We are delighted to have begun a new academic year, and to welcome so many new trainees, faculty and staff to the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine!
Seven new faculty members recently joined our Department. Dr. Jeffrey Krane comes to UCLA from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Krane is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Cytopathology and Head and Neck Pathology. We are delighted that he will become our new Cytopathology Fellowship Program Director. We would also like to thank our outgoing fellowship program Director, Dr. David Lu, for all his years of dedication to the fellowship. We are fortunate that Dr. Lu will continue to train our residents and fellows during daily sign out and that he will be one of our regular Santa Monica pathologists, as well as continuing to be involved in Cytopathology sign out and fellowship training. We are delighted that Dr. Stephanie Yang rejoined UCLA from Oregon Health Sciences University. Following her UCLA Cytopathology fellowship, Dr. Yang worked as a staff pathologist at UCLA for a few years before moving to OHSU. She will be engaged in Departmental Quality activities, as well as providing coverage for a broad range of services in Westwood and at Santa Monica Hospital. On the theme of returning faculty, we are very excited to announce the return of Dr. Shino Magaki to UCLA. Following her Neuropathology fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Magaki joined the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and recently returned as a faculty in our Neuropathology division. Dr. Magaki, in addition to clinical duties, will be continuing her clinical and translational research in neurodegenerative diseases and in the process she will be supporting many UCLA efforts in these areas. We are very happy that Dr. Gregory Gates has decided to remain at UCLA as Dermatopathology faculty following completion of his UCLA Dermatopathology fellowship. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Gates was a practicing pathologist at Naval Medical Center, San Diego (NMCSD). Dr. Gates is also the Associate Director of the UCLA Immunohistochemistry lab, where he will be able to use his experience as director of the IHC lab at NMCSD. We also are delighted that Dr. Niroshe Senaratne decided to stay at UCLA as faculty after completing her UCLA Laboratory Genetics and Genomics fellowship training. Dr. Senaratne completed her PhD training at Harvard before her UCLA fellowship training. She will be signing out Molecular Pathology and Cytogenetics clinical cases in addition to heading up resident educational activities in these labs. Additionally, Dr. Carrie Butler has joined the UCLA Immunogenetics Faculty, after her Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory Director Fellowship and Postdoctoral training under the direction of Dr. Elaine Reed. Dr. Butler completed her PhD training at the University of South Florida. She will be engaged in clinical activities in our Immunogenetics lab. Finally, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Sepehr Hamidi to UCLA from Sanford Medical Center. Prior to joining Sanford, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at USC and a Dermatopathology fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Hamidi will provide coverage for Northridge Hospital, Santa Monica Hospital and for a number of services in Westwood. Welcome all!
Additionally, we are delighted to welcome 34 new trainees! These include: 12 fellows in six different ACGME-accredited fellowships (Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Neuropathology and Transfusion Medicine); 11 fellows in 7 non-ACGME accredited fellowships (Bone/Soft Tissue Pathology, Clinical Informatics, GI Pathology, GU Pathology, Heart and Lung Pathology, Surgical Pathology, Women’s Health Pathology); 10 PhD Clinical Post-Doctoral trainees completing fellowships in 4 clinical diagnostic specialties(Clinical Chemistry, Immunogenetics, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology), and; 5 new first year residents, 1 transfer second year resident and one medical student post-junior fellow. Educational excellence always has been a Department priority, and we are looking forward to educating, learning from and working with our new and continuing trainees.
Since July 1, many of our trainees and faculty have been busy presenting abstracts of their clinical and translational research at national meetings; see below for a partial list of research presentations. Clinical, translational and basic science research are integral to the Department mission, and we are so proud of the research accomplishments of our clinical and research faculty. | View list of abstracts
Our staff members are essential to the success of our Department. Staff make critical contributions to the clinical, educational and research missions of the Department and UCLA. We are happy to be honoring an AP employee of the month and look forward to beginning to honor a CP employee of the month soon!
Finally, I want to give a special thanks to all staff, trainees and faculty who will be volunteering their time at the Care Harbor Los Angeles event November 15-17. Care Harbor provides medical, dental and eye care to thousands of uninsured, underinsured and underserved people who do not otherwise have access to care, all over the course of just a few days. UCLA Pathology will be providing Pap smear interpretations and a limited number of clinical tests at this event. We partner with many other Departments at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Dentistry and other groups to provide this care, and we are proud to be part of this important program.
I look forward to working with everyone over the coming year, and to seeing and hearing about your many accomplishments in clinical, research and teaching activities.