Department of Pathology News

Unusual Mutations in Endometriosis

Endometriosis in the peritoneal tissue forming a scar
Hopkins team in collaboration with a Canadian group publishes a paper in New Engl J Med revealing the genetic landscape of endometriosis for the first time. Participant faculties from Pathology department include Drs. Ayse Ayhan, Michael Noe, Laura D Wood, Ren-Chin Wu (a prior Pathobiology graduate student), Tian-Li Wang, and Ie-Ming Shih.

Read the full article.

~May 2017

40 Under Forty

ASCP's 40 Under Forty

Two of our faculty members, Ashley Cimino-Mathews, M.D. and Eric Gehrie, M.D., S.M., have been honored as part of ASCP's 40 Under Forty, which recognizes influential pathologists under the age of forty. Congratulations, Ashley and Eric!

~May 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Class of 2017
To celebrate their graduation, our graduating residents made a trip to the top of the Dome and had a chance to view Hopkins in perspective of Baltimore's skyline with Drs. King, Steenbergen and Hruban. Best wishes to the class of 2017!

Class of 2017

~May 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Armen Khararjian!

Lab Week 2017
Armen was awarded the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE). This honor is awarded annually to the resident in each program who exemplifies clinical excellence. The MCACE defines clinical excellence as achieving a level of mastery in the following 6 areas as they relate to patient care:
i. communication & interpersonal skills,
ii. professionalism and humanism,
iii. diagnostic acumen,
iv. skillful negotiation of the healthcare system,
v. knowledge,
vi. scholarly approach to clinical practice, and exhibiting a passion for patient care, and explicitly modeling this mastery to medical trainees.

Congratulations Armen!

~April 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Eric Gehrie!

Dr. Eric Gehrie The educational blog "Blood Bank Guy" just published a new podcast episode today featuring our very own, Dr. Eric Gehrie. In this blog Eric discusses complications resulting from transfusion to patients with sickle cell disease, primarily alloimmunization. Congratulations, Eric!

~April 2017

Continuing Medical Education

CME May 2017Stars of the American Registry of Pathology Fascicles; Past, Present, and Future, in Partnership with Johns Hopkins Pathology

May 20-21, 2017
Chevy Chase Bank Conference Center
The Sheikh Zayed Tower

click here for more info
download the brochure

~April 2017

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 23-29

Lab Week 2017
The Department of Pathology celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 23-29, 2017. The Department thanks all of its employees for their dedicated service and commitment to patient care.

To celebrate Lab Week: Lab Week Tours - April 24-27, 2017.

~April 2017

Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Visiting Professor - Deborah Powell, M.D.

Our thanks to Deborah Powell, M.D., of the University of Minnesota, who presented at Pathology Grand Rounds on April 3, 2017. Dr. Powell, our third Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Visiting Professor, gave a thought-provoking presentation on medical education. In her talk entitled "Moving Toward Competency-based Advancement: EPAs in Medical Education," Dr. Powell presented a new competency-based medical education program in which students are advanced as they achieve well-defined competencies. The event also served as an opportunity to congratulate recipients of the Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Awards (Drs. Meaghan Morris, Michael Haffner, and Tasha Larman), and to thank Fred and Janet for their philanthropy.

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~April 2017

Congratulations, Sonja Vozniak!

Sonja Vozniak
Top row: Julie Kubiak, R.N., Bryan Barshick, R.N., and Lisa Purdy, R.N.
Bottom row: Dr. Stephen Sisson, Dr. Deborah Baker, Sonja Vozniak, R.N., Dr. Renay Tyler, and Louanne Morell, R.N.

Congratulations to Sonja Vozniak, R.N., Nurse Clinician III, of Pathology's HATS Division (Hemapheresis And Transfusion Support), the recipient of the 2016 Renay Tyler Ambulatory Nursing Leadership Award. Sonja was recognized for improving the quality of care and experience of her patients, for her innovative approaches to problem-solving, for being a role model and mentor, and for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, respect and collegiality. Sonja is seen as an outstanding resource for both the nurses and physicians, a great asset to her peers and is responsible for their training and competencies. Furthermore, you never see Sonja without a smile on her face and a willingness to help! We in the Department of Pathology are proud of Sonja and very grateful for her commitment to our patients.

~March 2017

New research shows how heart inflammation can progress into heart failure in mice.

Slide image of eosinophils infiltrating a heart.
Led by Dr. Daniela Čiháková, a new research study reveals that eosinophils are partly responsibe for the progression of myocarditis into heart failure in mice. read more

~March 2017

USCAP 2017

We had another wonderful reception at the 2017 meetings of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology in San Antonio, Texas. Here are some photos from USCAP!

~March 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Laura Wood!

Dr. Laura Wood Laura received the 2017 Jack Yardley Young Investigator Award at the USCAP meetings in San Antonio. This award recognizes seminal contributions or a significant body of published work, by an investigator under the age of 50, that advances the field of gastrointestinal pathology. The "torch has been passed" to a new generation of pathologists, and we are all proud that Dr. Wood is upholding Dr. Yardley's legacy!

Dr. Laura Wood Dr. Laura Wood

~March 2017

New Surgical Neuropathology app is in the iTunes store!

Surgical Neuropathology app
Congratulations Drs. Fausto Rodriguez and Charles Eberhart. Their new iPAD application (APP) is now available in the iTunes Store.
This beautiful APP contains over 800 stunning images, and a novel algorthimic approach to the diagnosis of the most common entities encountered in surgical neuropathology. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations Fausto and Charles!

~March 2017

Red Cross Blood Drives

Red Cross Blood Drive

There are many Red Cross Blood Drives scheduled for the Hopkins community-across all Hospitals and all locations-throughout 2017. Please click the image above to see the entire list. Please consider a donation to save lives.

~March 2017

Interview with Dr. Kathleen Gabrielson

 Dr. Gabrielson with Anna

Dr. Kathleen Gabrielson talked about her current research regarding the toxic effects of stress on the body. Read full interview.

~February 2017

Hopkins Tops NIH Funding for FY 2016

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research just released the 2016 NIH funding numbers, and our department once again tops the list as the #1 funded pathology department! This continues a remarkable streak in which we have been the #1 funded pathology department for 9 of the last 10 years! Four of the top 25 most highly funded pathology investigators are from Hopkins (congratulations Drs. Nachman, S. Eshleman, TC Wu and D. Chan!). Most importantly, the broad and deep science in our department has real impact - it advances knowledge and helps fight human suffering.


1 Johns Hopkins University$43,832,245
2 University of Pennsylvania$37,262,718
3 Emory University$34,460,238
4 Washington University$29,807,683
5 Columbia University Health Sciences$25,815,633

Click here to view the full list in Pathology.
To see the Ranking Tables of NIH Funding to US Medical Schools in 2016, click here.

~February 2017

Congratulations, Ovarian Cancer Research Team!

Richard Roden, PhD, Tian-Li Wang, PhD, and Ie-Ming Shih, MD, PhD

Richard Roden, Ph.D., Tian-Li Wang, Ph.D., and Ie-Ming Shih, M.D., Ph.D., have received the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance Collaborative Research Development Grant. This award will help the team's research to test new and various treatment strategies for ovarian cancer. Read more

~February 2017

No. 1 cited article in The American Journal of Pathology in 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Kurman and Dr. Shih!

Dr. Kurman and Dr. Shih

We are proud to announce that the The American Journal of Pathology (AJP) named Dr. Kurman and Dr. Shih's manuscript "The Dualistic Model of Ovarian Carcinogenesis" as the most cited article published in the AJP in 2016. Each year the AJP releases a list of the top 10 most cited articles it has published that year. In addition, their previous manuscript with a similar title (published in 2004) has been named one of the most read articles ever published in the AJP!

Congratulations, Dr. Kurman and Dr. Shih!

Check out the article here.

~February 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Guobao Chen!

Dr. Guobao ChenDr. Guobao Chen from Dr. Cihakova's laboratory was just awarded the 2016 Myocarditis Foundation Fellowship Grant for the 2017-2018 Academic Year! Please read more about Dr. Chen's research.

~February 2017

"A Crime in the Cancer Lab"

Dr. Heather Ames
NY Times article "A Crime in the Cancer Lab" tells an intriguing science story featuring Pathology resident Dr. Heather Ames. Read the article to find out more!

~January 2017

Arnold Rich's College Notebook

Dr. Rich's College NotebookThe Department recently acquired a book of zoology notes and drawings created by Arnold Rich when he was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia (1912-13). This book contains a number of absolutely stunning illustrations created by Arnold Rich. They begin with Protozoa, progress through Annelida, and end with Mammals. The illustrations and accompanying text are presented in a systematic evolutionary order. While the book will be donated to the Chesney Medical Archives for safe keeping, we thought we would share some of the illustrations with you here. Enjoy!

~January 2017

Diversity Committee visits Morehouse School of Medicine

On January 12, 2017 representatives from the Pathology Diversity Committee visited Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The visit, led and organized by Dr. Marissa White, was intended to promote the field of Pathology among underrepresented minorities. Additional members of the committee included Drs. Alisha Gordy, Tricia Murdock, and Lysandra Voltaggio. Drs. White and Gordy offered a short presentation to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year medical students highlighting key aspects of our field and promoting our fully-funded Pathology Rotation for Underrepresented Minorities. The presentation (as well as the pizza!) was well-received with many follow-up questions and e-mails from interested students.

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine

~January 2017

Check out our new Cytopathology Unknown Conference website!

Cytopathology Unknown Conference

The new Cytopathology Unknown Conference website features cases seen in our weekly Division of Cytopathology Unknown Conference, along with explanations. Learn more about Cytopathology today!

You can also view our world-renowned Surgical Pathology Case Conference website for Surgical Pathology cases.

~January 2017

Dr. Tim Amukele's drones featured on front cover of The Baltimore Sun

Drones for Blood

From the Sun: "Aerial drones could one day ferry life-or-death medical supplies between hospitals now that Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have figured out how to keep blood, medications and vaccines consistently cool during the flights..."

Read the article and watch the video.

~January 2017

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