Dr. Leo Yenwongfai (PGY-2)

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Dr. Alison Woodworth was awarded the "2021 PLUGS Member of the Year Award" in recognition of the efforts that are made at UK to promote laboratory stewardship efforts. PLUGS (Patient-centered Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services) is a national laboratory stewardship collaborative with a mission to improve laboratory test ordering, retrieval, interpretation and reimbursement.

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The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine's Clinical Chemistry team submitted an abstract for the upcoming PLUGS Summit in June, 2022.  PLUGS (Patient-centered Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services) is a national laboratory stewardship collaborative with a mission to improve laboratory test ordering, retrieval, interpretation and reimbursement. &nb

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Shulin Zhang, MD, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, began his career as a clinical molecular geneticist when the famous Human Genome Project was in its final stages. A 23-year international research effort, the project was revolutionary as it determined the full DNA sequence of the human genome.

Dr. Derek Allison is a co-investigator on an R01 entitled 'Aberrant Glycogen in Lung Adenocarcinoma Tumorigenesis'. The project will be utilizing MALDI-Mass Spectrometry Imaging and various other metabolomic studies in human samples and mouse models in collaboration with Dr. Ramon Sun, the project’s PI. It is a $2.5 million dollar grant and received a perfect 1% score from the NIH. Congratulations Dr. Allison!
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Dr. Jing Di, PGY-1, has been selected to attend USCAP’s 2022 Annual Meeting with a Pathologist-in-Training Travel Award. This year’s annual meeting will be held March 19 – 24, 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California.  Congratulations Dr. Di!

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Our current Surgical Pathology Fellow, Dr. Justin Rueckert, is co-author of an article published in this month’s Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine titled “Undiagnosed Malignancy and Therapeutic Complications in Oncology Patients: A 10-Year Review of Autopsy Cases”. For more detailed information, see the PubMed listing https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33836058/.  Congratulations Dr. Rueckert!

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The University of Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the University of Kentucky Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have been at the forefront of studying dementia-related diseases including common Alzheimer's disease "mimic" conditions. An important dementia-related disease is limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE), which was recently recognized by a team co-led by Dr. Peter Nelson of UKMC. LATE is an under-appreciated disease entity that affects approximately 1/4th of people who live beyond 80 years of age.

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Dr. Vaneet Arora has been awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for a project entitled, “Augmenting traditional clinical genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 with wastewater data to provide valuable complementary insights for public health.” Dr. Arora is leading the effort from the University of Kentucky as Co-PI in collaboration with the University of Louisville.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – A team of researchers from the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is working to identify new proteins that are destructive to the brain. They know that about 25% of individuals, and 50% of individuals with Alzheimer disease, have the genetic mutation APOE ε4 allele — a known risk factor for the disease.


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine recently held its 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving. The event was started as a way to promote resident wellness, encourage creativity, and celebrate the spooky season. UK Recycling provided composting bins for the department. Faculty donated several carved pumpkins to the McConnell Springs Jack-o-Lantern trail. Everyone looks forward to continuing this annual tradition in the years to come!

Browse a gallery of images from this year's Pumpkin Carving below. 

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.


Homicide detectives have quietly called themselves “the murder police” for years. Never as a point of bragging or arrogance (two things actually rare in a profession that serves up humility daily), but a simple way of defining work as do their fellow law enforcement officials.

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The innate ability of Cody Bumgardner, PhD, to work with computer systems was evident in high school. Computers were being installed in one of his school’s first computer labs, and when workers unboxed the systems and left for lunch, he snuck into the lab and installed the hardware by the time they returned.

Dr. Cody Bumgardner, Director of the Pathology Informatics Division is a Co-Director of the newly funded Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) Alliance Team. This alliance is a collaboration between Pathology, Radiology, and the Institute for Biomedical Informatics. The Alliance will foster growth of infrastructure and specific projects to support the application of Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine and Clinical Decision Making. Additional members of the Alliance include Dr. Qasem, image analysis, and Dr.
Five days after presenting an interesting autopsy case at weekly Follow-up Conference, Dr. Yenwongfai submitted the case to the National Association of Medical Examiners’ “Case of the Week” series and was accepted the same day! Congratulations and excellent work Leo! https://www.thename.org/
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Congratulations! The Apheresis Center team, under the direction of Dr. Alex Fenwick, has ranked in the top 5% nationally for Q3 in FY21 based on their patient experience survey scores! All domains scored at the 99th percentile. The team will receive special recognition via a celebration provided by the Office of Patient Experience.
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Derek Allison, MD, assistant professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, was interviewed for a spotlight in the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Cytopathology" medical journal.

Click here to read his Q&A on the ACS journal's website, where he discusses his path to cytopathology, advice for young investigators, and his future research.


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine congratulates Dr. Alison Woodworth on her election to President of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Academy beginning in August, 2021. The AACC Academy is a distinguished division of the AACC consisting of the academically and scientifically engaged members of the organization.