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Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical Resident Research

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Trainee Research Symposium

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The Trainee Research symposium is an annual meeting hosted by the Department offering an excellent opportunity to the clinical and research trainees to showcase their research work to the entire Department and Institution.

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Resident Awards

  • Best Resident Oral Presentation, April 2022:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Utilization of Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy for Management of Pancreatic Lesions in Pediatrics: A Single Site 10 Year Study
  • Best Resident Poster Presentation, April 2022:
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Experience Using BRAF V600E Immunohistochemistry in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma with Extrathyroidal Extension
       

Scholarly Activity

Grants/Scholarships

  • Texas Society of Pathologists Educational Foundation Scholarship, 2022:
    • Mohammed Eltahir, M.D.: An Unusual Case of Multifocal PEComa (PEComatosis) of the Uterus
    • Faculty Mentor: Abubaker Elshaikh, M.D.
       
  • American Society of Cytopathology Patient Advocacy Grant, 2021:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Effects of Cancer Screening and Education by Implementing a Mobile Cytology Clinic in Rural Southern Rwanda
    • Faculty Mentor: Daniel G. Rosen, M.D., M.Ed.
       
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology Global Health Trainee Grant, 2021:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: HER2/neu and Mismatch Repair Patterns in Gastric and Colorectal cancers from Southern Rwanda
    • Faculty Mentor: Daniel G. Rosen, M.D., M.Ed.
       
  • Society of '67 Association of Pathology Chairs Pathology Trainee Project, 2020:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Mycoplasma Genitalium Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Pregnant Women
    • Faculty Mentor: Kenneth L. Muldrew, M.D., M.P.H.

Awards

  • Texas Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, April 2022: 3rd Place for Best Poster Presentation
    • Jun Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.: Mammary Analogue Secretory Carcinoma in Maxillary Gingiva with Regional Lymph Node Metastasis
       
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology Virtual Meeting, September 2020: Blue Ribbon Finalists in Scientific Category:
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D.: Diagnostic challenges and clinical implications for systemic EBV-associated T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders of childhood
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Mycoplasma genitalium and Streptococcus agalactiae Colonization In Pregnant Women: An Emerging Relationship

Platform and other Presentations

  • Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists H. Stephen Gallager Residents and Fellows Seminar, Houston-Texas, March 2022:
    • Mary Doan, M.D.: Evaluation of COVID-19-Related Changes in Cytopathology Case Volume at a Large County Hospital in Texas
       
  • Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists H. Stephen Gallager Residents and Fellows Seminar, Houston-Texas, March 2021:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Mycoplasma Genitalium Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Pregnant Women
       
  • Texas Society of Pathologist Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting, January 2021:
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D.: Diagnostic challenges and clinical implications for systemic EBV- associated T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders of childhood 
       
  • Young Pathologists’ Section, Texas Society of Pathologists, Virtual Meeting, September 2020:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Mycoplasma Genitalium and Streptococcus Agalactiae Colonization in Pregnant Women: An Emerging Relationship 
    • David Gustafson, M.D.: Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Mandible with FUS/TFCP2 Fusion in a Young Female Patient
       
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting, Los Angeles-California, March 2020:
    • John Powell, M.D., M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: Lack of Uniformity in Reporting Autoimmune Metaplastic Atrophic Gastritis Among a Diverse Group of Pathologists

Poster Presentations

  • Texas Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, April 2022
    • John Costanza, M.D.: Lymphoepithelioma-like Urothelial Carcinoma and Plasmacytoid Urothelial Carcinoma Found in the Same Patient: A Case Report – The Importance of Histologically Distinguishing Variants
    • Nicholas Dcunha, M.D.: Mantle Cell Lymphoma of the Colon Simulating Marginal Zone Lymphoma; A Case Report
    • Mohamed Eltahir, M.D., Ph.D.: An Unusual Case of Multifocal PEComa (PEComatosis) of the Uterus
    • Jun Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.: Mammary Analogue Secretory Carcinoma in Maxillary Gingiva with Regional Lymph Node Metastasis
    • David Gustafson, M.D.: Cutaneous Infection Caused by Mycobacterium Kansasii Associated with Tattooing: A rare Case Report
    • Elizabeth Schuele, M.D.: Hepatic Angiomyolipoma: A Case Report
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Experience Using BRAF V600E Immunohistochemistry in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma with Extrathyroidal Extension
    • Sarah Wilken, M.D.: Incidental Adenomatoid Tumor of the Pericardium – Case Report and Review of the Literature
  • Society of Pediatric Pathology Meeting, Los Angeles-California, March 2022
    • Tania Platero Portillo, M.D.: Placental Features in Selective Reduction: A Retrospective Case Series.
    • Elizabeth Schuele, M.D.: Pulmonary Miliary Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in a Neonate: A Case Report and Review of Institutional Guidelines for Infection Control
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting, Los Angeles-California, March 2022
    • Mary Doan, M.D.: Evaluation of COVID-19-Related Changes in Cytopathology Case Volume at a Large County Hospital in Texas
    • Julia Gallardo, M.D.: Rates and Causes of Frozen Section Discordance in an Analysis of 352 Whipple Specimens- Focused on Quality Assessment and Improvement
  • American Society of Cytopathology, Las Vegas-Nevada, November 2021:
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Utilization of Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy for Management of Pancreatic Lesions in Pediatrics: A Single Site 10 Year Study
       
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology, Boston-Massachusetts, October 2021:
    • Yuriko Nishiyama-Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.: Primary Cutaneous Cryptococcosis of Nasal Ala with Extensive Tissue Destruction 
    • Julia Gallardo, M.D., Kelsey Hummel, D.O.:  Extrauterine Epithelioid Trophoblastic Tumor Arising from an Antecedent Undiagnosed Molar Pregnancy Presenting as an Adnexal mass: A Case Report. 
    • Julia Gallardo, M.D., Juhi Mahadik, M.B.B.S.: A Challenging and Rare Case of Metastatic Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma Originating from a Tonsil. 
    • Julia Gallardo, M.D.: Gastric marginal zone lymphoma of mucosa-associated tissue and Epstein-Barr Virus associated lymphoepithelioma gastric carcinoma: Two primaries with an unusual metachronous presentation. 
    • Juhi Mahadik, M.B.B.S.: Epstein-Barr Virus associated gastric carcinoma in a patient with germline STAT3 gain-of-function mutation.
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Cytology Detects Endobronchial Metastasis from Appendiceal Signet-Ring Cell Carcinoma in the Absence of Radiographic Lung Masses: A Case Report.
       
  • College of American Pathologists, Virtual Meeting, September 2021:
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Correlation Between Silva Pattern of Stromal invasion and Endocervical Adenocarcinoma with Extra-nodal Metastasis and Recurrence
    • Juhi Mahadik, M.B.B.S.: Pneumocystis Jiroveci pneumonia mimicking inherited surfactant disorder in an infant with Hyper IgM syndrome: An autopsy report
    • Kaitlyn Levett, M.D.: Herpesvirus Infection Masquerading as a Neoplasm in an HIV-Positive Patient: A Potential Diagnostic Pitfall
    • Mary E. Doan, M.D., Shajia Rahman Ansari, M.B.B.S.: Vasitis Nodosa with Extensive Perineural Invasion and CA19-9 Positivity
    • Shajia Rahman Ansari, M.B.B.S.: Small Round Blue Cell Tumors of the Sinonasal Tract - A Review of 29 Cases
       
  • International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Virtual Meeting, July 2021:
    • Nathan Wilken, M.D.: D-dimer elevation at time of admission is associated with need for ventilator support among pediatric patients with COVID-19 infection
       
  • Texas Society of Pathologist, Virtual Meeting, January 2021:
    • Kimberly Hein, M.D.: Plexiform Fibromyxoma: A benign tumor mimicking gastrointestinal stromal tumor
    • Mary Doan, M.D.: Collision Tumor of the Gastroesophageal Junction: A Case Report 
    • Yuriko Nishiyama-Fujita, M.D., Ph.D., Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: A case of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma with rhabdoid features. 
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Mammary Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Solid-Basaloid Type Presenting with Cancerization of Ducts and Lobules Mimicking High Grade Ductal Carcinoma in Situ – A Case Report and Review of the Literature 
    • Juhi Mahadik, M.D., M.B.B.S.: Chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection of T- and NK-cell type: Acute hepatitic presentation of an enigmatic disease 
       
  • Association for Molecular Pathology, Virtual Meeting, November 2020:
    • Shajia Ansari, M.B.B.S., M.D.: Somatic Mutation Testing for Pediatric Patients with Known or Suspected Inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes
       
  • American Society for Dermatopathology, Virtual Meeting, November 2020:
    • M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: Ibrutinib-associated skin toxicities exhibit a spectrum of histopathologic features - a review of two cases 
    • M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: CD4 Count is a Useful Tool in Diagnosing Skin Lesions in HIV+ Individuals
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D., M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: Pseudoepitheliomatous Hyperplasia associated with Gouty Tophi
       
  • College of American Pathologists, Virtual Meeting, October 2020:
    • M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: Anti–PD-1 Therapy–Associated Gastritis: Histologic Spectrum From Inflammatory to Atrophic Gastritis
    • Denisse Leza Rincon, M.D.: STAT5b Gain-of-Function Mutation in Early Onset Nonclonal Eosinophilia
    • Wedad Alfarkh, M.D.: Malakoplakia After Kidney Transplantation Mimicking Renal Cell Carcinoma
    • Wedad Alfarkh, M.D.: A Case of Primary Ductal Adenocarcinoma of the Lacrimal Gland
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D., Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Endometriosis-Associated Ovarian Epithelial Tumors: A Clinicopathologic Study
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.:  Rare Case of Gout Presenting as an Abdominal Abscess
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Rare Case of Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma
       
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology Virtual Meeting, September 2020:
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D.: Diagnostic challenges and clinical implications for systemic EBV-associated T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders of childhood
    • Hanna Siatecka, M.D.: Ossifying Fibroma of the Mandible - Benign Tumor with Aggressive Presentation
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Mycoplasma genitalium and Streptococcus agalactiae Colonization In Pregnant Women: An Emerging Relationship 
       
  • Young Pathologists’ Section, Texas Society of Pathologists, Virtual Meeting, September 2020:
    • Kimberly Hein, M.D.: Plexiform Fibromyxoma: A Benign Tumor Mimicking Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
    • Kaitlyn Levett, M.D.: Intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia of the vaginal wall: report of a patient with a familiar lesion in a remarkably unusual location
    • Julia Gallardo, M.D., M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D.: Testicular Serous Borderline Tumor: A Case Report
       
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting, Los Angeles-California, March 2020:
    • Yu Yang, M.B., Ph.D.: Flow Cytometry is Superior to Conventional Cytology in the Evaluation of Paucicellular Surveillance Cerebrospinal Fluid Specimens for Involvement by Leukemia or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Society of Pediatric Pathology Meeting, Los Angeles-California, March 2022
    • Tania Platero Portillo, M.D.: Placental Features in Selective Reduction: A Retrospective Case Series.
    • Elizabeth Schuele, M.D.: Pulmonary Miliary Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in a Neonate: A Case Report and Review of Institutional Guidelines for Infection Control
  • Texas Society of Pathologists Meeting, Plano-Texas, January 2022:
    • Kaitlyn Levett, M.D., John Powell, M.D.: Mixed Neuroendocrine-Nonneuroendocrine Neoplasm of the Ampulla of Vater: A case report further characterizing a rare entity
    • Denisse Leza Rincon, M.D.: Sepsis-induced Thrombocytopenia Associated Multiple Organ Failure with Purpura Fulminans
    • Juhi Mahadik, M.B.B.S., M.D.: MOC-31 expression in Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A diagnostic challenge
    • M. Suzanne Bloomquist, M.D., Annie Garcia, M.D.: Cutaneous Amyloidosis of Foreskin Presenting as Phimosis – A Case Report and Review of Literature
    • Cagla Yasa Benkli, M.D.: Metaplasia in a spontaneously infarcted Warthin’s Tumor mimicking low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma
    • Kelsey Hummel, D.O.: Testicular Histoplasmosis in an HIV Positive Patient Mimicking Malignancy: A Rare Case Report