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 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 a personalized plaque.

The 2019 - 2020 recipient of The Chandler Award is: Dr. Thomas (Zach) Thompson

Thomas Thompson                                                                                                  

Dr. Thomas Thompson (Zach) has received the A. Bleakley Chandler award for excellence in academic pathology for the 2019-2020 academic year. He obtained his BS in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University followed by his MD at MCG where he was inducted into AOA. He graduated from our AP/CP residency training program in June of 2020 and will pursue two fellowships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN: Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy. During his residency in excelled in teaching, scholarly activity, clinical service, leadership and collegiality. We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Thompson'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 2019 - 2020 recipients of the Stephen C. Peiper Award are: Dr. Alex Clavijo & Dr. Saleh Heneidi

Alex Clavijo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr. Alex Clavijo has received the Stephen Peiper award for excellence in research for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Clavijo obtained his BS in psychology at Rutgers University followed by a medical degree at the American University of the Caribbean. He graduated from our AP/CP residency training program in June of 2020 and is pursuing cytopathology training at MUSC. During his time at our training program, he was actively involved in scholarly activity. In the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Clavijo contributed to clinical laboratory quality improvement through two peer-reviewed publications in PubMed listed journals. He was the first author on both of these publications. One publication was presented to the national AACC meeting. This article was chosen by the Journal for continuing education credits. The second publication was chosen as a podcast and a platform presentation at the annual meeting of ACLPS. We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Clavjo's accomplishments and look forward to seeing his future successes. 

Saleh Heneidi

Dr. Saleh Heneidi has received the Stephen Peiper award for excellence in research for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Heneidi obtained his MD from the Medical College of Georgia. He will graduate from our AP/CP residency training program in June of 2021 and is pursuing molecular pathology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to his residency training and during his time at our training program, he was actively involved in scholarly activity. In the 2019-2020 academic year,  Dr. Heneidi contributed significantly to scholarly pursuits. He had a poster presentation at the USCAP national meeting regarding gender differences in melanoma, demonstrating a novel cluster of genes homozygously deleted in roughly 5% of men with more invasive cancer. He had a poster presentation at the Association for Molecular Pathology regarding molecular evaluation of pancreatic and bile duct cytology. Next, he had a peer-reviewed publication in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences regarding a novel 4-gene signature in colorectal cancer. Finally, he had a poster presentation at the national CAP meeting regrading the molecular evaluation of melanoma which resulted in a 5th place finish overall for top Junior Member abstracts. We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Heneidi's accomplishments and look forward to seeing his future successes. 

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 2019 - 2020 recipient of the Faculty Award is: Dr. Lakshmi Vemavarapu

Dr. Vemavarapu                                                                                                    

We would like to congratulate Dr. Lakshmi Vemavarapu on receiving the 2019-2020 Faculty teaching award for her substantial contributions to resident education and mentoring. She has shown significant enthusiasm and dedication towards resident learning and professional development. Approaching each case as a learning opportunity, she stresses the importance of efficiency and professionalism, while taking care to consistently seek resident feedback and participation in active hands-on learning.  Dr. Vema is gifted in spotting potential weakness and working on it gently and attentively while encouraging and lifting each resident. She is currently an associate professor and the Chief of Anatomical Pathology at our affiliated VA Medical Center.

2019 - 2020 Resident Scholarly Activity

Below is the master list of scholarly activities from all Pathology Housestaff Members in the past academic year (2019-2020). For the upcoming 2020 Annual CAP meeting, our Department has an impressive 10 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

Alex Clavijo

Clavijo A, Ryan N, Xu H, Singh G. Measurement of monoclonal immunoglobulin protein concentration in serum protein electrophoresis: Comparison of automated versus manual/human readings. Submitted for publication.

Clavijo A, Fallaw D, Coule P,  Singh G. Communication of Critical Laboratory Values: Optimization of the process through Imprivata (Cortex).  Submitted for publication

Clavijo A, Ryan N, Xu H, Singh G. Measurement of monoclonal immunoglobulin protein concentration in serum protein electrophoresis: Comparison of automated versus manual/human readings. Poster Presentation.  To be presented at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2019.  Anaheim, California.

Epithelioid Hemangioma involving Acetabulum.  Alex Clavijo, MD1; Thomas Thompson, MD1; Kelly Homlar, MD2; Suash Sharma, MD.1Departments of 1Pathology and 2Orthopedic Surgery, Augusta University, AUGUSTA, Ga. To be presented at CAP 2019.

Saleh Heneidi

Heneidi S, Willhite D, Mondal A, Kolhe RB. Gender Differences in Cutaneous Melanoma and Potential Roles in Clinical Presentations and Outcomes. USCAP 109th Annual Meeting, Feb 2020, Los Angeles, CA.

Heneidi S, Kavuri S, Kolhe R. Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) and Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation of Pancreatic and Bile Duct Brushings with Atypical Cytopathology. Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting, November 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Ahluwalia P, Mondal AK, Bloomer C, Fulzele S, Jones K, Ananth S, Gahlay GK, Heneidi S, Rojiani AM, Kota V, R Kolhe. Identification and Clinical Validation of a Novel 4 Gene-Signature with Prognostic Utility in Colorectal Cancer. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(15), 3818.1. Ahluwalia P, Mondal AK, Bloomer C, Fulzele S, Jones K, Ananth S, Gahlay GK, Heneidi S, Rojiani AM, Kota V, R Kolhe.  Identification and Clinical Validation of a Novel 4 Gene-Signature with Prognostic Utility in Colorectal Cancer. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(15), 3818.

Kolhe R, Heneidi S, Kavuri S, Kota V, Mondal A. Evaluation Of Histologic Mimics of Melanoma: Is FISH Enough? Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray & Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation Of Histologic Mimics of Melanoma. Our Experience of 100 Histologically Challenging Cases. CAP19 The Pathologists’

Diana Kozman

Diana Kozman, Carlos R. Abramowsky, Janet Poulik, Pheven Dereje, Larisa Bondarenko, Jasmine Vickery, Stephen Dzul, Abdul Hanan & Bahig M. Shehata (2020) Pediatric Right Ventricular Cardiac Steatosis following Immunosuppressive Treatment, Fetal and Pediatric Pathology, DOI: 10.1080/15513815.2020.1728792

Diana Kozman, MD, Samantha Mattox, DO, Gurmukh Singh, MD, PhD, MBA, Serum Folate of Less than 7.0 ng/mL is a Marker of Malnutrition, Laboratory Medicine, , lmz101, https://doi.org/10.1093/labmed/lmz101

Metry D, Heneidi S, Lee W, Biddinger P, Kolhe R, Madi R, Kavuri S. Morphologically benign thyroid tissue presenting years later as renal metastasis; role of molecular pathology. (College of American Pathologists. Orlando, September 2019).

Metry D, Kunak R, Ullah A, Ghleilib I, Abboud R, Kleven D. Cronkhite-Canada syndrome, a case report. (College of American Pathologists. Orlando, September 2019).

Metry D, Clavijo A, Bunyapen C, White J. Rapidly deteriorating cardiomyopathy in a 25 weeks fetus with no known cause, an autopsy case revealing multiple rare congenital cardiac anomalies. (American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Phoenix, Arizona. September 2019).

Rebecca Kunak

Larsen RL, Allen S, Thompson TZ, Bollag R, Singh G. Challenges in Interpreting Multiple Monoclonal Bands on Serum Protein Electrophoresis and Serum Immunofixation Electrophoresis: an Illustrative Case Report. The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. 2019; 4(3): 455-459.

Kunak RL, Rojiani A, Savage NM. Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with PML-RARA. Academic Pathology. 2019; 1-6.

Kunak RL, Badin K, Bryan L, Savage NM. ALK-Negative Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma: A Rare Leukemic Presentation. College of American Pathologists. Orlando, Florida. September, 2019.

Kunak RL. Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction. College of American Pathologists Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Committee Participant Summary Report and Educational Activity. Survey VBS-A. Northfield, IL 2020.

Kunak RL. Beta thalassemia trait and concordant iron deficiency. College of American Pathologists Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Committee Participant Summary Report and Educational Activity. Survey KP-C 2019. Northfield, IL 2019.

Samantha Mattox

Mattox SN, Ullah A, Clavijo A, Kunak RL, Nwogbo OJV, Ghleilib I, McMullen A, Savage NM. Atypical Gamma-Delta T-cell Reaction in a Case of Listeria Meningitis. College of American Pathologists. Orlando, Florida. September, 2019.

Mattox SN, Velasquez LA, Ullah A, Kunak RL, Heneidi S, Biddinger P, Kavuri S. Oncocytic Papillary Cystadenoma, an Unusual Variant Presenting as Laryngeal Ventricular Cyst. College of American Pathologists. Orlando, Florida. September, 2019.

Mattox SN, Ullah A, Clavijo A, Velasquez LA, Ghleilib I, Kozman DM, Savage NM, Patel N. Diagnostic Challenge of Large B cell Lymphoma of Pancreas on Cytology as a Primary Presentation. College of American Pathologists. Orlando, Florida. September, 2019.

Okechukwu Nwogbo

Nwogbo OJV, Juan Cintron Garcia , Thuy Le , Germame H. Ajebo, Sheila Tinsley, James Shikle: Stem Cell Mobilization Using Parathyroid Hormone Analog: A Single Institutional Review. Accepted for presentation at American Society for Apheresis, Annual Meeting 05/2020.

Nwogbo OJV, Walczak L, Kleven D, Kolhe R: Clinical Utility of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Microarray in evaluations of soft tissue lesions on Formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples vs Karyotype on blinded fresh samples in frozen room. Annual Meeting 09/2019

Nwogbo OJV, Waseem B, Bryan L, Savage NM: Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma with Blastoid Morphology, mimicking Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Accepted for presentation at College of American Pathology, Annual Meeting. September 2019.

Thomas (Zach) Thompson

Thompson, TZ., McMullen, AR. Group A Streptococcus Testing in Pediatrics: The Move to Point of Care Molecular Testing. Accepted for Publication on 03/05/2020.

Asad Ullah

Ullah A. Velasquez ZL. Mattox SN. Metry D. Heneidi SG. Sharma S. Kleven D; Novel Driver Mutation of YWHAE Gene Amplification Identified in High Grade Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma. CAP19, The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2019, Orlando, FL.

Ullah A. Mattox SN. Clavijo A. Velasquez ZL. Nwogbo OV. Ameri A. Savage N; Distinguishing Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Posttransplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder from Other Types of Posttransplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders. CAP19, The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2019, Orlando, FL.

Ullah A. Heneidi SG. Kolhe R. White J; SNP‐Microarray Molecular Analysis of Hepatoblastoma Discovered on Autopsy of Infant with Trisomy 18. CAP19, The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2019, Orlando, FL.

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