Department of Pathology News

2014 Incoming Residents

Friday, March 21, 2014

Robin Burger, MD
Robin Burger, MD

University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Summa cum Laude, Yeshiva University, 2010; Mr. & Mrs. H.I. Feldman Award for Excellence in Biology, 2010; Dean’s List, Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, 2006- 2010; Who’s Who Among Students in America Universities and Colleges, 2009;
Certificate of Achievement in In-Vitro Toxicology, Stern College for Women, 2008.
Hobbies & Interests: cooking, reading, writing poetry, and watching movies.
 Rosemarie DiDonato, MD
Rosemarie DiDonato, MD

New York Medical College
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Fall 2008; Graduated Magna cum Laude (3.81 GPA), U. of Scranton, 2008; Dean’s List, U. of Scranton, 2006-2008. Scholar-Athlete Award (GPA over 3.6), U. of Scranton, Spring 2008; Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, U. of Scranton, Fall 2007; NSCAA (National College Soccer Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-East Team, U. of Scranton, 2006; Loyola Academic Scholarship, U. of Scranton, May 2005; Dean's List, NYU, Fall 2004. 
Hobbies & Interests: Since September 2011, I have participated in the New York Medical College Soccer Club. From the fall of 2005 until the fall of 2007 season I was a member of the women’s soccer team at the University of Scranton and played soccer at New York University in the 2004 season. I also participated in the NYMC international food fair. Besides playing soccer I also enjoy running, traveling, reading, art, film and going to concerts.
Ivo Francischetti, MD, PhD
Ivo Francischetti, MD, PhD

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Other Awards/Accomplishments: 2006 - Francischetti IMB, Valenzuela JG and Ribeiro JMC. Ixodes scapularis Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor. United States Patent Holder. In 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010-2012, received Staff Recognition Award, NIAID/NIH. Bethesda, MD, USA.. Reviewer for several Journals (Blood, PNAS, Nat Med, Plos Pathogens, Science), grants (Germany, UK, Sweden). Chair, Educational Subcommittee (Exogenous Factors) of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, sports, planes, traveling, music, museums. 
Ritu Gupta, MD
Rita Gupta, MD

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Cornell University - Dean's List
Yale University, Internal Medicine
Hobbies & Interests: The arts have been a strong interest of mine for as far back as I can remember, from playing piano as a child to playing the drums and performing with other student musicians throughout medical school, holding concerts for patients and raising money for charities. I have also been involved with diverse styles of dance, including Indian and hip-hop, and choreography at various times since college. Other interests include running 5ks and reading popular neuroscience books and mystery novels.
Hugo Kaneku Nagahama, MD
Hugo Kaneku Nagahama, MD

Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Young Investigator Award, International Liver Transplantation Society Meeting, San Francisco 2012; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Prof. Paul I. Terasaki, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Hobbies & Interests: Running, soccer, baseball, electronic gadgets, music.

Sabrina Racine Brzostek, MD, PhD   Sabrina Racine Brzostek, MD, PhD

The School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center

Other Awards/Accomplishments: Awarded the Cancer Biochemistry & Cell Biology Training Fellowship in both 2005 and 2006. This training grant is awarded by the National Cancer Institute to a graduate student in the Molecular Biology/Microbiology Dept at Stony Brook University. I was also awarded the Seymour & Vivian Milstein ISICR Travel Award, which allowed me to present my work in a poster session at the Conference of the International Cytokine Society & the International Society for IFN & Cytokine Research in Montreal in 2008. 

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Recent News 

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, the Department of Pathology hosted its annual Research Retreat, a day-long event highlighting the outstanding work of students, postdocs, residents and fellows.

gift bags Bidding Farewell to Pathology Residents and Fellows
On Thursday, June 1, 2016, the Department of Pathology bid farewell to 13 outstanding residents and fellows at a graduation dinner held in their honor at the Westchester Country Club, in Rye, New York.

SabineEliminating Barriers to Healthcare in the Bronx
Over 30 women from the Bronx with little or no health insurance participated in the recent See Test & Treat event, a free cervical and breast cancer screening program, held at the Montefiore Imaging Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Christine McMahon jpg The Department of Pathology mourns the loss of Dr. Christine McMahon
The Department of Pathology mourns the loss of Dr. Christine McMahon, esteemed colleague and renowned hematopathologist.

Lab week 2 Celebrating Montefiore's Laboratory Professionals
Hematology laboratory technologist Vera Maliarov is among the pathology department's 700 specialized laboratory medical professionals that help process over 5,000 specimens per day at Montefiore. In honor of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the department recognized the important role these experts play in supporting their colleagues and positively impacting the lives of countless patients throughout the MMC community.

Lucia WolgastBeyond-Ebola: Preparing For Highly Infectious Diseases at Montefiore
When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases in a large hospital setting, it takes a team of highly-trained health care workers to provide a safe environment. Montefiore Medical Center’s legion of dedicated pathologists and technologists are responsible for safely processing the infectious pathogens in the laboratories.

Laura SantambrogioEinstein-Montefiore Researchers Identify Protein that Triggers Autoimmune Reaction in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patients
Einstein-Montefiore researchers have identified the protein in the human body that may trigger an autoimmune response responsible for the most common form of juvenile arthritis.

pullmanA New Light Could Diagnose Kidney Disease Faster
A new super-resolution microscope could enable doctors to diagnose kidney diseases earlier and faster - and for less cost. The discovery, made by researchers in the Department of Pathology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in collaboration with physicists at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, UK, has led to a new method for diagnosing nephrotic syndrome in the kidney

Mahalia DessruisseauxMalaria: Progress and Promise
From the lab to the field, Drs. Mahalia Desruisseaux and Kami Kim are among the Einstein-Montefiore scientists that are actively seeking new treatments for the deadly mosquito-borne illness—with a special focus on cerebral malaria.

KHRameshCytoGenomics Director Honored at Global Cancer Summit
K.H. Ramesh, PhD, ABMGG, FACMGG, was recently honored as a panel chair and keynote speaker at the Global Cancer Summit 2015: An International Collaborative Conference, held November 19-20, in Bangalore, India.  Dr. Ramesh, Director of Cancer CytoGenomics at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pathology at Einstein, presented and discussed “HER2 Genetic Heterogeneity and Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Analysis in Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer.” The conference, which was held in memory of Senator M. Edward Kennedy, was attended by 700 delegates from 30 countries. 

Rachel HazanEinstein-Montefiore Breast Cancer Researchers Awarded Avon Foundation Grant
Rachel Hazan, PhD, and Susan Fineberg, MD, were awarded a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to facilitate their collaborative study on the role of cell cycle inhibitor P21 in triple negative breast cancer, in primary tumors and in the metastatic setting.

tomitaReeling in the Structure of a Ubiquitous Parasite 
Postdoctoral researcher Tadakimi Tomita was raised on a mushroom farm in Japan; his love for nature inspired his research and passion for science. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Louis Weiss, Dr. Tomita discovered and characterized a novel glycoprotein responsible for structural integrity of the Toxoplasma gondii cell wall.  

Veenstra On Science, Life, and Love in New York City
Mike Veenstra, a Dutch PhD student in Dr. Joan Berman's lab, was interviewed last month by Oost TV as part of a series on people from the Overijssel region of the Netherlands who currently work and live in New York City. In this series, Mike discusses (in Dutch) his science, life in NYC - and what first brought him to the United States. Although the interview was conducted in Dutch - without subtitles - we’ve loosely summarized the video. Please take a look here.

Michael PrystowskySee Test & Treat: Free Cancer Screenings for Underserved Women
A team of Montefiore pathologists and clinicians from the departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Radiology provided free cervical and breast cancer screenings recently to over 40 underserved women ages 21 to 64 at the annual See Test & Treat® program, held at Montefiore Advanced Imaging, part of the Moses Division of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Michael PrystowskyInspiring the Next Generation of Pathologists
The Pathologist magazine interviews Dr. Michael Prystowsky about his career, heading up one of the busiest pathology services in the US, and how pathologists can demonstrate their value.

Tiffany HebertMontefiore Pathologist Focuses on Training to Improve Testing Access in Rwanda.
Podcast: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) interviews Dr. Tiffany Hebert on her experience training a Rwandan physician to perform pathology testing services as part of a comprehensive program to improve screening methods and reduce the number of Rwandan women who die from HIV-related cancers.


Advancing NeuroAIDS Research

Einstein Graduate Dionna Williams, PhD, is heading to Johns Hopkins for a postdoctoral fellowship to further investigate NeuroAIDS. Full story 



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 

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