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    Dr. Asfour recieves HHS award



    Dr. Ayman Asfour was recognized by the UMMC Dental School’s Hembree Honor Society as the 2012 D2 Basic Science Professor of the Year.  Dr. Asfour is the D2 Pathology Course Director.  Congratulations Dr. Asfour! 

    Faculty Promotions

    Dr. Luminita Rezeanu and Dr. Alexandra Brown have both been promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Medicine.  Congratulations!

    Dr. Ishaq and Bhaijee presents at the Tri-State Conference

    Dr. Nivin Ishaq, PGY2, and Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, PGY3, will each present a resident research platform presentation at this month’s Tri-State Pathology Conference in Mobile, AL.  The meeting is a collaboration between the Mississippi Association of Pathologists, the Louisiana Pathology Society and the Alabama Association of Pathologists (April 27-28).  

    Dr. Brown and Daley win Evers Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Bill Daley and Dr. Alexandra Brown for their recognition by the Carl G. Evers’ Society at the 17th annual awards banquet.  Dr. Daley won All-Star M2 Professor and Dr. Brown won M2 Professor of the Year.

    Congratulations, 2013-2014 incoming PGY-1 residents.

    Melissa Brents
    Melissa Brents

    Brooke Sims
    Brooke Sims

    Immunopathologist contribute to publications

    Dr. Julius Cruse
    Dr. Julius Cruse

    By Jack Mazurak

    Two scientific journals are publishing Festschrift editions to honor Dr. Julius Cruse in recognition of his 47 years of contributions to immunopathology and his role as mentor to scores of students, faculty and colleagues.

    Cruse, Guyton Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Medicine and Microbiology, joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1967 and still maintains a packed schedule as vice chair of pathology.

    Festschrift issues are special editions composed of articles contributed by colleagues or students. The journal Experimental and Molecular Pathology published a Festschrift issue for Cruse in December 2012. A Festschrift issue of the journal Immunologic Research is scheduled for release this spring.

    For Cruse, big-name immunopathologists came out in force. Researchers and professors from Israel, Germany, Italy, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, UCLA, the Salk Institute and other institutions contributed articles.

    “I had no inclination these publications were coming,” Cruse said. “I’m both humbled and honored that so many distinguished researchers would submit their work for the Festschrift issues.”

    The immunopathology sub-discipline grew from a scattering of microbiologist and immunologist researchers and theorists in the 1920s and ‘30s. Some trace their connections directly to Louis Pasteur.

    By the late 1950s, when Cruse began exploring the newly defined field as a Fulbright Scholar in Europe, he met and surrounded himself with leading experts. Inside a decade, Cruse had joined that widening group of experts. And within half a lifetime, he’d become a pillar of the specialty.

    Cruse completed his undergraduate degrees in chemistry and German at Ole Miss in 1958 and completed a research degree at the University of Graz Medical School, Austria, on a Fulbright scholarship. He then earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in pathology and immunopathology at the University of Tennessee Medical Units, now the UT Health Science Center.

    After completing postdoctoral work, Cruse had a lecture in pathology appointment at UT Memphis, then joined the Ole Miss faculty in medicine and graduate studies as a full professor at age 29. In accepting the position, he became the University’s first professor of immunology.

    Cruse’s first book, ”An Immunology Exam Review Book,” was published in 1971. It led off a list that includes the Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology and the Atlas of Immunology. To date, Cruse has written more than 300 scientific and medical research articles and served on editorial boards of numerous journals.

    Dr. Noel Rose, professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University and a leading expert and elder statesman in the field, wrote an article, “The Birth of Immunopathology: How I Went to Paris and Met Julius Cruse,” for the December Festschrift issue.

    Rose describes their first meeting when he toured Cruse through a laboratory at the Pasteur Institute where Rose was a visiting fellow. He immediately recognized Cruse’s interest in immunology, pathology and the history of science.

    “In the following years we remained in contact and I realized that he was equally active in promoting and improving communication among scientists,” Rose wrote, noting that Cruse continues contributing to the recording of immunology’s history and promoting scientific communications.

    The force behind the two Festschrifts issues is Dr. Robert Lewis, a former student and longtime colleague of Cruse. He said keeping the efforts concealed became quite a task as Cruse serves as editor-in-chief of both journals.

    “He’s actually editor-in-chief of three journals,” said Lewis, professor of pathology. “Keeping him out of what was going on was the difficult thing. We’re both on all the same mailing lists so, in corresponding with the contributing authors, I had to be very careful.”

    Beyond his work in immunopathology, Cruse maintains other interests. Over half a century, he amassed a 3,000-plus volume collection of modernist poet and playwright T.S. Elliot’s works.

    Following Cruse’s donation of the collection to the Christopher Keller Jr. Library in New York City in the 1990s, the archive was finally transferred to Emory University’s Manuscript and Rare Books Library.



    Travel Grants

    Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, PGY-3, has recently been awarded two travel grants.  These grants  include the Pathology Visions travel award from the Digital Pathology Association to attend their annual meeting in Baltimore, and an award from the Association of Pathology Informatics to attend their annual meeting in Chicago.  We are proud to have Dr. Bhaijee represent our institution at these national meetings.


    CAP Foundation’s Leadership Development Award

    Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, PGY-3, has been recognized by the College of American Pathologists with the CAP Foundation Leadership Development Award.  Dr. Bhaijee was presented with this award at the CAP Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on September 8th.  

    The CAP Foundation’s Leadership Development Award seeks to enhance the education and experience of young pathologists by immersing them in the concerns confronting the specialty of pathology and illustrating the necessity to establish a patient-centered practice. With this objective in mind, the award funds the recipient’s attendance at the Residents Forum held at the CAP annual meeting and the annual CAP Policy Meeting in Washington, DC.


    Congratulations to Dr. Selly Strauch on grant award

    Dr. Strauch
    Dr. Strauch

    PGY-4 pathology resident Selly Strauch, M.D., has been awarded a $3,500 grant by the Forensic Sciences Foundation Lucas Research Grant Program.  Dr. Strauch has received this grant in collaboration with Dr. Lantz at Wake Forest University for their joint research in perimacular retinal folds.  She will be presenting her findings at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Washington D.C. in February 2013 entitled “Histopathological Examination of Childhood Optic Nerve Sheath Hemorrhage”.  In July, Dr. Strauch will begin a Forensic Pathology fellowship at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC.

    Residents pass boards

    The department is proud to announce that all of our residents who took their AP/CP boards passed! Congratulations to Dr. TJ Lawrence, Dr. Jason Jones and Dr. Richard Iverson.

    ASCP electees

    Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Brown, assistant professor and director of the department's Division of Anatomic Pathology and Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, PGY-3 pathology resident, on their election to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Fellow Council and Resident Council, respectively.

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    Dr. BrownDr. Bhaijee

    Dr. Brown and Dr. Bhaijee were elected by their peers to serve on the two national ASCP councils. Their terms in office are each three years, and they begin in the spring of 2013.

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Its mission is to provide excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals across the globe. With more than 100,000 members, the society’s influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty since 1922.

    Resident graduation and awards ceremony

    The annual UMMC Pathology resident graduation was held June 1 at the Capital Club. Graduating residents Dr. Thomas Lawrence, Dr. Jason Jones, Dr. Brenda Jordan and Dr. Richard Iverson as well as our graduating cytopathology fellow, Dr. Kenneth Gallagher, were honored.

    Dr. Lawrence will begin a surgical (selective) pathology fellowship at MD Anderson, followed by a dermatopathology fellowship at Duke University; Dr. Jones will join G.I. Associates Pathology; Dr. Jordan will begin a surgical pathology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis; Dr. Iverson will begin a private practice job in Utah; and Dr. Gallagher will begin a private practice job in Washington.

    Special resident honors given that night included:

    • Solomon Award for Excellence in Surgical Pathology – Thomas Lawrence, MD, PGY-4
    • Autopsy Award – Kathryn Brown, MD, PGY-3
    • Clinical Pathology Award – Richard Iverson, DO, PGY-4