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January 26, 2018
Assistant Professor, Dr. Sarah Barnhard was chosen by UC Davis Health’s Information Technology group as their 2017 Hospital & Specialty Physician Champion of the Year for her leadership in the implementation of the Mediware HCLL Transfusion Module, the transition to the new Factor Xa test for heparin monitoring, and for developing the strategy and criteria for the Transfusing Wisely program to ensure effective ordering of red blood cells.

Our pathology course for medical students, PMD 410, is once again ranked by students as number one among all 25 preclinical courses for the 2016-2017 academic year.  General Pathology and/or Systemic Pathology has occupied the top two rankings for each of the past three years.

January 19, 2018
On January 22, 2018, Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yvonne Wan, chaired a session on Human Disease and spoke on "Bile Acids are the Intrinsic Links for Western Diet to Induce NASH" at the Bilateral Joint Symposium on the Genome, Glycome, and Microbiome of Plants and Animals co-sponsored by UC Davis and Taiwan's Academia Sinica.

The department hosted five South Korean students studying clinical laboratory science at Jinju University for a two-week experience, January 15-26, 2018.

Assistant professor, Dr. Sarah Barnhard, received the 2017 Hospital and Physician Champion of the Year Award from the UC Davis Health’s Information Technology team for her contributions implementing the new blood bank lab information system, transitioning to the new anti-Xa test for heparin testing, and for developing strategy and criteria for the Transfusing Wisely program.

December 14, 2017
Chair Emeritus, Dr. Robert Cardiff is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Emeritus Professor Award from the UC Davis Emeriti Association.

Undergraduate Aman Zadran and his mentor, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Kost, received the inaugural Best Poster Award at UC Davis’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in November.  Their poster “Globally Optimizing Public Health Resilience Through Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases: Implementation for Prevention and Intervention in Vietnam” was supported in part by a UC Davis Undergraduate International Travel Award.

November 27, 2017
Dr. Richard Levenson, Professor and Vice Chair of Strategic Technology, will give a webinar for Photonics Media on “The MUSE Microscope for Advancing Light Microscopy” on 1/16/2017.  The novel MUSE microscope was developed at UC Davis.

The Heme Quiz App developed by Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Hooman Rashidi is now available on iTunes in over 30 languages. This new app is a complement to Dr. Rashidi's famous on-line Hematology Outlines Atlas which is considered the gold standard for board preparation in hematology.  Sixteen UC Davis faculty and residents contributed content to this app.

November 17, 2017
Residency and fellowship alumnus, Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres, is the inaugural recipient of the Raymond Zastrow Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists. Dr. Martinez-Torres completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1993, and forensic fellowship in 1994.

Department Chair Dr. Lydia Howell received the Papanicolaou Award and delivered the Papanicolaou Address at the American Society of Cytopathology’s 65th annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ, November 10-13, 2017.  The Papanicolaou Award is the society’s highest honor and is presented annually to a physician or PhD member in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology.

November 6, 2017

Associate professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer was a speaker at the Sacramento Brain Freeze event on a November 4, 2017. This “polar plunge” event raises awareness and resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, and is hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society.

Associate professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented three posters at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in New Orleans, October 31-November 5, 2017: “Histologic Findings on Time-Zero Allograft Biopsies Correlate with Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) and 30-Day Serum Creatinine”, “Variable Presentation and Histologic Findings in JC Nephropathy”, “Predominantly Vascular AL Amyloidosis Mimicking Vascular Hyalinosis on Renal Biopsy: A Diagnostic Pitfall”.

On October 27, 2017, two pathologist alumni of UC Davis School of Medicine medical school and residency program were honored by the Alumni Association.  Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education, Dr.Regina Gandour-Edwards, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dr. Jose Galvez, Chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Biomedical Translational Research Information System, received the Transformational Leadership Award.

Resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani gave a platform presentation on dermatopathology applications of the UCD-developed MUSE microscope at the American Society of Dermatopathology's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on October 26-29, 2017.

October 11, 2017

Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing Dr. Nam Tran hosted the first annual Sacramento Valley Point of Care Testing annual meeting at UC Davis Medical Center on October 12, 2017.

Associate Professor Dr. James Chan presented "Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) based detection of small molecule interactions with amyloid beta" at the SCIX Conference in Reno, NV, 10/8-13.

Two posters from our GI pathology team were featured at the College of American Pathologists’ Annual Meeting  in Washington DC, October 8-11, 2017. Assistant professor Dr. Karen Matsukuma presented “ Triaging Patients with Advanced Gastroesophageal/Gastric Adenocarcinoma for Trastuzumab Therapy:  Is Her2 Immunostaining Enough?”  Assistant professor Dr. Dorina Gui was the senior author on poster “Autologous Graft vs Host Disease Involving the Gastrointestinal Tract Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.”  Co-authors included resident Dr. Dongguang Wu, associate professor Dr. Kristin Olson, and molecular lab supervisor Sandy Hatcher.

Resident Dr. Andy Jones and Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Barnhard presented a poster “Auto Anti-E in a Case of a Two-Month Old Male: A Case of IPEX” at the American Association of Blood Banks’ annual meeting in San Diego, October 7-10, 2017.

Resident Dr. George Gao is the recipient of a Trainee Travel Award from the California Society of Pathologists (CSP) to attend their annual meeting in San Francisco, 11/28-12/2.   At the meeting, he will get to meet with the CSP President, attend the Business Meeting/Legislative Update and Trainee Mixer, and more.

September 19, 2017

Professor Dr. Hwai-Jong Cheng received a new R01 award for $312,000 for his project “Neuronal Integration of Newborn Granule Cells in Aged Brains.”  Dr. Cheng is a member of UCD’s Center for Neuroscience, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences.

Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin will lead the neuropathology studies in a newly funded $13 million multi-center project “Epidemiology of Age-related Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Brain Pathology in a Multiethnic Cohort of Oldest-Old”.  Funded by a R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging, investigators from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and UC Irvine will work with project leader Dr. Rachel Whitmer at Kaiser Foundation Research Institute.  The goal is to redefine knowledge of dementia and brain pathology in the oldest-old, provide new insights into early life risk and protective factors, uncover etiological underpinnings, and provide a framework for future studies of prevention of late-onset dementia and cognitive impairment in a multiethnic cohort.

September 14, 2017
Chair Dr. Lydia Howell visited the University of Minnesota on September 12-14, 2017.  She was a Visiting Scholar for the Women in Leadership Program and spoke on “Creating an Academic Culture for Success: Finding from a Four-Year NIH-Funded Career Flexibility Study.”  She also gave a grand rounds so the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on “Growing Our Own in Academic Pathology: Faculty Development, Leadership and Diversity.”

Associate professor Dr. Christopher Polage was honored as a Choosing Wisely Champion and participated in the panel discussion “Choosing Wisely Champions Bring Collaboration Center Stage: Influencing Practices and Demonstrating Outcomes” on September 8, 2017 at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

On September 7, 2017, resident Dr. Ananya Datta Mitra presented a poster “B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Aberrant T-cell (CD-5) Expression:  A Rare Entity” at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi gave a presentation “Integrating Technology Tools into Medical Education” at UCLA on August 28, 2017.  He will be giving a repeat performance at the University of Florida, Jacksonville on September 18, 2017.

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