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Pathologist takes quality prize; AMA honors M.D.-Ph.D. student

Published on Monday, July 6, 2015

Published on July 06, 2015

An associate professor of pathology cops top quality prize, while an M.D.-Ph.D. student receives a national honor from a leading medical association.

Pathologist earns institution's top quality award

Dr. Ayman Asfour, associate professor of pathology, receives Quality Administration's Q Award from Dr. Phyllis Bishop, professor of pediatric gastroenterology and chief quality officer, during a recent ceremony.

Asfour was nominated for the award by a house officer who cited his hard work managing transfusion services in University Hospital, Batson Children's Hospital and the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants.

According to the nomination form, "He (Asfour) has done an excellent job preventing mishaps in blood and blood product transfusions.

"Dr. Asfour works with many individuals throughout the hospital and I can say he is one of the kindest, most helpful individuals I have ever met. He stepped up when pathology needed a new resident program director and he has gone above and beyond to take care of all the residents in our program."

Presented quarterly, the Q Award is given to a Medical Center physician who promotes quality and improves patient safety. To nominate a physician for the Q Award, select the "Q Award" link under the UMMC Yellow Pages on the UMMC Intranet.

AMA recognizes M.D.-Ph.D. student for leadership


Peter Mittwede, a fourth-year student in the School of Medicine who will receive both his M.D. and Ph.D. in May, has been honored with the 2015 American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award.

The award is given annually to a select group that includes medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians in recognition of their strong nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, public health and education. Mittwede was among 15 candidates nationwide who were tapped for the award.

Mittwede, who is pursuing a career as a surgeon and scientist, has served as president of both the graduate school and the associated student body organizations. He is the recipient of the A. Wallace Conerly, M.D. Scholarship, which provides a stipend and full tuition for medical students enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program that trains the next generation of physician-scientists.