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PGY-1

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Mary Chessman, DO

Medical Degree: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, AL

Undergraduate Degree: University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Hometown: Greenwich, CT

Interests in Pathology: Forensic

Why I chose Augusta University: Friendly group of residents and well-rounded program

Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Baking, and Board Games

Interesting Fact: I have visited every state east of the Mississippi River...except Mississippi itself! 

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Obiora Ufondu, MD

Medical Degree: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Undergraduate Degree: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

Hometown: Southampton, PA

Interests in Pathology: Cytology

Why I chose Augusta University: Good program, friendly residents, and nice place to live

Hobbies: Reading, Excercise, Video Games, and Movies

Interesting Fact: Even before I graduated, people called me Dr. Obi. 



PGY-2

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Nkechi Arinze, MBBS

Pre-Residency Fellowship: Department of Abdominal Transplant Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Medical Degree: College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Hometown: Anambra, Nigeria

Interests in Pathology: Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine, Gastrointestinal and Liver, and Surgical Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: The people; friendly and happy residents and the great faculty. The collegial environment and open-door policy in the program. More so, living in Augusta, a beautiful city with lots of outdoor activities.

Hobbies: Cooking, walking the trails, running, listening to music, movies, traveling

Interesting Fact: I have worked as a florist and dog sitter.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Arinze N, Singh G: The Clinical Significance of Light Chain Predominant Multiple Myeloma, accepted for oral presentation at the ACLPS annual meeting June 2022

Arinze N, Omar N, Keruakous, A, Kolhe R, Savage N, A Unique and Challenging Case of Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Blastoid Variant, submitted as an abstract for upcoming CAP meeting, October, 2022

Arinze NC, Eyituoyo, H.O, Aben, RN; Vu, DP, Haithcock, D.B, Poku, J, Sogade, F.O Successful Radiofrequency Ablation of Recurrent Supraventricular Tachycardia in a Patient with Complex Congenital Heart Disease. American Journal of Case Report. 2020, Oct; 22(928147): 928147.

Anokwute A, Bakre O, Ogbuji C, Arinze NC An Unusual Clinical Presentation of Immunoglobulin A Vasculitis in an Elderly Patient. Cureus. 2020 Oct; 12(10): e10946. DOI: 10.7759/cureus.10946

Bodicherla K, Shah K, Singh R, Arinze NC (February 19, 2021) School-Based Approaches to Prevent Depression in Adolescents. Cureus 13(2): e13443. doi:10.7759/cureus.13443

Shah K, Joshi V V, Arinze NC; et al. (June 20, 2020) Association of Opioid Use with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Factors: Evidence From the 2009-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Cureus 12(6): e8719. doi:10.7759/cureus.8719

Eyituoyo, HO, Arinze NC, Aben, RN, Sogade, F.O Ischemic Stroke in a Patient with Atrial Tachycardia, Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Mutation and New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation: Is Early Initiation of Anticoagulation Therapy Indicated? Cureus Journal of Medical Science. 2020, Jul; 12(7): 9420. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32864247

Eyituoyo HO, Aben RN, Arinze NC, Vu DP, James EA. Ventricular Fibrillation 7 Years After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Am J Case Rep. 2020;21:e923711, Jul; 12(7): 9420. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 32864247

Sogade O, Aben RN, Eyituoyo HO, Arinze NC, Sogade FO, Feasibility study for echocardiography-guided lead insertion for permanent cardiac implantable electronic devices, Manuscript ID: PACE-20-0909.R3. Submitted to Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology Journal

Histopathological findings in the cardiopulmonary systems of patients with COVID-19 diseases: a systematic review. Nkechi Arinze, Odunayo Lawal, Adeyemi Adeosun, Adenike Eketunde, Oluwatobi Ozoya, Temitope Kehinde, Ardis Hanson, Evita Henderson-Jackson PROSPERO 2020 CRD42020192306 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42020192306

Histopathological findings in the liver and kidney of patients with COVID-19: a systematic review. Oluwatobi Ozoya, Nkechi Arinze, Adeyemi Adeosun, Odunayo Lawal, Adenike Eketunde, Temitope Kehinde, Ardis Hanson, Evita Henderson-Jackson

https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42020199440

Histopathological findings in the lymphoid tissues and organs of patients with COVID-19: a systematic review. Adenike Eketunde, Adeyemi Adeosun, Odunayo Lawal, Nkechi Arinze

https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42020192268

Oral Presentations:
Arinze, N C (August, 2020). The Management and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation. Oral Presentation presented at: Pointers Weekly, Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka NGA

Arinze, N C, Eyituoyo, HO. (September, 2018). Pre-hospital Assessment of the Role of Adrenaline: Measuring the Effectiveness of Drug Administration in Cardiac Arrest Oral Presentation presented at the Journal Club at Georgia Arrhythmia Consultants and Research Institute, Macon GA, USA

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Road Safety Practices amongst Motorcyclists in Nnewi, Southeastern Nigeria. Arinze NC, Okoli I, Edokwe B, Adogu P MBBS DISSERTATION, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria 2011

Incidence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Patients in Guinness Eye Clinic, Onitsha Southeastern Nigeria, 2010, Arinze NC, Chikwendu C, Akpakama A, Ophthalmology Rotation Research Theses

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Alexandra Medeiros, MD

Medical Degree: St. George's University

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon

Hometown: Gustine, CA

Interests in Pathology: Forensics!

Why I chose Augusta University: Augusta University allowed myself and my significant other to pursue our respective fields together!

Hobbies: Dancing, weightlifting and anything outdoors

Interesting Fact: I grew up in a small town in the Central Valley of California where I lived on a ranch with over 100,000 chickens.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Neutrophilic Dermatoses: Not Always What They Seem. Georgia Association of Pathology Webinar. March 2022.

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Zach Ramsey, MD

Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia

Undergraduate Degree: Augusta University

Hometown: Canton, GA

Interests in Pathology: Derm, GI and Breast

Why I chose Augusta University: I went to Augusta University for the BS/MD program where I completed my undergraduate degrees as well as medical school. During that time, I met my wife and made Augusta my home. That combined with the great faculty, residents, and staff at Augusta University made it an easy decision to stay.

Hobbies: Bass fishing, kayaking, anything outdoors

Interesting Fact: During 2017, I was ranked 14th in the nation for Collegiate Bass Fishing

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Satter KB, Tran PMH, Tran LKH, Ramsey Z, Pinkerton K, Bai S, Savage NM, Kavuri S, Terris MK, She J-X, Purohit S. Oncocytoma-Related Gene Signature to Differentiate Chromophobe Renal Cancer and Oncocytoma Using Machine Learning. Cells. 2022; 11(2):287. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells11020287

Hritani R, Ramsey Z, Lee R, Bates WB, Williams H, Garcia D, Kutlar A, Aljaroudi W. An unusual left atrial Rosai-Dorfman involvement in sickle cell disease patient. J Nucl Cardiol. 2022 Mar 22. doi: 10.1007/s12350-022-02944-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35316451.

Case Report: Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma Georgia Association of Pathology News: Dermatopathology Themed Issue. Mar 2022. Editors: Matthew R. Powell, Zachary C. Ramsey

 


PGY-3

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Ahmed Arfa, MBCHB

Medical Degree: Faculty of Medicine Tanta University, Egypt

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Interests in Pathology: Hematopathology and Molecular Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: Great community for family, friendly faculty and residents

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and kids, soccer and swimming

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Arfa, Ahmed, Nivin Omar, Kulsum Bano, and Natasha M. Savage. "Disseminated Mycobacterium tuberculosis: An Unusual Presentation with Associated Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis." Case Reports in Hematology 2022 (2022).

Karki, Nabin Raj, Ahmed Samire Arfa, Natasha Savage, and Abdullah Kutlar. "Indolent T-Lymphoblastic Proliferation in Idiopathic Multicentric Castleman Disease." Acta Haematologica (2021): 1-7.

Sakharuk, Ilya, Andrew Harner, Janie McKenzie, Ahmed Arfa, Asad Ullah, Sami Belakhlef, and J. Kruse. "Large Primary Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Liver in a 57-year-Old Female Presenting With MSSA Bacteremia." The American Surgeon (2021): 00031348211050825.

Arfa AS, Younes IE, Zhang L. FGFR1 rearrangement. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/myeloproliferativeFGFR1.html. Accessed April 3rd, 2022.

Ahmed S. Arfa, Nivin Omar, Nabin Karki, Natasha M. Savage. Occurrence of Indolent T-lymphoblastic Proliferation with Castleman Disease and Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Abstract submitted for 2022 College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting. New Orleans, LA. October 2022.

Tiyana Mccullough, Ahmed Samire Arfa, Nivin omar, P. Moideen, M. Toscano, L. Vemavarapu, Suash J Sharma.Proximal-type Epithelioid Sarcoma: Report of a Challenging Case with Literature Review. Submitted for 2022 College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting. New Orleans, LA. October 2022.

"Candida Krusei Induced Colitis: a rare opportunistic infection" oral presentation at FSP's annual pathology conference 2020.  

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Thomas Cotter, DO

Medical Degree: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic

Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University

Hometown: Garden City, NY

Interests in Pathology: Hematopathology, Neuropathology and Surgical Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: The incredibly welcoming program director and staff. The unrivaled beautiful weather and fulfulling lifestyle Augusta has to offer.

Hobbies: My dog Gracie, playing the drums, guitar and history books

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Cotter T, Arfa A, Moideen P, et al. (March 30, 2022). Arteriovenous Malformation of the Uterus in a 41-Year-Old Woman Presenting as Uterine Bleeding. Cureus 14(3): e23646. doi:10.7759/cureus.23646

Cotter T, Arfa A, Moideen P, et al. (March 30, 2022). Arteriovenous Malformation of the Uterus. Interesting case presentation. Savannah, Georgia. November, 2021.

Cotter T, Arfa A, Moideen P, et al. (March 30, 2022) Arteriovenous Malformation of the Uterus. Poster presentation. Chicago, Illinois. September, 2021.

Cotter T, Samra H. Fusobacterium necrophorum (pending). PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/microbiologyfnecrophorum.html. Accessed May 6th, 2022

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Kiran Madwani, MBBS

Medical Degree: Dow Medical College, Pakistan

Undergraduate Degree: Aga Khan Higher Secondary School

Hometown: Houston, TX

Interests in Pathology: Cytopathology and Molecular Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: The education curriculum is very organized here and I found faculty, residents and staff very helpful and loving.

Hobbies: I love spending time with family, watching movies, having dinner with them. I enjoy cooking and experimenting new dishes all the time.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Hanif,R., Khalil,E., Sheikh,A., Harji,A.,Haris,S., Rasheed,MW., Ahmed,S., Abdul KA., Shaheen,E., Younus,A., Mansoor,M., Hameed,F., Touseef,M., Yaseen,T.. Knowledge about breastfeeding in accordance with the national policy among doctors, paramedics and mothers in baby-friendly hospitals. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association. 2010, Oct; 60(10): 881-887. Pub Status: Published.

Janku F, Huang HJ, Fujii T, Shelton DN, Madwani K, Fu S, Tsimberidou AM, Piha-Paul SA, Wheler JJ, Zinner RG, Naing A, Hong DS, Karp DD, Cabrilo G, Kopetz ES, Subbiah V, Luthra R, Kee BK, Eng C, Morris VK, Karlin-Neumann GA, Meric-Be. Multiplex KRASG12/G13 mutation testing of unamplified cell-free DNA from the plasma of patients with advanced cancers using droplet digital polymerase chain reaction.. Annals of Oncology. 2017, Mar; 28(3): 642-650. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 27993791. Pub Status: Published.

Janku, F., Zhang,S.,Waters,J., Liu,L., Huang,H.J., Subbiah,V., Hong,D.S., Karp,D.D., Fu,S., Cai,X., Ramzanali,N.M., Madwani,K., Cabrilo,G., Andrews,D.L., Zhao,Y., Javle,M., Kopetz,S.,Luthra,R., Kim,H.J., Gnerre,S., Satya,R.V.,. Development and Validation of an Ultra-deep Next-Generation Sequencing Assay for Testing of Plasma Cell-Free DNA from Patients with Advanced Cancer. American Association for Cancer Research. 2017, Sep; 23(18): 5648-5656. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 28536309. Pub Status: Published.

Fujii,T., Vibat,C.R., Karp,D.D.,Piha-Paul,S.A.,Subbiah,V., Tsimberidou,A.M., Fu,S., Hong,D.S., Huang,H.J., Madwani,K., Andrews,D.L., Hancock,S., Naing,A., Luthra,R., Kee,B.K., Kopetz,S., Erlander,M.G., Melnikova,V., Meric-Bernstam,F. & Janku,F.. (April, 2016). Abstract 3146: Circulating tumor DNA assay performance for detection and monitoring of KRAS mutations in urine from patients with advanced cancers Poster presented at: AACR 107th Annual Meeting 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA.

Hanif,R., Khalil,E., Sheikh,A., Harji,A.,Haris,S., Rasheed,MW., Ahmed,S., Abdul KA., Shaheen,E., Younus,A., Mansoor,M., Hameed,F., Touseef,M., Yaseen,T.. (October, 2010). Knowledge about breastfeeding in accordance with the national policy among doctors, paramedics and mothers in baby-friendly hospitals Poster presented at: Journal of Pakistan Medical Association.; Karachi, PAK.

Li,B.T., Janku,F., Janne,P.A., Mills,G.B., Madwani, K., Alden,R.S., Paweletz,C.P., Ladanyi,M.,Aravanis,A.,Jung,B., Gnerre,S.,Sehnert,A.J., Solit,D.B., Riely,G.R. & Oxnard,G.R.. (April, 2016). Abstract 4342: Ultra-deep next generation sequencing (NGS) of plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from patients with advanced lung cancers: results from the Actionable Genome Consortium P oster presented at: AACR 107th Annual Meeting 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA.

Madwani,K., Huang,H.J.,Shelton, D.N., Fu,S.,Tsimberidou, A.M.,Piha-Paul,S.A.,Naing,A., Hong,D.S., Karp,D.D., Andrews,D.L., Cabrilo,G., E. Scott Kopetz, Luthra,R., Kee,B.K.,Eng,C., Morris,V.K., Karlin-Neumann,G.A., Meric-Bernstam,F. &Janku,F.. (April, 2016). Abstract 493: Quantity of KRAS mutations in cell-free DNA is associated with survival of patients with advanced cancers Poste r presented at: AACR 107th Annual Meeting 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA.

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Pramila Moideen, MD

Residency: M S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Medical Degree: Kasturba Medical College, India

Undergraduate Degree: St. Mary's College, India

Hometown: Trichur, Kerala, India

Interests in Pathology: Hematopathology & Neuropathology

Why I chose Augusta University: I chose Augusta Pathology residency for its academic excellence. The program has a highly accomplished faculty. The residents are friendly and there is a great sense of camaraderie. Augusta itself is a pretty place with lots of greenery.

Hobbies: Sketching and Traveling

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Moideen P, Krishnappa R: FNAC and histopathological correlation of breast lesions in a tertiary care institution 

Moideen P, Sridhar S, Ashok A: Endometriosis of appendix

Moideen P, Alva NK: comparative study of platelet indices in patients with type 2 Diabetes and non diabetic controls

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Nivin Omar, MBCHB

Medical Degree: University of Benghazi Faculty of Medicine, Libya

Undergraduate Degree: Benghazi University Faculty of Medicine

Hometown: Evans, GA

Interests in Pathology: Molecular Genetic and Hematopathology

Why I chose Augusta University: Friendly staff, location and family

Hobbies: Cooking, interior design and gardening

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Omar, K. Madwani, P. Moideen1, D. M. Manthei2, D. F. Keren2, G. Singh. Accurate Quantification of Monoclonal Immunoglobulins Migrating in the Beta Region on Protein Electrophoresis. Laboratory Medicine. 2021 August 13 https://doi.org/10.1093/labmed/lmab055

Omar N, Ullah A, Ghleilib I, et al. (December 12, 2021) A Locally Aggressive Ameloblastic Fibro-Odontoma: A Case Report and Literature Review. Cureus 13(12): e20366. doi:10.7759/cureus.20366

Omar N: Digital Pathology, the Future of Pathology. GAP newsletter article. March 8th, 2022.

Nivin Omar, Kiran Madwani, Intisar Ghleilib, Achuta Guddati, Joseph White. Malignant Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Ilium with Lung Metastasis. CAP21: The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2021, Chicago, IL.

Nivin Omar, Liezl Domingo, Valerie Mclure, Joseph White. Multicentric Infantile Myofibromatosis: An Unusual Presentation. CAP21: The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2021, Chicago, IL.

Nivin Omar, Intisar Ghleilib, Nikhil Patel, Rafik Abdelsayed. A Locally Aggressive Ameloblastic Fibro-Odontoma: A Case Report and Literature Review. CAP21: The Pathologists’ Meeting, September 2021, Chicago, IL.

Omar, K. Madwani, P. Moideen1, D. M. Manthei2, D. F. Keren2, G. Singh. Accurate Quantification of Monoclonal Immunoglobulins Migrating in the Beta Region on Protein Electrophoresis. AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Expo. September 2021. Atlanta, GA.

Madison Morton, Nivin Omar, Rabii Madi, Martha Terris, Mathew Powell. Collision Metastasis: Renal Cell Carcinoma and Prostate adenocarcinoma to a retroperitoneal lymph node. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eucr.2021.101884

Sahajpal, N. S., Mondal, A. K., Ananth, S., Pundkar, C., Jones, K., Williams, C. Nivin, O, & Kolhe, R. (2022). Optical Genome Mapping and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Microarray: An Integrated Approach for Investigating Challenging Cases of Products of Conception. medRxiv. (preprint) doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.02.03.22269494

Valerie Mclure, Liezl Domingo, Nivin Omar, Joseph White. Generalized Infantile Myofibromatosis: A Unique Presentation. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) virtual national conference and exhibition, March 2021, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Omar, Nivin (March 2020). The Effect of NSC670283 On Actin Cytoskeleton’s Dynamic in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells. Poster presentation at ASCLS Alabama-Georgia Medical Laboratory Symposium 2020. Atlanta, GA

Omar, Nivin (May 2020). The Effect of NSC670283 On Actin Cytoskeleton’s Dynamic in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells. Poster presentation at Augusta University / Graduate Research Day. Augusta, GA.

Omar, Nivin (May 2017). A Study of The Role of Actin Polymerization in The Regulation of Vascular Contractility in A Mouse Model. Master’s thesis defense. Human Physiology department / Boston University.

Omar, Nivin (May 2020). The Effect of NSC670283 On Actin Cytoskeleton’s Dynamic In MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells. Master’s thesis defense. Clinical Laboratory Science program, Augusta, GA. 

 


PGY-4 

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Yulan Jin, MBBS

Medical Degree: Hebei Medical University, China

Undergraduate Degree: Hebei Medical University, China

Hometown: Hebei, China

Interests in Pathology: Breast & Molecular Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: Location, great faculty and friendly staff

Hobbies: Reading, movies, playing tennis, pickleball, and spending time with family

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Yulan Jin, Natasha M Savage, Roni J. Bollag, Hongyan Xu, Gurmukh Singh. Light chain multiple myeloma: high serum free light chain levels portend renal damage and poorer survival. J Appl Lab Med. 2021 Nov 1; 6(6):1592-1600 

Xu C, Zhou H, Jin Y, Sahay K, Robicsek A, Liu Y, Barrett A, Su H and Chen W. Neddylation Deficiency in Hepatocytes Triggers Fatal Liver Injury via Inducing NF-κB-inducing Kinase and Oxidative Stress. Experimental Biology, April 2-5, 2022, Philadelphia, PA. Mini-symposium, oral presentation

Jin YL, Nikhil S. Sahajpal, Ashis Mondal, Allan Njau, et al. Whole genome optical mapping characterization of a complex case of myelodysplastic syndrome. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Hudgi A, Doshi S, Perry IE, Jin Y, Ellison SB. A case of “candy cane” esophagus. American College of Gastroenterology. October 2020 (virtual).

Jin YL, Han J, Sharma A, et al. (April, 2015). Characterization of T cell receptor diversity in T1D and pre-diabetic subjects. Poster presented at: Immunology of Diabetes Society 14th International Congress; Munich, DEU.

Jin YL, Yue W, Liu Y, et al. (January, 2003). Cloning of human nasopharyngeal carcinoma related gene, NCMRG-1. Oral Presentation presented at: 2002-2003 annual congress of Beijing of life science; Beijing, CHN.

Schneider F, Jin Y, Van Smaalen K, Gulbahce EH, Factor RE, Li X. The FDA-Approved Breast Cancer HER2 Evaluation Kit (HercepTest; Dako) May Miss Some HER2-Positive Breast Cancers. Am J Clin Pathol. 2019 Apr 2;151(5):504-510. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqy171.

Jin YL, Sharma A, Bai S, Carey C, Liu YT, Hopkins D, Barriga K, Rewers M and She JX. Risk of T1D progression in islet autoantibody-positive children can be further stratified using expression patterns of multiple genes implicated in peripheral blood lymphocyte activation and function. Diabetes. 2014, Jul; 63(7): 2506-15.

Jin YL, Sharma A, Carey C, Hopkins D, Wang X, Robertson DG, Bode B, Anderson SW, Reed JC, Steed RD, Steed L, She JX. The expression of inflammatory genes is upregulated in peripheral blood of patients with type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013, Sep; 36(9): 2794-2802.

Jin Y and She JX. Novel biomarkers in type 1 diabetes. Rev Diabet Stud. 2012, Dec; 9(4): 224-235.

Jin Y, Purohit S, Chen X, et al. Over-expression of Stat5b confers protection against diabetes in the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice via up-regulation of CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T cells.. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012, Aug; 424(4): 669-674.

Wang H, Jin Y, Reddy MV, et al. Genetically dependent ERBB3 expression modulates antigen presenting cell function and type 1 diabetes risk.. PLoS One. 2010, Jul; 5(7): e11789.

Jin YL, Chen XQ, Podolsky R, Hopkins D, et al. APC dysfunction is correlated with defective suppression of T cell proliferation in human type 1 diabetes. Clin Immunol. 2009, Mar; 130(3): 272-279.

Liu SY, Wang HJ, Jin YL, Robert P, et al. The IFIH1 polymorphisms are significantly associated with Type 1 Diabetes and IFIH1 gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Hum Mol Genet. 2009, Jan; 18(2):358-65.

Chen XQ, Makala L, Jin YL, Diane Hopkins, Andy, et al. Defective number of blood Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in human type 1 diabetes patients. Clin Immunol. 2008, Dec; 129(3): 413-8.

Zhou L, Wang H, Zhong X, Jin Y, Mi QS, et al. The IL-10 and IFN-gamma pathways are essential to the potent immunosuppressive activity of cultured CD8+ NKT-like cells. Genome Biology. 2008, Jul; 9(7): R119.

Jin YL, Yue W, Shi GX, et al. Inhibition of 6A8 alpha-mannosidase gene expression resulted in telomere length loss in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell CNE-2L2.Cancer Letter. 2005, Feb; 218(2): 229-234.

Yue W., Jin YL, Shi GX, et al. Suppression of 6A8 alpha -mannosidase expression reduced the potentiality of growth and metastasis of human nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Int J. Cancer. 2004, Jan; 108(2): 189-195.

Jin YL, Yue W, Shi GX, et al. Telomere length loss but not associated with decrease of  telomerase activity in tumor cells with reduction of malignancy. Basic Med. Sci. & Cli. 2003, Mar; 23(3): 283-286.

Wang LF, Han, ZK, Qu P, Liu Y, Ding ZW, Ling PZ, Zhang LH, liu M, Zhang W, Wang WR, Wang HP, liu BQ, Jin YQ, Jin YL, et al. Abnormal expression of p16 in human esophageal carcinoma and pre-malignant lesions. World Chinese Journal of Digestology. 2003, Jan; 11(1): 90-91.

Xu M, Jin YL, Fu J, et al. The abnormal expression of retinoic acid receptor-beta, p53 and Ki67 protein in normal, premalignant and malignant esophageal tissues. World J Gastroenterol. 2002, Apr; 8(2): 200-202.

Jin YL, Zhang W, Liu BQ, et al. Abnormal expression of p53, Ki67 and iNOS in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in situ and pre-malignant lesions. Chin J Oncol,. 2001, Mar; 23(2): 129-31.

Shi GX, Jin YL, Wang ZZ, et al. Resistance of SKW6 cell to apoptosis induction with anti-fas antibody upon transduction of a reverse fragment to a cDNA encoding human 6A8 alpha mannosidase. Science in China (Series C). 2001, Aug; 44(4): 365-72.

Jin YL, Zhang W, Liu BQ, et al. Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in human esophageal biopsies from carcinoma and precancerous lesions. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae. 2000, Dec; 22(6): 570-2.

Jin YL, Zhang W, Liu BQ, et al. Expression of Ki67 and p53 in human esophageal biopsies from carcinoma and precancerous lesions. Chinese Journal of Pathology. 2000, Mar; 3(N/A): 25 - 6.

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Taylor Sliker, MD

Medical Degree: Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, GA

Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Hometown: Savannah, GA

Interests: Forensic Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: The friendly atmosphere and how close it is to my hometown

Hobbies: Watching movies and Japanese anime, baking, drawing, sewing and spending time with my family.

Random Fact: I love learning new languages; in fact, I took two years of Japanese in undergrad and plan to continue studying and learning more about the Japanese language and culture. Also, I absolutely adore cats and all cat related things!

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Zarak MS, Sliker T, Javadi T, Ullah A, Heneidi SG, Biddinger P, Savage NM, Homlar K, Clarence J, White J. Unusual Presentation of Lipofibromatosis-Like Neural Tumor in an Adult: A Case Report. Saudi J Med Med Sci. 2021 Sep-Dec;9(3):267-270.

Sliker T, White J. Pathological Placental Findings in COVID19+ Mothers. GAP News. Georgia Association of Pathology. June 2021: 9. https://pathologyconnection.com/docs/gap/2021-06-newsletter.aspx.

Sliker T, Ullah A, Mattox SN, Willhite D, Biddinger P, Savage N, White J. Rare case of lipofibromatosis-like neural tumor in a 50-year-old male. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020.

Sliker T, Ullah A, Mattox SN, Willhite D, Biddinger P, Savage N, White, J. Rare case of Lipofibromatosis-Like Neural Tumor in a 50-year-old Male. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada. October, 2020. Accepted.  

Baban F, Sliker T, White J, Hernandez LH. Skene’s Gland Adenocarcinoma: A 2 Case Series Expanding on The Clinicopathological Features of a Rare Entity. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada. October, 2020.  

Willhite D, Ullah A, Sliker T, Bryan L, Savage N; Rare Expression of EBER and CD15 in Nodular Hodgkin Lymphoma Cofounds Differentiation from Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada. October, 2020.   

Ullah A, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Palacious GA, Byrd K, Abdelsayed, Kavuri S; Juvenile Aggressive Ossifying Fibroma of Paranasal Sinuses: Unusual presentation in an 18-year-old female. J Head Neck Surg. 2020; 2(1): 96-100.  

Mattox SN, Ullah A, Willhite D, Sliker T, Kolhe R, White J. Rare Cardiac Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor with a Novel FN1-ROS1 Rearrangement. College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada. October, 2020.  

Ullah A, Doroodchi A, Velasquez ZL, Mattox SN, Sliker T, Owen J, Willhite, D, Hatley R, Patel N; Submandibular Swelling: Initial Presentation of Metastatic Neuroblastoma. (Manuscript in preparation).  

Gomez J, Mam M, Estes TL, Mittal P, Sliker T, White J. Ruptured Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor associated to Neurofibromatosis type 1. Case ID: S8354. Case in Point. American College of Radiology. (Publication date pending). 

Oral Presentations:

Myofibroblastoma in a Breast Biopsy, Anatomic Pathology Interesting Case Presentation, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (Sept 2020). 

Pathological placental findings in COVID-19 positive patients, Evidence Based Medicine Presentation, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (Sept 2020).  

Anatomical and Biochemical Evidence for T. palladum in a 19th to early 20th century Skeletal Cadaver, Journal Club Presentation, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (Oct 2020).

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Dorian K. Willhite, MD

Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Interests: Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, Molecular & Surgical Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: Excellent staff/residents and family nearby

Hobbies: Stargazing, backpacking, golf, poker, cooking, gardening, sporting clays, target shooting, fishing, sci-fi books, writing and photography

Random Fact: How my parents met: My mother, eighteen years old, pulled out a cigarette while she sat perched on bar stool in some random bar in Tehran, Iran. During the 60’s this must have been an irresistible sight for men -- for my father. No fewer than four standard issue U.S. Air Force lighters darted out towards the Persian cigarette she held aloft and lightly pinched between her fingers. I doubt the facts of what happened at this moment will ever be fully revealed to me. Did my dad reach the cigarette first or did my mom, presented with four eager flames simultaneously, grasp my father’s wrist and pull him towards her?  Both stories are romantic and equally nauseating, but the outcome was the same:  I was born -- a hybrid -- from an Iranian mother and a blue-eyed American serviceman.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Hever A, Roth RB, Hevezi PA, Lee J, Willhite D, White EC, Marin EM, Herrera R, Acosta HM, Acosta AJ, Zlotnik A., “Molecular characterization of human adenomyosis.” Mol Hum Reprod. 2006 Dec; 12(12):737-48.

Roth RB, Hevezi P, Lee J, Willhite D, Lechner SM, Foster AC, Zlotnik A., “Gene expression analyses reveal molecular relationships among 20 regions of the human CNS.” Neurogenetics. 2006 May; 7(2):67-80.

Patino-Lopez G, Hevezi P, Lee J, Willhite D, Verge GM, Lechner SM, Ortiz-Navarrete V, Zlotnik A., “Human class-I restricted T cell associated molecule is highly expressed in the cerebellum and is a marker for activated NKT and CD8+ T lymphocytes.” J Neuroimmunol.  2006 Feb; 171(1-2):145-55

Lee J, Hever A, Willhite D, Zlotnik A, Hevezi P., “Effects of RNA degradation on gene expression analysis of human postmortem tissues.” FASEB J. 2005 Aug; 19(10):1356-8.

Bhaskar V, Law DA, Ibsen E, Breinberg D, Cass KM, DuBridge RB, Evangelista F, Henshall SM, Hevezi P, Miller JC, Pong M, Powers R, Senter P, Stockett D, Sutherland RL, von Freeden-Jeffry U, Willhite D, Murray R, Afar DE, Ramakrishnan V., “E-selection up-regulation allows for targeted drug delivery in prostate cancer.” Cancer Research. 2003 Oct 1; 63(19):6387-94.

Henshall SM, Afar DE, Hiller J, Horvath LG, Quinn DI, Rasiah KK, Gish K, Willhite D, Kench JG, Gardiner-Garden M, Stricker PD, Scher HI, Grygiel JJ, Agus DB, Mack DH, Sutherland RL., “Survival analysis of genome-wide gene expression profiles of prostate cancers identifies new prognostic targets of disease relapse.” Cancer Research. 2003 Jul 15; 63(14):4196-203.

Rajaraman S, Wood LK, Willhite DK, Russell LB, Bedell MA., “Effects of spontaneous KitlSteel mutations on survival and red blood cells of mice. Mammalian Genetics. 2003 Mar; 14(3):168-74.

Bouras T, Southey MC, Chang AC, Reddel RR, Willhite D, Glynne R, Henderson MA, Armes JE, Venter DJ., “Stanniocalcin 2 is an estrogen-responsive gene coexpressed with the estrogen receptor in human breast cancer.” Cancer Research. 2002 Mar 1; 62(5):1289-95.

 


Surgical Pathology Fellow

 


Transfusion Medicine Fellow

 


Forensic Pathology Fellows

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Samantha Mattox, DO

Residency: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Medical Degree: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate Degree: Columbus State University

Hometown: Columbus, GA

Interests in Pathology: Forensic Pathology

Why I chose Augusta University: Friendly staff and location

Hobbies: Drawing/painting, reading, cooking, and spending time with family

Random Fact: I have two pugs named Negan and Maggie (named after The Walking Dead characters), and I am obsessed with office supplies...especially binder clips and pens.

Posters, Presentations & Publications

Mattox SN, Kozman D, Singh G. Serum folate of less than 7.0 ng/mL is a marker of malnutrition. Lab Med 2020; 1;51(5):507-511.

 

Mattox SN, Ullah A, Willhite D, Sliker T, Kolhe R, White J. Rare cardiac myofibroblastic tumor with a novel FN1‐ROS1 College of American Pathologists. Las Vegas, Nevada (virtual). September 2020. 

Mattox SN, Kozman DM, Singh G. Serum folate of ≤ 7.0 ng/mL is a marker of malnutrition. Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. June 2020 (virtual).

Nieves, Samantha (May 2010). Effects of Combined Extracts on Cell Viability and Proliferation of Ovarian Cancer Cells. Senior Research Project. Department of Biology, Columbus State University.

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Romana Mayer, MD

Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, College Park, MD

Medical Degree: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Interests in Pathology: Forensic Pathology and Infectious Disease

Why I chose Augusta University: The forensic fellowship at GBI is a great opportunity to experience a variety of cases from throughout the state of Georgia.

Hobbies: I consider myself an all-around nerd. I love board games, Dungeons and Dragons, horror movies, going to conventions, Japanese food and culture, and cats! Recently I have also gotten into making wine and creating stained glass art. 

Random Fact: I got married at Medieval Times!

Posters, Presentations & Publications

“Histologic, Indirect Immunofluorescence, and ISH Findings in a Case Series of 3 Living COVID-19 Patients and Evidence of Prolonged Persistent Viral Replication”, Accepted for poster presentation at USCAP 2021, Stowell-Orbison Surgical Pathology/Autopsy Award finalist, 2nd place winner of 9th annual Silverberg Lecture Series 2021

“Changes in Rate of Unexpected Findings at Autopsy: A Ten-Year Retrospective Study”, Accepted for platform presentation at USCAP 2020 and 1st place winner of 8th annual Silverberg Lecture Series May 2020

“Solitary Fibrous Tumors: When and Why to get What stains Where”, Presented at the 7th annual Silverberg Lecture Series at UMMC, April 2019