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  • Dr. Ritu Nayar, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent
    01.18.2018

    Dr. Ritu Nayar, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent Pathology at the National Cancer Policy Forum Workshop “Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies” to be held February 12-13, 2018.  

    This public workshop will examine strategies to ensure that patients have access to appropriate oncologic pathology and imaging expertise and technologies to inform their cancer diagnosis, treatment planning, assessment of treatment response, and oncologic surveillance. Potential strategies that will be explored include opportunities to develop and maintain a workforce with oncologic imaging and pathology competencies and the role of new technologies and models of care to improve access to this expertise. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:

    • Training needs for clinicians who interpret pathology and imaging results for patients with cancer.
    • Models of care that can improve patient access to cancer specialists in pathology and radiology and implications on patient outcomes and clinical practice.
    • Opportunities to enhance collaboration among pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists to improve diagnostic testing and treatment decision-making for patients with cancer.
    • Challenges and opportunities for technologies to facilitate improved diagnostic decision-making among specialists and generalists.
    •Potential role of new advances in imaging and pathology technologies to improve decision making for patients with cancer.
  • Cervical Cancer Screening- Are we Ready For Primary HPV Screening in the United States?
    01.17.2018

    Cervical Cancer Screening- Are we Ready For Primary HPV Screening in the United States?

    Ritu Nayar, MD, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Pathology, led the United States Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC), working closely with the Gynecologic Professional Organization’s (ASCCP/ACOG and SGO) leadership to provide input during the open comment period for the recent United States and Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening.  The cytopathology and molecular diagnostic laboratories at NMH provide access to cytology/reflex HPV, co-testing and primary HPV screening, using state of the art liquid based, image assisted cytology and the FDA approved Roche cobas test that offers partial genotyping for HPV 16/18.  Here is the CETC’s commentary outlining the concerns associated with USPSTF’s recommendations. http://www.jascyto.org/article/S2213-2945(17)30402-7/fulltext
  • Congratulations to our trainees and faculty for the acceptance of 31 abstracts for the 2018 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting!
    01.16.2018
    • This year a total of 17 residents and fellows combined had 27 first-author abstracts accepted to USCAP's Annual Meeting, taking place in Vancouver,BC Canada in March 2018. Abstracts accepted range numerous specialties and include invitations to the Stowell-Orbison Awards competition. Congratulations again to the trainees and their mentors! 

  • Dr. Peng Ji's publication on Blocking Gene Expression Improves Outcomes in Blood Disease in Models
    11.30.2017
    Scientists successfully reduced the symptoms of a blood disease called myeloproliferative neoplasm in mouse models by interrupting an important regulatory pathway, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
  • Congratulations to our trainees for their acceptance to the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2018 Annual Meeting!
    11.14.2017

    This year a total of 17 residents and fellows combined had 27 first-author abstracts accepted to USCAP's Annual Meeting, taking place in Vancouver,BC Canada in March 2018. Abstracts accepted range numerous specialties and include invitations to the Stowell-Orbison Awards competition. Congratulations again to the trainees and their mentors! 

  • Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program chaired the “Breast Pathology for the Non-Pathologist”
    11.14.2017

    Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program chaired the “Breast Pathology for the Non-Pathologist” Session at the 2017 Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium that took place on September 14-17, 2017 in Chicago.  The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, currently in its 19th year, is a four day long symposium and one of the premier breast cancer conferences in the nation. This year Dr. Stuart Schnitt from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Dennis Sgroi from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Frazier Symmans from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Tari King from Dana Farber Cancer Center were our invited speakers during the Breast Pathology Session. Dr. Luis Blanco, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dr. Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology, also discussed Breast Pathology issues during the multidisciplinary breast cancer case presentations that followed the lectures (http://www.lynnsagebreastcancer.org/index.cfm).  

    In addition, Dr. Siziopikou discussed Breast Pathology issues during the Multidisciplinary Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall that took place on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Prentice Women’s Hospital, with a presentation titled “The State-of-Art Breast Pathology report: How to Interpret it” (http://cancer.northwestern.edu/townhall/index.cfm).

  • Dr. Glenn Ramsey’s publication on Blood component transfusions in mass casualty events
    10.18.2017

    Dr. Glenn Ramsey’s publication on Blood component transfusions in mass casualty events.

    Congratulations, Dr. Ramsey!

  • Dr. Ronen Sumagin, recipient of 2017 Harold E. Eisenberg Research Scholar Award
    10.16.2017

    http://eisenbergfoundation.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2017-Harold-E.-Eisenberg-Foundation-Research-Scholar-Award.pdf

    In 2016, the Eisenberg Foundation established the Research Scholar Award, providing Lurie Cancer Center scientists with the resources and protected time needed to ask novel research questions and to explore new ideas relating to GI cancers. These highly prestigious awards are raising the bar for scientific discovery by regarding ingenuity. Ronen Sumagin, PhD, is the 2017-2018 scholar and aims to define inflammatory mechanisms and to test whether neutralizing them can prevent increased mutations and cancer.

    Congratulations, Dr. Sumagin!

  • Shirley Dehn, Matthew DeBerge and Shuang Zhang/ Dr. Edward Thorp's recent study published
    10.03.2017
  • 06.02.2017
  • Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology receives the 2017 Women Faculty Organization (WFO) First Place Award and Dr. Julianne Martinez de Ubago, Breast Pathology Fellow, receives the Third Place Award for Clinical Research.
    04.24.2017
    Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology received the Women Faculty Organization (WFO) First Place Award for Women’s Health Research at the Annual Northwestern University LewisLandsbergResearch Day in the Clinical/Public Health category. Dr. Blanco’s work was titled “PD-L1 expression in Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer”. Dr. Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program were the co-authors of this study.
    Dr. Julianne Martinez de Ubago, 2016-17 Breast Pathology Fellow, received the Third Place Award for Clinical Research at the Annual Northwestern University LewisLandsbergResearch Day. Dr.Ubago’swork was titled “PD-1 and PD-L1 expression in HER2 positive breast carcinomas”. Drs. Alexandra Larson 2015-16 Breast Pathology Fellow, Mansooreh Eghtesad 2016-17 Breast Pathology Fellow, Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Jennifer Pincus, Assistant Professor of Pathology and K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program were the co-authors of this study.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Brannan Griffin, PGY-2, our Chicago Pathology Society 2017 Resident Research Competition 2nd Place winner!
    02.14.2017
    Dr Griffin’s work was titled “Reflex Alternate Reference Probe D17S122 in Double (IHC and FISH) Equivocal Invasive Breast Carcinomas May Aid in Establishing True HER2 Status”
    Authors:  Brannan Griffin MD, Jennifer Pincus MD, Kalliopi P. Siziopikou MD PhD and Luis Z. Blanco Jr. MD
     
    The Chicago Pathology Societyis the second oldest professional society dedicated to pathology in the United States. The object of the society is the advancement of the understanding of disease, with special reference to Pathology.
  • 08.08.2016
  • Dr. K.P. Siziopikou was appointed member of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee
    07.05.2016

    Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of the Breast Pathology Fellowship Program was appointed member of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee. Since 1977, the Symposium’s mission has been to provide state-of-the-art information on breast cancer research on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers. The Symposium has grown to the premier breast cancer symposium in the world, attended by a broad international audience of academic and private researchers and physicians from over 90 countries.

    Congratulations!

  • Dr. Guang-Yu Yang appointed to be a member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board
    04.28.2016

    Dr. Guang-Yu Yang appointed to be a member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board

    Dr. Guang-Yu Yang, Joseph C. Calandra Research Professor in Pathology and Toxicology and Director of Surgical Pathology, was appointed member of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) services Scientific Merit Review Board (for a term ending June 2020).  He was also appointed as a Special Government Employee (SGE). As the SGE member of a Federal advisory committee, the Board provides scientific peer review of VA research program applications submitted to BLR&D and CSR&D service. The participation of appointees with outstanding scientific credentials is essential for maintaining high quality VA research.

    Congratulations!

  • Shuang Zhang, Driskill Graduate in the Life Sciences, a student in Dr. Edward Thorp's Lab. recipient of Presidential Fellowship
    04.11.2016

    Congratualtions to Shuang Zhang!

    The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students at Northwestern. It is funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School. She will be inducted into the Society of Fellows in a ceremony on April 28.

  • Dr. Peng Ji's recent study published
    03.09.2016
  • Dr. K.P. Siziopikou appointed to CAP Advanced Practical Program in Breast Pathology
    01.13.2016

    Dr. K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology was appointed member of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Advanced Practical Pathology Program in Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology (MBP AP3).  The CAP seeks to create new and enhanced roles for the pathologists in the 21st century and to promote the role of pathologists as central members of the health care team. The MBP AP3 Program of the CAP is the leading continuing medical education program in Breast Pathology and consists of seven CME online courses, self-assessment modules (SAMs), a 2-day workshop and continuing practical assessments leading to a Certificate of Recognition of Competence in Breast Pathology for pathologists throughout the nation.

    Congratulations!

  • Dr. Ritu Nayar: Slate of proposed IAC Executive Council 2016-2019
    12.21.2015

    The Nominations Committee headed by Volker Schneider has submitted the slate below to be put to the IAC voting members for the IAC Executive Council 2016-2019 to be effective after the international congress in Yokohama. The Executive and all other voting members receive this slate along with an invitation to the 2016 congress.

    SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR THE IAC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR THE YEARS 2016-2019

    President: Robert Y. Osamura (Japan) (elected)

    President-Elect: Andrew Field (Australia)

    Past-President Philippe Vielh (France)

    Vice-President: John Smith (UK)

    Secretary-Treasurer: Fernando Schmitt (Luxembourg)

    Editor: Kari J. Syrjänen (Finland)

    Council Member: Luis M. Collaco (Brazil)

    Council Member: Annabel Farnsworth (Australia)

    Council Member: Lan Chen (China)

    Council Member: Kusum Kapila (Kuwait)

    Council Member: Ritu Nayar (USA)

    Cytotechnologist Member: Shirley Greening (USA)

  • Shuang Zhang/ Dr. Edward Thorp's recent study pulished
    10.23.2015
  • Journal of Experimental Medicine publishes study of Evan Weber and William Muller
    10.20.2015
  • Dr. Kathy Green Honored for Research Accomplishments
    07.29.2015
  • Dr. William Muller’s study gets published!
    07.09.2015
  • Dr. Denise DeFrias Retires After 41 Years of Distinguished Service
    07.06.2015

     

    Denise V.S. DeFrias, M.D., FIAC, joined the Department of Pathology at Northwestern University in 1974 as a senior resident, then stayed for an additional year as a fellow, before joining the faculty as Assistant Professor in Pathology and in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1976.  She had an illustrious career, rising through the ranks to tenured full Professor by 1994.  While highly accomplished in all areas of Anatomic Pathology, her passion was in the area of Cytopathology. She established the Division of Cytopathology at NMH when this was still a relatively new subspecialty. Through her leadership and outstanding diagnostic abilities, she quickly established its utility and importance in patient management.

    Dr. DeFrias has contributed enormously to the clinical, teaching, and research missions of the Pathology Department.  She was known widely at NMH, in the Chicago area, and beyond for her diagnostic acumen.  She was a frequent invited speaker at national meetings and at medical centers throughout the world.  Dr. DeFrias has trained and mentored hundreds of residents, fellows, and medical students; and mentored all of the junior faculty at Northwestern, each of whom appreciated learning from her many years of experience. She demanded attention to detail and excellence from herself and all around her.

    In June 2015, Dr DeFrias, Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, retired from NMH and NU after 41 years of distinguished service.  We are grateful to her for all her contributions to Pathology/Cytopathology and her excellent support of our clinicians and the patients we serve at NMH.  We will especially miss her selfless devotion to our trainees.  We wish her the best of everything life has to offer in her retirement. 

    William A. Muller, MD, PhD

    Magerstadt Professor and Chairman
    Department of Pathology

  • Dr. Linda Ernst and PGY-3 Resident Dr. Rebecca Linn’s recent study Press Release
    06.18.2015
  • Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology received the Women Faculty Organization (WFO) first place award.
    05.20.2015

    Dr. Luis Blanco, Jr, Assistant Professor of Pathology received the Women Faculty Organization (WFO) first place award for Women’s Health Research at the Annual Northwestern University Lewis Landsberg Research Day in the Clinical/Public Health category. Dr. Blanco’s work was titled “Increased CD68-positive macrophages and CD4-positive lymphocytes in tumor associated inflammation in pregnancy associated breast cancer may contribute to a poor prognosis”. Drs Julianne Martinez de Ubago, PGY3 Resident in Pathology, Tracy Lundberg and Sagar Dhamne, 2014-15 Breast Pathology Fellows and K.P. Siziopikou, Professor of Pathology, Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship Program were the co-authors of this study.

  • The American Board of Pathology (ABP), Tampa, FL, is pleased to announce the election of Ritu Nayar, MBBS, MD to Trustee for a term beginning in 2016.
    05.12.2015

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    The American Board of Pathology (ABP), Tampa, FL, is pleased to announce the election of Ritu Nayar, MBBS, MD to Trustee for a term beginning in 2016.

    Dr. Nayar is Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.  She is the Medical Director of Cytopathology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Cytopathology Fellowship Director at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University.  She received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and MD degrees from Delhi University, New Delhi, India and was a resident in pediatrics and pathology at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi.  She completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and surgical pathology fellowship at George Washington University and cytopathology fellowship at the University of Rochester, NY.  Dr Nayar has been an active volunteer in organized pathology, having served as an officer, chair, committee member, and advisor for many professional organizations; most recently she was President of the American Society of Cytopathology.  She is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at national and international meetings and is editor and author of numerous publications, including the 2nd and 3rd editions of The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology Atlas.  Dr. Nayar is ABP certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and cytopathology.  She is enrolled in the ABP Maintenance of Certification program.  She served on the ABP Cytopathology Test Development and Advisory Committee and will chair that Committee as a Trustee.

    The American Board of Pathology (ABP), a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, was established in 1936.  The mission of the ABP is to promote the health of the public and advance the practice and science of pathology by establishing voluntary certification standards and assess the qualifications for physicians seeking to practice the specialty of pathology.

  • Dr. Rao to receive Mecklenburg Award
    05.06.2015
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    The Department of Pathology is delighted to announce that our own Dr. Sam Rao has been chosen to receive the 2015 Gary A. Mecklenburg Distinguished Physician Award.  “This prestigious award is presented annually to the practicing NM physician who  embodies both professionalism and humanism and who demonstrates a strong commitment to enriching the lives of others through either research, teaching, patient care or community outreach.”

    The award will be presented at the Annual Medical Staff Meeting on June 16 at 5:00 pm.

    It is a very fitting recognition of Dr. Rao’s many years of dedicated service to our clinical colleagues and to our patients.
  • Dr. Ritu Nayar's New Publication: Important new Developments on the Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology
    05.04.2015

    We are pleased to announce the publication of a commentary on the 3rd Edition of The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology. Authored by Dr. Ritu Nayar, MD (Northwestern University, Chicago, IL) and David C. Wilbur, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA)

  • 2015 Match Results
    03.20.2015

    We are pleased to announce our 2015-16 PGY1 residents:

    • Brannan Griffin - University of Mississippi
    • Melanie Hakar - Touro University-Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Maria Cristina Isales - Medical College of Georgia
    • Ryan Jones - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
    • Nina Rahimi - The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
    • Brandon Umphress - Indiana University