Departmental Awards

Bleakley Chandler, MD Resident Award for Academic Excellence in Pathology

The Chandler Award honors Dr. Bleakley Chandler, who for 50 years served as a member of the faculty, which included 25 years as Chairman, in the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Chandler, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, epitomizes the intent of the award in that he distinguished himself in teaching, service, research, and leadership. All members of the current housestaff and teaching faculty evaluate eligible residents for excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, clinical service, leadership, and collegiality. The award is presented at the graduation ceremony by the Chairman of the Department in the form of a monetary award and plaque.

The 2016 - 2017 recipient of The Chandler Award is: Dr. Abric Rosengrant

abric rosengrant                                                                                                     

 We would like to congratulate Dr. Abric Rosengrant for winning the 2017 Chandler Award. Dr. Rosengrant began his residency in July of 2013 and graduated in June of 2017.  During his time at our institution, he displayed great skills in lab management and leadership.  In his Chief year (2016-2017), he completed an impressive project regarding improving the phlebotomy procedure in the Emergency Room, which effectively changed policy.  He is currently completing a cytopathology fellowship at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA.

Stephen C. Peiper, MD HouseStaff Award for Excellence in Pathology Research

This Award honors Stephen C. Peiper, MD, who for 6 years served as a member of the Pathology Faculty and Chairman of the Department. Residents who displayed excellence in research are recognized with this Award. The criteria for selection is based on many factors including overall research design, hypothesis, and impact on human clinical disease. The Award is presented at the graduation ceremony by the Chairman of the Department in the form of a monetary award and plaque.

The 2016 - 2017 recipients of the Stephen C. Peiper Award are: Dr. Joanna Chaffin and Dr. Shikhar Vyas

Dr. Joanna Chaffin Dr. Shikhar Vyas

Dr. Joanna Chaffin completed her residency in June of 2017, which included a Chief year (2016-2017). She has been recognized for her strong diagnostic skills and effectiveness as well timeliness in research.  During her time at our institution, she published three separate book chapters regarding myeloid and lymphoid neoplasms associated with eosinophilia and was the first author to various research projects including work on investigating the molecular mechanism of aggressive systemic mastocytosis. Dr. Chaffin is currently completing a Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellowship at the University of Florida, which will be followed by a Hematopathology Fellowship.


Dr. Shikhar Vyas began his residency in our Program in July of 2014 and is a current Chief Resident, who has shown significant skills in group dynamics, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, and teaching throughout his residency.  His current research, involving the location of monoclonal peaks in serum protein electrophoresis, has won him various awards including the Gerald R. Cooper Travel Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the ASCP 2017 Annual Meeting Resident Travel Scholarship. After completing his residency, Dr. Vyas will complete a Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.

 

Faculty Recognition for Outstanding Academic and Professional Contributions to the Pathology Residency Program

This Award honors a Faculty member who demonstrates outstanding teaching and devotion to resident success. Nominees are picked and voted on by the housestaff near the end of the academic year. The Award is presented at the graduation ceremony by the Chairman of the Department in the form of a personalized plaque.

The 2016 - 2017 recipient of the Faculty Award is: Dr. Gurmukh Singh

Dr. Savage and Dr. Singh                                                                       

We would like to congratulate Dr. Singh for his significant contributions to resident education and success this past academic year. Dr. Singh has shown a significant amount of enthusiasm and dedication towards resident learning. He has gone above and beyond to ensure residents understand fundamental concepts in laboratory management.  Beyond teaching textbook facts, Dr. Singh’s approach to teaching enables residents to learn how to become successful laboratory directors in their future endeavors.  Dr. Singh’s hobbies include reading Henry’s and lunchtime.

In the picture: Dr. Savage, Program Director, with Dr. Singh, recipient of the Faculty Recognition for Outstanding Academic and Professional Contributions to the Pathology Residency Program

 

2016 - 2017 Resident Scholarly Activity

Below is the master list of all scholarly activities from all Pathology Residents in the past academic year (2016-2017).  This year the residents have set a Departmental record for most CAP submissions ever with 12 total posters accepted. The Department is proud of the impressive research completed by the Faculty and Housestaff. Essentially it is required that all Housestaff be scholarly productive to ensure their development of the skills for lifelong learning and can secure competitive fellowships. The department provide amble time and resources to promote these endeavors including funds to attend National Meetings where original research is being presented and funds to conduct research.

Resident

Activity

Alex Clavijo                                                                                           

Clavijo A, Homlar K, Sharma S. Role of NKX2.2 immunopositivity in the diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma and Ewing-like sarcoma. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Clavijo A, Heneidi S, Lee W, Ameri A, Savage NM. Anterior mediastinal myeloid sarcoma: A rare presentation and possible prognostic indicator. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).
Rebecca Larsen

Larsen RL, Patel N, McDonough CH, Johnson TS, Savage NM. Rare case of Richter transformation to two different types of high grade lymphoma during the course of the disease. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Larsen RL, Toscano MP, Bryan LJ, Savage NM. Mixed phenotypic acute leukemia, T/myeloid, NOS Presenting as a mediastinal mass in a child. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Larsen RL, Thompson TZ, Kutlar A, Shikle JF, Savage NM. Potential reduction in exchange frequency with hydroxyurea in hemoglobin Mizuho. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Thompson TZ, Larsen RL, Savage NM, Shikle JF. A case of mixed-type autoimmune hemolytic anemia with a complex autoantibody specificity including a Ficin sensitive cold agglutinin and a warm autoanti-e treated with therapeutic plasma exchange. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Nathan Ryan

Ryan NE, Savage NM, Toscano M, Kleven D, Pantin J, Kavuri S. You don’t always get what you “Pap” for: A rare presentation of classical Hodgkin lymphoma. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Zach Thompson

Thompson TZ, Larsen RL, Savage NM, Shikle JF. A case of mixed-type autoimmune hemolytic anemia with a complex autoantibody specificity including a Ficin sensitive cold agglutinin and a warm autoanti-e treated with therapeutic plasma exchange. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Larsen RL, Thompson TZ, Kutlar A, Shikle JF, Savage NM. Potential reduction in exchange frequency with hydroxyurea in hemoglobin Mizuho. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Jajosky R, Thompson TZ, Floyd M, Shikle J. Retrospective analysis of PLASMIC in diagnosing (RAPID) TTP. American Society of Apheresis. Fort Lauderdale, FL. 2017.

Won Lee

Clavijo A, Heneidi S, Lee W, Ameri A, Savage NM. Anterior mediastinal myeloid sarcoma: A rare presentation and possible prognostic indicator. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Lee W, Kolhe R, Sharma S. Diffuse astrocytoma WHO grade II with novel MYCN amplification. To be presented in AANP 2017 (Garden Grove, CA).

Lee W, Pundkar C, Mondal A, Chaffin J, Kornfield A, Kolhe R. Investigating the role of Interferon alpha-inducible protein 27 (IFI27) in induction failure, treatment relapse and correlation with overall survival in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AMP November, 2016. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kolhe R, Pundkar C, Mondal A, Lee W, Chaubey A. Clinical utility of SNP microarray’s (SNPM) in recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) and infertility on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples versus karyotype on blinded samples. AMP November, 2016. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chaffin JM, Pundkar C, Mondal A, Kornfield A, Chaubey A, Lee W, Kolhe R. Investigating the molecular mechanism of aggressive systemic mastocytosis: Role of FN1 in aggressiveness. AMP November, 2016. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lee W, Kolhe R. Adrenocortical carcinosarcoma: A rare case report and literature review. CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lee W, Pantin J, Savage NM. Atypical chronic myeloid eukemia with SETBP1, CSF3R, & JAK2 mutations. CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lee W, Kolhe R. Granulomatous lobular mastitis: A rare case report with literature review.  CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lee W, Ye S, Pantin J, Savage NM. Acute promyelocytic leukemia with t(15;17)(q22;q12) with concordant CD4+ T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia. CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kolhe R, Lee W, Rosengrant A, Mondal A, Vyas S, Chaubey A. Utility of whole genome single nucleotide polymorphism microarray and targeted somatic mutations in evaluation of atypical lipomatous tumors. CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Matt Powell

Powell M, Savage N, Locke B, Dainer P, Natkunam Y, Jaffe E.  Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma with Hodgkin-like cells and subsequent progression to classical Hodgkin lymphoma: A rare Richter transformation.  To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Eriksen B, Powell M, Savage NM, Stansfield B, Mann P. Noonan syndrome presenting with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia-like picture in a preterm infant.  To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Powell M, Kolhe R, Sheehan D, Kleven D.  Immunohistochemical evaluation of infiltrative basal cell carcinomas.  American Society of Dermatopathology October, 2016.  Chicago, Illinois.

Powell M, Sheehan D, Sharma S.  Value of p40 in the diagnosis of spindle cell squamous cell carcinoma.  CAP September, 2016. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Powell M, Sheehan D, Kleven D.  Altered morphology and immunohistochemical characteristics in metastatic malignant melanoma after therapy with vemurafenib.  American Journal of Dermatopathology.  2016;38(9):e137-9.

Katrina Lancaster-Shorts

Lancaster-Shorts K, Chaffin JM, Savage NM.
http://atlasgeneticsoncology.org/ (Myeloid and lymphoid neoplasms with eosinophilia and abnormalities of PDGFRA and PDGFRB)

Shikhar Vyas

Vyas SG, Sportès C, Savage NM. Erdheim-Chester disease: A unique case with long term follow-up and subsequent development of concurrent lymphoma and trisomy 8. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Vyas SG, Singh G. Recording the location of monoclonal immunoglobulin for delta check and oligoclonal pattern identification. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Vyas SG, Kleven D, Sharma S. Novel CD30 and GATA3 staining in embryoid bodies: A case of mixed germ cell tumor with polyembryoma-like pattern. To be presented at CAP 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland).

Vyas SG, Singh G, Location of monoclonal peak as a tool in checking specimen integrity, Practical Laboratory Medicine 2017.(8): 49-51.
Joanna Chaffin Chaffin JM, Pundkar C, mondal A, Kornfield A, Chaubey A, Lee W, Kolhe R. Investigating the molecular mechanism of aggressive systemic mastocytosis: Role of FN1 in aggressiveness. AMP November, 2016. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chaffin JM, Lee JR, Rao SSC, Sharma SJ. Two cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction: A comparison of staining characteristics of enteric visceral myopathy with Hirschsprung disease. Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology 2016;24(8):e72-9.

Savage NM, Chaffin JM. Myeloid and Lymphoid Neoplasms with Eosinophilia. Atlas of Bone Marrow Pathology. Ed. Daniel Arber and Tracy George. Springer.

Savage NM, Chaffin JM. Myeloid and Lymphoid Neoplasms with Eosinophilia and Abnormalities of PDGFRA, PDGFRB, FGFR1, or t(8;9)(p22;p24.1);PCM1-JAK2. Precision Molecular Pathology of Myeloid Neoplasms. Ed. Jeff Chang and Robert Ohgami. Springer.

Lancaster-Shorts K, Chaffin JM, Savage NM.
http://atlasgeneticsoncology.org/ (Myeloid and lymphoid neoplasms with eosinophilia and abnormalities of PDGFRA and PDGFRB)

Abric Rosengrant Normotensive aldosteronism. AACE May 2017. Austin, Texas.

 

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