CAP18 Annual Meeting

Several residents attended this past CAP18 Annual Meeting in Chicago. In addition to representing UVA residency at the Residents’ Forum (Jennifer Ju, PGY-3, and Jacob Curley, PGY-3), three current residents (Ashley Volaric, PGY-3, Anna Dusenbery, PGY-2, Rachel Whitehair, PGY-2) and a previous post-sophomore fellow (Emily Towery) presented research posters. Both Emily Towery and UVA medical student Brett Kurpiel were awarded the CAP 2018 Medical Student Travel Award, given to support future pathologists.

Highlights of the meeting included attending various didactic educational sessions that included evaluation of peripheral blood smears, hemepath-cytology correlation on FNA biopsies, and evaluation of common soft tissue tumors.  The meeting was an excellent opportunity to present research and learn from a wide array of educational sessions led by experts in the field.

Pathology Fall Welcome Reception

Dr. Kristen Atkins introduces new resident, Akriti Gupta.

On Saturday, September 8th, the University of Virginia Department of Pathology celebrated its annual Fall Welcome Reception to start the new academic year. This yearly tradition is a highlight for trainees and faculty each September, when the directors of each educational program take a moment to introduce their new trainees to the faculty and welcome them to UVA.

2018-2019 New Trainees

Experimental Pathology Graduate Program

Benjamin Morris

Katherine Moosic

Anupam Prakash

Pathology Residency Program

Megan Dibbern, M.D.

Akriti Gupta, M.D., M.B.B.S.

Srishti Gupta, M.B.B.S.

Clinton Westover, M.D.

Lena Young, D.O.

Cytopathology Fellowship Program

Chelsea Gottlieb, M.D.

Grant Harrison, M.D.

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program

Lidong He, Ph.D.

Christina Pierre, Ph.D.

Dermatopathology Fellowship Program

Margaret Cocks, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan Konopinski, M.D.

Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program

Elisheva Shanes, M.D.

Hematopathology Fellowship Program

Jess Baker, D.O.

Miriam Wildeman, M.D.

Neuropathology Fellowship Program

Dylan Coss, M.D.

Angela Wu, M.D.



2018 Pathology Trainee Graduation

Congratulations to our 2018 graduates!

On June 4th, the Department of Pathology celebrated our 2017-2018 graduates of the Pathology residency and fellowship programs. Faculty, staff, and trainees gathered at the Colonnade Club to applaud our graduates’ work and accomplishments during their training.

Graduating Residents

Dylan Coss, M.D., Chief Resident

Chelsea Gottlieb, M.D., Chief Resident

Emily Sloan, M.D., Ph.D., BTRF Liaison

Graduating Fellows

Sean Campbell, Ph.D., Clinical Chemistry

Sydney Strickland, Ph.D., Clinical Chemistry

Ali Nichols, M.D., Cytopathology

Jacob Grange, M.D., Cytopathology

Mary Eid, M.D., Dermatopathology

James Bush, M.D., Dermatopathology

Zachary Chinn, M.D., Gynecologic Pathology

Chris Wenzinger, M.D., Hematopathology

E. Kelly Mrachek, M.D., Neuropathology

14th Annual Research Day

UVA Department of Pathology 14th Annual Research Day

Daniel W. “Trey” Lee, III, M.D. UVA Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

The Department of Pathology recently hosted its 14th Annual Research Day for Pathology faculty, staff, and trainees. This year, our department was honored to feature a keynote address from Dr. Daniel W. “Trey” Lee, III, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Lee was an early proponent of CAR T cell therapy, and his address entitled “CAR T Cells Past and Present: The Final Frontier?” discussed this treatment and its growing importance in the field of healthcare.

Research Day also included two poster sessions and three podium sessions highlighting research from graduate trainees in the department. At the end of all sessions, faculty were invited to vote on the 2018 Prize Winners out of a total of 23 posters and 11 podium presentations.

Congratulations to all our winners!





2018 Research Day Prize Winners

Best Clinical Research Podium Presentation: Jennifer Ju, M.D.

Clinicopathologic Features of Anal and Peri-Anal Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Their Relationship to Human Papillomavirus



Best Basic Science Research Podium Presentation: Camille Lewis

Identification of a Cellular Target of Both High- and Low-Risk Papillomavirus E6 Proteins




Best Clinical Research Poster Presentation: Joseph Coppock, M.D., Ph.D.

Concordance Levels of PD-L1 Expression by Immunohistochemistry, mRNA In Situ Hybridization, and Outcome in Lung Carcinomas



Best Basic Science Research Poster Presentation: Laryssa Manigat

Diacylglycerol Kinase Enzyme Family as a Novel Target in Metastatic Melanoma


USCAP 2018 Representation

UVA Pathology Representation at USCAP 2018 Annual Meeting

  • Histopathologic Characterization of Breast Cancers in Patients with Non-BRCA Germline Mutations (Stowell-Orbison Award)

    Authors: Alice Meiss, BFA, Martha Thomas, MS, CGC, Lydia Higgs, MS, CGC, Kristen Atkins, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • Characterization of the Immune Microenvironment of High Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinomas in African American Women: A Study of 112 Cases from the African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES)

    Authors: Anne Mills, MD, Lauren Peres, PhD, MPH, Sarah Abbott, Alice Meiss, BFA, Joellen Schildkraut, PhD
  • Biomarkers in Cervical and Vulvar Squamous Intraepithelial Neoplasia

    Presented to the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists by Anne Mills, MD
  • Indoleamine-2,3-Dioxygenase (IDO-1) Expression in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Targetable Mechanism of Immune Resistance and Candidate for Dual Therapy with Anti-PD–1/PD-L1 (Stowell-Orbison Award)

    Authors: Ashley Volaric, MD, Ryan Gentzler, MD, MS, Edward Stelow, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • Injury Rate Versus Sharps Use at an Academic Pathology Program from 2015-2016

    Authors: Ashley Volaric, MD, Jennifer Williams, PA, CT, Minor Monge, MT, M. Beatriz Lopes, MD, PhD
  • Updates on Pituitary Tumors: WHO Classifications of Tumors of the Pituitary Gland, 4th Edition

    Presented to the American Association of Neuropathologists by M. Beatriz Lopes, MD, PhD
  • Programed Death Ligand-1 and Indoleamine 2,3 Dioxygenase Expression in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Authors: Edward Stelow, MD, Jennifer Ju, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • A Comparison of PD-L1 mRNA In Situ Hybridization and Immunohistochemistry in 241 Primary Breast Carcinomas

    Authors: Emily Towery, BSc, MSc, Erik Dill, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • IDO Expression Across Breast Cancer Subtypes: An Assessment of 242 Primary and 39 Metastatic Tumors

    Authors: Erik Dill, MD, Patrick Dillon, MD, Kristen Atkins, MD, Timothy Bullock, PhD, Anne Mills, MD
  • Children with Refractory Respiratory Symptoms and Bronchial Ciliary Dysmotility have a High Prevalence of Structural Airway Anomalies and Lower Respiratory Infections

    Authors: Helen Cathro, MBChB, Andrea Garrod, MD, W. Gerald Teague, MD
  • Indoleamine 2,3 Dioxygenase Expression and Programed Death Ligand-1 in Mismatch Repair Deficient and Intact Colorectal Carcinomas (Stowell-Orbison Award)

    Authors: Jennifer Ju, MD, Anne Mills, MD, Edward Stelow, MD
  • Clinicopathologic Features of Anal and Peri-Anal Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Relationship to Human Papillomavirus

    Platform Presentation by Jennifer Ju, MD
    Authors: Jennifer Ju, MD, Edward Stelow, MD
  • Universal Lynch Syndrome Screening Should Be Performed in Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinomas

    Authors: Jennifer Ju, MD, Anne Mills, MD, Stephen Culp, MD, Helen Cathro, MBChB
  • Concordance Levels of PD-L1 Expression by Immunohistochemistry, mRNA In Situ Hybridization, and Outcome in Lung Carcinomas

         Authors: Joseph Coppock, MD, PhD, Ashley Volaric, MD, Anne Mills, MD, Alejandro A. Gru, MD
  • Comparison Between Pretransplant Frozen Section and Multifocal Zero Hour Kidney Allograft Biopsies: Associations With Clinical Outcomes

    Authors: Joel Murphy, MD, Alden Doyle, MD, Avinash Agarwal, MD, Laura Holsten, BA, Helen Cathro, MBChB
  • Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase in Endometrial Cancer: A Targetable Mechanism of Immune Resistance in Mismatch Repair-Deficient and Intact Endometrial Carcinomas

         Authors: Sara Zadeh, MD, Emily Sloan, MD, PhD, Zachary Chinn, MD, Kari Ring, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • Androgen Receptor Expression in Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma

         Authors: Sarah Gradecki, MD, Linda Duska, MD, Anne Mills, MD
  • Expression of the Immunomodulatory Molecules IDO and PD-L1 in Cervical and Vulvar Invasive and Intraepithelial Neoplasias

         Authors: Zachary Chinn, MD, Mark Stoler, MD, Anne Mills, MD

2018 UVA Pathology Match Day

Pathology Match Day 2018

On March 16th, along with medical schools and residency programs across the country, UVA Pathology gathered excitedly to celebrate our newest group of incoming residents. We are happy to introduce the 2018-2019 first year residents at UVA!



Megan Dibbern comes to us from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. She enjoys music, cooking, travel, running, hiking, salsa dancing, and crochet projects.




Akriti Gupta is a graduate of the Katsurba Medical College Manipal and most recently has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.




Srishti Gupta graduated from Sarojini Naidu Medical College and currently works as a Research Assistant at Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology. She enjoys swimming, water sports, hiking, camping, travel, and time with her family.




Clinton Westover will be graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School. In his free time, he likes rock climbing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, volleyball, soccer, guitar, poetry, contact juggling, camping, boxing, crabbing, and traveling.




Lena Young is graduating from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She plays piano and viola and likes hiking, swimming, cycling, and swing and ballroom dancing.

Pathology Department Attends the CAP Policy Meeting in Washington DC

UVA Assistant Professor Dr. Anne Mills, resident Dr. Ashley Volaric, and fellow Dr. Brian Willis recently joined the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for the annual CAP Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Highlights of the meeting included Keynote speeches from Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and chief political correspondent for “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd.  

The meeting culminated with “CAP on the Hill,” a day spent advocating for healthcare access.  This year’s advocacy focused on developing an appeals process when restrictions on Medicare reimbursement result in denials of reasonable and necessary tests and services.  The UVA team was joined by community pathologists from across Virginia  in meetings with the offices of Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to discuss how our patients’ access to care is affected by current regulations.  Drs. Mills and Volaric also met with members of the Women’s Caucus to discuss how pathologists contribute to women’s healthcare issues.


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CAP on the Hill, April 2017


USCAP 2017 Representation

Don Innes Pathology Summer Enrichment Program in Pathology for Rising Second Years

Margaret Moore (left) and Lisa Friedman (Right) our first summer medical student interns participating in the Don Innes Pathology Summer Enrichment program

Margaret Moore (left) and Lisa Friedman (right) our first summer medical student interns participating in the Don Innes Pathology Summer Enrichment program

In undergraduate medical education, it is sometimes difficult to gain experience in pathology until the fourth year. This delays students’ exploration of the field. The Summer Innes Internship in Pathology provides rising second year students with a unique blend of clinical skills, education, and research opportunities. We feel honored to have been the first students to participate in this internship.  The program exposed us to many of the varied domains of both clinical and anatomic pathology. We were able to work directly with residents and faculty, attend tumor boards and lectures, and start research projects. We participated in activities as diverse as blood bank rounds, autopsy reviews, brain cuttings, and cytogenetics analysis. In reviewing our summer activities, we participated in over 30 unique educational experiences in different areas of pathology. Over the summer, our knowledge of pathophysiology deepened, and we became increasingly competent and confident in reviewing cases.  Though we may not be able to diagnose all the cases that come through surgical pathology, we nonetheless feel like we have improved our clinical thinking and gained a great appreciation for the specialty.  This was a wonderful experience, and we look forward to helping shape the program for future students.

Unique online resource!

Anne Mills, M .D ., has spearheaded a new educational resource – Sound Bite Series

The Sound Bite Series is a series of short videos narrated by UVA faculty on a range of diagnostic topics. 

Visit our Educational Resources page or UVA Pathology Soundbites.