

 

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 [...]

December 26 2019

Sue Stern Retires After 41 Years

 

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. [...]

December 24 2019

Andi Cani becomes Dr. Cani

 

Andi Cani, PhD, successfully defended his thesis entitled “Precision Medicine Approaches to Hormone-Driven Cancer” on December 5, 2019. [...]

December 23 2019

R01 Granted to Jolanta Grembecka, PhD

We are thrilled to announce that Jolanta Grembecka, PhD, an Associate Professor in Pathology, has been granted an R01 for her research “Development of ASH1L inhibitors for acute leukemia.” [...]

December 20 2019

Updated NIH Policy Statement Emphasizes "Other Support" Reporting

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 [...]

December 20 2019
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Quality Care a Match for New Faculty Member

Not yet entirely settled in at home, Matt Cusick, PhD, is diving into his new role as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology.

December 19 2019
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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Project

Duane Newton, PhD, gives a faculty perspective on what led to the best possible outcome for patients and the department through PRR. 

December 12 2019

Dr. Milad Webb's presentation draws attention at NAME

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 [...]

December 12 2019

ORSP's New Proposal Submission Deadline Policy

For future grant submissions, please take note of  ORSP's new Proposal Submission Deadline Policy which will take effect on January 6, 2020. [...]

December 11 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Sean Ferris, MD, PhD

In September of 2019, Sean Ferris, MD, PhD, moved his family from San Francisco to Ann Arbor to join the Department of Pathology as an assistant professor specializing in neuropathology in the division of anatomic pathology. [...]

December 10 2019

Abhijit Parolia is Awarded The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

 

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). [...]

December 2 2019