Department of Pathology NEWS 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Tian-Li Wang!

Dr. Tian-Li Wang, Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Gynecology & Obstetrics, recently received the TEAL award for her study in discovering methylation and epigenetic markers for early detection of ovarian cancer. Tell Every Amazing Lady (T.E.A.L) about Ovarian Cancer was established in 2009 by two sisters from Brooklyn to honor their late sister, Ms. Louisa M. McGregor, through drawing public awareness of ovarian cancer and supporting the cutting edge scientific discoveries.

~December 2017

Congratulations, Drs. Alena Savonenko and Shuying Sun!

Drs. Alena Savonenko and Shuying Sun Drs. Alena Savonenko and Shuying Sun are winners of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 2017 Discovery Fund for Synergy and Innovation Awards. Each received a Synergy Award which will consist of up to $100,000 with an award term of one year and will support new and novel collaborative research projects led by full-time, tenure track academic faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. These awards are meant to spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators and potentiate scientific achievements of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research programs.

Alena Savonenko's project "Development of New Generation Phenotyping: Transition from Classical Behavioral Testing to Big Data Science" aims to overcome the issue of lack of standardization of how animals are handled, for example, by developing a cage system in which animals can be tested in their "home" environment without any handling and data can be collected and analyzed in a high-throughput fashion. Dr. Savonenko will be collaborating with Ralph Etienne-Cummings.

Shuying Sun's project "Single molecule dynamics of expanded RNA repeats and repeat-associated non-AUG translation in C9ORF72-related ALS/FTD" aims to better understand the properties of repeat-containing mRNAs and how they are translated. This may reveal a better understanding of how neuronal degeneration arises. The most common cause of ALS and FTD is a hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the non-coding area of the C9orf72 gene. Dr. Sun will be collaborating with Bin Wu.

~December 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Kate Grabowski!

Mary Kathryn Grabowski, Ph.D., Sc.M. Congratulations to our new faculty member Dr. Kate Grabowski! Her article on HIV prevention in Uganda was published in the November 30th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (just in time for World AIDS Day which is December 1st!). Kate's study, an amazing tour de force, helps establish that a combination of proven HIV prevention measures across communities substantially reduces new HIV infections in a population. She found that HIV incidence dropped by 42 percent among nearly 18,000 people in Rakai District, Uganda, during a seven-year period in which the rates of HIV treatment and voluntary medical male circumcision increased significantly. HIV incidence dropped the most "by 57 percent" among circumcised men, likely because both their own circumcision and ART taken by their female sexual partners living with HIV protected these men from the virus. Quoting Kate, "our results make a strong case for further expanding ART and male circumcision for HIV prevention..." To learn more, see MK Grabowski, et al. Combination HIV prevention and HIV incidence in Uganda. NEJM volume 377, no. 22 (2017).

~December 2017

Women's Board visits Genomics Laboratory

Women's Board visits Genomics Lab
The Johns Hopkins Genomic Laboratory hosted members of the Johns Hopkins Women's Board for lunch and a tour at the 1812 Ashland Avenue Building on Monday, November 27, 2017. Dr. Ralph Hruban welcomed the group and conveyed how their support has created "possibilities" and, in so doing, has had wonderful impact on patient care. Dr. Christopher Gocke then shared several poignant stories of how equipment purchased with support of the Women's Board directly improved patient outcomes. Following lunch, Katie Beierl, Emily Adams, Stacy Riel and Dr. Gocke led small groups through the lab areas. The women commented on how excited they were to see first-hand how their support is benefiting patient care.

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~November 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Karen Carroll!

Pasteur Award 2017
Dr. Karen Carroll received the Illinois Society for Microbiology's Pasteur Award on November 8, 2017. The Pasteur Award was established in 1948 to publicly recognize individuals who have made significant and outstanding contributions in the field of Microbiology. Congratulations Karen!

~November 2017

Baltimore Magazine - 2017 Top Docs
Congratulations to Dr. Epstein and Dr. Hruban!

Top Doctors Our department of Pathology was recently honored to have a number of our current and past faculty and trainees mentioned in Baltimore Magazine's list of Top Doctors 2017 which appeared in the November issue.

Professors Jonathan Epstein, MD and Ralph Hruban, MD were named, along with former Johns Hopkins Dept. of Pathology residents Dr. Elizabeth Allen, Dr. Jennifer Brousard, Dr. James Eagan, Dr. Jeffrey Iding and Dr. Diana Molavi, as being among the top Pathologists in the Baltimore area. In fact, all of the pathologists recognized are at Hopkins, or trained at Hopkins!

For the past 30 years, Baltimore Magazine has published the results of the Top Doctors survey with over 50 specialties represented. This dependable and comprehensive list of peer-chosen winners represent only about 5 percent of the roughly 12,000 physicians licensed to practice in the Baltimore area.

Congratulations to all!

Read: Top Doctors 2017 November Issue

~November 2017

PathCast Broadcast on Facebook

PathCast Continuing our effort to advancing pathology education san frontiers, one of our most distinguished and senior faculty members Dr Elizabeth Montgomery presented the second pathCast slide seminar series "Gastric polyps - Mushrooms in the Dirt (GASTRITIS)", on September 28, 2017. This seminar was also broadcast live through Facebook. It was a very interactive event, attended by a packed in-house residents and trainees, who were joined online from across the world by many enthusiastic pathologists. They posted several questions for Dr. Montgomery, who happily answered them in her inimitable style.

The department always is ready to embrace innovative new technology in digital media and social network. The event was widely publicized through Facebook and Twitter, and met with an overwhelming response. The popularity of the event can be gauzed by the fact that in less than a week the live stream received more than 3000 views from across the world. Those who could not attend it live, will be able to view the archived live stream on Facebook and YouTube.

We envision to further our 'educational outreach' with plans to have future pathCasts in Spanish language very soon.

We appreciate the efforts of the duo of Rifat Mannan (GI/Liver Pathology fellow at Hopkins) and Emilio Madrigal (Cytopathology fellow at Emory University) for spearheading the event.

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~October 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Janielle Maynard!

Dr. Janielle Maynard Dr. Janielle Maynard, a post-doctoral fellow in Genitourinary Pathology working under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Sfanos has recently received an Early Investigator Research Award from the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program. The Early Investigator Research Award program supports prostate cancer-focused research opportunities for individuals in the early stages of their careers. Dr. Maynard will be investigating the role of purinergic signaling and inflammation in prostate cancer racial disparities.

~September 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Herman Chui!

Dr. Herman Chui Dr. Herman Chui, a post-doc fellow in GYN Pathology working under the mentorship of Drs. Shih, Wang, and Vang has recently received a research award from the Colleen's Dream Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Early Detection. The foundation was established by an accomplished NFL kicker, Billy Cundiff, in memory of his mother-in-law, Mrs. COLLEEN DRURY.

~September 2017

Congratulations, Hee Sun Choi!

Hee Sun Choi We are proud to announce that Hee Sun Choi, a graduate student in the Pathobiology Graduate Program, has been awarded the MAA Winter 2016 Predoctoral Fellowship. The 2-year award was granted to Hee Sun by the Research Committee of the American Heart Association to fund her project: Role of group 2 innate lymphoid cells in eosinophilic pericarditis.

Hee Sun Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea and received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biotechnology from Yonsei University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. While at Yonsei University, the main focus of her research was protein folding. Hee Sun joined the laboratory of Daniela Cihakova, M.D., Ph.D., and has been studying the mechanism of the development of pericarditis-inflammation in the heart. Her long term goal is to contribute to developing more effective ways to prevent and treat human diseases.

~September 2017

Pathobiology Retreat

The 2017 Pathobiology Retreat at the Mount Washington Conference Center on September 8th provided ample opportunities for our graduate students to share their research in both poster and spoken presentation sessions. The keynote speaker, Dr. Solomon Snyder, delivered an inspiring and stimulating lecture about his scientific career and discoveries. Carolyn Tallon, a senior graduate student within the program, was awarded the famed Golden Microscope for best oral presentation. It was a day filled with scientific inquiry and discussion, and a true celebration of the impactful research accomplishments of our talented graduate students.

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~September 2017

PathCast Broadcast on Facebook

Education has always been one of the prime driving objectives of the department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Our outstanding educators embrace new digital media as a way to reach beyond the walls of Hopkins. Towards this end, Dr. Lysandra Voltaggio presented a slide seminar, "Barrett Esophagus: Basics, Pearls and Pitfalls," on September 13, 2017. Her seminar was live broadcasted (aka 'pathCast'ed) on Facebook live, through which it was accessible to a very large audience across the world. This was an interactive session, in which the viewers from across the world had a live discussions with Dr. Voltaggio. Interactions were made possible through "Go to meeting" which provided viewers a live audio chat. Many others posted comments on Facebook, which were answered by Dr. Voltaggio. After the event, the video was also uploaded to YouTube. This way, viewers can have access to the presentation through Facebook ( as well as YouTube (

The event met with overwhelming response from across the world, highlighted by the fact that the livestream received more than 1500 views from across the world in less than 24 hours.

This educational initiative heralds yet another new chapter in the Department's continuous effort to make science, medical education and research reach every corner of the world, with special attention to the underserved areas.

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~September 2017

Honoring Dr. Yener Erozan

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A special celebration marked the 55th anniversary of Dr. Erozan's arrival at Johns Hopkins as a fellow in the Department of Pathology in 1962. He served as Director of the Division of Cytopathology from 1989-1995. Dr. Erozan retired in 2007, and continues to be active in the Division. A reception was held on August 22, 2017, to honor Dr. Yener Erozan and to unveil a plaque recognizing donors who have made significant contributions in support of the Yener S. Erozan Fellowship in Cytopathology Fund. On hand were several of the donors and current and former fellows in addition to Yener and Brenda Erozan.

~September 2017

DoD Ovarian Cancer Consortium Mini-symposium and Special Event to Honor Dr. Robert J. Kurman's Academic Achievements

Robert Kurman, M.D.Faculties from the DoD Ovarian Cancer Consortium program are hosting a Mini-symposium focusing on Ovarian Cancer Early Precursor Lesions on Friday, October 27 at New York University. This event will summarize the scientific discoveries from this program and will have a special section dedicated to Dr. Robert J. Kurman, former DoD consortium leader and Emeritus Richard W. TeLinde Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Pathology at Johns Hopkins. Featured speakers include DoD consortium investigators - Dr. Douglas Levine (NYU Langone), Patricia Shaw (Princess Margaret Cancer Center), Kala Visvanathan (JHU), Ie-Ming Shih (JHU), and JHU GYN Pathology alumni, Drs. Mark Sherman (Mayo Clinics) and Kathleen Cho (University of Michigan).
To learn more about Dr. Kurman's career achievements, click here.

Location: 3rd-floor Conference Room, West Tower, NYU Medical Campus
430 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
Time: 2-5 PM on October 27th
Fellows and residents are welcome to attend
RSVP to Karime Kalil Machado by October 23rd

More information about the DoD Consortium of Ovarian Cancer Precursor Lesions can be found at
Symposium organizers: Tian-Li Wang (JHU) and Douglas Levine (NYU)

~September 2017

Special Lecture

Nilabh Shastri, M.Sc., Ph.D.Nilabh Shastri, M.Sc., Ph.D., from the Department of Immunopathology at the University of California, Berkley will present "Revealing the Hidden Self for Immune Surveillance" on Monday, September 11, 2107, at 1:00 pm in Hurd Hall.

~September 2017

Welcome, Dr. Xiaojun Wu!

Xiaojun Wu, M.D., Ph.D.Please join me in welcoming Xiaojun Wu, M.D., Ph.D. to our faculty! Dr. Wu will join the faculty on September 1, 2017, as Assistant Professor and will assist on the Hematopathology service at Johns Hopkins Hospital for one year. After serving at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she will move permanently to Sibley Memorial Hospital, where she will lead their Hematopathology Program.

Dr. Wu received her M.D. from Zhejiang Medical University in China, and her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. She continued on with her residency training at the University of Alabama, followed by completion of a fellowship in hematopathology. She then moved to New York where she completed a surgical pathology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and subsequently joined the faculty at New York University (2013-2015). Dr. Wu received the 2014 Attending of the Year in Anatomic Pathology Award from NYU. In 2015 she joined the faculty at George Washington University. Dr. Wu has close to 15 peer-reviewed publications, primarily in the field of Hematopathology.

~August 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Karen King!

Karen E. King, M.D.Karen E. King, M.D. is the recipient of the 2017 AABB President's Award. This honor recognizes the extraordinary public service and contributions of an individual or an organization in the health care arena. Dr. King's work furthers AABB's goals and missions.

Citation: In recognition of her tremendous service to AABB through education, mentorship and numerous appointments to AABB committees, including associate editor of TRANSFUSION. For her leadership in apheresis and organ transplant immunohematology and her devotion to training junior members in the field of transfusion medicine.

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in over 50 countries.

~August 2017

Former Department Resident/Fellow Featured on CNN

Mohammed Lilo
Mohammed Lilo, former Pathology department Resident/Fellow, was featured in CNN's story on Refugee Doctors "Why Refugee Doctors Become Taxi Drivers". Read the full story and watch the video here.

~August 2017

Congratulations to our faculty!

Our faculty authored over 200 first/last author peer-reviewed publications in FY2017. These included papers in Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Cancer Discovery, the Journal of Pathology, Cancer Research, and the New England Journal of Medicine; and many included our trainees. Most importantly, this body of work has real impact on the field of pathology and ultimately it will reduce human suffering.

~July 2017

Teaching Students 1
Drs. Tricia Murdock, Marissa White, Alisha Gordy and Ralph Hruban spent an inspiring morning teaching a group of wonderful young Native American students. The session was organized by Dr. Murdock and the Association of American Indian Physicians. The students asked great questions- future leaders in medicine!

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~July 2017

Sol Goldman Professorship

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A wonderful ceremony was held on Monday June 19th, establishing the Sol Goldman Professorship in Pancreatic Cancer Research in the Department of Pathology. This professorship honors the legacy of Sol Goldman and provides critical stability and flexibility to our faculty so that they can take advantage of important opportunities for innovative research. Michael Goggins, a world leader in the early detection of pancreatic cancer and long-term member of the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, was inducted as the first recipient of the Goldman Professorship. Congratulations Mike!

~June 2017

A New Therapeutic target and Potential Biomarkers Identified in Alzheimer's Disease

Significant progress has been made over the past two decades on the pathogenesis of individual neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, different neurodegenerative syndromes have been mainly studied mechanistically in isolation. There has been a lack of concerted effort to ascertain whether and how these pathogenic processes may be linked to one another. In the most recent issue of journal Acta Neuropathologica, Dr. Mingkuan Sun, William Bell and Katherine LaClair, co-first authored a report about cryptic exon incorporation in Alzheimer's disease cases exhibiting TDP-43 pathology. This is the first evidence on how loss of TDP-43 function from neurons, a common shared feature with ALS and FTD, could contribute to pathogenesis of AD.

It has been known for years that other factors besides Aβ and tau also contribute to neurodegeneration and cognitive failure in AD. The most convincing evidence is that 20-40% of cognitively normal older individuals have levels of Aβ and tau pathology that are indistinguishable from patients with severe clinical symptoms of AD. Recent work showed that non-canonical pathologies occur in up to 75% of AD cases, including TDP-43 proteinopathy, α-synuclein "Lewy bodies", and tau "Pick bodies" that are associated with neurodegeneration in separately classified diseases. TDP-43 proteinopathy is characterized by cytoplasmic aggregation of the transactivation response element DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) accompanied by its nuclear clearance, and was first identified in another neurodegenerative disease spectrum, ALS-FTD. Identified as an essential gene, TDP-43 is also required for aspects of neuronal physiology in mice, fruit flies and zebrafish. Notably, TDP-43 proteinopathy is one of the most common non-canonical pathologies observed in AD cases and is strongly associated with worsened neurodegeneration and cognition, suggesting a convergent mechanism of neurodegeneration with ALS and FTD.

In their paper, Sun et al. found that cryptic exon incorporation occurred in all AD cases exhibiting TDP-43 pathology. Furthermore, incorporation of cryptic exons was observed in the hippocampus when TDP-43 inclusions was restricted only to the amygdala, the earliest stage of TDP-43 progression. Most importantly, cryptic exon incorporation could be detected in AD brains lacking TDP- 43 inclusions, but exhibiting nuclear clearance of TDP-43. These data support the notion that the functional consequence of nuclear depletion of TDP-43, as determined by cryptic exon incorporation, likely occurs as an early event of TDP-43 proteinopathy and may have greater contribution to the pathogenesis of AD than currently appreciated. This study has opened new direction in AD research as early detection and effective repression of cryptic exons in AD patients may offer important diagnostic and therapeutic implications for this devastating illness of the elderly.

Co-authors were Jonathan Ling, Heather Han, Yusuke Kageyama, Olga Pletnikova, and Juan Troncoso of Johns Hopkins Brain Resource Center. The work was supported in part by the Johns Hopkins Neuropathology Pelda fund and the NIH Grant to Dr. Philip Wong; McKnight Award for Memory and Cognitive Disorder and the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center pilot grant to Dr. Liam Chen.

~June 2017

Business Insider Interview with Dr. Anne Le, MD, HDR

The article highlights the translational aspect of cancer metabolism into clinical trials as a novel therapy for cancer patients. Business Insider solicited Dr. Anne Le's scientific opinion of how it works and what these treatments look like so far.

The idea is a simple one: Starve out cancer cells.

But finding the right way to do that isn't nearly as simple. Cancer cell metabolisms - the process of converting food into energy - worked differently than normal cells.

Cancer cells tend to take in more glucose than normal cells, a phenomenon known as the Warburg effect. It's named after the German scientist Otto Warburg, who first observed in the early 1900s that cancer cells didn't need as much oxygen to metabolize sugar as normal cells. The Warburg effect is estimated to occur in roughly 80% of cancers.

That different metabolic process opens up the opportunity to target just cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. While the Warburg effect has been around for close to 100 years, it's only been in the past decade that researchers have figured out ways to use it in treatments, Dr. Anne Le, a professor at Johns Hopkins who researches the cancer metabolism, told Business Insider.

It's why Le and her colleagues and companies like Agios Pharmaceuticals are working on drugs that target the metabolism of cancer cells.

Here's how it works
While a normal cell goes through a whole life cycle (gets born, ages, makes new babies, then dies), cancer cells get stuck at the baby stage. While there, they just make more and more of themselves.

The drugs do that by pinpointing enzymes that are key to the cancer cell's metabolism, and acting on those. In order to take the treatment, a person first has to have that specific enzyme in their system.

What these treatments look like so far
Agios's first drug, enasidenib, is a pill that treats acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. That one's in front of the FDA right now, and could be approved by August 30. Agios also has a treatment for bile duct cancer, as well as a treatment for a rare genetic disease. Beyond that, there are still thousands of metabolic enzymes that still haven't been targeted.

On Wednesday, Agios came out with new data on its phase 1/2 trial, which will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual conference. Out of 176 patients in the trial, 40% had an overall response rate (meaning the cancer responded and shrank by a certain amount), with 19% going into remission. The patients had a median response rate of 5.8 months.

Even with the progress in the last decade the field of cancer metabolism, Le wants everyone to know that it's not simple. As new treatments go through development in the coming years, cancers may be able to adapt and work around these drugs.

~June 2017

Blood Drive

Howard County General Hospital and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Howard County General Hospital
Address: 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD, 21044
Room Name: Bloodmobile
Date: Fri Jun 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00: PM
Coordinator Name: Tracy Anderson

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The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

~June 2017

New Grant Funding Opportunities Available

SPORE logo Career 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 31, 2017

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 31, 2017.

~June 2017

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!

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~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

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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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