It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of David O. Ferguson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology. David passed away suddenly at the age of 57 on Saturday, January 6, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Dr. JoAnn Sekiguchi (Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School), their daughter, Brianna, and his brother, Peter Ferguson of HendersoFerguson_David_2011 sq 500.jpgn, NV.
Dr. Jonathan McHugh, Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology, was appointed A. James French Professor of Surgical Pathology by approval of the Regents of the University of Michigan in May 2021. Celebration of his professorship was delayed due to COVID-19 and his official investiture ceremony was held on January 10, 2024. This professorship was created to build on the high value our department places on our clinical mission by recognizing a senior faculty member who has made significant contributions to our department’s clinical service, research, and training programs. It comes with an endowment to support programs in surgical pathology.
Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, the Paul de Kruif Professor of Pathology, and his laboratory colleagues recently published breakthrough research results in the journal Science , describing how his team identified new key roles of the gut’s microbiota in the development of colitis.
Congratulations to our co-chief resident, Dr. Corey Post, for being selected by the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology as the recipient of the 2024 F. Stephen Vogel Award. This award is given to a resident who has published an outstanding paper in one of the USCAP’s affiliated journals, Laboratory Investigation or Modern Pathology, and will be presented to him at the USCAP Honors Session on Saturday, March 23, 2024.
In an age of new and emerging laboratory practices, Dr. David Keren has been at the forefront. With the release of his 14th book, he has advanced clinical laboratory pathology in his field. His new book “Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry” is an evidenced-based guide for detecting monoclonal immunoglobulin proteins (M-proteins) and other protein disorders. It provides clear recommendations for laboratory applications of state-of-the-art diagnostic methods.
Medulloblastomas are one of the most common types of childhood brain cancer. Thanks to Dr. Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD and his colleagues, there has been a recent breakthrough in group-3 and group-4 medulloblastomas, a tumor that appears during fetal development of the cerebellum.
Sun-kissed Mediterranean beaches, the beauty and history of Rome, the temperate climate, and the embrace of family were compelling reasons for Dr. Roberta Caruso, Research Assistant Professor in Pathology, to stay where she was in Italy! What reasons could possibly drive her to relocate more than 4,600 miles to Ann Arbor, Michigan?
A Global REACH seed grant aims to bridge stem cell biology and cutting-edge 3D retinal organoid technology to inform new research of childhood diseases that cause blindness. Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., Leonard G. Miller Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Pathology, is a retina surgeon and physician-scientist.
Crohn’s disease (CD), one of the major forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is a chronic relapsing intestinal disorder that affects millions of people globally. The cause of CD is unknown, but it is thought to result from a dysregulated immune response against environmental factors, including intestinal microbes, in genetically susceptible hosts.
The weather was unseasonably warm as pathologists and trainees gathered at The Graduate Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the 15th Annual New Frontiers in Pathology Conference on October 26-28. For two and a half days, attendees heard 20 case presentations by a variety of Michigan Medicine Pathology specialists and participated in break-out sessions for deeper dives into selected subspecialties.