Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – March 2018

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April 3rd, 2018

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – March 2018


The Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Department enjoyed a very successful College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation inspection the last week of March.  The inspecting team from Mount Sinai, NY credited the department for its high quality work and excellent performance

Mark Wojnarowicz, PhD (Goldstein Lab) successfully defended his thesis “The relationship of brain and retina pathology in a novel mouse model of closed-head concussive impact injury” on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Wojnarowicz!!

Pathology residents presented posters at the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) 107th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 17-23, 2018

  • “Impact of Racial and Ethnic Differences on the Accurate Classifiction of Thyroid Nodules Using ThyroSeq NextGeneration Sequencing”, Israa Laklouk, Cecilia Ponchiardi, David Kindleberger, Sandra Cerda.
  • “Cost Impact of ThyroSeq v2 Testing in Thyroid Nodules Interpreted as Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance (AUS)/ Follicular Lesion of Undetermined Significance (FLUS) and Follicular Neoplasm (FN) /Suspicious for Follicular Neoplasm (SFN)” , Roghayeh Fazeli, Bradley Zehr, David Kindelberger, Gianluca Toraldo, Stephanie L. Lee, Sandra Cerda
  • Dr. Israa Laklouk won the First Place Resident Research Award at the USCAP meeting in Vancouver, for her first author abstract: “Impact of racial and ethnic differences on the accurate classification of thyroid nodules using ThyroSeq Next-Generation Sequencing”. Coauthors are Cecilia Ponchiardi, David Kindelberger, and Sandra Cerda
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Dr. Israa Laklouk receiving the First Place Resident Research Award at USCAP 2018


Please Welcome New Faculty:

  • Eric Burks, M.D., started April 2nd! Dr. Burks will be the Director of Immunohistochemistry and the Co-Director of Clinical Hematopathology, in addition to working in anatomic pathology.
  • Nitin Marwaha, M.D., will begin July 1, 2018 working in Anatomic Pathology.
  • Reggie Thomasson, M.D, will be the new Director of Transfusion Medicine, starting August 1st
  • Pitt Psychiatry Special Lecture: On March 27, 2018 Dr. Ivana Delalle gave a presentation at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry, “Brain-derived Biomarkers in Dementia and Psychoses”
  • A recent case report written by Gabriel Lerner, Dr Lija Joseph, former Pathology Faculty member and Bethany Tierno, a former Pathology Resident, is visible in the link below; due out on August 20th, pending final revisions: