Department of Pathology NEWS 2010

Dr. Yener Erozan Receives ASCP Award

Dr. Erozan receiving the award from Dr. Mark Stoler, President of the ASCP

Dr. Yener Erozan, Professor of Pathology in the Division of Cytopathology was recently honored with the "Mastership Award" of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. This prestigious award is given to the members of the ASCP for recognition of their significant contributions to the Society and to the field of Pathology. Award was given on October 28, 2010 during the ASCP Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The photograph shows Dr. Erozan receiving the award from Dr. Mark Stoler, President of the ASCP.

It's time for another Flu Shot!

Dr. Jackson and Al Valentine get shots
There's a new blog post about the flu, just in time for our annual flu shot. We were very fortunate to interview three of Hopkins' leading experts, Dr. Alexandra Valsamakis (Director of Clinical Virology and Molecular Microbiology), Dr. Patricia Charache (Professor of Pathology, Medicine and Oncology), and Alicia Budd (Senior Infection Control Epidemiologist) about this topic - Read more here.

10th Annual GI Pathology Course

10th Annual GI Pathology CourseThis 10th annual conference is intended as a practical overview for pathologists who encounter gastrointestinal and liver specimens in daily practice. Interpretation of biopsies of the upper GI tract mucosa and the liver will be addressed, as well as recent advances in pancreatic pathology. Case presentations will be featured to emphasize presented concepts. Participants should come away with a better understanding of interpretation of mucosal and liver biopsies, pancreatic pathology, current concepts in staging, and the application of modern techniques to gastrointestinal disorders.

November 6-7, 2010
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Bldg II
1550 Orleans St, CRB II
Baltimore, MD

For more information, there are details here anda brochure.

The 4th Donald L. Price Symposium RNA and Neurological Disease

The Symposium will provide an educational forum for the most recent and exciting research findings in the area of neurobiology of disease relating to synaptic biology and neurodegenerative diseases. Outstanding research in the area of neurobiology of disease is conducted at Hopkins and other centers in the U.S. and abroad. This symposium is instrumental to the dissemination of recent and novel findings of this research among investigators and practitioners of neuroscience. This year's focus will be on recent advances on the neuropathology and genetics of RNA Processing and Alzheimer's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis and Neurodegeneration. The speakers are all leaders in their respective fields.

October 4, 2010
Albert H. Owens Auditorium
David S. Koch Cancer Research Building
1550 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

For more information, view the agenda.

~September 2010

Pathology Employee Appreciation Event

Rhino!Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The rain did not dampen the spirits of the 700 guests that braved the weather for this year’s Pathology Employee Appreciation Day held at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Sunday, September 12th.

See more photos and read comments at the blog.

~September 2010

Pathology Core Lab Goes Green

George WilkYou may have noticed a change in the Department of Pathology's Core Laboratory lately, a noticeable shift toward a more sustainable and environmentally friendly workplace. The newly-formed Pathology Green Team has been implementing a multi-stage 'greening' of the Core Laboratory. This subtle transformation has the power to reduce the Department's consumption of electricity, oil and water and minimize its impact on the environment from toxic byproducts of the production of raw materials.

Continue reading

~August 2010

George Wilk Retires

George WilkAfter 33 years of service with The Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Wilk is hanging up his keyboard. Come join Pathology Data Systems as we say bon voyage to our dear friend and colleague at a reception in Phipps Lobby, on Wednesday, August 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

~August 2010

Time Management Tips from Pathology Managers

Time Management TipsSeveral months ago, Renata Karlos asked our Pathology managers to share some of their time management tips. Here are several they sent:

  • Start the day by spending time on the most difficult or unpleasant task, and then moving onto other things. It helps to keep things from becoming an emergency later.
  • Purchase a Blackberry (a/k/a a crackberry!)
  • Don't waste time "waiting." Always take something to do with you, such as your own reading materials or a report, a checkbook to balance, your to-do list. Use your phone's capabilities while you wait to check your email, etc. Keep your focus on what is important.

These tips and many more are available at our blog. Read the full blog post.

~August 2010

US News and World Report Ranks Johns Hopkins #1

America's best hospitalOnce more - and now for an astonishing 20th year in a row - The Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the top spot in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of American hospitals.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked in the top five in 15 of the 16 specialty categories listed. In addition to landing in the #1 spot on the Honor Roll, the hospital ranked #1 in Ear, Nose and Throat; Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Urology and Rheumatology; #2 in Kidney Disorders, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry; #3 in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology (digestive diseases), Geriatrics, Heart and Heart Surgery; #4 in Cancer and Pulmonology (respiratory diseases); #5 in Orthopedics; and #14 in Rehabilitation.

For a complete list of all rankings, see

We know that rankings and ratings all have their weaknesses and strengths, but as health care choices become increasingly important, independent evaluations continue to interest our patients, the public, referring physicians and insurers.

~July 2010

Charache and Dumler Recieve Awards

Drs. CharacheDumler and DumlerIn May, two Pathology faculty members received awards at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California:

Patricia Charache, M.D., Professor of Pathology, Medicine, and Oncology, received the bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award in honor of her distinguished service and leadership in the disciplines of Medical Microbiology.

J. Stephen Dumler, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, received the Becton-Dickinson Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology for his contributions to research on diagnosis and pathogenesis of tick- and vector-borne infections.

~July 2010

New Grant Funding Opportunities Available

SPORE logoCareer Development Awards are now available to support new investigators interested in cervical cancer-related research. Priority will be given to investigators interested in cervical cancer translational research. Basic research that has obvious, near-term potential application will also be considered.Funds for the Career Development Program are provided by our NCI Cervical Cancer SPORE grant.
Download the submission guidelines.
Deadline for submission extended to August 15th, 2010.

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 the development of human immunological assays against 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 extended to August 15th, 2010.

~July 2010 (updated August 4, 2010)

Tissue Microarrays at Johns Hopkins

TMA blocks Tissue Microarrays (TMAs) have been validated as useful tools for the evaluation of various biomarkers, especially in oncology specimens. Professor of Pathology and Oncology Dr. Angelo De Marzo discusses on the Pathology Blog.

~May 2010

Johns Hopkins and Microbiology as perceived by Dr. Patricia Charache

Dr. Patricia Charache Watch Dr. Charache's talk and download the powerpoint slides.

~May 2010

Dr. Grover M. Hutchins

Dr. Grover M. Hutchins Grover M. Hutchins, M.D., a world-renowned pathologist who practiced at Johns Hopkins Medicine for more than 50 years, died April 27, 2010, while traveling in Africa. He was 77.
Read a remembrance at

~May 2010

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 2010

National Lab WeekDay after day, thousands of specimens enter the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology, and our Medical Laboratory Professionals turn out information that facilitate positive outcomes of patient care. The Department of Pathology with its team of 1,400 is an army of professionals who strive to have an impact on patients across Maryland, the United States, and even the world.

Read more

~April 2010

Johns Hopkins Pathology Ranks #1 in Funding

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research just released their analysis of 2009 NIH funding to medical schools and once again Johns Hopkins Pathology Department ranks #1 in funding! The Blue Ridge Institute calculated that our pathology department received over $52 Million in NIH funding. This represents an increase of close to $7 Million from 2008. Rounding out the "top five" were the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Emory, and the University of Pittsburgh. Congratulations to all of our faculty and staff who have worked so hard in these times of challenging funding.

~March 2010

Joseph C. Eggleston Research Award Winners


Congratulations to Carla Ellis and Zina Meridian on their recent Eggleston Awards. The Eggleston Awards are allotted each year to Pathology residents for research projects relating to Surgical Pathology. The Award is funded by the Eggleston family in memory of Dr. Joseph C. Eggleston, former Director of Surgical Pathology and Professor of Pathology. Dr. Ellis's project is on bladder cancer and Dr. Meridian's will be studying intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

~March 2010

Photography, Digital Imaging & Computer Graphics Laboratory


We are the Pathology Photography, Digital Imaging, and Graphic Arts Laboratory. We have a 40+ year history in the Department of Pathology, however, we are anything but old and stale! Our lab has grown and changed with the times.

Read the full blog post

~February 2010

The Blizzards of 2010

Hopkins Dome

The vast majority of people in our area stayed home and watching the weather news on TV and/or and shoveling, but Johns Hopkins Pathology is a 24/7 operation and we have to serve our patients. The various departments within Pathology rallied and made heroic strides to continue providing our award winning service.

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~February 2010

Laboratory Services and Compliance in Billing

Beatrice Filburn

Each year the American Medical Association publishes updated CPT (Compliant Procedure Terminology) codes and ICD-9 (Diagnosis) codes which describe billable services we perform for patient care. These codes are the language we use to document and communicate to payers in billing for the services we perform.

Read the full blog post

~February 2010

The Diagnostic Detectives of the Future

Pathology's Leandra Soto, left, and Dante Trusty with student Tearra Boone, center. 2005

In the clinical arena, over 70% of a patient's medical record is data and interpretations generated by the medical laboratory professionals working in Pathology. In the research arena, over $45,000,000 in grants/donations are used for research to better diagnose disease and better monitor health.

Read the full blog post

~February 2010

Why I Became a Pathologist

Justin, Riley, and Ashley Bishop

Justin Bishop, one of the chief residents and currently a 4th year resident in Pathology, discusses why he made the choice to become a pathology on the Hopkins Pathology Blog.

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~January 2010

Keeping Track of Blogs


There are millions of blogs on the Web, covering every imaginable topic and interest. With such a wealth of information, it is overwhelming to keep track of the sites that interest us. In this blog post, Jim Doran discusses using RSS feed readers as a tool for following and reading Web sites with interesting and valuable content.

Read the full blog post

~January 2010

The New Prenatal Cytogenetics Lab

Dan Saul

The Prenatal Cytogenetics Laboratory in the Division of Molecular Pathology will be making its debut within the upcoming months. This Lab is located in Room SB202 in the Park Building, under the Emergency Rooms.

Read the full blog post

~January 2010

2010 Ushers in Changes to Clostridium difficile Testing

Kari and Angela – Molecular Virology staff reviewing C. difficile cytotoxin plate

Effective January 19, 2010, the Microbiology Laboratory will discontinue the C difficile two-step algorithm and instead test all appropriately submitted specimens by PCR alone using the BD-GeneOhm™ C diff real-time PCR assay. What will be different?

Read the full blog post

~January 2010

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