Constantine E. Kanakis MD, MSc, MLS(ASCP)CM is a first-year resident physician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago with interests in hematopathology, transfusion medicine, bioethics, public health, and graphic medicine. He remains a board-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, one of ASCP’s 2017 Top 40 Under Forty, and was named to the 2020 Pathologist Power List. He studied Molecular Biology, Bioethics, and Political Science at Loyola University and Medical Laboratory Science at Rush University. His graduate research focused on hematopoietic stem cell transplants and engraftment; he has worked as a generalist, transplant/transfusion senior, QA/QC and education coordinator, and hematology technologist. He has contributed to public health abroad leading arbovirus prevention and detection and is a certified CAP inspector. With ASCP he holds the Advanced Certificate in Medical Laboratory Management through Lab Management University (LMU), has been featured in ASCP’s Stories from the Heart Series, and has been recognized nationally with the ASCP Medical Student Award and grants. He is also on the ASCP Social Media #SoMeTeam and is a new member of ASCP’s Commission for Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Kanakis was recently named to the ASCP Patient Champions Advisory Board and the American Red Cross Auxiliary Board in Illinois. He also delivered a TEDx talk entitled “Unrecognizable Medicine,” he is active on social media in the pathology community (@CEKanakisMD) and has penned numerous blogs on LabMedicine.com as well as illustrated features called “Path Doodles.”
Dr. Richard Davis, PhD, D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)CM is a clinical microbiologist and regional director of microbiology for Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington. A certified medical laboratory scientist, he received his PhD studying the tropical parasite Leishmania. He transitioned back to laboratory medicine (though he still loves parasites!), and completed a clinical microbiology fellowship at the University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories in Utah before accepting his current position. He is a 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty Honoree.
Kirill Lyapichev, MD, FASCP, is a board-certified anatomical and clinical pathologist who completed 2 years of hematopathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is currently molecular genetic pathology fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center. During the time at MD Anderson, he was exposed to Dr. Miranda’s work on breast implants associated ALCL and was honored to be involved in several of his projects. In 2019, he published a paper in Modern Pathology: “A Proposal for Pathologic Processing of Breast Implant Capsules in Patients with Suspected Breast Implant Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.” This work was recognized with the Stout award at the 2020 USCAP meeting. Additionally, he is interested and involved in other research projects including neoplastic as well as non-neoplastic entities: MALT lymphoma, Castleman Disease, Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease, and others. In 2020 he was selected as one of ASCP’s 2020 Top 40 Under Forty. Follow him on Twitter: @KirillLyapichev.
Evi Abada, MD, MS is a Resident Physician in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center in Michigan. She earned her Masters of Science in International Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and is a global health advocate. Dr. Abada has been appointed to serve on the ASCP’s Resident’s Council and was named one of ASCP’S 40 under Forty honorees for the year 2020. You can follow her on twitter @EviAbadaMD.
Erin McElvania, PhD, D(ABMM), is the Director of Clinical Microbiology NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. Her interests include teaching, pediatric microbiology, and clinical research focusing on molecular microbiology.
Mohammad K. Mohammad, MD, is a resident physician at the department of Anatomical and Clinical pathology at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He entered the field of laboratory medicine in 2011 as a postdoctoral research associate working on National Institutes of Health-funded studies for developing novel surrogate biochemical laboratory markers of liver injury and investigating molecular mechanisms of hepatocyte toxicity caused by environmental toxins, in addition to gastric motility disorders. He is also interested in developing cell phone applications for patients’ education, health advocacy for patients with gastroparesis, and health disparities. Dr. Mohammad has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals with many presentations at regional, state and national meetings, and has received several prestigious awards. He currently serves as an ASCP Pathology Ambassador, and he is a 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty Honoree. In his free time, he enjoys painting & soccer. Follow his posts and feel free to share his posts on Twitter @MKMohammadMD
Lisa Stempak, MD is the System Director of Clinical Pathology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Medical Microbiology. Her interests include infectious disease histology, process and quality improvement, and resident education.
Josh Klonoski, MD, PhD, is a chief resident at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, with a focus in neuroinfectious disease and global health. He has completed the first year of a neuropathology fellowship (out of sequence) and is in his final year of an anatomical and clinical pathology residency. Dr. Klonoski will return to the second neuropathology fellowship year in 2021 – 2022 and apply for a mentored clinical scientist research career development award (K08). The focus of his laboratory research is influenza and active projects include flu pneumonia, super-infections, encephalitis and oncolytic virotherapy.
Ben Dahlstrom is a recent graduate of the NorthShore University HealthSystem MLS program. He currently works as a molecular technologist for Northwestern University in their transplant lab, performing HLA typing on bone marrow and solid organ transplants. He graduated with a bachelors in Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and concurrently from the UIC Honors College. He discovered his passion for the lab through his experience in healthcare. His interests include microbiology, molecular, immunology, and blood bank.
Junaid Baqai, MD was born in Chicago, IL but spent most of his life in Karachi, Pakistan. He came to the United States after graduating from one of the most oldest and prestigious medical college in Pakistan, DOW Medical College. He did his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from Danbury Hospital, CT followed by hematopathology fellowship from William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan and oncologic-surgical pathology fellowship from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York. Throughout his training, he has been extensively involved in teaching residents, medical students, and undergraduates. He is currently board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and hematopathology. He has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois College of Medicine. He also serves as Medical Director of hematology, coagulation and flow cytometry at Memorial Medical Center and Medical Director of Laboratory at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, spending time with family, and traveling.
Kyle Nevins, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM is one of ASCP’s 2018 Top 5 in the 40 Under Forty recognition program. She has worked in the medical laboratory profession for over 18 years, and is currently employed at Northwell Health Laboratories on Long Island, NY. In her current position as a Laboratory Supervisor for the Northwell Consulting Team, she transitions between performing laboratory audits across the entire Northwell Health System, consulting for at-risk laboratories outside of Northwell Health, bringing laboratories up to regulatory standards, and acting as supervisor and mentor in labs with management gaps.
–Kamran M. Mirza, MD, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education and Applied Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Parkinson School for Health Sciences and Public Health. A past top 5 honoree in ASCP’s Forty Under 40, Dr. Mirza was named to The Pathologist’s Power List of 2018 and placed #5 in the #PathPower List 2019. Follow him on twitter @kmirza.
Tabetha Sundin, PhD, HCLD (ABB), MB (ASCP)CM, has over 10 years of laboratory experience in clinical molecular diagnostics including oncology, genetics, and infectious diseases. She is the Scientific Director of Molecular Diagnostics and Serology at Sentara Healthcare. Dr. Sundin holds appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University and Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Sundin is passionate about multidisciplinary collaboration to improve patient access to biomarker testing. She is an active member of the Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP) and involved with numerous efforts to support the molecular diagnostics field with American Medical Technologists (AMT) and Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).
Sharleen Rapp, BS, MB(ASCP)CM graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She currently is a Molecular Diagnostics Coordinator in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Nebraska Medicine where she is responsible for running and maintaining clinical assays, as well as testing and implementing new assays into the molecular lab. The aspects of her job that Sharleen enjoys the most are the ever-changing atmosphere of molecular diagnostics, the chance to evaluate new technologies, and teaching the residents, fellows and clinical laboratory scientist students that rotate through the lab.
Cory Nash is a board certified Pathologists’ Assistant, specializing in surgical and gross pathology. He graduated with a Master of Science degree from Rosalind Franklin University in 2015, and upon graduating, briefly worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Cory than transitioned over to his current role as a Pathologists’ Assistant at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His job involves the macroscopic examination, dissection and tissue submission of surgical specimens, ranging from biopsies to multi-organ resections. Cory has a special interest in head and neck pathology, as well as bone and soft tissue pathology. Cory can be followed on twitter at @iplaywithorgans.
Multidisciplinary Case Scenarios are designed by Dr. Maryam Zenali MD and Christopher Anker MD. Maryam J Zenali, MD is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center. Dr. Zenali practices surgical pathology and specializes in gastrointestinal and liver pathology. She is committed to teaching pathology residents and nationally serves as a member of the ASCP In-Service Examination committee. Additionally, Dr. Zenali has expertise in the area of dental pathology, provides clinical service in this field and enjoys teaching dental residents.
Christopher J. Anker, MD is an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Vermont Cancer Center, where he serves as Associate Director for the gastrointestinal cancer team. Nationally, he is on the NRG Oncology Gastrointestinal Committee, through which he helps bring the most promising clinical trials to patients in the UVM network. Dr. Anker enjoys teaching, and received the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Educator of the Year Award in 2013. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and has received awards recognizing him as an outstanding peer reviewer for radiation oncology’s most respected journals. His research interests in personalized and precision medicine are supported by several research grants, and in 2018 he received the UVM Medical Group Junior Researcher of the Year award.
Multidisciplinary scenarios are primarily authored by Drs. Zenali and Anker; each case also includes contributions from collaborating co-author(s), who is/are acknowledged in the corresponding authors list.
Dana Razzano, MD is a former Chief Resident in her fourth year in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center and will be starting her fellowship in Cytopathology at Yale University in 2020. She is passionate about global health and bringing pathology and laboratory medicine services to low and middle income countries. She was a top 5 honoree in ASCP’s Forty Under 40 in 2018 and was named to The Pathologist’s Power List of 2018 and 2019. Follow Dr. Razzano on twitter @Dr_DR_Cells.
Troy G. Krieger, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSCYMCMQLSCMCLS(MT) graduated from Montana State University Billings with a BS in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science option. He received a NAACLS Certificate and clinical training from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where he also received his Master’s degree. He is a Medical Laboratory Scientist / Flow Cytometrist at Yellowstone Pathology Institute, Inc in Billings, MT and his interests include Hematology, Immunopathology, and Flow Cytometry.
Chelsea Marcus, MD is a Hematopathology Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She earned her medical degree at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine after completing her undergraduate education at the University of Florida where she majored in Microbiology. She has a particular interest in High-grade B-Cell lymphomas and the genetic alterations of these lymphomas.
Lotte Mulder earned her Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013, where she focused on Leadership and Group Development. After she graduated, Lotte started her own consulting company, focusing on establishing leadership practices in organizations, creating effective organizational structures, and interpersonal coaching. Professionally, Lotte comes from a background in experiential leadership, working in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the U.S. There she worked to increase leadership skills in young adults through cultural immersion, service learning and refugee issues, and cross-cultural interpretation. She is currently working toward a PhD in Organizational Leadership.
Catherine Stakenas, MA is the Senior Director of Organizational Leadership and Development and Performance Management at ASCP. Her leadership expertise is rooted in the laboratory where she worked primarily in hospital laboratories and transitioned to business with Quest Diagnostics. She earned her MA in Integrated Professional Studies from DePaul University and has been an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2004. She is certified in the use and interpretation of 28 self-assessment instruments and has designed and taught masters and doctoral level students.
Neerja Vajpayee, MD, went to medical school in New Delhi, India at Maulana Azad Medical College and also completed a residency in pathology in India before moving to the US. After being on the faculty at SUNY Upstate for several years ( 2002-2016) where she was involved in diagnostic work and medical student/resident teaching she has now joined Oneida Pathology Associates in Oneida, New York. She is the director of Clinical Pathology at Oneida Health Center and is actively involved in signing out surgical pathology and cytology cases in a community setting. She enjoys teaching students, residents, fellows and laboratory technologists.
Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM), was named an ASCP 40 Under Forty TOP FIVE honoree for 2017. Dr. Martinez is one of two System Directors of Clinical and Molecular Microbiology at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. She completed her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, studying the bacterial pathogenesis of Vibrio cholerae at Dartmouth College. Dr. Martinez completed a clinical postdoctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Dr. Martinez’s research interests focus on infectious disease diagnostics, specifically rapid molecular technologies for the detection of bloodstream and respiratory virus infections, and antimicrobial resistance, with the overall goal to improve patient outcomes.
Sarah Riley, PhD, DABCC is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She is the Co-Medical Director of the Core Clinical Laboratory and Director of Point of Care and Ancillary Services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is also the Co-Director of Clinical Pathology Services for Pathologists Overseas, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving world-wide access to quality laboratory medicine and histopathology. She is passionate about bringing the lab out of the basement and into the forefront of global health.
Susan M. Lehman, MA, MT(ASCP)SM graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 with a BS in medical technology. In 1991, she completed her master’s degree in psychology and counseling services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Minnesota. In 2008, she completed the Professional Development Certificate Program in Distance Education through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked as a medical technologist at Mayo Clinic in the Division of Clinical Microbiology for 10 years. Subsequent to this, she became involved in education at the medical and allied health level and led the establishment of academic programs in clinical laboratory science in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Susan has 15 years of teaching experience, and she is program director for the Medical Laboratory Science Program and course director for Clinical Microbiology I and II. Her areas of interest are distance education and education methodology.
Phillip Michaels, MD is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist who is a current hematopathology fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College Of Medicine and completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he also served as chief resident. His research interests include molecular profiling of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma as well as pathology resident education, especially in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology.
Dr. Andrew Lyon, PhD, FCACB, DABCC pursued biochemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada obtaining a BSc in 1983 and PhD in 1988. He trained as a clinical chemist at the University of Ottawa and in clinical toxicology at the University of Washington. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. He has worked as clinical chemist in both Saskatoon and Calgary. Andrew has served many roles with the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists and is currently the past-president. Dr. Lyon has also served on provincial societies, the board of Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and as the IFCC website editor. He is currently Division Head of Clinical Biochemistry of the Saskatoon Health Region and teaches general pathology residents as a clinical associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
Kristine Krafts, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and School of Dentistry. She has been teaching pathology to medical and dental students at the University of Minnesota, where she completed her medical degree and AP/CP pathology residency, for over 20 years. She is the founder of the educational website “Pathology Student” (www.PathologyStudent.com), and the author of several pathology books and study guides. Her daily email newsletter “Path Bites” provides short, fun pathology essays to over 10,000 subscribers. Dr. Krafts’ goal is to make learning pathology easy and fun.
Robert Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA, MS is a clinical pathologist who specializes in the economic evaluation of medical tests. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Utah where he is Medical Director of the clinical laboratory at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Director of the Center for Effective Medical Testing at ARUP Laboratories. He conducts cost-effectiveness studies, diagnostic accuracy studies and studies on test utilization.
Carlo Ledesma, MS, SH(ASCP)CM MT(ASCPi) MT(AMT) is the program director for the Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma as well as a technical consultant for Royal Laboratory Services. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences in North Chicago, IL. He is certified as an International Medical Technologist and Specialist in Hematology and also has a Qualification in Laboratory Safety. Carlo has worked in several areas of the laboratory including microbiology and hematology before becoming a laboratory manager and program director.
Lori Racsa, DO is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology. She is the director of microbiology, immunology, and chemistry at Unity Point Health Methodist, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria. While microbiology is her passion, Lori enjoys all aspects of laboratory medicine and has a keen interest in getting the laboratory involved as a key component of an interdisciplinary patient care team.
Carolyn Burns, MD, is a Board Certified Pathologist (AP/CP) and served as Medical Director of the Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, Department of Pathology (Louisville, KY.) from 1991 to 2011. This included medical directorship of the Transfusion and Tissue Services for this 5- hospital system. Additionally, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Louisville and until recently, had been the Medical Advisor for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. Dr. Burns is an inventive and passionate advocate for blood management having worked as Transfusion Director for Strategic Healthcare Group from 2011 to 2014. She has been published in peer reviewed journals and textbooks and is frequently sought as an engaging speaker on diverse pathology and immunology topics including transfusion reactions, plasma transfusion, anticoagulant/antiplatelet reversal strategies,transfusion in solid organ transplant, and Factor VII.
Thomas S. Rogers, DO is a third-year resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center, a clinical instructor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and the assistant medical director of the Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine service. His interests lie in inventory streamlining and management, blood product safety, and identifying risk factors in transfusion reactions.
Patti Jones PhD, DABCC, FACB, is the Clinical Director of the Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Laboratories at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX and a Professor of Pathology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she teaches residents and fellows. Patti is actively involved with the AACC and the NACB. She enjoys teaching and her interests include all areas of laboratory medicine, especially those related to pediatrics and inborn errors of metabolism.
Betty Chung, DO, MPH, MA is a hematopathology fellow at the Houston Methodist Hospital. She has a BA from The University of Chicago, MA from Boston University School of Medicine, DO from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan-SOM), and MPH from Columbia University and a decade of experience in basic science research. She completed her AP/CP residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (PGY1-2) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (PGY3-4). Her current interests lie in graduate medical education, quality improvement, hematopathology, and molecular genetic pathology. She previously blogged for the Lablogatory since its inception on resident relevant issues and perspectives and hopes to expand the scope of her blog posts to include those aforementioned areas of interest and her fellowship experiences.
LeAnne Noll, BS, MB(ASCP)CM graduated
from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Biology. In the past, she has worked as a research
technologist studying vascular and molecular biology. She also worked as
a molecular technologist and designed, implemented, and performed
clinical molecular diagnostic testing assays. LeAnne has been published
in journals, abstracts, and poster presentations. In 2015, she was
recognized as one of ASCP’s Top Five from the 40 Under Forty Program.
Her interests include molecular diagnostic testing, training, and
Beverly Sumwalt MA, DLM, CLS, MT(ASCP) has over 30 years of operational leadership in healthcare and related industries. She has demonstrated abilities in international assignments, business development and project management, implementing strategic initiatives, operations and is skilled with team development and mentoring emerging leaders. She has proven ability in managing multiple priorities and projects, developing goals and objectives, and formulating policies. Her excellent presentation, facilitation and communication skills quickly develop and maintain effective working relationships in culturally diverse settings. Her strong service and quality-oriented philosophy, combined with comprehensive scientific and business background, have provided significant contributions and achievements in healthcare operations and laboratory services.
Matthew Herasuta, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM is a medical laboratory scientist who has spent the majority of his short career with The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a generalist and serves as the Blood Bank and General Supervisor for the regional Euclid Hospital. He has contributed to Lab Medicine on several occasions and will contribute to the blog with management and administrative topics. He received his bachelors of science in Clinical Laboratory Science at Ohio Northern University and received his Masters in Business Administration with a Healthcare focus from Baldwin Wallace University.
Caroline Satyadi, MT(ASCP), SM, DLM, SLS, MBA, MS, CQA (ASQ) has been a laboratory management professional for over 25 years. She’s been actively involved in several areas of laboratory operation and quality management. She has worked with several different medical industries for CLIA/CMS, FDA/ICH/ISO, TJC/CAP/COLA/HFAP accreditation survey readiness. In her practice, she has visited more than 65 hospitals, domestically and internationally. She has also successfully built almost a dozen CLIA-certified laboratories from the ground up. As a member of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) she has served on the Board of Directors as well as the editorial board for the journal Clinical Lab Management Review. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Council of Laboratory Professionals committee. Ms. Satyadi will write about improving laboratory efficiency and best practices in the clinical laboratory setting.
Joe Chaffin, MD, is the new Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for LifeStream, a Southern California blood center headquartered in San Bernardino, CA. He is a former Director of Clinical Pathology Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and former VP of Medical Affairs at Bonfils Blood Center in Denver, CO. Dr. Chaffin has a long history of innovative educational efforts, and is most widely known as the founder and chief author of “The Blood Bank Guy” website (www.bbguy.org). Dr. Chaffin’s professional mission is to teach basic Transfusion Medicine to as many as possible.
Marie Levy spent over five years working at American Society for Clinical Pathology in the Global Outreach department. While at ASCP she worked to implement a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to improve medical laboratory infrastructure in developing countries. Ready to retire her frequent flier cards, she now works in the Firms and Corporate Relations department at Northwestern University Law School.