News and Announcements
Browse the articles below to learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
Dr. Adam Booth and Dr. Carla Ellis were named to the 2021 Power List from the Pathologist Magazine. This list recognizes some of the brilliant and inspirational minds that fill medical laboratories across the United States.
- 08.02.2021Dr. Margaret Flanagan recently received the inaugural Rogovin Pilot Research Award in Neuroscience from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. For more information on Dr. Flanagan and the Rogovin Award, please click here.
- 06.10.2021A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered a set of intracellular mechanisms that support the polarized function of the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis.
- 05.13.2021Elisheva Shanes, MD and Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, PhD along with Northwestern Medicine OB/GYN partners recently led a groundbreaking study showing Covid-19 vaccines don’t harm the placenta during pregnancy. The study has been featured on CNN and ABC 7 as well as in the Chicago Tribune. In addition, it was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Learn more about the study here.
- 05.12.2021Led by Dr. JJ Wei, Gynecological Pathology members Drs. Blanco, Maniar, Novo, Fischer, Purdy and Weisman recently contributed to a textbook, Practical Gynecologic Pathology: Frequently Asked Questions, covering major diagnostic challenges and emerging concepts. Congratulations!
- 05.10.2021Brian Vadasz, MD, MSc (PGY1) was selected as a 2021 Trainee Award recipient by the Association of Pathology Informatics for his study using machine learning for examining placental tissue, mentored by Lee A. Cooper, PhD and Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Vadasz!
- 04.29.2021Congratulations to Carla L. Ellis, MD, MS for induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, one of the oldest and most respected medical honor societies. AOA recognizes high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, and promoting service to others.
As presented in a special issue of Cytometry B, Kristy Wolniak, MD, PhD, and an international group of cytometrists drafted guidelines to standardize flow cytometric evaluation of Sezary syndrome/Mycosis fungoides in blood. Congratulations, Dr. Wolniak!
- 04.23.2021Transfusion Medicine and Blood Bank fellow, Rasleen Saluja, MD, spoke with the College of American Pathologists on their podcast, CAPcast, about her experience advocating virtually with her Congressional representatives to successfully block a 9% cut to laboratory hospital services. Listen here!
- 04.21.2021Peng Ji, MD, PhD, was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Each year, the ASCI Council considers nominations of several hundred physician-scientists and recommends no more than 80 for election based on outstanding scholarly achievement. The ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit medical honor societies and is a key organization focused on the special role of physician-scientists in research, clinical care, and medical education. Congratulations, Dr. Ji!
- 04.21.2021Daniel J. Brat, MD, PhD and William A. Muller, MD, PhD were both inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The Association of American Physicians (AAP) is an honorary medical society founded in 1885 by the Canadian physician Sir William Osler and six other distinguished physicians of his era for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Election to the AAP is an honor extended to physicians with outstanding credentials in basic or translational biomedical research and is limited to 70 persons per year. Congratulations, Dr. Brat and Dr. Muller!
- 04.20.2021Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 18-24, 2021, is an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy. Northwestern Pathology is grateful for all of our laboratory professionals and pathologists and their amazing work!
Dr. Bob Alexiev has accepted the position of Director, Surgical Pathology in the Department of Pathology at NMH. Dr. Alexiev is highly experienced in Surgical Pathology, an outstanding diagnostician, passionate about the career development of trainees and young faculty, and will be an excellent leader for the Division. In this role, he will be responsible for operational oversight in Surgical Pathology, including the frozen section services, gross room, and histology. Congratulations, Dr. Alexiev!
PGY 2 resident Melissa Mejia Bautista, MD was recognized in March 2021 by the Binford-Dammin Society of Infectious Disease Pathologists with 1st place for her project, “Comparative Evaluation Between Real-Time PCR Reaction Assay and Direct Immunofluorescence Antibody for Pneumocystis jirovecii.” She is one of two recipients this year of the society's Jerome H. Smith Award, which highlights the best poster by a pathology trainee presented at the annual USCAP meeting.
- 02.23.2021Inhibiting an inflammatory pathway reduced heart attack-induced damage in experimental models, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
PGY 4 resident Sharlene See, MD is a winner of the Chicago Pathology Society's annual resident research competition for her project, "The diagnostic utility of PRAME and p16 in distinguishing nodal nevi from nodal metastatic melanoma." Dr. See presented her work to CPS members in February 2021.
- 09.24.2020A 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).
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.
- 06.19.2020Congratulations 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.
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.
- 06.05.2020Pathology 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.
- 06.04.2020Ritu 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.
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.
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.