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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
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18th Annual Pathology Research Symposium

Conference highlighting innovation and excellence in training and research does not disappoint.

November 26 2019

In Memoriam Bertram Schnitzer, MD

Michigan lost one of it’s most celebrated and beloved pathologists this week as Dr. Bertram Schnitzer passed away at the age of 90. [...]

November 22 2019

After 38 Years, Jeanette Jeffreys Retires

Jeanette JeffreysAt 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. [...]

November 21 2019

Results from the Andrew P. Lieberman Lab are Published

Mark Schultz, PhD, and Andrew Lieberman MD, PhD, have published “Synthetic high-density lipoprotein nanoparticles for the treatment of Niemann–Pick diseases” in BMC Medicine. [...]

November 20 2019

Three From Pathology Honored at Michigan Medical School Dean’s Awards Program

The Dean’s Awards Program recognizes Michigan Medical School faculty and staff who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, community service, and administration. This year’s honorees were honored November 13, 2019 at the annual Dean’s Awards Dinner. [...]

November 18 2019

From Carrie-Anne to Dr. Malinczak

Carrie-Anne Malinczak, PhD successfully defended her thesis entitled “Long-Term Immune System Alterations Following Early-Life RSV Infection” on October 21, 2019. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a ubiquitous human pathogen, infects nearly all children by age two. Severe RSV bronchiolitis in infancy is strongly correlated with the development of recurrent wheezing later in childhood [...]

November 12 2019

Communications Team Welcomes Two New Members

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. [...]

November 11 2019
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Challenging Cases and Collaboration

2019 New Frontiers in Pathology Conference

November 8 2019
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Engaging Our Future

Department faculty outreach to high school students to educate about careers in medicine and research.

November 8 2019

Kleer honored by the AACR

The American Association for Cancer Research announced that Celina Kleer, MD, the Harold A. Oberman Collegiate Professor of Pathology and Director of the Breast Pathology Program, will be the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Investigator in Breast Cancer Research, supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

November 4 2019

Michigan Medicine was Well Represented at the AABB Annual Meeting

The American Association of Blood Banking (AABB) Annual Meeting is the must-attend event to learn about cutting-edge research, keep up with the latest technological advances, and network with like-minded transfusion medicine professionals from around the world. AABB is committed to providing continuing education that focuses on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. [...]

November 4 2019

PCR-based TERT Promoter Assays Aid in Bladder Cancer Diagnosis

Our department's clinical resident Alex Taylor, MD, joined postdoctoral fellow Rahul Mannon, PhD, and other researchers from the Department of Pathology and the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, who found that patients with a long-standing history of prostate cancer and other prostatic issues can find difficulty [...]

October 30 2019

Faculty and Trainees Work to Understand Therapy-Resistant Malignancies

Two Michigan Medicine Fellows, Caroline Simon, MD, and Stephanie Skala, MD, (who recently joined the Department of Pathology as faculty), joined colleagues from the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, in a research study published in Diagnostic Pathology dated October 21, 2019 [...]

October 30 2019

Plan to Attend!

Plan to Attend Quality Month Presentations:  October 22 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm in the NCRC Dining Hall.  We look forward to you stopping by to view the six posters presented by members of Pathology.

October 21 2019

Gabriel Nuñez, M.D. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

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 [...]

October 21 2019
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A Fundamental Passion

Bryan Betz, PhD, was inspired by his late wife, Sharon, to pursue a career in clinical diagnostics.

October 18 2019

UM Announces $10M Gift for Global Health Equity

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 [...]

October 17 2019
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Cancer Patients Want to Pull Back the Curtain on Pathology

Speaking directly with a pathologist could help patients better understand their diagnosis and feel empowered, a survey of patient sentiment finds.

October 10 2019
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A Blank Canvas

A look at the artists behind the artwork hung in the newly renovated facility.

October 1 2019

Picnic at Wiard's Orchard

Members of the Department of Pathology and their families gathered for a picnic at Wiard's Orchard in Ypsilanti on Sunday, September 15th [...]

September 30 2019

Steven L. Kunkel, PhD, Appointed Permanent Executive Vice Dean for Research and Chief Scientific Officer

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 [...]

September 26 2019

Dr. Laurie McCauley Receives Krane Award

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 [...]

September 23 2019

Dr. Surinder Kumar Receives The Pablove Foundation Childhood Cancer Research Grant

Surinder Kumar, Ph.D., has received The Pablove Foundation Childhood Cancer Research Grant for his proposal entitled “The sirtuin SIRT5 as a novel therapeutic target for Ewing’s Sarcoma” [...]

September 18 2019
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Making Sense Out of Tragedy

A gift from the Silver Family Foundation is funding research at Michigan Medicine.

September 17 2019

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Every year in the United States, nearly 3 million men hear the words, “You have prostate cancer.” That is 1 in 9 men each year.  The word “cancer” triggers an immediate response in most people…fear, worry about family, denial, and often an increased awareness of one’s mortality. [...]

September 17 2019

Raising the Voices of Pathology Postdocs

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 [...]

September 13 2019
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Navigating Change

The Department of Pathology embraces the future while navigating through multiple changes as it settles into its new laboratory home.

September 9 2019