LMP News: February 15, 2016

Nelson Family welcome son #2

The Nelson parents (Andy and Michelle) announce the arrival of Rory Andrew born on Monday, February 8.  Rory weighed in at 8 lb. 10 oz.   See photo of Rory at the bottom today’s newsletter.  Congratulations!

Recent faculty publications for your perusal

We want to feature recent faculty publications in each newsletter.  We will also post on your web profile.  Here are two recent publications from Harry Orr and Kris Hogquist/Hank Balfour.  Send your publications to

Ingram, M., Wozniak, E.A.L., Duvick, L., Yang, R., Bergmann, P.,  Carson, R., Brennon O’Callaghan, B., Zoghbi, H.Y., Henzler, C., and Orr, H.T. (2016) Cerebellar Transcriptome Profiles of ATXN1 Transgenic Mice Reveal SCA1 Disease Progression and Protection Pathways. Neuron, in press.

Dunmire SK, Grimm JM, Schmeling DO, Balfour HH Jr, Hogquist KA. The Incubation Period of Primary Epstein-Barr Virus Infection: Viral Dynamics and Immunologic Events.  PLoS Pathog. 2015 Dec 1;11(12):e1005286. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005286. eCollection 2015 Dec. PMID:26624012

Shimizu receives new R21 Grant

Yoji Shimizu, Center for Immunology, received two years of funding from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his R21 grant application, Integrin regulation of memory CD8 T Cells.  The total grant award is $418,875.

Reminder: Special Zika Virus discussion is on Feb 24

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research, and Mark Schleiss, professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, will hold a discussion on the Zika virus outbreak for LMP faculty, staff, residents and fellows on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:00 am in 450 MCRB

Deadlines are looming

You should have received an e-mail on February 1 to complete your annual REPA for 2015-2016.  The e-mail was sent by Lynn Zentner, the University’s Compliance Director from  Please click on the link to access your REPA form:  This is a requirement of your employment by the University of Minnesota.  DUE: February 26.

Faculty annual reviews are due to Jean Kurata on Monday, February 29 at 12:00 pm.  There is a solid deadline.  Instructions and a downloadable form are available on our google site at

Slides from February 10 faculty meeting are posted on our Google site

Many of you attended our last faculty meeting but if you didn’t  we posted the slides at our google site at   The meeting focused on reporting vacation time, the pending integration of the FV Health System and MHealth, and our research grant application statistics for 2015.

Please report all vacation since July 2015

Now that you know how to report your vacation, please go back and report all vacation you have taken since July 1, 2015 if you haven't already.   Mary Belisle at 625-5448 can help answer any questions. 

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Publication date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016

LMP News: February 8, 2016

Faculty meeting scheduled right after Grand Rounds this week, Feb 10

We plan to show you how to report your vacation time in your myU.  Internal audits is reviewing use of vacation time by faculty and P&A staff.  If you haven’t been reporting your vacation, this session will show you how to you start.  Other topics of interest will be an update on the integration of UMPhysicians and Fairview and how LMP grant applications rank against the rest of the Medical School.  Place:  450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Center).

Grand Rounds

Marie Steiner, MD, professor of pediatrics, “Clinical Effects of Red Cell Storage Duration Study in Cardiac Surgery Patients:  Results of RECESS”

Mentoring committee adds new members

We’ve added three new faculty to the mentoring committee.  Effective immediately Pat Ferrieri, Dave McKenna and Amy Saenger will join the committee.  Kris Hogquist and Tony Killeen are coming off the committee. You can always check on standing faculty committees membership at our google site:

New 2016 arrival for the Farrar family

Welcome to Annaliesa Farrar born on January 3; congratulations to the entire Farrar family.  Attached at the bottom is a photo of Annaliesa with her brother Garrett, who is quite happy to take on baby holding duties. 

Complete your annual REPA (Report of External Professional Activities)

You should have received an e-mail on February 1 to complete your annual REPA for 2015-2016.  The e-mail was sent by Lynn Zentner, the University’s Compliance Director from  Please click on the link to access your REPA form:  This is a requirement of your employment by the University of Minnesota.  DUE: February 26.

Go Phish

The University is constantly under siege from phishing scams.  These scams are attempts to steal your personal data and credit card numbers, social security numbers, account IDs and passwords, etc.   The scammers are getting tricky using our M logo and pages that look similar to the University’s login page.  Don’t respond to threats that say your account will be deactivated, and look carefully at the URL’s to see if they are from   Check this site for the latest in phishing scams  You can also sign up on this page to receive e-mails warning of current scams.  They come out a couple of times a week.

Billing 101 session posted on our Google site

Some of you attended the Billing 101 session offered by our UMPhysicians billing manager Jaime Kamphenkel.  In case you need a refresher or missed the session we have it posted at our google site at  Learn about CPT codes and wRVUs. 

Upcoming LMP talk on the Zika Virus scheduled

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research, and Mark Schleiss, professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, hold a discussion on the Zika virus outbreak for LMP faculty, staff, residents and fellows on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:00 am in 450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Center)

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Publication date: 
Monday, February 8, 2016

LMP News: January 25, 2016

Shimizu awarded training grant

Yoji Shimizu and Jill Siegfried (Pharmacology) received NIH R25 funding for a five year education program entitled Cancer Research, Education, and Training Experience (CREATE).  The grant provides training in cancer biology for undergraduate students.  The program, administered by the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (LSSURP), will support 16 undergraduates selected from a national pool of applicants for hands-on exposure to cancer biology research, education and career development for a full-time period of 10 weeks during the summer. This NCI program intends to stimulate the interest and advance the knowledge base of participants to consider further education and training for future careers as cancer researchers.

Killeen elected President

The new president of the Minnesota Society of Pathologists (MSP) for 2016-2017 is Tony Killeen.  The Minnesota Society of Pathologists is the state’s only professional organization dedicated to pathologists.  The MSP holds their annual fall meeting in conjunction with LMP’s ET Bell Symposium.  

ARDL builds ties within AHC

Bob Janicek, business development manager of ARDL, recently attended a meeting of faculty and students in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health (SPH) to brief them on the services ARDL provides that possibly could be utilized by SPH in the future.

LMP Faculty intranet debuts

Since our new web site is primarily an outer looking site, your web team of Bill Hoffman and Linda Kenny designed a google site/intranet to feature information that may be helpful to you for more regular use.  Currently the site features our strategic plan, the mentoring process and forms, the annual review form and instructions and standing department committee assignments.  You can download forms directly from the site.  It is a public site and doesn’t require any password access.  The link is located at the bottom of the website in “Important Links” as "Lab Med and Path Goggle site" or at (   Any feedback on this site is appreciated.  We will be jazzing it up a bit with more color and graphics. 

Annual reviews in the mail

It’s that time of year again when we ask all faculty and professional and academic researchers to complete a faculty activities report for calendar year 2015.  You will receive an e-mail with instructions and a slightly revised form this week.   As mentioned in the previous article, you can also download the form directly from our google site.  Due date is February 29, 2016.  These reports are used to determine your merit pay increase in July.

Room change for Grand Rounds on January 27; go to 2-650 Moos Tower

Grand Rounds features M. Celeste Simon, PhD, scientific, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, professor, cell and developmental biology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine on “Hypoxia, Metabolism and Progression”.

Enrollment hits new high for our on-line course

A record number of 99 students enrolled this spring in our revamped on line course for non-MDs, “The Nature of Disease:  Pathology for Allied Health Students”.  Lectures and examinations are all on-line.  The course is collaboration between LMP and the College of Continuing Education.  Mary Ramey is the teaching specialist and Mark Wilke is the course director.

Publication date: 
Monday, January 25, 2016

LMP News: January 11, 2016

Welcome to 2016

The holiday break is over and our strategic planning work groups met up to the end of 2015 outlining steps toward implementing the plan.   A few highlights include the start of a search for a tenured or tenure track tumor immunologist; Jim McCarthy and Scott Dehm are facilitating research connections between the AP faculty and the Translational Work Groups (TWGs) in the Cancer Center;  the division of molecular pathology workgroup is voting on a name for the division, and the medical school education group has a subcommittee looking at the pathology schedule of lectures and labs to identify ways to either incorporate or eliminate duplication in the Lab Med labs.  More to come in this New Year.

External Review is today and tomorrow

The external reviewers are here today and tomorrow meeting with department heads, Fairview and UMP leaders, and our faculty and residents.  These reviewers are Jay Hess, MD, PhD, VP for University Clinical Affairs and Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Michael Borowitz, MD, PhD, Professor and Director of Hematologic Pathology at Johns Hopkins, and Jeffrey Myers, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality and Director of MLabs at the University of Michigan.

Pennell appears on MPR

Chris Pennell was a recent guest on "MPR News with Kerri Miller." The session was entitled, "Immunotherapy: An exciting front in the fight against cancer." The impetus for the session was President Jimmy Carter's recent announcement that he was cancer-free after treatment with the immune checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab; a humanized monoclonal antibody specific for PD-1).

McCarthy receives Chinese grant

The Hunan Provincial Tumor Hospital awarded Jim McCarthy $30,000 as part of a continuing research agreement for studies on the role of eukaryotic initiation factor 3A (elF3a) in epithelial ovarian cancer progression.

New arrival In Anatomic Pathology

Matt Lurken, Pathologists’ Assistant Supervisor, his wife Kelli and son Marley welcomed their second son (and brother), Asher Ramsey Lurken, to the family on December 22.  Matt just returned from paternity leave.  Photo of Asher is attached.

Resident Research Grants proposals due on Friday

Residents have until January 15 to apply for up to $2500 in research funds.  Residents should submit grant proposals by January 15 to Maggie Truax, residency coordinator. All proposals will be reviewed by committee (Scott Dehm, Patricia Ferrieri, Andrew Nelson, Betsy Hirsch, Michael Linden, Nicole Zantek).

Research Forum is this Thursday

Don’t forget the research forum is this Thursday (January 14) at 5:00 pm in the Campus Club.  Jean Kurata says you can go even if you didn’t RSVP.  Hank Balfour and Bartek Grzywacz will talk about their research project funded through LMP’s innovation initiatives program. 

Holiday Alert

Monday January 18 is a University holiday in honor of Martin Luther King.  Department offices will be closed.  MHealth clinics are open; UMPhysicians offices open.

Publication date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

LMP News: December 21, 2015

In case you forgot, there is a holiday this week

The University will be officially closed on December 24 and 25 and January 1.   University of Minnesota Physicians clinics will close on December 25 and January 1.  Physicians should follow their service schedule for holiday coverage.

The main LMP office (Dr. Furcht, Jean Kurata and Linda Kenny) will also be closed on Wednesday, December 23.  If any emergency arises, please contact Dr. Khalifa in Anatomic Pathology.  The ALRT administrative center will be open on the 23rd

Anatomic Pathology takes on a new look

A new era has arrived in the Division of Anatomic Pathology with the arrival of their first whole-slide scanner for use in intraoperative consultations.  (see photo attached).  The fourth floor is also being updated with new doors.  By the end of 2015 the door project will be complete.  There is also a directory mid-way on the floor that lists faculty, fellows and support offices.

REMINDER – SOME OF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THIS:  Risk management training is required for all clinical faculty

As part of the UMPhysicians Risk Management Incentive Plan for 2015-2016, clinical faculty need to complete the Annual Required Learning (ARL) Compliance modules that are assigned to you in the Net learning program, available at:  There are 3 required compliance modules (plus one ARL Safety module). All of the compliance modules must be completed by Thursday, December 31st to count toward reducing our malpractice premium.  If you are unsure of your UMP ID call or e-mail Jean Kurata at 625-0932 or e-mail

We are mentioned by the Dean

In Friday’s Med School Matters publication the Dean writes about his meetings with Medical School departments and the chance to talk with faculty and staff.  He mentions the “exciting work” done by the faculty and mentions that LMP is “implementing an ambitious strategic plan.” 

NIH requirement for identification tightened

You probably have seen local news stories that your Minnesota Driver’s License does not meet tightened federal identification requirements of a REAL ID.   NIH and other federal buildings are requiring a REAL ID for entrance (if you are attending a meeting or study section).  You can use your passport both for domestic flights and NIH entry or in some cases you can be escorted into NIH aby an employee who knows you have a reason to be there. 

Grand Rounds goes on hiatus

There will be no Grand Rounds on December 23 or December 30.  The seminar resumes on January 6 when Evan Sell, fourth year resident and co-chief resident, presents. 

Be safe out there

School will be out until Tuesday, January 18 so campus will be quieter than usual.  If you are working late consider using the University‘s free walking escort service available to all students, staff and faculty 24/7 on campus.  Call them at 612-624-9255.  Your walk must either begin or end on campus to use this service.  

Publication date: 
Monday, December 21, 2015

LMP News: December 7, 2015

Hogquist named to AHC Academy of Excellence in Health Research

Kris Hogquist is a 2015 inductee into the AHC Academy of Excellence in Health Research.  You can see her plaque on the wall in the PWB/Moos concourse.  The citation reads” Kristin Hogquist is widely recognized by the international scientific community for her many important contributions in the field of immunology.  Her work helped to put the University of Minnesota on the map as a major international center for immunology research.”  Other inductees from Laboratory Medicine and Pathology include Steve Jameson, Hank Balfour, Matt Mescher, Harry Orr, Jim White and Steve Hecht.

LMP receives a bequest from former medical student

Frank Dixon (1920-2008) was a pioneering immunologist and founder of The Scripps Research Institute.  He was born in St. Paul Minnesota and did two years of undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota then entered the U of M Medical School where he received his B.S., B.M. and M.D.   His early work was devoted to the development of isotope tracer techniques for use in the study of immunologically important proteins.  He received the U of M’s Outstanding Achievement award in 1985.  His wife Marion Dixon was also a graduate of the University of Minnesota.  With the death of Mrs. Dixon this year, we received notification that their estate left a bequest of $315,634 to our department.

Employee Recognition Event is this Wednesday

Each year we take a break to recognize all the individuals who contribute to the success of our department’s mission in research, education and patient care.  Please take time to come over to our celebration at the Commons Hotel at 3:00 pm on this Wednesday.  Meet the faculty, administrative staff, research scientists, medical technologists, lab technicians, pathologist’s assistants, residents and fellows, etc. who contribute every day!  It’s a great opportunity to say “Thank You! "

Dean visits LMP

Dean Jackson spoke at our faculty meeting on Thursday, December 3.  He gave a general update on research activities in the Medical School including the state’s  investment of $150M over ten years in medical discovery teams and expanding one IRB into four to improve oversight and turnaround times.  The School is focusing on outcomes research to determine what types of teaching result in good patient outcomes.  He wants to increase scholarship (publications) for medical students and increase the number of MD/PhD slots.  On integration, a search for the CEO of MHealth is in progress.  April 1 is the date for a tentative agreement; July 1 for implementation.  In response to faculty questions, the Dean said that a vote on the integration plan by all eligible clinical faculty will likely occur in March.  A majority vote will be needed for approval.  A committee of senior Fairview leadership and department chairs was formed this week to work on the big issues at UMMC.  Solving those is a priority.

Risk management training is required for all clinical faculty

As part of the UMPhysicians Risk Management Incentive Plan for 2015-2016, clinical faculty need to complete the Annual Required Learning (ARL) Compliance modules that are assigned to you in the Netlearning program, available at:  There are 3 required compliance modules (plus one ARL Safety module). All of the compliance modules must be completed by Thursday, December 31st to count toward reducing our malpractice premium.  If you are unsure of your UMP ID call or e-mail Jean Kurata at 625-0932 or e-mail

Monthly LMP research forum is Thursday, December 10

Nathan Pankratz will be this month’s research forum speaker.  The forum takes place from 5-7 PM in the Dale Shephard room in the Campus Club.  See Nathan’s bio on our web site at

Publication date: 
Monday, December 7, 2015

LMP News: November 23, 2015

Mettler accepts position in anatomic pathology

Tetyana Mettler will start on December 7 as an assistant professor in anatomic pathology.  Mettler has been working on a temporary appointment with us.  She will focus her service in cytopathology, gastrointestinal and liver pathology.  Mettler’s office is C463 Mayo; her phone number is 273-4934, Pager is 899-5616 and e-mail address is   Welcome Dr. Mettler!

Courville named associate director of flow cytometry

Elizabeth Courville will start as associate director of flow cytometry laboratory in December (Sophia Yohe is director). The division is excited about moving into the next generation of flow cytometers with the arrival of three 10-color instruments.

Finkelstein quoted in MN Daily article

Fairview has started a video conferencing program between doctors and patients in home care and hospice.  Stan Finkelstein was quoted in the article forecasting a move to smartphone consultations in the near future:

LMP will be well represented at USCAP in March

The Anatomic Pathology division has been busy preparing abstracts for the spring USCAP meeting.  Faculty had 18 abstracts accepted; fellows 11 abstracts accepted and residents and post-sophomore year fellows 9 abstracts accepted. 

External reviewers will be here in  January

We found out who our three reviewers will be for our 2016 external review.  Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D. is VP for University Clinical Affairs and Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is the former chair of pathology at the University of Michigan.  Michael Borowitz, M.D., Ph.D. is professor and Director of the Division of Hematologic Pathology at Johns Hopkins.  The third reviewer is Jeffrey Myers, M.D., Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality and Director of MLabs at the University of Michigan.  Two of the reviewers have connections to Minnesota.  Dr. Hess has children who live in Minnesota; Dr. Myers received his B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead and worked at Mayo for many years.

Sprint research published in NEJM

We published earlier news about the Sprint trial and the involvement of ARDL research group.  The NEJM published the data on November 9, “A Randomized Trial of Intensive versus Standard Blood-Pressure Control.”   The New York Times also published another article on November 9 which highlighted how the data is helping doctors and patients,

Workman, former resident and fellow, died in July

Some of you may remember Ron Workman.  He grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed his pathology residency and fellowship here.  Memorial services were held in August in Sacramento.

SPA changes deadlines

Effective January 4, 2016 all grants will be due 3 days in advance of deadline.   This is a uniform date for all types of proposals.  More details are available at

Coming events and deadlines

·         No Grand Rounds on November 25.

·         Open enrollment ends November 30.  There is a link to MyU in the right corner of our webpage.   Click the “my Benefits” box and you will see your options.

·         All faculty meeting with Dean Jackson on December 3 at 10:00 am in 450 MCRB

·         If you have a University phone you need to opt in by December 11.  It’s easy!

Publication date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015

LMP News: November 9, 2015

Research Advisory Committee (RAC) loses/adds members

With Matt Mescher’s retirement, Harry Orr becomes chair of our RAC committee.  Kris Hogquist, professor and member of the Center for Immunology, joins the group effective immediately.  The RAC committee provides guidance on research policy in the department and reviews the performance of all research intensive faculty during our faculty review process.

Fairview Leadership experiences change

Klint Kjeldahl is the new vice president, lab services for the Fairview Health System effective November 9.  He replaces Cari Worner who has taken on a project management role.  The position of director, lab operations at UMMC is open.  Until a candidate is selected Edrie Murphy and Kjeldahl will provide support for UMMC.  Carolyn Wilson, FV COO and MHealth co-president, is leaving the organization.   John Doherty, Fairview’s vice president, will fill in while we work through the integration.

LMP faculty part of multimillion $ cooperative agreement

Stephen Hecht is one of the principal investigators and Myron Gross has two projects funded under a NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Services award to the University of Minnesota.  The project, Minnesota CHEAR (Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource) Exposure Assessment Hub, was awarded $5.1M over four years.  For more information see

McCullough quoted in Daily

Jeff McCullough was mentioned in a Minnesota Daily article on October 29 about two former students who created a company that sells donated blood to hospitals nationwide.

External Review scheduled in the new year

LMP will receive a visit from external reviewers January 11 and 12.  Linda Kenny will coordinate materials for the review.  Further details will be sent out in future newsletters.

Open enrollment is open

You have until November 30 to make changes to your medical and/or dental plans, add or cancel coverage, set up a health care of dependent daycare flexible spending account.  You need to make your changes through MyU portal.  There is a link to MyU in the right corner of our webpage.   Click the “my Benefits” box and you will see your options.  

It’s dark out there; be safe

The University provides a free walking escort service to all students, staff and faculty 24/7 on campus.  Call them at 612-624-9255.  Your walk must either begin or end on campus to use this service.  

The next LMP Research Forum is Thursday, November 12 at the Campus Club from 5-6:30 in the Dale Shephard Room.  Faqian Li, one of our new faculty members, will be featured

Part A timesheets are due November 19 to Jean Kurata.

Grand Rounds (Wed at 8:00 am in 450 MCRB) this week features Rashmin Savani, professor and chief of neonatal-perinatal medicine, at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  The topic is “Hyaluronan and its receptor RHAMM in Acute Lung Injury”.

The 40th E.T. Bell Fall Pathology Symposium will be held November 13-14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Publication date: 
Monday, November 9, 2015

LMP News: October 26, 2015

Tumer joins faculty in HLA/Immunology

Gizem Tumer starts this week as an assistant professor and a welcome addition to our busy HLA/tissue typing lab.  Tumer received her MD at Ankara University in Turkey.  She is no stranger to our department, having completed a post sophomore year fellowship here in 2007.  Tumer completed an AP/CP residency at UMDNJ-NJMS and two fellowships at Emory including HLA/histocompatibility and transfusion medicine/blood banking. Dr. Tumer’s office is in 7-128 PWB, e-mail is, phone number is 612-273-3603 and pager is 899-5318. 

Meet all our new faculty at a reception on Tuesday, November 3 at 3:00 pm in in C456 Mayo.

Ferrieri and McKenna voted Best Doctors

The 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America list includes two of our faculty this year:  Patricia Ferrieri and Rob McKenna.  Developed by Best Doctors, Inc. this list is generated by independently polling physicians.  The single question asked is: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  M Health had 140 physicians and associates make the list.

Murugan speaks at Gleason conference

The Donald Gleason Conference on Prostate and Urologic Cancer was held on campus on October 23, hosted by the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, UMMC and the Masonic Cancer Center.  Paari Murugan, assistant professor in Anatomic Pathology, presented a talk on the “Pathology of Bladder Cancer – A contemporary update.”

ARDL to receive $9.7M for Health and Retirement Study

Expectations are high at ARDL with a sub contract just awarded from a NIH study at the University of Michigan on Health and Retirement.  Bharat Thyagarajan is the PI for the subcontract at the University of Minnesota.

New human resource support for LMP faculty and staff

Mary Belisle, HR Consultant, will be our contact for hiring staff, performance management, payroll, appointment volunteers and observers, and is ready to find the answer to any questions you may have.  Mary is located in the first ALRT cube on the left side of the suite as you enter.  Her phone number is 612-625-5448 and e-mail is

Remember to Register

The 40th E.T. Bell Fall Pathology Symposium focused on Gynecologic and Breast Pathology will be held on November 13-14, 2015 at the McNamara Alumni Center.  The Bell symposium in Friday the 13th and the Minnesota Society of Pathologists’ Fall Seminar is on Saturday the 14th.  A brochure is attached to this newsletter.

Twin Cities begins transition to new voicemail system

UMN IT will begin the process of introducing a new voicemail system to the UMTC campus starting Oct. 26. Voicemail users will receive a voicemail with instructions for the transition, which can be done any time before Dec. 1. The new system offers the same features, including a voicemail-to-email tool. 

Grand Rounds this week

 This week’s Grand Rounds speaker is Brynn Levy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the clinical cytogenetics laboratory at the Columbia University Medical School in 450 MCRB.  The topic is “Fundamental aspects of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)”.

Don’t miss our Faculty Meeting on Wednesday (9:00 am)

ALMP faculty meeting on faculty mentoring and our strategic plan will start right after Grand Rounds in 450 Masonic.  We will introduce the new Individual Career Development form for assistant and associate professors and introduce the next phase of the strategic plan implementation.


Community Fund Drive has started.  Make your pledge today at

The Employee Engagement Survey is open until October 30.  You received an e-mail two weeks ago from the Hay Group to complete this important survey

October 1 was the start of the new Wellness Program to earn points toward saving cash toward your 2017 UPlan deductible rates.  Find out more at the U’s Wellness site



Publication date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

LMP News: October 12, 2015

LMP meeting on the integration of FV and UMPhysicians this Wed at 8:00 am

It is in the news and in your e-mail in-box that the Board of Regents voted on a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore combining Fairview and UMPhysicians.  Our department will have a faculty meeting to discuss the LOI and its implications for us on this Wednesday at 8:00 am in 450 MCRB. A Medical School/UMP Q&A meeting was held Friday afternoon.  Future meetings for clinical faculty will occur on Wednesday, 10/14 at 7am in the Wilf Auditorium in the Masonic Children’s Hospital and on Thursday, 10/15 at 7am in Mayo B-620.

Khalifa presents Anatomic Pathology’s vision and future direction

On Wednesday, October 7 Mahmoud Khalifa presented the shared vision and future direction of the Anatomic Pathology division.  Khalifa focused on our academic practice that specializes in oncology and transplant pathology.  The division does more than look at specimens and write reports but also creates and disseminates knowledge.  “We are the doctor’s doctor, “Khalifa said.  Priorities for the division include: quality of clinical services, building academics, improving processes and policies and focusing on work-related stress management.  On another note, the division submitted 13 abstracts for the next USCAP meeting.

Dehm’s research featured by ACS

Scott Dehm’s research is profiled on the American Cancer Society website at  The story focuses on Dehm’s work on androgen receptors (AR) which is partially funded by an American Cancer Society grant.  If you haven’t visited the ACS site before  it has an Explore Research tab that has information on current research and the ACS grant process.

Killeen invited to Brazil

Tony Killeen, vice chair of clinical affairs and director of UMMC’s clinical laboratories, recently returned from a visit to Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Killeen was invited to speak at CAP workshops at the Hospital Albert Einstein on calibration verification and linearity and new developments in proficiency testing.

New residency coordinator appointed

Maggie Truax is LMP’s new residency and fellowship coordinator replacing Jenny McDaniel.  Truax was most recently in the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach where she coordinated a variety of public health courses.  McDaniel took a position in the Office of Human Resources.

Complete the Employee Engagement Survey this week

Also in your in-box this week was a note from President Kaler to complete the employee Engagement Survey.  You will receive an email today, from the Hay Group, an external vendor, with the link to the brief survey.  Data from the survey is used by the University and Medical School to implement better policies and changes in our culture.  Take the time to complete this important survey.

Grand Rounds cancelled this week (October 14)

Tour the new ACC facility

UMPhysicians encourages faculty to tour the new clinics and surgery center.  Tours are scheduled for this month.  You need to RSVP prior to the tour at

Times are listed below:

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4 – 5 pm                                               Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4 – 5 pm          
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 7:30 am                                 Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 – 5 pm
Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 – 6 pm                                              Thursday, Oct. 29, 5 – 6 pm

Publication date: 
Monday, October 12, 2015