Department of Pathology News 2016

Congratulations, Andrew Layman

Dr. Charles Steenbergen, Andrew Layman, and Dr. Edward McCarthy

Andrew Layman, a 4th year Johns Hopkins medical student, was awarded an ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology Award for medical students who have shown leadership qualities and dedication to the Pathology field. As a winner, he receives an Amazon Kindle, a copy of the Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology, 3rd Edition, and Recognition on the ASCP website and in ONELab Memo.

Andrew has impressed the Pathology faculty so much that he won the William H. Welch Award for Outstanding Performance in Pathology by a Johns Hopkins Medical Student, which was announced at the Johns Hopkins Pathology Awards Presentations. The award reflected his great attitude, work ethic, and team work while on rotations in our department.

Congratulations, Andrew!

~August 2016

Dr. Timothy Amukele in Forbes Magazine

Expanding on his work in Africa, Dr. Timothy Amukele recently wrote an article in Forbes Magazine which describes the 10 essential diagnostics items for every lab. As Tim wrote, "Without diagnostics, medicine is blind." Read the article.

~August 2016

Guest Editor, AMA Journal of Ethics

Dr. Margaret Cocks, a third year resident in our program, guest edited the AMA Journal of Ethics August issue, which explores a few of the neglected ethical issues pathologists face in daily practice. Five ethical cases consider real life pathology scenarios offering tips on how to deal with ethical questions from autopsy consent to disclosing preliminary diagnoses at the FNA bedside. Featured articles include discussions on how social and cultural attitudes toward autopsy have shifted, cautions about the use of social media for sharing images, and what the death of Prince tells us about the public and professional obligations of physicians who interact with the media.

~August 2016

Congratulations, Dr. TC Wu!

TC was elected as an Academician of the Academia Sinica. This is considered the highest honor in academia in Taiwan.

Academia Sinica (Taiwan, Republica of China) held its biennial Convocation of Academicians from July 4 to July 7 culminating in the announcement of the 2016 list of Academicians on July 7, 2016. Professor TC Wu was one of 20 new Academicians and 2 Honorary Academician that were elected. Check this link for the elected members.

~July 2016

New Grant Funding Opportunities Available

SPORE logoCareer Development project grant applications are now available to support investigators involved in projects related to cervical cancer. Priority will be given to investigators focusing on translational research projects, as well as to projects related to the cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus. Investigators performing basic research that has obvious, near-term potential application will also be considered. Funds for the career development project program are provided by our NCI Cervical Cancer SPORE grant.
Download the submission guidelines.
Deadline for submission July 15, 2016

Pilot Project grant applications are now available to support new projects in advanced cervical cancer related research. Priority will be given to translational research projects as well as to projects related to cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus. Basic research that has obvious, near-term potential application will also be considered. Funds for the pilot project program are provided by our NCI Cervical Cancer SPORE grant.
Download the submission guidelines.
Deadline for submission July 15, 2016.

~June 2016

Dr. Jonathan Epstein in NY Times

Dr. Jonathan Epstein was featured in a provocative story in the May 25th issue of the New York Times.

The article highlights how many men with low-grade prostate cancers are still undergoing possibly unnecessary treatment. Thanks to consensus from most of the major cancer organizations, 50 percent of men with low-grade prostate cancer are choosing active surveillance. The article highlights the new grading system proposed by Epstein and his colleagues as a way to frame the risk that a cancer may present to the patient.

~May 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

To celebrate their graduation, our graduating residents made a trip to the top of the Dome with Drs. King, Steenbergen and Hruban. The trip included a brief "history tour" and a chance to view Hopkins in perspective of Baltimore's skyline. Congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2016!

2016 Graduates 1
2016 Graduates 2
2016 Graduates 3
2016 Graduates 4

~May 2016

Pathology Lab Tours

Celebrating National Lab Professionals Week:
Lab Week Tours - April 26-29, 2016. Click here for more info.

~April 2016

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30

Lab Week 2016
The Department of Pathology celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30, 2016. The Department thanks all of its employees for their dedicated service and commitment to patient care.

~April 2016

Johns Hopkins Pathology Diversity Spring Event

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  • Date: April 14, 2016
  • Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Place: Wilmer 107, Patz Lecture Hall
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • 1 Pathology CE credit
  • If you are interested, please e-mail by April 8, 2016.

~April 2016

USCAP 2016

~March 2016

Pathology Young Investigators' Day

PYID 2016 Poster

For more information, click here to visit the Pathology Young Investigators' Day page.

~March 2016

Hopkins Tops NIH Funding for FY 2015

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has announced NIH award data for fiscal 2015. We are proud to announce that our Department of Pathology leads the nation in NIH funding! In addition, two of the top five funded pathologists are from Hopkins (Susan Eshleman and Sharon Nachman), and TC Wu is in the top twenty! Our faculty do an amazing job with all three of our missions. They are great teachers, outstanding clinicians and extraordinary scientists. Our sincerest Congratulations to our research scientists!


1 Johns Hopkins University $47,984,237
2 Washington University $31,462,389
3 University of Pennsylvania $31,282,591
4 Emory University $30,385,195
5 Columbia University Health Sciences $28,835,484

Click here to view the full list in Pathology.
To see the Ranking Tables of NIH Funding to US Medical Schools in 2015, click here.

~March 2016

Congratulations to our USCAP Ambassadors

Congratulations to Rebecca Asch-Kendrick, M.D., Chief Resident, and Genevieve Crane, M.D., Ph.D., Hematopathology fellow and former Hopkins resident, who were selected as USCAP Ambassadors.

"The Ambassador Program is designed to achieve connectivity with future generations of pathologists. Engagement of pathologists-in-training as members for life in USCAP is critical to their career development and to becoming better pathologists. Ambassadors function to communicate to pathologists-in-training the value of membership in USCAP, engaging their interest, participation, and loyalty. The educators, committee members/chairs, and governance of USCAP derive from committed pathologists-in-training whose evolving maturity leads to the experience and confidence to assume these active roles. Per the USCAP website

Rebecca's goal as an ambassador is to encourage residents, fellows and junior faculty to engage with the association.

There is a rich network of pathologists that can help further our clinical knowledge, academic rigor and assist in career growth. I hope to facilitate these interactions and help residents navigate the next portion of their journey.

Eve will be working to further promote the social media presence of pathology as part of this group after first being inspired by the GI pathology twitter account (now with almost 500 followers of her own!) that she has been managing.

It is an extremely powerful way to interact with other pathologists as well as clinicians and patients. It is a wonderful way for the public to gain a better understanding of what we do, meet new colleagues and learn from interesting cases.

~February 2016

Residents and Clinical Fellows Appreciation Week

Johns Hopkins celebrated the first ever "Residents and Clinical Fellows Appreciation Week." The week is meant to honor all those who work so hard to provide excellent service and dedication. The School of Medicine hosted several events during the week for all residents and clinical fellows including bagels and coffee breakfast served by Hospital leaders, a Thank you cake, walk-in massages, a Wii Tournament with prizes, and a Happy Hour with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and music. Some of our Pathology Residents celebrated with a cake after a lunch didactic.

The Clinical Fellows were also honored in their divisions.

(Standing L-R) Michael Haffner, Armen Khararjian, Kevan Salimian, Derek Allison, Thomas Gniadek, Austin McCuiston, Emily Nelson, Olga Nikolskaia
(Seated L-R) Danielle Hutchings, Robby Jones, Alisha Gordy, Jennifer Bynum, Mohammed Lilo.

~February 2016

Congratulations, Dr. Namandje Bumpus!

Dr. Namandje Bumpus! Dr. Bumpus has been selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Dr. Bumpus directs the Pharmacogenomics Section of the HPTN Laboratory Center's Pharmacology Core at Johns Hopkins University and is supporting many HPTN studies, including HPTN 076, 077, and 083.

Congratulations, Namandje!

~February 2016

Dr. Timothy Amukele featured on CNN

How is technology changing medicine?
From drones delivering biological samples for testing, to robots entertaining sick children in the hospital, find out how technology is changing medicine.
Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

~January 2016

Diversity in Pathology

As a part of the Department's effort to foster diversity and increase underrepresented minority (URM) student interest in pathology and in our department, Dr. Marissa White, a third-year resident in our program and Morehouse School of Medicine alumni, and Dr. Ralph Hruban traveled down to Atlanta to meet with medical students from Morehouse School of Medicine. Marissa gave two presentations-one to the first-year students and the other to the third-year students. Marissa spoke about pathology as a career and introduced the Department's special program for URM students.

URM medical students with an interest in this program should contact:
Juan Troncoso, MD
c/o Ms. Karen Fisher

Here are some pictures from the presentations:

~January 2016

Introducing: Core in a Box

The Johns Hopkins University has created and launched a new Web portal dedicated to providing the Johns Hopkins research community access to its comprehensive research core facilities and resources for core development and management.

The portal, Core in a Box, was developed by a team of core facility experts and users from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Whiting School of Engineering. It is designed for investigators and core facility personnel. Johns Hopkins schools are home to more than 120 core facilities designed to encourage and enable cutting-edge research in the areas of basic science, genetics, medicine and others. This site gives users access to all of these resources.

Core in a Box offers:

  • The ability to search from a complete list of cores from across the school of medicine, school of public health, Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and All Children's Hospital
  • Core setup toolkits with process diagrams, templates and steps to assess user demand in the research community
  • Core maintenance guides about establishing oversight of cores, working with external customers and rate schedule reviews
  • Information about iLab Solutions, the Web-based core management system
  • Training guides for new core facility personnel
  • Information about equipment leasing and purchases
  • A new user survey to evaluate investigator satisfaction with our core facilities
  • Funding opportunities for core facilities, including a new school of medicine Core Coins program
  • Core news and upcoming conferences and events

Our efforts around Core in a Box will enable Johns Hopkins researchers to maximize the use of these research investments and continue to position us as a world leader in discovery and scholarship.

These resources will also make us more competitive in acquiring additional instrumentation at a time when the National Institutes of Health is beginning to explore changes in its support and evaluation of proposals for shared instrumentation. Indeed, the NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs recently released a report on core facilities, recommending that research institutions understand their core facility portfolios and better manage them to increase efficiencies, capacity and competiveness.

Visit the Core in a Box site at**. You can also direct any questions to .

**For future reference, the Core in a Box link can now be found on our Pathology website, on the Resources Links page—under "Faculty and Research Links".

~January 2016

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~January 2016

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