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DEPARTMENT OF Pathology and Laboratory Medicine ~ 2013 Annual Report

Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has had a year of successful leadership transition. In June 2012, Edwin Bovill, M.D., retired as Chair after leading the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine since 1993. Ronald Bryant, M.D., served as Interim Chair until Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D. became the new Chair on April 1, 2013. Dr. Leonard is a molecular pathologist, previously at Weill Cornell Medical College, and is developing a Genomic Medicine Program within the Department. In addition, Nicholas Hardin, M.D., retired, and Kum Cooper, M.D., moved to the University of Pennsylvania.

Many Department members received special honors during the past year. Gladwyn Leiman, M.B.B.C., received the The Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award at the International Congress of Cytology in Paris, France, on May 26, 2013 for her lifelong dedication to cytology. Kanayo Tatsumi, M.D., a pathology resident, received the Susan P. Baker Public Health Impact Award from the National Association of Medical Examiners for her research entitled “Death Certificate Surveillance: A Component of Death Investigation.” Nels Olson Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow with Russell Tracy, Ph.D., and Mary Cushman, M.D., won the Roger R. Williams Award for Genetic Epidemiology and the Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerosis from the American Heart Association in March 2013, which recognizes the abstract with the highest score of all abstracts on genetic epidemiology, for his research on Factor XII gene variants associated with activation of coagulation and cardiovascular disease risk. Members of the Transfusion Medicine Laboratory at Fletcher Allen were part of a Massive Transfusion Protocol recognized by the “Becoming One” Award from Fletcher Allen for their work in streamlining the process to assure that life-saving blood products are available for trauma patients. Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., received the teacher of the year award awarded by first level medical students.

The research fields of the Department’s faculty include the interaction of environmental agents on cell signaling pathways that contribute to inflammation in lung, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, breast cancer, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease. Faculty members are actively involved in the Vermont Lung Center and the Vermont Cancer Center, and serve on a wide variety of College of Medicine and University committees. Nationally, Pathology faculty members serve on committees of the American Council on Graduate Medical Education, the American Heart Association, American Society of Cytopathology, College of American Pathologists, Institute of Medicine, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.

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