Departmental Awards

A. Bleakley Chandler, MD Resident Award for Academic Excellence in Pathology

The Chandler Award honors Dr. A. Bleakley Chandler, who for 50 years served as a member of the faculty, which included 25 years as Chair, 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 Chair of the Department in the form of a monetary Award and a personalized plaque.

The 2020 - 2021 recipient of The Chandler Award is: Dr. Okechukwu Valentine Nwogbo

Okechukwu Nwogbo                                                                                                  

Dr. O. Valentine Nwogbo received the A. Bleakley Chandler award for excellence in academic pathology for the 2020-2021 academic year. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria.  He graduated from our AP/CP residency training program in June of 2021 and is pursuing a hematopathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston, Tx.  During his residency, he in excelled in teaching, scholarly activity, clinical service, leadership, and collegiality. He was a constant advocate for his junior residents and optimal patient care. We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Nwogbo’s accomplishments and look forward to seeing his future successes. 

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 a personalized plaque.

The 2020 - 2021 recipient of the Stephen C. Peiper Award is: Dr. Okechukwu Valentine Nwogbo

Okechukwu Nwogbo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr. O. Valentine Nwogbo also received the Stephen Peiper award for excellence in research for the 2020-2021 academic year.  During his time at our training program, he was actively involved in scholarly activity. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Nwogbo contributed to medical literature with many peer-reviewed publications in PubMed listed journals.  In addition to contributing to two interesting case reports in anatomic pathology, he was the first author on three different clinical pathology articles.  He published articles on laboratory findings in obesity and difficulties in interpretation of immunofixation electrophoresis findings in the setting of light chain myeloma.  He also published an institutional review in Blood analyzing stem cell mobilization using parathyroid hormone analog.  We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Nwogbo’s scholarly activity and look forward to seeing his future scholarly pursuits as he continues his education and career in hematopathology. 

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 2020 - 2021 recipient of the Faculty Award is: Dr. Joseph White

Dr. White                                                                                                    

We would like to congratulate Dr. Joe White on receiving the 2020-2021 Faculty teaching award for his substantial contributions to resident education and mentoring. He shows significant enthusiasm and dedication towards resident learning and professional development.  Dr. White takes an active role in teaching the residents and never misses an opportunity to review a case with a resident or medical student.  Dr. White is also a forensic pathologist and spends a significant portion of his time teaching residents the many aspects of autopsy pathology.  He is currently an assistant professor and the medical director of autopsy services at Augusta University.  He is also co-director of the Augusta University forensic pathology fellowship at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

2020 - 2021 Resident Scholarly Activity

Below is the master list of scholarly activities from all Pathology Housestaff Members in the past academic year (2020-2021). For the upcoming 2021 Annual CAP meeting, our Department has an impressive 6 posters accepted. The Department is proud of the 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 provides amble time and resources to promote these endeavors including funds to attend National Meetings where original research is being presented as well as funds to conduct research.

Resident                                        

Activity

Intisar Ghleilib

Ghleilib I, Barrett A. HER2 in gastrointestinal malignancies. Georgia Association of Pathology Newsletter (submitted).

Saleh Heneidi

Hudgi A, Zandu M, Heneidi S, Le T, Krutchik AN. A rare case of adenosquamous variant of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. American College of Gastroenterology. Nashville, Tennessee. October 2020.

Heneidi S, Willhite D, Mondal A, Kolhe RB. Gender differences in cutaneous melanoma: MUC16 (CA-125) mutations occur more often in men, and mutated cases are associated with better survival. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

YWHAE Amplified endometrial stromal sarcoma; a novel pleomorphic and aggressive subtype. Georgia Associations of Pathologists. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2020.

Diana Kozman

Kozman D, Nwogbo O, Ullah A, Patel N. Isolated granulomatous glossitis, a rare case report. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Austin, Texas. September 2020.

Kozman D, Heneidi S, Ullah A, Ghleilib I, Dykes T, Vermavarapu L. Urinary bladder transitional cell carcinoma with chordoid features –a rare entity. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Austin, Texas. September 2020.

Okechukwu Nwogbo

Nwogbo OV, Jin Y, Sliker T, Willhite D, Singh G. Analysis of multiple bands on serum protein immunofixation electrophoresis: challenge in interpretation of clonality in a patient with light chain–predominant multiple myeloma. Lab Med 2021 (online ahead of print).

Nwogbo OJV, Cintron Garcia J, Le T, Ajebo GH, Tinsley S, Shikle J. Stem cell mobilization using parathyroid hormone analog: a single institutional review. Blood 136 (Supplement 1):22–23.

Nwogbo OV, Ullah A, Singh G. Obesity paradox: laboratory findings in uncomplicated obesity. Is bias a plausible explanation? J Appl Lab Med 2021. 6(1):113-118.

Sahajpal NS, Mondal AK, Ananth S, …, Nwogbo OJ, et al. Clinical performance and utility of a comprehensive next-generation sequencing DNA panel for the simultaneous analysis of variants, TMB and MSI for myeloid neoplasms. PLoS One 2020; 15(10): e0240976.

Saeed MI, Stephens R, Nwogbo O, Gani IY, Kapoor R, Doroodchi A. Cytomegalovirus pancreatitis in an immunocompetent patient. ID Cases 2020. 22:e00932.

Sahajpal NS, Mondal A, Ahluwalia M, , Okechukwu N, et al. Clinical utility of comprehensive genomic pathway and integrated network analyses in personalized oncology. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2020. 38:15 suppl, e14051-e14051.

Samantha Mattox

Mattox SN, Kozman DM, Singh G. Serum folate of ≤ 7.0 ng/mL is a marker of malnutrition. Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. June 2020 (virtual).

Mattox SN, Kozman D, Singh G. Serum folate of less than 7.0 ng/mL is a marker of malnutrition. Lab Med 2020; 1;51(5):507-511.

Mattox SN, Ullah A, Willhite D, Sliker T, Kolhe R, White J. Rare cardiac myofibroblastic tumor with a novel FN1‐ROS1 College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Asad Ullah

Ullah A, Munagala R, Singh K, Mishra P, Kozman D, Mattox SN, Keshavamurhty J, Patel N. Small cell carcinoma of the lung in a patient with previously treated synchronous adenocarcinoma and squamous cell Lung India 2021. 38(3):263-265.

Ullah A, Munagala R, Batt , Mattox SN, Vemavarapu LK, Keshavamurth Primary neurosarcoidosis mimicking gallbladder   pathology.   Current   Health   Sciences   Journal. DOI: 10.12865/CHSJ.47.01.18

Ullah A, Doroodchi A, Velasquez ZL, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Owen HC, Willhite D, Rajphurohit S, Patel NG, Hatley R. Metastatic neuroblastoma presenting as a submandibular mass with mandibular bone involvement in a three-year-old child. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021. 18(8):4157.

Ullah A, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Palacious GA, Byrd K, Abdelsayed R, Kavuri S. Juvenile aggressive ossifying fibroma of paranasal sinuses: unusual presentation in an 18-year-old Journal of Head and Neck Surgery 2021. 2(1):96-100.

Ullah A, Khan R, Khan J, Panezai MS, Kakar AK, Zarak MS: Microalbuminuria in type 2 diabetes mellitus and glycemic Archives of Nephrology and Urology 2020. 3:005-016.

Ullah A, Mikail N, Kozman D, Belew D, Mattox SN, Madi R, Patel N. Clear cell renal cell carcinoma with eyelid metastasis: a rare case report. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Ullah A, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Palacious GA, Byrd K. Abdelsayed R, Kavuri S: Juvenile aggressive ossifying fibroma of paranasal sinuses: unusual presentation in an 18-year-old female. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Ullah A, Doroodchi A, Velasquez ZL, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Owen J, Willhite D, Hatley R, Patel N. Submandibular swelling: initial presentation of metastatic neuroblastoma. American Society of Clinical Pathology. Austin, Texas. September 2020.

Ullah A, Sinkler M, Wehrle CJ, Mattox SN, Heneidi SG, White J. Primary pleural angiosarcoma with extensive and rapid metastasis to brain and bilateral adrenal glands. American Society of Clinical Pathology meeting. Austin, Texas. September 2020.

Ullah A, Wehrle CJ, Sinkler M, Heneidi SG, Klassen Z, Biddinger P, Nichols F, Wallace G, Kruse EJ, Patel NG. Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis secondary to mixed non-seminomatous germ cell tumors. American Society of Clinical Pathology meeting. American Society of Clinical Pathology meeting. Austin, Texas. September 2020.

Yulan Jin

Jin YL, Nikhil S. Sahajpal, Ashis Mondal, Allan Njau, et al. Whole genome optical mapping characterization of a complex case of myelodysplastic syndrome. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Hudgi A, Doshi S, Perry IE, Jin Y, Ellison SB. A case of “candy cane” esophagus. American College of Gastroenterology. October 2020 (virtual).

Taylor Sliker

Sliker T, Ullah A, Mattox SN, Willhite D, Biddinger P, Savage N, White J. Rare case of lipofibromatosis-like neural tumor in a 50-year-old male. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

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