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It was a lovely evening for a reception on Thursday, May 24, at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa as the Department celebrated its outgoing residents and fellows with a dinner and awards at the 2018 Outgoing Reception.

Host James Hackney, M.D., Director of the Pathology Residency Programs, emceed the event which included refreshments and dinner, followed by comments from Chair George Netto, M.D., and the presentation of awards.

Netto 2George Netto, M.D., Chair of the Department of Pathology, welcomes guests at the Residents and Fellows Outgoing Reception

Two faculty awards came first. Alexander Feldman, M.D., Chief Resident in Anatomic Pathology, presented Frida Rosenblum, M.D., Assistant Professor in Cytopathology, with the Leonard H. Robinson Award for Resident Education in Anatomic Pathology.
Joseph Drwiega, M.D., Clinical Pathology Chief Resident, presented Lawrence Williams, M.D., Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine with the Shu T. Huang Award for Excellence in Laboratory Medicine Education. These were followed by the presentation of resident awards.

The Roger Denio Baker Prize in Anatomic Pathology was presented by David R. Baker, J.D., son of Roger, who was the Department's first chair. On December 1, 1944, Roger Denio Baker became the medical school's first full-time faculty member and the first departmental chair appointed by Dean Roy R. Kracke. It is a cash prize of $1,000 given to a resident in recognition of excellence in Anatomic Pathology. Baker, accompanied by his wife, Lois Gaeta Baker and caretaker Ida Russell Webster, presented the award in person to Joseph Drwiega, M.D.

Following the presentation of the Baker Prize was the Kracke Award for Best Presentation in Anatomic Pathology, presented by Jennifer Gordetsky, M.D., Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology, to Zheng Ping, M.D.

The Outstanding Teaching Award for Multidisciplinary & Medical Student Education Award, presented by Ona Marie Faye-Peterson, M.D., Professor, Anatomic Pathology, is voted on by all medical students and trainees and all faculty who teach in the medical school. The awards went to Tiffany Graham, M.D., and Scott Taylor, D.O.

The Jay M. McDonald Award for Excellence in Laboratory Medicine, named for former Department Chair Jay McDonald, M.D., was presented by Pat Bucy, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Laboratory Medicine, to Jeffery Adam Jones, M.D.

Following the awards was the announcement of chief residents. Long Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., Division Director, Laboratory Medicine, announced Erin Baumgartner, M.D., and Vishnu Reddy, M.D, Interim Division Director, Anatomic Pathology, announced David Dorn, M.D.

Drs. Netto and Hackney presented the resident certificates to:

  1. (AP) Robin Collingwood, M.D.
  2. (AP/CP) Tyler Clemmensen, M.D.
  3. (AP/CP) Joseph Drwiega, M.D.
  4. (AP/CP) Alexander Feldman, M.D.
  5. (AP/CP) Zheng Ping, M.D.
  6. (AP/CP) Scott Taylor, D.O.

The final presentations of the evening went to the fellows:

  • Deniz Peker, M.D., presenting Hematopathology to R. Gabe Koenig, D.O.
  • Long Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., presenting Hemostasis to Elizabeth Staley, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Shuko Harada, M.D., presenting Molecular Genetic to Diana Morlote, M.D.
  • Vishnu Reddy, M.D., presenting Surgical Pathology to Erik Kouba, M.D., Ian Martin, D.O., Andrew Martowski, M.D., and Chirag Patel, M.D.
  • Dr. Reddy also presented Transfusion Medicine to Ashish Manne, M.D.

Group 1A special evening celebrating our residents and fellows at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort

A special thank you goes out to Cheryl Lyles, Susan Mills, and Monica Henderson for their planning, organization and execution of this special event. We look forward to welcoming our 2018-19 residents and fellows for another fantastic year.