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 2018 - 2019 recipient of The Chandler Award is: Dr. Rebecca Kunak

Rebecca Kunak                                                                                                  

We would like to congratulate Dr. Rebecca Kunak for winning the 2019 A. Bleakley Chandler, MD Resident Award for Excellence in Pathology. Dr. Kunak began her pathology residency in July of 2016 after completing a year of surgery training and will graduate in June of 2020. During her time at our institution, she has displayed great skills in teaching, service, research, and leadership. Her true dedication to optimal patient care is evidence daily by her application of medical knowledge, exceptional efficiency, work ethic, and willingness to serve. She has presented numerous posters at national meetings, and a recent oral platform resulted in a 2nd place award for her efforts. In addition, she has published several articles in peer-reviewed publications. After graduation, she will complete a Hematopathology fellowship at University of New Mexico.

RCMS Award

James R. Lyle Resident Research Award

Dr. Rebecca Kunak received 2nd prize in platform presentation for her research at the annual Richmond County Medical Society meeting.

Mr. Lyle served as the executive director of the Richmond County Medical Society from 1978 until his passing in 2007. He was very dedicated to organized medicine. This is an annual oral platform research competition which is held in his honor. The event gives residents an opportunity to present original research as well as provide continuing medical education credit to the physicians of Richmond County.

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 2018 - 2019 recipient of the Stephen C. Peiper Award is: Dr. Thomas (Zach) Thompson

Zach Thompson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

We would like to congratulate Dr. Thomas Thompson (Zach) for winning the 2019 Peiper Award. Dr. Thompson began his residency in July of 2016 after earning his MD from the Medical College of Georgia and will graduate from the residency training program in June of 2020. Dr. Thompson has a true passion for research and has shown excellent productivity during his residency. He has presented numerous posters at national meetings in addition to several publications. Dr. Thompson's exemplary knowledge in pathology and passion for Transfusion Medicine fuels his academic success. After graduation, he will complete a Transfusion Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

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 2018 - 2019 recipient of the Faculty Award is: Dr. Nikhil Patel

Dr. Patel                                                                                                    

We would like to congratulate Dr. Nikhil Patel for being awarded the Faculty teaching award as voted by the residents for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Dr. Patel has shown a significant dedication towards resident education in his lectures, unknown lectures, and sign-out sessions. He has a great ability in pointing out the fundamental details one must use in approaching a case.  Additionally, it is clear that he listens to and incorporates resident feedback into his lectures to better respond to the residents individual learning styles. He received his medical degree at the N.D.M.V.P.S Medical college in India.  He pathology training includes the University of Florida, East Carolina Brody School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Patel currently is assistant professor and director of cytopathology.

 

2018 - 2019 Resident Scholarly Activity

Below is the master list of scholarly activities from all Pathology Housestaff Members in the past academic year (2018-2019). For the upcoming 2019 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

Mara Banks

Banks M, Shikle J. Hyperhemolysis Syndrome in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2018;142(11):1425-1427.

Alex Clavijo

Fang J, Kornfield A, Clavijo A, Vyas S, Byrd JK, Schroeder C, Bates WB, Kleven D. Clear Cell Myoepithelial Carcinoma Arising from the Hard Palate with Metastasis to the Lungs. Case Rep Pathol. 2019;3863270.

Clavijo A, Fallaw D, Coule P,  Singh G. Communication of Critical Laboratory Values: Optimization of the Process Through Imprivata (Cortex). Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. Salt Lake City, Utah. May, 2019.

Clavijo A, Waseem B, Bryan L, Savage NM. Diagnostic dilemmas in B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nemshah Y, Clavijo A, Sharma G.  Amyloid Heart Disease.  US Cardiology Review. 2018;12(2):113–118.

Intisar Ghleilib

Ghleilib I, Badin K, Hambrick J, Jillella A, Savage NM. CD25 in B lymphoblastic leukemia. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Saleh Heneidi

Robinson RL, Sharma A, Bai S, Heneidi S, Lee TJ, Kodeboyina SK, Patel N, Sharma S. Comparative STAT3-regulated Gene Expression Profile in Renal Cell Carcinoma Subtypes. Front Oncol. 2019.

Daigle HJ, Oh JS, Heneidi S, Spartz H, Kruse EJ. Incisional Malignant Evolution of Pancreatic Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm. Am Surg. 2018;84(9):e398-e400. PMID: 30454512.

Heneidi S, Bloomer C, Ahluwalia P, Mondal A, Kolhe R. Investigating Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells (MDSC) Gene Expression in Predicting Outcome in Stage Matched Colorectal Cancer Patients. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Atlanta, GA. April, 2019.

Heneidi S, Mondal A, Pundkar C, Chaubey A, Kolhe RB. Evaluation of Atypical Lipomatous tumors (ALT) on Small Biopsies: Is MDM2 FISH Enough? Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) & Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation of Evaluation of ALT. Our Experience of 50 Histologically Challenging Cases. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. National Harbor, Maryland. March, 2019.

Heneidi S, Larsen R, Imran A, Locke B, Savage NM. HIV associated EBV positive lymphoproliferative disorder presenting as diverticulitis. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Rebecca Kunak

Larsen RL, Kleven D, Ghamande S, Chaubey A, Mondal A, Pundkar C, Kolhe R. Utility of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) and Targeted Mutation Analysis in Resolving the Dilemma of Synchronous vs. Metastatic Carcinomas of the Endometrium and Ovary/Fallopian tube. Richmond County Medical Society. Augusta, Georgia. April, 2019.

Larsen RL, Savage NM. How I Investigate Eosinophilia. Int J of Lab Hem. 2018;1-9.

Won Lee

Edelmayer L, Ito C, Lee WS, Kimbrough J, Kountakis SE, Byrd JK. Conversion to Chronic Invasive Fungal Sinusitis From Allergic Fungal Sinusitis in Immunocompetence. Laryngoscope. 2019;00:1–4.

Lee WS, Singh G. Serum Free Light Chain Assay in Monoclonal Gammopathic Manifestations. Laboratory Medicine 2019;XX:1–9.

LeeWS, Singh G.  Serum Free Light Chains in Neoplastic Monoclonal Gammopathies: Relative Under-Detection of Lambda Dominant Kappa/Lambda Ratio, and Underproduction of Free Lambda Light Chains, as Compared to Kappa Light Chains, in Patients With Neoplastic Monoclonal Gammopathies. J Clin Med Res. 2018;10(7): 562–569.

Gani I, Doroodchi A, Falkenstrom K, Berry H, Lee WS, Mulloy L, Saeed M, Kapoor R. Gastric Mucormycosis in a Renal Transplant Patient Treated with Isavuconazole Monotherapy. Case Rep Transplant. 2019; Article ID 9839780.

Lee WS, Caponetti GC. Kimura Disease in a Caucasian Male.  Society for Hematopathology/European Association for Hematopathology Workshop. Phoenix, Arizona. September, 2019.

Diana Metry

Metry D, Banks M, Ahmad I, Pantin J, Savage NM. Familial Platelet Disorder and RUNX1 Mutation with Development of B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Metry D, Ghleilib I, Nwogbo O, Kavuri S, Sharma S, Alsaied A, Biddinger P. Laryngeal Allergic Mucoid Impaction in Bilateral False Vocal Cords. American Society of Clinical Pathology. Baltimore, Maryland. October 2018.

Okechukwu Nwogbo

Nwogbo OJV, Larsen RM, Ameri A, Savage, NM. Pseudo-Gaucher Cells in Association with Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nwogbo OJV, Wang G, Johnson B, Mondal A, Pundkar C, Chaubey A, Sharma S, Kolhe R.  Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) and Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation of Histologically Equivocal Adrenal Cortical Neoplasm. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nwogbo OJV, Wang G, Johnson B, Mondal A, Pundkar C, Chaubey A, Kavuri S, Sharma S, Kolhe R.  Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) and Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation of Cytologically Challenging Case of Mesothelioma. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nwogbo OJV, Wang G, Johnson B, Mondal A, Pundkar C, Chaubey A, Kavuri S, Kolhe R.  Utility of Whole Genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray (SNPM) and Targeted Somatic Mutations in Evaluation of Cytologically Bland but Clinically Worrisome Lipomatous Lesion on a Core Biopsy. College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nwogbo OJV, Yeh J, Allen S, Tinsley S, Bollag R, Jillella A. Evaluation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Collection Parameters: Does Increased Yield Improve Quality? American Association of Blood Banks. Boston, Massachusetts. October, 2018.

Matt Powell

Powell M, Patel N, Ray C, Pantin J, Savage N. An Unusual Cause of Vaginal Bleeding.  College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018.

Nathan Ryan

Ryan N, Nawaz M, Locke B, Savage NM. Unusual morphologic and immunophenotypic progression of follicular lymphoma after acquisition of MYC College of American Pathologists. Chicago, Illinois. October, 2018

Thomas (Zach) Thompson

Thompson TZ, Larsen RL, Savage NM, Agarwal S, Chazelle J, Singh G. Intraoperative Monitoring of Heparin: Comparison of Activated Coagulation Time and Whole Blood Heparin Measurements by Different Point-of-Care Devices with Heparin Concentration by Laboratory-Performed Plasma Anti-Xa Assay. Laboratory Medicine 2019;XX:1–9.

Patel KB, Gaidis A, Stephens A, Thompson TZ, Williams H, Rungruang B. A Report of Bell’s Palsy Triggered by Leptomeningeal Metastases from Recurrent High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2018;19:26:82-86.

Thompson TZ, Allen S, Jajosky R, Singh G, Shikle J. 2019 Appropriate Utilization of Apheresis: A Critical Review of Apheresis Procedures Declined by the Medical Director. American Society of Apheresis. Portland, Oregon. May, 2019.

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