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A Star Is Born at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting

ASCP honored Stephen Hammond, MD, as a leader and a researcher at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Oct. 19–22. He received the Resident Leadership Representative Award and won the Best Poster Award for a Resident. Dr. Hammond, then a fourth-year resident in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology at Boston Medical Center, Boston, showed singular leadership and research abilities, which rarely go hand-in-hand.

“The Resident Leadership Representative Award honors outstanding resident members of ASCP who have served as liaisons for their training programs,” said Christopher Cogbill, MD, 2011–2012 ASCP Chair of the Resident Council. “These representatives are vital to ASCP’s efforts to work at a grassroots level, as well as to disseminate important information and resources to members across the United States and Canada. Dr. Hammond has established himself as a highly effective leader.”

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Dr. Hammond came to the United States in 2008 for his residency to study both clinical and anatomic pathology, which have to be studied separately in his native country. He discovered an innate talent for dermatopathology and has accepted a fellowship in the specialty at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, New York.

Dr. Hammond’s involvement with ASCP began in 2009 after his research of pathology organizations revealed the Society had a singularly global view of pathology within health care.


I really wanted to dive in the deep end of pathology,” he said. “I persuaded other pathology residents to subscribe to fantastic ASCP resources, such as Daily Diagnosis, to apply for ASCP subspecialty grants, and to join the ASCP residency program.

Through the time he has spent as an ASCP Resident Representative, Dr. Hammond has learned how important it is to belong to the larger pathology community and “not have a myopic vision.” He enjoys networking for new ideas, not just to meet new people, but to become a better pathologist.

Looking toward the future, Dr. Hammond has a passion for how digital pathology can transform diagnoses in developing countries. He hopes to perform secondary consultations overseas and was inspired by presentations from such luminaries as Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting.

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