Department of Pathology NEWS 2014

New Pathology Directory Launched

We are pleased to announce the "Our Faculty & Residents" resource, an interactive directory of all pathologists who trained and/or worked in our department from the time the hospital opened (May 1889) to present. The directory allows searches not only for individual names but also for groups of names based on a set of criteria defined by gender, scholarly status, faculty appointment, faculty rank, resident post-graduate year, chief resident status, and academic year.

~December 2014

Pathology Grand Rounds - Mario Livio, Ph.D.

~October 2014

Johns Hopkins Pathology Residency is ranked #1!

US News and World Report and Doximity announced their first-ever comprehensive national assessment of residency programs, based on 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians. We are pleased that our Pathology Residency Training Program ranked #1!
The 2014 Top Medical Residency Programs.

Our deepest appreciation and sincerest thanks to Ed McCarthy, Mario Caturegli, Charles Steenbergen, Karen King, all of our faculty and staff who participate in residency training, and especially our residents!


US News and World Report and Doximity full list of Johns Hopkins University residency program rankings as determined from national residency programs based on 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians.
Johns Hopkins Residency Program AreaRank
Nuclear Medicine1
Pathology - anatomic and clinical1
Internal Medicine2
Neurological surgery3
Plastic surgery - integrated program: Hopkins/University of Maryland4
Obstetrics and gynecology4
Radiology - diagnostic4

~September 2014

Second Annual Pathology Educational Symposium!

We are pleased to announce the return of the Pathology Education Symposium. Since its initial launch in 2013, the Pathology Educational Symposium has grown to become the leading free continuing education event intended for all Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Pathology staff and JHML staff. Click here to learn more.


~September 2014

A conversation with pathologist Noel Rose, the father of autoimmunology

Noel Rose, Father of Autoimmunology Our very own Noel Rose was highlighted in the Johns Hopkins Gazette. To read this interesting article on his life's journey to be called the father of autoimmune disease, please click here.

~July 2014

Congratulations Norman J. Barker, M.S., M.A., R.B.P.!

Mr. Norman BarkerMr. Norman Barker, a Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has recently been named an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS), and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS).

The Royal Photographic Society located in Bath, England is the oldest photographic society and has more than 6000 members worldwide. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were among the Society's earliest members.

~July 2014

Pathobiology Graduate Student Team (PathoVax) pitch in to win Best Local Medical product during JHU Entrepreneurship Week

PathoVax Team
Team PathoVax: Pathobiology Graduate Program Students (From right: Alyssa Walker, Michael Ayars, Weijie Poh and Joshua Wang) receiving the Local Medical Product Award from Dr. Chuck Montague, Director of Business Development at JHU Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

A team consisting of Pathobiology Graduate Program Students (Alyssa Walker, Michael Ayars, Weijie Poh, and Joshua Wang) won the Local Medical Product category at the 'A Call for Innovation' competition, the final event of the 2014 JHU Entrepreneurship week co-organized by Medical and Education Perspectives (MEP), BME EDGE and Innovation Factory. Over 20 teams presented their medical prototypes and ideas to CEOs, professors and investors with vast experience in commercializing biomedical research. The team PathoVax were awarded a $1000 cash prize, in addition to financial support of up to $5000 and mentorship from MEP to develop and commercialize their idea.

The winning invention pitched by PathoVax was a HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine named RG-1 VLP. This is a second generation HPV prophylactic vaccine that can overcome recognized limitations of current HPV vaccines such as high manufacturing costs and type-restricted protection. RG-1 VLP was co-invented by Professor Richard Roden, a faculty member in the Pathobiology Graduate Program and Dr Reinhard Kirnbauer from the Medical University Viennas.

Ayars explained that the strong emphasis on translational research as well as the close knitted relationships of students in the Pathobiology program greatly facilitated the formation of the successful team. The ease of approaching program faculty to discuss the utility of their research beyond science exploration was also critical in helping the team identify the winning RG-1 VLP technology.

When asked about the future outlook for the team after winning the award, Poh added: "We are currently looking into the process of forming a start-Up (PathoVax LLC) based on the RG1-VLP technology for further pre-clinical development with Dr Roden and Dr Kirnbauer as our scientific consultants."

~May 2014

Arie Perry, M.D. Biomarkers in Neuro-Oncology - Pathology Grand Rounds

For a real treat skip to minute 52 of this video for the "oligodendroglioma song!"

~April 2014

Alexandra Valsamakis Named President Elect of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV)

Alex ValsamakisAlex Valsamakis will serve PASCV beginning this year as President-Elect, and continuing as President in 2015/2016, and Past President for the remainder of a five year cycle of service. PASCV promotes clinical and diagnostic virology. Its aims are to foster the development of new techniques for rapid viral diagnosis, to improve quality control for reagents, to sponsor training programs, scientific meetings and symposia, to disseminate relevant information, to coordinate activities with other organizations, and to encourage collaborative research. In recent years they have expanded their role to encompass all areas of clinical virology: viral pathogenesis, manifestations of disease, laboratory diagnosis, prevention, and therapy. Each year the organization sponsors the Clinical Virology Symposium which has grown to more than 1000 participants.

~April 2014

Teaching awards go to our Pathology Faculty

Congratulations to our faculty Noel Rose, Toby Cornish and Ralph Hruban. All three were honored by the Institute for Excellence in Education in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Noel Rose received the 2014 Leadership and Mentoring Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in mentoring. The recipient is selected based on the training experiences and success of the nominee's mentees. Dr. Rose was recognized for his work guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others. Toby Cornish and Ralph Hruban jointly received the 2014 Educational Innovator Award for their work developing novel iPAD and iPhone teaching applications (apps).

Drs. Cornish, Rose and Hruban
Dr. Rose

~April 2014

Good Luck, Dr. Jackson!

On February 7th, 2014 Pathology faculty and guests attended a dinner in honor of Dr. Brooks Jackson who assumed the position as the Dean of the Medical School and Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota as of February 17, 2014.

The dinner was well attended.

The speakers for the evening were:

  • Current vice chair for Clinical Affairs and for Education for the Dept. of Pathology, Michael Borowitz, MD, PhD
  • Former Baxley Professor and Director from 1993-2000, Fred Sanfillippo, MD, PhD
  • Administrative Director of Uganda Core Laboratories, Ali Elbireer, PhD
  • Current Interim Director, Ralph Hruban, MD and Dr. Jackson himself.

On March 7th the department held a farewell reception in Dr. Jackson's honor and it was likewise well attended.

~February 2014

Alex Baras won the Stowell-Orbison Award

Our resident Alex Baras won the Stowell-Orbison Award in Surgical Pathology for Pathologists-in-Training at the 2014 meetings of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology in San Diego California. This award is given to a Pathologist-in-training (resident, fellow, Ph.D. candidate or medical student) who is first authors of a scientific paper presented at the USCAP Annual Meeting. Alex received this award for his research on neoadjuvant treatment response predictors in transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder. Congratulations Alex!

Here are some photos from USCAP.

~March 2014

The Ride to Conquer CancerOn September 13-14, 2014, "The Ride to Conquer Cancer" will take place in Washington, D.C. — an extraordinary, two-day bike ride to raise funds for the cancer centers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals,

Please join Team Pathology co-captains Al Valentine and Suzy Nicol to raise money to fight this terrible disease. Invite family members and friends to ride alongside you or support your fundraising goal.

For more information about the Ride to Conquer Cancer, please go to To register for "Team Pathology":

  1. Choose the "Baltimore/DC" box.
  2. Select the blue "Register" box.
  3. Select "Join a Team" box.
  4. In small rectangular box, type "Team Pathology" & press enter. You will see Team Pathology and Allen Valentine's name at the bottom.
  5. Scroll to the second line from the bottom and press "Join."
  6. From there you can fill out the remaining pages.

If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Ryan O'Connell, or 301-385-7974. Thank you for your interest. Let's make Team Pathology a big success!!

~March 2014

Remembering Sharon Speser

Sharon SpeserSharon Speser passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 after a prolonged illness. Sharon graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a degree in Microbiology. Sharon came to the JHH Microbiology Laboratory in 2005 and remained with us until her passing. Sharon was the consummate professional. She was an excellent clinical microbiologist and teacher. She was a stabilizing force in our laboratory, often filling in for the Bacteriology Leads. Sharon will be greatly missed by the entire staff. A memorial service for Sharon will be held on March 3, 2014 from 12 noon to 12:30PM in the Zayed Chapel.

~Feb 2014

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