News and Announcements
Browse the articles below to learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
A recent Northwestern Medicine study has revealed previously unknown details about calcium signaling that can contribute to inflammation.
Congratulations to recent graduate of our Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Christina Barriteau and Dr. Ramsey for their paper on low transfusions in COVID patients being selected by the editors of TRANSFUSION to be their article for CME/SAM credit in the September 2020 issue. Only one article per issue is singled out to provide CME/SAM credit, so this is a distinctive recognition of its importance for transfusion medicine right now.
Congratulations to all again for this excellent and timely work.
Carla Ellis, MD, MS, FCAP, nephropathologist and Director of Wellness, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Department of Pathology has been announced as a Scholar of Wellness at Northwestern Medicine for FY21. According to Director of the Scholars of Wellness Program, Guarava Argawal, MD, "The Scholars of Wellness Program is a physician-led, leadership-supported initiative to identify drivers of physician burnout and develop solutions to improve personal and professional well-being. The goal is to equip physicians with the knowledge and tools to promote organizational change."
Dr. Ellis joins 7 other NM faculty members in the 2021 cohort. While specific project descriptions are not yet available, the newest Scholars will likely focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives, COVID-19 reactivation, and faculty development and mentorship (NM, 2020).
Measuring epigenetic signatures in blood plasma could help classify brain tumors, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.
The Department of Pathology is lucky to have so many outstanding faculty members with diverse clinical and academic accomplishments. Many congratulations to our seven colleagues who have been promoted by the Feinberg School of Medicine!
Amir Behdad, MD, MBA Promotion to Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track Hematopathology/Molecular Pathology Luis Z. Blanco, Jr., MD Promotion to Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track Breast and Gynecologic Pathology Demirkan B. Gursel, PhD Promotion to Research Associate Professor, Research Track Globate/Neoplastic Stem Cell Research David C. Lin, MD
Promotion to Assistant Professor, Clinician-Educator Track
Pediatric Pathology/Clinical Mass Spectrometry Paul F. Lindholm, MD
Promotion to Professor, Clinician-Educator Track
Hemostasis/Transfusion Medicine Brenda Suh-Lailam, PhD Promotion to Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track Pediatric Pathology/Clinical Chemistry Kristy L. Wolniak, MD, PhD Promotion to Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track Hematopathology/Flow Cytometry
Two of the Northwestern Pathology Team have recently been announced as 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty awardees!
New faculty member and Assistant Professor, GI Pathology, Rebecca Obeng, MD, PhD, MPH, FASCP, and former Resident/Cytopathology Fellow: Brannan Griffin, MD, FASCP (currently a fellow at MD Anderson) were among the honorees named on July 13, 2020.
The ASCP 40 Under Forty program recognizes members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine. Forty pathologists, laboratory professionals, and residents are chosen annually through an application or nomination process. The program has recognized worthy members of the laboratory team both nationally and internationally. From the 40 Under Forty honorees, five individuals will be selected as the 40 Under Forty Top Five through a combination of public voting and committee selection.
Congratulations to the 2020 graduating residents and fellows. Please feel free to download a copy of the graduation ceremony program here. Please check back at a later date to view a recording of the ceremony.
A novel method to map protein-protein interactions between viruses and their hosts more precisely than current methodologies may help improve the design of antiviral drugs and therapeutic strategies.
Faculty member, Glenn Ramsey, MD, is featured in two College of American Pathologists’ videos titled, "Pathologists on the Frontline of a Pandemic" and "Testing for COVID-19" to discuss the central function of pathologists during this COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Ramsey was also interviewed for CAP’s podcast, CAPcast, to discuss the use of convalescent plasma and the laboratory’s role in this potential treatment for SARS CoV-2.
Dr. Ramsey is the Director for Transfusion Medicine in the Department of Pathology and also serves as the Medical Director of Northwestern Medicine's Blood Bank.
Pathology faculty members, trainees, and microbiology lab staff were featured as part of the Chicago Tribune's column on the White Coats for Black Lives nationwide silent protest. Hundreds of members from Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Lurie Children's Hospital, and Prentice Women's Hospital kneeled for 10 minutes to unite in the fight against racism.
Ritu Nayar, MD was a recipient of the 2020 Service Recognition Award from the ASCCP. Dr. Nayar served as the Co-Chair and only Pathology Co-Author on the ASCCP's national guidelines for prevention of cervical cancer. The ASCCP Risk-Based Management Consensus Guidelines are designed to safely triage individuals with abnormal cervical cancer screening results.
Professor of Pathology and Director of Breast Pathology and Breast Pathology Fellowship, K.P. Siziopikou, MD, PhD, recently presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology's 2020 virtual meeting on NRG/NSABP B43 phase III trial of 2000 HER-2-pos DCIS patients.
A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators identified a specific gene as a key regulator of immune cells called invariant natural killer T cells, which may present therapeutic potential for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
- PGY-2 Lukas Streich Wins 2nd Place in Research Competition02.03.2020
Second year resident, Lukas Streich, MD, was recently awarded 2nd place in the annual Chicago Pathology Society Resident Research Competition. Dr. Streich won for his abstract entitled "Aggressive Morphologic Variants of Mantle Cell Lymphoma Demonstrate Frequent Mutations of TP53, Loss of CDKN2A/B and Chromothripsis" with Dr. Behdad as his senior author.
This marks the 4th year in a row that a Northwestern Pathology resident has placed in this competition. In 2018, current PGY-4 resident, Katrina Krogh, MD was awarded 2nd place. Physician Scientist trainee, Ryan Jones, MD, PhD, won 3rd the place prize in 2017, and current Cytopathology fellow, Brannan Griffin, MD, took home 2nd place the year before.
Dr. Streich will be presenting his work at the Chicago Pathology Society meeting on Monday, February 10 at 7pm at University of Illinois at Chicago’s East Tower Building, located at 808 S. Wood St. in Chicago.
- Dr. Ritu Nayar Honored at NU Faculty Recognition Dinner02.01.2020
Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Ritu Nayar, MD, attended the Northwestern University Faculty Recognition Dinner in honor of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) in 2019. This past year the IAC also awarded Dr. Ritu with the prestigious Maurice Goldblatt Award.
The Northwestern University Faculty Recognition Dinner is hosted by President Morton Schapiro and Provost Jonathan Holloway to recognize faculty members for outstanding service to Northwestern University and who have had a substantial impact on students, faculty, and the University.
PGY-3, Taylor Benson, MD, and future Neuropathology fellow, Pouya Jamshidi, MD were recently featured in a College of American Pathologists video about why they chose the field of Pathology for practice.
- Pathology Resident Farres Obeidin, MD Receives 2019 PathologyOutlines Best Author Award01.24.2020
Congratulations to Dr. Farres Obeidin (with Dr. Borislav Alexiev) who was recently announced as a winner of the 2019 PathologyOutlines.com Best Author Award for his topic review on granular cell tumors of soft tissue.
This is the second year in a row that a resident from Department of Pathology has won the award. In 2018, Katrina Krogh (with Dr. Guang-Yu Yang) received the Best Author Award for her review on mucinous pancreatic tumors; Dr. Brandon Umphress (with Dr. Kruti Maniar) recieved an Honorable mention for his review of Cytokeratin 7.
A previously unknown migration of glioblastoma may explain why current treatments stall out over time, according to a new study.