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July 16, 2018
On June 11, Sacramento’s Channel 13 news featured the clinical chemistry section’s change to the new high-sensitivity troponin test.  Our laboratory is the second in California and one of only a handful in the nation to offer this new improved test.

Professors Dr. Krish Krishnan and Dr. Yvonne Wan received $420,000 over 4 years via an NIH-SC3 mechanism to train under-represented minority students in their collaborative project "Effect of Western Diet in Gastrointestinal Cancer by NMR Metabolomics".

Professor Dr. Krish Krishnan co-authored a new textbook with Professor Emeritus Dr. Yin Yeh from UCD's Dept. of Applied Science. 

Director of Clinical Chemistry Dr. Nam Tran was featured in a Medscape video describing how biotin supplements commonly taken by patients can interfere with lab tests and confound results

The department welcomed two new faculty members,  Mingyu Cheng, MD, PhD and Anthony Karnezis, MD, PhD. Dr. Chen completed a fellowship in genitourinary and renal pathology at Louisiana State Univ. Health Science Center, and has a background in tissue engineering. Dr. Karnezis Is a gynecologic pathologist who was a staff scientist and previous molecular oncology fellow at the University of British Columbia.

Eight outstanding new housestaff joined the department in the new academic year. Residents are Dr. Alison Chan (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern Univ.), Dr. Peter Conner (St. George's Univ.), Dr. Tahera Iqbal (Touro Univ.), Dr. Ryan Thomas (Florida Int'l Univ.).  Fellows are Dr. Alejandro Mendoza (Cytopath), Dr. Lorne Holland (Informatics), Dr. Elham Karmangar (Surg Path), Dr. Alae Yaseen (Surg Path).

Resident Dr. George Gao has been selected for USCAP’s 2018 Resident Leadership Training Scholarship and will attend this special program at USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center in December.

June 06, 2018

Thirteen college undergraduates from across the nation joined the department as Edmondson Summer Research Interns on June 18, 2018.  This 8-week mentored research experience includes a partnership with UCD Health’s Prep Medico program.  2018 interns include:  Aayushi Adettiwar (UCSB), Gabriella Albert (Univ. of Tampa), Eric Arauza (UCSC), Hannah Bullock (UCLA), Sakshi Das (UCSB), Claudia Espino (UCSC), Monty Khela (Case Western Reserve Univ.), Kyle McNeil (UCD), Julia Nguyen (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Zachary Rabow (UCD), Esteban Rios (Fresno Pacific Univ.), Madhav Sharma (UCD), Shai Tanner (CSU Long Beach).

The American Association of Neuropathologists annual meeting in Louisville, KY on June 7-10, 2018 featured two platform presentations from Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger, and a platform session chaired by Associate Professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer.

On June 1, 2018, the department honored graduating housestaff, including residents Drs. Nima Amini, Amir Ghorbani, Jessica Rogers, and Jeanna Su; and fellows Drs. Dan Dolderer, Mahan Matin, Sasha Raymond, Jianmin Xu. Graduates will be going on to prestigious fellowships at UCLA (hematopathology), UCSD (neuropathology), Univ. of Washington (GI pathology), Univ. of Massachusetts (dermatopathology), Univ. of Miami (molecular pathology), Univ. of Alabama (molecular pathology), as well as joining pathology practice.

Awards at the annual housestaff graduation dinner on June 1, 2018 included Outstanding Teacher Awards to Dr. Tao Wang (faculty, anatomic pathology), Dr. John Paul Graff (faculty, clinical pathology), Debbie Pepito (staff), Dr. Sasha Raymond (fellow), Dr. Meighan Tomic (volunteer faculty, VA); Staff Support Award to Jennifer Black; Professionalism Awards to Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra (housestaff), Kristin Olson (faculty), Anna Schmidt (staff).

Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres provided graduation remarks as the department’s 2018 Pathology Distinguished Alumnus.  Dr. Martinez-Torres is Vice President of the College of American Pathologists' Foundation, President of North Shore Pathologists, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, and recipient of the first Raymond C. Zastrow Award from the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists (WSP) for leadership, service and advocacy.

June 5, 2018
On May 24, the department received a Resolution from the California Legislature to recognize 50 years of contribution to the health of the people of California as an academic department of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The Resolution was sponsored by state Senator Richard Pan and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Dr. Richard Levenson was honored with 2018 Chancellor’s Innovator of the Year Award at a special ceremony on May 15 for development of Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE).

2018 medical graduate, Jun Yang Jiang received the Stowell Award for Excellence in Pathology at the annual award luncheon on May 18.

On May 4, Noha Mostafa and Erin Kew received their degrees in cytotechnology from the University of Nebraska College of Allied Health Professions as part of the distance learning partnership with UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

May 14, 2018
Medical student Amber Harmon received the highly prestigious HONORS Award from the American Society of Hematology to carry out research into CHIP (Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential).   She is mentor by Distinguished Professor and Chair Emeritus Dr. Ralph Green.

Residency alumnus, Dr. Chris Hansen, is one of the pathologists interviewed in a recent article in Clinics in Laboratory Medicine on global health volunteerism.  Dr. Hansen was the inaugural recipient of our Distinguished Alumni Award because of his dedication as a volunteer to developing the pathology specialty in Africa.

Associate Professor, Dr. Kristin Olson, has been elected Member-at-Large for the Undergraduate Medical Educators group in the Association of Pathology Chairs.  Dr. Olson is the Instructor of Record for our pathology course for medical students.

The Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and One-Carbon Metabolism Conference will take place on July 29-August 3, 2018 at the Western Shore, Nova Scotia.  This course is ideal for college students and professionals at every level interested in emerging #OneCarbonMetabolism research.  Our very own Distinguished Professor, Dr. Ralph Green is the co-organizer of this meeting!!  To register: register: http://faseb.org/microsite/Folic #FASEBSRC

April 27, 2018
Residency alumus Dr. Christian Hansen is one of the pathologists interviewed in a recent article on global health volunteerism published in Clinics in Laboratory Medicine.   Dr. Hansen was the inaugural recipient of the department’s Distinguished Alumni Award because of his dedication to supporting pathology practice in Africa.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272271217301051?via%3Dihub

On April 21 and 22, the California Association of Medical and Laboratory Technologists held their annual spring seminar at UC Davis Health campus.

Dr. Hooman Rashidi, Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, received the Deans' Award for Excellence in Education for his innovative educational technologies and outstanding teaching contributions at the annual awards ceremony on April 10, 2018.

March 18, 2018
Assistant Professor, Dr. Kristin Grimsrud, will receive the American Burn Association’s  Clinical Research Paper Award at their 50th Annual Meeting on April 10-13 in Chicago for her paper “Identification of Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms in Burn Patients and Impact on Fentanyl Pharmacokinetics:  A Pilot Study.”  The Clinical Research Award is awarded to the best clinical research paper submitted by a non-physician.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson, will chair a new session on Microscopy, Histopathology, and Analytics at the Biophotonics Congress in Hollywood, FL on April 3-6.

The US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC on March 17-23, 2018 featured four posters from the department. Topics include Helicobacter pylori in renal transplant patients, clinicopathologic analysis of hepatic angiomyolipoma, MUSE microscopy applications to surgical pathology and molecular testing.  Faculty include Drs. Bishop, Borowsky, Darrow, Fung, Kuang-Jen, Lechpammer, Levenson, Matsukuma, Wang and resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani.

On March 19, 2018, Associate Professor, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, a platform session on Techniques at the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.

Associate Professor. Dr. Imran Khan taught a week-long course on personalized medicine at Pakistan’s Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) to residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in mid-March.  This program complements Dr. Khan’s USAID grant on tuberculosis research in collaboration with AFIP of Pakistan.

Match Day revealed four outstanding new residents who will be joining the department in July:  Alison Chan (Chicago Osteopathic College of Medicine), Peter Conner (St. George's University), Tahera Iqbal (Touro University), and Ryan Thomas (Florida International University).

UC Davis Health’s 8th Annual Quality Forum on March 15, 2018 featured five posters and one platform presentation from multi-disciplinary teams of pathologists, clinical lab scientists, information technology staff, and clinicians.  Topics included improvements from new tests like high-sensitivity troponin, and molecular point-of-care testing for infections, and better methods to detect fecal occult blood, improve blood bank workflows, and minimize complications from transfusions.

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