April 26, 2016
Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards, Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical education, has been appointed to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Test Material Development Committee by the National Board of Medical Examiners.  Dr. Gandour-Edwards will participate in the development of test content, including the written questions, for the Pathology subject matter on Step I of this examination.  The USMLE is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States.

April 21, 2016
Bob Gosselin, Senior Specialist in Coagulation, co-chaired three sessions at the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Societies of North America’s (THSNA) third comprehensive scientific meeting in Chicago, IL on April 14-16, 2016, and also served as a member of the program committee. 

April 20, 2016
Chair Emeritus Dr. Murray Gardner has established a junior faculty research fellowship in infectious disease at the UCD Center for Comparative Medicine. An international leader in non-human primate study of retroviruses, Dr. Gardner made many important contributions to understanding HIV infection using macaque models during the AIDS epidemic and serves as a role model for the importance of pathologists in the multi-disciplinary study of infectious diseases.

April 15, 2016
Associate professor Dr. Christopher R. Polage received a Distinguished Clinical Research Award this week from the Clinical Research Forum for his innovative study that found popular molecular tests overdiagnose Clostridium difficile infections by up to 50 percent.

April 6, 2016
On April 5, 2016, Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national honor society for medicine, held their 2016 Annual Councilor Meeting in San Francisco which featured presentations by professor Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards, Councilor of the UC Davis’ AOA chapter and Councilor Director of the national AOA board.  Dr. Gandour-Edwards presented on the selection process and strategies for budgeting and fund raising for local chapters. Sixty councilors from across the country attended and the discussions were robust and enthusiastic.

March 21, 2016
Match Day brought the department an outstanding new resident for 2016-2017.  Guofeng “George” Gao, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Penn State University, and served as a Research Associate at Temple University School of Medicine investigating the role of BAG3 in the development of heart failure.

The Dean’s Award for Departmental Excellence in Mentoring was presented to the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine on March 16, 2016.  Department mentoring directors, Dr. Hanne Jensen and Dr. Lee Way Jin, accepted the award on behalf of the department at the School of Medicine’s Annual Recognition Reception.

March 18, 2016
UC Davis Health System’s annual Quality Improvement Forum on March 16, 2016 featured posters by transfusion fellow Dr. Grace Monis on improving vascular access in photopheresis patients and by first-year resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra on improving patient care and costs through integrated hematopathology reports.  Faculty mentors were Dr. Sarah Barnhard and Dr. Hooman Rashidi.

Assistant professor Dr. Sarah Barnhard was among the first class to complete UC Davis Health System’s new certificate program in Health System Improvement.  Dr. Barnhard received her certificate on March 16, 2016 at the annual Quality Improvement Forum.

March 15, 2016
Hematopathology fellowship alumnus Benjamin Durham, MD, received the 2016 Benjamin Castleman Award at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology in Seattle, Washington from March 12-18 for his publication “Diverse and Targetable Kinase Alterations Drive Histiocytic Neoplasms” published in Cancer Discovery.  This award is given annually for an outstanding paper in the field of human pathology published in English.  Dr. Durham is currently a genomics pathology research fellow in molecular oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

March 6, 2016
Assistant Professor Dr. Nam Tran was a featured speaker at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry's Northern California meeting on March 10 in Berkeley.  The title of his presentation was "Early Recognition of Infection via Molecular Pathogen Detection and Sepsis Biomarker Testing".

Faculty and residents presented seven posters and a platform presentation at the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in Seattle on March 12-18, 2016.  First authors are resident Dr. Saba Ali, and faculty Dr. Sandy Borowsky, Dr. Dorina Gui, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, Dr. Richard Levenson, and Dr. Kristin Olson.

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