Department of Pathology News

See, Test & Treat Program

Monday, November 04, 2013

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Chief pathology resident Olena Dorokhova, MD, provides patient education



On October 5, 2013, the Pathology Department provided same-day Pap test results and patient education to dozens of women who took part in the Annual Dr. Edward S. Greenwald Breast and Cervical Screening Event, held at Montefiore Medical Park.

The event is largely funded by the NYS Cancer Screening Program and offers free mammograms and Pap tests for women over age 40, many of whom are uninsured.

For the first time this year, women ages 21-39 who do not meet criteria for NYC SCP also received free Pap tests and same-day results, thanks to the See Test & Treat Program, funded by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

“We’re so pleased to take part in this great event and to provide important patient education,” said Michael Prystowsky, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Einstein and Montefiore, who led the team, which included Mark Suhrland, MD, professor of pathology and attending cytopathologist, and chief pathology resident Olena Dorokhova, MD.

Patient education was available to all participants, regardless of age.

Seated at one end of the dual-headed microscope that was setup outside the waiting area, Dr. Dorokhova provided patients and their families a birds-eye view of Pap test result samples, explaining the difference between healthy and abnormal cells.

“It’s so interesting to see what’s going on inside,” said Susan Mohan, 48, a Bedford Park, Bronx resident who works in catering and is uninsured.

Seeing the results of a Pap and understanding the test allows the patients to become more involved in their health care - and are more likely to return to a clinic.

“It becomes a real thing for them,” said Dr. Suhrland, who ferried the samples over to the cytology laboratory at Moses for same-day turnaround.

Through See Test & Treat, a growing number of underserved women are gaining culturally sensitive access to free preventative care, with results and follow-up consults delivered the same day. The patient-centered, coordinated approach helps ensure that underserved women gain the early detection advantage and life-saving services that pathologists provide.

“Our real goal is to get people enrolled in the hospital or clinic so they’re not leaving their care until they’re really sick and have to go to the ER. That’s an unproductive way to deliver healthcare,” said Marion Malone, executive director of CAP Foundation.

She said, “We are focused on the prevention.”



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COMMENTARIES IN THE NEWS

Michael Prystowsky Michael Prystowsky, MD, PhD, “The People Have Spoken,” Archives of Pathology, February 2017.read the full article 

 

 

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RECENT GRANTS

louis-weissLouis Weiss, MD, MPH, was awarded a $2.1 million, five-year grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to continue his efforts to understand how microsporidia—a type of single-celled parasite--infects host cells via a unique invading structure called the polar tube. read more 
 
DavidFooksmanDavid Fooksman, PhD, and Gregoire Lauvau, PhD, received a two-year $250,000 R21 grant from the NIAID to continue their groundbreaking use of in vivo video to shed light on the type 1 interferon pathway, an inflammatory signal that appears to play a pivotal role in severe malaria. (For details, see in Published Research and Cross-Campus Collaborations.)

 

FernandoFernando Macian-Juan, MD, PhD, has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the NIAID to study how chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) in T cells regulates the cells’ function. CMA is a degradation system that cells use to break down and recycle their proteins.read more  

 

RachelRachel Hazan, PhD, has received a one-year, $300,000 grant renewal from the Avon Foundation to continue leading a study on the role of cell cycle inhibitor P21 in triple-negative breast cancer, with a focus on metastatic disease. Her project collaborators are Susan Fineberg, MD, and Joseph Sparano, MD.

Research

Experimental pathology aims to define disease in terms of fundamental molecular and cellular processes. Research in our Department is focused on critical issues in multiple disease classes. Areas of focus include 

Research in each of these areas is highly interactive, and the Department strives for a collegial atmosphere in which collaborations can flourish. This effort is conducted through a variety of department-level activities, including regular meetings to discuss work in progress and a departmental retreat at which students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and faculty all have opportunity to present and discuss their research.

Research Funding Program

The Department of Pathology has established a research funding program to encourage residents and fellows to participate in clinical pilot research projects. Up to $2,000 will be awarded per research project, for projects of up to two years in duration.

Research Faculty

Amanda Beck, DVM 

Geoffrey Childs, PhD 

Joan W. Berman, PhD 

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD, PhD 

Amy Fox, MD  

David Fooksman, PhD  

Rachel Hazan, PhD 

Lawrence Herbst, DVM, PhD 

Huan Huang, MD 

Sunhee C. Lee, MD  

Fernando Macian, MD, PhD 

Maja Oktay, MD, PhD 

Harry Ostrer, MD 

Thomas J. Ow, MD 

Michael B. Prystowsky, MD, PhD 

Moshe Sadofsky, MD, PhD 

Laura Santambrogio, MD, PhD 

Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD 

Herbert Tanowitz, MD 

Louis Weiss, MD 

 
 

AWARDS, HONORS & APPOINTMENTS

FernandoFernando Macian-Juan, MD, PhD, has been granted tenure in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Macian-Juan is a Professor of Pathology. The Macian-Juan laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate the induction of T cell tolerance and exhaustion; reversal of tumor-induced T cell tolerance as an immunotherapeutic approach; autophagy and T cell function; and aging in the T cell compartment.

 

 

lauraLaura Santambrogio, MD, PhD, has been awarded tenure in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Santambrogio is a Professor of Pathology, of Microbiology & Immunology and of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Santambrogio laboratory investigates antigen processing and MHC class II presentation pathways; pathogenesis of autoimmune response to self antigens; analysis of the lymph formation and lymphatic transport.

 

 

mahaliaMahalia S. Desruisseaux, MD, has been named an Associate Professor of Pathology at Einstein. She also holds the title of Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). Dr. Desruisseaux’s research focus is cerebral malaria: mechanisms of longterm cognitive dysfunction; regulation and activation of vasoactive mediators; and on modulators of blood-brain barrier impairment, and of neuronal and glial cell dysfunction.

Wendy Szymczak, PhD, has been appointed Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Montefiore. Dr. Szymczak formerly served as assistant to Laboratory Director Michael Levi, PhD. She also holds the title of Assistant Professor of Pathology at Einstein. Prior to joining Montefiore, Dr. Szymczak completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Einstein in 2013. She earned her doctorate in molecular genetics, biochemistry & microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2010.

Emelia Cortez, Phlebotomy Laboratory manager, and her team, received a certificate of RESPECT in January for their outstanding efforts to ensure that patients in the Phlebotomy Unit at Montefiore’s Greene Medical Arts Pavilion received excellent care despite the challenges of a particularly stressful day. The honor, bestowed on the recommendation of grateful patients, recognizes service that “exemplifies the behaviors of the Montefiore Standards of Respect.”
 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED RESEARCH

 
Over the past year, research studies by Pathology Department faculty members have been published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

View a sampling of these articles here. 
 

TRAINEE SPOTLIGHT

  Gloria Ramos-Rivera, MD, chief resident of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Program at Montefiore, has been awarded the College of American Pathologists’s Ventana Fellowship. Funded by Ventana Medical Systems, the $5,000 grant will allow Dr. Ramos Rivera to participate in an advanced elective in translational diagnostics. She will travel to Tucson, AZ, in June, for the four-week training. Read more. 
 
 Decoding the Mysteries of a Lethal Parasite
Tatsuki Sugi, DVM, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Louis Weiss, is shedding light on the survival mechanism of Toxoplasma gondii. Read more. 
 
Exploring Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound’s Potential as Cancer Immunotherapy
Karin Skalina, a predoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Chandan Guha, is investigating a new application of ultrasound as a non-invasive approach to cancer immunotherapy. Read more. 

Women’s March 2017: Montefiore Pathology Resident Stands Up for Social Justice
Elizabeth Richards, MD, describes her experience as a participant in the Women’s March in Washington, DC, and in a follow-up event in New York City. Read more. 

NEW FACES

We welcome Fabiane Matos dos Santos, PhD, a Visiting Scientist from the Federal University of Espirito Santo (FUES) in Brazil, and Sangeetha Thangaswamy, PhD,  from the Satara Univerity School of Chemical and Biotechnology in India.

Read about Drs. Matos dos Santos and Thangaswamy, and see the roster of our new Pathology residents here. 

 
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