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    New faculty

    Late last December 2013, we had the opportunity to join forces with pathologists at the five surrounding HMA/CHS hospitals in Jackson to provide exclusive anatomic pathology services to those hospitals and to serve as a venue for medical student education. We hired six new faculty members to serve these hospitals, many of whom, are previous UMMC Department of Pathology residency training program graduates. These faculty are: Dr. Janis McNeil, Dr. Volney “Gene” Pierce, Dr. James Neill, Dr. Jill Woodliff, Dr. John C. Hancock, and Dr. Barbara Proctor.

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    Dr. James
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    Dr. Barbara
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    Dr. Volney
    "Gene" Pierce
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    Dr. John Chris
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    Dr. Janis
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    Dr. Jill


    This summer, we were delighted to welcome six new faculty members to our Department:  Dr. Kim Geisinger, Dr. Selly Strauch, Dr. Elizabeth Chastain, Dr. Kenneth Muldrew, Dr. Lisa Sullivan, and, Dr. Jason Schallheim. These new faculty will help us round up subspecialty expertise in forensic pathology, hematopathology, cytology, surgical pathology, pediatric pathology and molecular pathology. We are extremely fortunate to have such notable faculty join our ranks. Our residency training program is enhanced by new lectures in forensic pathology, molecular pathology, and new developments in pediatric pathology.

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    Dr. Elizabeth
    Strauch, Selly
    Dr. Selly
    Muldrew, Kenneth
    Dr. Kenneth
    Geisinger, Kim
    Dr. Kim
    Sullivan, Lisa
    Dr. Lisa


    Faculty promotions

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    Dr. Daley
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    Dr. Kyle


    Dr. Bill Daley was promoted to professor, and, Dr. Patrick Kyle was promoted to associate professor in the School of Medicine. Congratulations!


    Dr. Chekuri wins two awards at 2014 AACC meeting, Management Sciences Section


    Dr. Srinivasa Chekuri, PGY3, won the Management Sciences Abstract Award and won an Honorable Mention Award for two abstracts presented at the Management Sciences Section of the 2014 American Association for Clinical Chemistry conference.


    Brown and Daley win Evers Award


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    Dr. Daley
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    Congratulations to Dr. Bill Daley and Dr. Alexandra Brown for their recognition by the Carl G. Evers’ Society at the 18th annual awards banquet. Dr. Daley won All-Star M2 Professor, and Dr. Brown won M2 Professor of the Year. The Department of Pathology won the Basic Science Department of the Year by the Evers Society.

    Congratulations, 2013-14 incoming PGY-1 residents

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    Azniv Azar, MD 
    King, Joy
    Joy King, MD
    Patel, Tejal
    Tejal Patel, MD
    Tudor, Vladislav
    Vladislav Tudor, MD


    Travel grants: Jesus Monico

    Congratulations to Jesus Monico for receiving the FASEB MARC Program Poster/Oral Presentation Travel Award to attend the 2014 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Annual Meeting. The Biospecimen Repository Management System (BSI) was purchased in Spring, 2014. Biospecimen collection sites have now been expanded from 6 to 9. The new sites added are the new MIND Clinic in the Pavilion, Peds Congenital Heart Surgery, and Employee Health Clinic. We have secured specimen processing contracts with 10 pharmaceutical companies for industry-sponsored clinical trials conducted in Digestive Diseases, Cardiology, and Ob-Gyn Departments.

    We have been working with UMMC Research Leadership to centralize tissue biorepository needs and research specimen data. We have been continuing our participation in developing an Electronic Data Warehouse database, joining anonymized clinical data with research specimen collection. With IRB approval, this data warehouse will facilitate grant submission by providing a searchable database of patients within our clinical information system.

    Residents pass boards

    The department is proud to announce that all of our residents taking AP/CP boards passed! Congratulations to Dr. Raveena Reddy and Samantha Redfield, for having passed AP and CP American Board of Pathology Examinations.

    Resident graduation and awards ceremony

    The annual UMMC Pathology resident graduation was held June 6, 2014, at the Capital Club. Graduating residents Dr. Samantha Redfield, Dr. Raveena Reddy and Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee as well as our graduating cytopathology fellow, Dr. Monica Phillips, were honored.

    Dr. Bhaijee will begin a GI and Liver Pathology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; Dr. Raveena Reddy will begin a Breast Pathology Fellowship at the University of Chicago; Dr. Redfield will begin a private practice job in Alexandria, La.; and Dr. Monica Phillips will begin a private practice job in Santa Barbara,Calif.

    Special resident honors given that night included:

    • Solomon Award for Excellence in Surgical Pathology - Youssef Al Hmada, MD, PGY-2
    • Autopsy Award - Youssef Al Hmada, MD, PGY-2
    • Black Crow Award, provided by Dr. Monica Phillips - Youssef Al Hmada, MD, PGY-2

    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.