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Members formed the nucleus of ASCP in 1922. Ninety years later, the contributions of ASCP members are crucial for every step, leap, and innovation the Society makes in education, certification, and advocacy. Throughout these 90 years, thousands of ASCP members have become leaders through their long-term involvement in the Society.

Each year, ASCP recognizes the individuals who have made outstanding, lifelong contributions to the Society. In 2011, 16 ASCP members were honored in several categories for their singular efforts toward the Advancement of the organization. ASCP applauds them for their imagination, their tenacity, and their vision.



Barbara J. McKenna, MD, FASCP
Godfrey D. Stobbe Endowed Professor in Pathology Education
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.




Highly respected for her expertise in pathology and cytopathology and her advocation for the entire laboratory team, Barbara J. McKenna, MD, FASCP, will be recognized for her many accomplishments with the ASCP President’s Award. Established in 2009, the Award honors an outstanding ASCP member who has gone above and beyond his or her duties and performed exceptional service for the profession. ASCP President from 2008 to 2009, she has made singular contributions through her strong, inclusive leadership.

In selecting Dr. McKenna, ASCP President John E. Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP, explains, “Barbara has made immeasurable contributions to the profession of pathology and laboratory medicine. Resident education is forever improved by her attention to the Resident In-Service Examination [RISE]. Public visibility of pathology and laboratory medicine skyrocketed with the implementation of a new communications plan developed with her guidance.”

Dr. McKenna rose rapidly through the leadership ranks of ASCP. In addition to serving as
ASCP President, she was Commissioner for both the Commission on Graduate Medical Education in Pathology and the Commission for Assessment, Co-director of the Resident Review Committee, and Chair of the RISE Committee. Of the eight ASCP Presidents John R. Ball, MD, JD, MASCP, served as ASCP Executive Director, he remembers Dr. McKenna for “her fascinating presentations that drew analogies between her love of gardening and her training in pathology.”

After serving with distinction as a pathologist at several hospitals and teaching institutions in New York, Dr. McKenna returned in 2002 to her medical school and residency alma mater, the University of Michigan, where she has progressed rapidly from Associate Professor to full Professor. On Aug. 12, 2011, her investiture as the Godfrey D. Stobbe Endowed Professor in Pathology Education was held. Dr. McKenna also directs the Pathology Education Programs. A tireless advocate for patient-centered care, she wrote in the January 2009 issue of

Critical Values, “I have worked besides scores of dedicated pathologists and other laboratory professionals. Again and again, I have seen their willingness to go the extra mile, take the extra step, stay late, arrive early, or continue to be available from home when a patient’s well-being is at stake. It seems their primary motivator is, in fact, to help patients.” That philosophy is central to how Dr. McKenna conducts her life and career.


Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD, MASCP
Executive Vice President
American Board of Pathology
Tampa, Fla.




A renowned educator in graduate medical education, Betsy Bennett, MD, PhD, MASCP, parlayed her skills honed during many years as an academic and pathologist to spearhead the American Board of Pathology (ABP). During the past eight years as the Executive Vice President of the ABP, she has reviewed and overseen the certification of about 600 pathologists annually in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as subspecialty competence.

Her involvement with ASCP began as a pathology resident at Vanderbilt University. Initially, Dr. Bennett was attracted by its educational courses in both clinical and anatomic pathology and has advanced to leadership roles on the Council of Resident Training Commission on Graduate Medical Education in Pathology and Advisory Council. As she moved ahead as a pathologist and educator, her appreciation grew for ASCP’s inclusion of the entire laboratory team.

Dr. Bennett considers receiving the ASCP Mastership a great honor. “Having my contributions to the Society and the field recognized by an organization for which I have the utmost respect is extremely gratifying,” she said. “ASCP and the people that I have met through the Society have been major foundations of my career. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have managed to do without them, and I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun.”

Before her tenure at ABP, Dr. Bennett moved up to progressively responsible positions first at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and then at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine, Mobile, Ala., where she became Vice-Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education. Of her career, she acknowledges the greatest influence came from William A. Gardner, MD, FASCP, Executive Director of the American Registry of Pathology, who passed along his excellent administration management skills.

Always a teacher as much as a pathologist, both of Dr. Bennett’s parents were educators. She takes great pride in notes from former medical students and pathology residents about the meaningful role she has played in their education. Her enthusiasm for pathology remains strong.

“Medicine is an endlessly fascinating arena, and being a pathologist means being involved in every aspect of it,” Dr. Bennett said.




Thomas A. Bonfiglio, MD, MASCP
Retired Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and Director of Cytopathology
University of Rochester
Rochester, N.Y.



A distinguished pioneer in cytopathology, Thomas A. Bonfiglio, MD, MASCP, advanced to progressively responsible positions throughout his career at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. Recently, he retired as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Cytopathology Laboratory there.

A past ASCP President, Dr. Bonfiglio started teaching ASCP courses more than 37 years ago and has been involved with the Society ever since. “The educational programs that I participated in both as a presenter and an attendee enhanced my knowledge and experience,” he said. “Through ASCP, I have met highly respected colleagues, many of whom became trusted mentors and advisers, as well as lifelong friends.”

Since the Society became an integral part of his professional career, Dr. Bonfiglio is gratified to receive the ASCP Mastership from his colleagues. “To receive this award from the Society that represents the largest group of pathologists and other laboratory professionals in the world is of special significance,” he said.

Mentoring has played a large role in Dr. Bonfiglio’s successful career. His most influential mentors include Roger Terry, MD, FASCP, former head of surgical pathology at the University of Rochester; the late James W. Reagan, MD, Chief of Surgical Pathology and Cytology at Case Western Reserve Hospital, Cleveland; and the late Stanley F. Patten Jr., MD, PhD, FASCP, who was a colleague and friend at the University of Rochester. “Dr. Patten encouraged my interest in cytopathology and convinced me that this should be an important focus of my career,” he said.

In turn, Dr. Bonfiglio takes great pride in serving as a mentor to many pathology residents and fellows, including ASCP Immediate Past President Mark H. Stoler, MD, FASCP, who have become national and international leaders in surgical pathology and cytopathology.

Dr. Stoler calls him one of the giants in cytopathology who helped launch his own career. Dr. Bonfiglio has received many honors, including the ASCP Ward Burdick Award for distinguished service to pathology, Educator of the Year from the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, President’s Award from the American Society of Cytopathology, and the James Reagan Lectureship Award of the International Academy of Cytology.




Marian J. Cavagnaro, MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM,DLMCM
Director of Laboratory Services
Memorial Hospital West
Pembroke Pines, Fla.




Renowned as an outstanding laboratory professional, teacher, mentor, and ASCP volunteer, Marian J. Cavagnaro, MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM,DLMCM, inspires those around her to be passionate in every facet of their lives. Currently, she serves as the Director of Laboratory Services at Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines, Fla., supervising 80 employees.

For 26 years, Ms. Cavagnaro has held a myriad of leadership positions for ASCP, including on the ASCP Board of Certification and ASCP Board of Directors. However, her work as an ASCP consultant in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania touched her most deeply, according to Ms. Cavagnaro.

“Her role in teaching, while exceptional, is probably overshadowed by her heart for people,” wrote Walter Oliveira, MLS(ASCP)CMSI, on Jan. 11, 2011. “She is a giving and compassionate person who makes a difference in the quality of life for people in Africa.”

In recognition of her many contributions, Ms. Cavagnaro will receive the ASCP Mastership. “I celebrate in joining other members who have received the ASCP Mastership and have made contributions to the field of pathology and laboratory medicine,” she said. “It’s been an enriching, memorable journey over the years.”

“Marian’s enthusiasm for ASCP and its many activities, and her sincere caring for the Society and its mission have been infectious with me,” wrote Mary-Elizabeth O’Brien, Executive Director, Ironstone Farm, Andover, Mass., on Jan. 15, 2011.

Two of her mentors, Bettina G. Martin, HT(ASCP), and Anne Thompson, MT(ASCP)SH, taught Ms. Cavagnaro the importance of commitment and passion in all aspects of her life. She has responded by continuing to learn at every opportunity. At a time when many of her contemporaries are near retirement, Ms. Cavagnaro is earning her master’s degree in divinity from St. Thomas University, Miami, and expects to finish by May 2012.

On the professional side, Ms. Cavagnaro is delighted to help design a new laboratory that will accommodate a flow cytometry section, a larger blood bank, and an expanded histology section to support Adult Hematology/Oncology Service and Bone Marrow Transplant Program for the entire Memorial Healthcare System.


Margaret G. Daniels, MA, MASCP, MT(ASCP)SC
Manager of Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Syracuse, N.Y.




Well-versed in laboratory medicine, Margaret G. Daniels, MA, MASCP, MT(ASCP)SC, built on her skills as a medical technologist to become an educator and manager. Currently, she serves as the Manager, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. For 32 years, Ms. Daniels served on the faculty, rising to Assistant Professor, in the Medical Technology program at the State University of New York at Syracuse-Upstate Medical University.

Rising through the ranks of leadership, her contributions were pivotal on the ASCP Task Force on Governance in 2003, which changed ASCP’s committee organizational structure and streamlined the total operation.  Also, Ms. Daniels served as Chair on the ASCP Board of Registry (BOR, now the ASCP Board of Certification) Joint Generalist Exam Committee from 1988 to 1991 and Chair on the BOR Board of Governors from 2001 to 2002.

To recognize her many contributions to ASCP, Ms. Daniels will receive the ASCP Mastership. “This is the highest honor I have ever received,” she said. “I think of the great people who make the Society work and how they have influenced me. The remarkable interactions between ASCP volunteers and staff during difficult times were always professional and committed to success. My eyes were opened to the quality and dedication of a great team.”

Barbara M. Castleberry, MT(ASCP), encouraged Ms. Daniels to enjoy the work at ASCP, to bring fun into committees, to have difficult conversations when needed, and to be concise during her presentations.

“I love the energy that ASCP has,” Ms. Daniels said. “Working with ASCP staff and volunteers is the most rewarding experience in my professional life. They are deeply dedicated to protecting the public safety, to teaching others state-of-the-art information, and providing support to the whole laboratory team.”

Outside of the laboratory and her involvement with ASCP, she is an avid New York Yankees fan. Her favorite destination is Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands. During her annual visits, Ms. Daniels goes sailing and kayaking, as well as snorkeling.




Jo Anne B. Edwards, MEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM
Laboratory Surveyor
The Joint Commission
Sparks, Nev.




A dynamic laboratory administrator, Jo Anne B. Edwards, MEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM, used her first career as a medical technologist as a stepping stone to progressively responsible and diverse administrative positions in the laboratory. Currently, she is based in Sparks, Nev., and serves as a Laboratory Surveyor for The Joint Commission.

Her involvement with ASCP began when her longtime colleague at the Associated Pathologists Laboratories, Las Vegas, Thorne Butler, MD, nominated Ms. Edwards for a position on the Society’s Board of Directors. Although she was not elected to the Board until later, she met ASCP volunteer Karen K. James, PhD, MT(ASCP), and joined the newly formed Laboratory Management Exam Committee for the ASCP Board of Registry (BOR, now the ASCP Board of Certification). Through the years, Ms. Edwards has moved up the ASCP leadership ranks, serving on the ASCP BOR Board of Governors, as chair of the Commission on Public Policy and Government Relations, and on the 2005–2006 Task Force on the Future of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine among other important contributions to ASCP.

“It’s an honor being associated with a professional society that is truly concerned with laboratory issues for all our members,” she said. “I have developed lifelong friends, cultivated a great network, and found people who have the same sense of humor.”

After so many years of hard work and camaraderie with other ASCP volunteers, Ms. Edwards is truly honored to be selected by her peers to receive the ASCP Mastership. She is an author and presenter for many laboratory organizations, including 2006 ASCP Leadership Exchange in Baltimore called “Learn a New Language—the Language of Medicare.”

Aside from her career, Ms. Edwards loves riding the fastest, most topsy-turvy roller coasters she can find. “If I had the funds, I would buy the roller coaster at the Sahara Hotel [Las Vegas] and install it in my backyard,” she said.

Her career has seesawed between Missouri, where Ms. Edwards was born and raised, and Nevada, where she received her master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is very close to her two daughters and six grandchildren, who Ms. Edwards calls her “proudest accomplishments.”




Vicki S. Freeman, PhD, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSC
Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory
Sciences, Susan Logan
Endowed Professor, and Marie Hall Scholar
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas



Known as a consummate professional and a distinguished professor, Vicki G. Freeman, PhD, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSC, FACB, serves as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Suzanne Logan Endowed Professor, and Marie Hall Scholar at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas.

In parallel with her academic achievements, Dr. Freeman joined ASCP and started volunteering on education and certification committees, moving up the leadership ranks. She became an ASCP consultant for the Global Outreach Program, traveling to various countries in sub-Saharan Africa to train laboratory professionals.

To show appreciation for her great work for the Society, she will receive the prestigious ASCP Mastership. “I am proud to be recognized by a Society where pathologists and laboratory professionals work together to enhance the quality of laboratory work through certification and education,” Dr. Freeman said. “I value the relationships that I have developed with ASCP members through my involvement.”

“Vicki is a dedicated, hard-working, and consummate professional, and a source of inspiration to her colleagues,” wrote Marian J. Cavagnaro, MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)<sup>CM</sup>,DLM<sup>CM</sup> on Jan. 13, 2011. “She has demonstrated excellent leadership, teamwork, communication, and strategic planning skills throughout her professional career.”

One of her mentors, John R. Snyder, PhD, MT(ASCP)SH, encouraged Dr. Freeman to continue her education at the graduate level. Early in her career, she struggled for eight years and through six universities to complete her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Her husband was in the U.S. Air Force, so the couple moved often and two of their children were born during those years. Once the first bachelor’s degree hurdle was cleared, however, Dr. Freeman sprinted through earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, a master’s degree in adult and continuing education, and a doctorate in community and human resources.

Professionally, Dr. Freeman has increased the number of students in the clinical laboratory scientist program at UTMB and developed many different tracks, so that many students have more flexibility to pursue their education. She knows firsthand that flexibility helps make higher education possible for more students.




David F. Keren, MD, MASCP
Professor of Pathology, Medical School
of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.




As devoted to measuring results as to practicing compassion, David F. Keren, MD, MASCP, is the Medical Director of Warde Medical Laboratory and serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Since his pathology residency at John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, he has been involved in ASCP, first as an educator and then as a leader, including ASCP President 2003–2004.

“I belong to an organization [ASCP] that represents the entire laboratory team,” Dr. Keren explained. “I never make a diagnosis in a vacuum. The technologists, residents, fellows and other pathologists are there with me.”

Humbled and honored to receive the Mastership from ASCP, he reflects on the people who generously helped him in his career through their time, knowledge, and trust. “I will do my best to live up to ASCP’s confidence in me,” said Dr. Keren, who is President of the American Board of Pathology.

Advances in science and technology continue to thrill him. Currently, two levels of new technologies intrigue Dr. Keren: continuous improvement in widely used methods such as protein electrophoresis and enzyme immunoassays; and molecular testing and its broad implications.

Among his many mentors, three individuals stand out—Rex B. Conn, MD, FASCP; Fred Holtz, MD, FASCP; and John H. Yardley, MD. The late Dr. Conn, a past President of ASCP, encouraged Dr. Keren to join ASCP, present his early clinical work, and publish his first book through the ASCP Press. Dr. Holtz was an early pioneer with high-resolution electrophoresis for serum, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid. He shared these methods with Dr. Keren and, as a result, entirely changed the emphasis of Dr. Keren’s later publications. Dr. Yardley was instrumental in how Dr. Keren practices laboratory medicine: valuing measurements, humor, fairness, and compassion.

In addition to pathology, he is a prolific author and award-winning actor in community theater productions. Among many prestigious awards from professional societies, Dr. Keren is the recipient of the ASCP Israel Davidsohn Award. In 2008, he climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP, MT(ASCP)
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Va.




Intrigued by a career in the medical laboratory, Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, MASCP, MT(ASCP), became a medical laboratory scientist for several years and then pursued a career in pathology. A cousin, who was a medical laboratory scientist, initially inspired her to pursue this career path, combining science and medicine.

“My first job in the laboratory was as a phlebotomist while attending college to become a medical laboratory scientist,” Dr. Sanford said. “From that point on, I knew that I had found my home.”

Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va., Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine, and Medical Director for an Outpatient Laboratory at VCU. In addition to those varied responsibilities, Dr. Sanford finds time to serve on the Editorial Board of LabMedicine, ASCP’s monthly magazine for laboratory professionals; leadership positions on several ASCP committees, including as a member of the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee; and as a member of the Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society. Dr. Sanford joined ASCP in 1991 after passing her certification examination as a medical laboratory scientist.

“ASCP reflects the daily practice of pathology because it includes everyone in the laboratory with their own special skill set to provide excellent patient care,” she said.

Recognition through the ASCP Mastership represents a pinnacle of her successful career. “ASCP fosters the same teamwork approach that I value in my own practice,” Dr. Sanford explained. “Since I have worked at different levels in the laboratory, I understand how each person contributes to the patients’ diagnoses. Although I have led a tortuous career path, this experience has made me a stronger pathologist.”

At each step of her career, mentors have smoothed her path. One of her most important mentors, David S. Wilkinson, MD, FASCP, advised her through medical school, the residency program, and now as an academic pathologist. As the Chairman of the Pathology Department at VCU, he also gave Dr. Sanford the opportunity to start a successful Client Services Division for the Pathology Department when she was a medical laboratory scientist. Quality patient care continues to be an important focus of her career.



Pennell C. Painter III, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, DLMCM
Passed away on July 26, 2011





A distinguished scholar and educator, Pennell C. Painter, III, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM,DLMCM, will receive the 2011 ASCP Member Excellence in Education Award posthumously. He passed away on July 26, 2011, at the age of 65. His legacy of enhancing the quality of laboratory services and improving the quality of the patient’s experience will live on, according to Norman Crowe, Vice President, Laboratory Corporation of America,Knoxville, Tenn.

This Award honors Dr. Painter for his active engagement in laboratory management, and his demonstrated skills and management strategies. He served as the Co-chairman of the ASCP Teleconference Committee in addition to teaching many educational courses for the Society.

Earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate’s degrees all from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Dr. Painter also pursued his career at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (UTMCK), progressing to the position of full Professor. When he retired from UTMCK in 2003, he was honored with the distinction of Professor Emeritus of Pathology, the youngest professor at the University to receive this recognition. Until March 2011, Dr. Painter was the Director of Laboratory Operations for the LabCorp Knoxville Laboratory at UTMCK.

Among his many accomplishments, he published 15 book chapters, 35 journal articles, and 32 abstracts and presented hundreds of nationally broadcast teleconferences, scientific symposium presentations, and workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Outside of teaching and laboratory, Dr. Painter was an avid reader, fascinating conversationalist, and die-hard outdoorsman. He seemed to be able to discuss, debate, or enlighten his listeners on any subject—a true Renaissance man—according to Mr. Crowe.

Dr. Painter requested that “the focus on excellence in patient sample testing quality that I have worked to ingrain into the fabric of the laboratory is continued and nurtured.” To honor his request, Mr. Crowe and other colleagues are creating the Dr. Pennell C. Painter, III, Quality Award, which will be given annually to a member of the laboratory staff at UTMCK who makes a major contribution to quality improvement and furthering the laboratory’s mission.




Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wis.




While she began as a medical technologist, since 1991 Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, PhD, MT(ASCP), has headed up the Medical Technology program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison), Wis. Educating students and practicing professionals by making “information intriguing and understandable” has become her most memorable accomplishment, she said. So it is fitting that Dr. Ehrmeyer will receive the 2011 ASCP Excellence in Education Award in honor of her many achievements as an educator.

“It is extremely rewarding for my efforts in education to be recognized by ASCP, a preeminent organization that understands the value of education for its membership and continually offers outstanding educational programs,”
she said.

Dr. Ehrmeyer has held many membership positions at the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), including serving on the BOC Board of Governors, Vice Chair of the BOC Globalization Task Force, and BOC Board Liaison to the Clinical Chemistry Committee. ASCP-certified since 1966, she thrives on belonging to a Society that works on behalf of the entire laboratory team.

Although Dr. Ehrmeyer has worked with many talented colleagues, two mentors exerted strong influences on her career—James O. Westgard, PhD, and the late Ronald Laessig, PhD, both at UW-Madison. Dr. Westgard advised her to do what she thinks is valuable and not to let others define her, which was career changing advice, according to Dr. Ehrmeyer.

Helping to advance her career at UW, Dr. Laessig opened many doors for her and made Dr. Ehrmeyer aware that to succeed at a large, prestigious university, the right mentor was essential. “Ron was the right mentor,” she said.

A prolific author and lecturer, Dr. Ehrmeyer has traveled worldwide, educating laboratory professionals about quality and regulatory practices. While Paris and Zermatt, Switzerland, were once her most desirable destinations of choice and still among her top selections, she has added other favorite cities to her roster and loves to travel for business and pleasure.





Frank H. Wians Jr., PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB
Retired as Technical Director of the Core Laboratory
Baylor University Medical Center




Known for his devotion to laboratory medicine, Frank H. Wians Jr., PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, has held prominent positions as an educator and laboratory director in both civilian and U.S. Air Force teaching hospitals. In 1993, he retired from the Biomedical Sciences Corps of the Air Force as a Lieutenant-Colonel after 22 years. During the next 18 years, Dr. Wians served in positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor University Medical Center, both in Dallas. He will retire as Technical Director of the Core Laboratory, at Baylor University Medical Center on Oct. 27, 2011.

By serving on the editorial board of many distinguished journals and writing peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and books, including co-authoring ASCP Caseset: Laboratory Medicine published by the ASCP Press, Dr. Wians has shared his expertise with many laboratory professionals. His decade-long tenure on the Editorial Board and as Editor-in-Chief of ASCP’s monthly publication, LabMedicine, since 2004, is one of his highest achievements.

In appreciation of his accomplishments, spirit, and Society activities during his career, Dr. Wians will receive the 2011 ASCP Member Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the laboratory medicine profession. “This is the highest honor that I have received during my career, and it is all the more special because it comes from ASCP, the organization that has championed medical technology issues since its creation in 1922,” he said.

Reflecting on his career, Dr. Wians said, “Because teaching is my passion and laboratory medicine has been such a great career choice for me, I wanted to influence the next generation of medical technologists by sharing my expertise and enthusiasm for the profession as a career choice.”

He has had many mentors. One of the most influential was Donald Melville, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. He persuaded Dr. Wians to earn his doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard University Graduate School, which helped further his career.

“As a result of the diversity in laboratory medicine, I have never had a dull day in my entire career, and I could not wait to get up in the morning to go to work,” he said. Dr. Wians only hopes his retirement will be equally rewarding.



Lester J. Layfield, MD, FASCP
Professor of Pathology and Director of Surgical Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Vice President of Anatomic Pathology
ARUP Laboratories
Salt Lake City


An internationally recognized expert in cytopathology, especially for fine-needle aspiration, Lester J. Layfield, MD, FASCP, will receive the 2011 ASCP Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Service to Pathology. The Award honors an ASCP member who has made a significant contribution to pathology through sustained service to the profession and the Society.

“Combining the prestige of ASCP granting the Ward Burdick Award and the scope of contributions evaluated for the selection of the recipient, the Award is a very significant honor,” said Dr. Layfield, Professor of Pathology, Director of Surgical Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Vice President of Anatomic Pathology, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City.  He has written nearly 300 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and three books, including Aspiration Cytopathology of the Head and Neck, published by the ASCP Press.

“Dr. Layfield has trained generations of excellent pathologists,” wrote Ben J. Glasgow, MD, Edith and Lew Wasserman Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), on Jan. 19, 2011. “His writings are published in leading textbooks that are used for the education of pathologists at every level of training. Dr. Layfield’s commitment to the field of anatomic and clinical pathology spans three decades and includes sentinel contributions to the field of diagnostic cytology. His commitment to the ASCP is unquestionable.”

Since he specializes in fine-aspiration cytopathology, in his practice Dr. Layfield combines morphologic diagnosis with direct patient contact. He enjoys one-on-on interaction with patients. Currently, his laboratory is developing techniques for the use of molecular diagnostics on cytologic specimens. These techniques focus on the modification of mutational analysis for several markers important in treating pulmonary and gastrointestinal lesions.

Early in his training at UCLA, Dr. Layfield was focused on surgical pathology until Britt-Marie E. Ljung, MD, FASCP, introduced him to fine-needle aspiration cytopathology. “I immediately recognized the value of the technique and its ability to minimize patient discomfort, as well as limit costs and reduce turnaround time,” he said. “Dr. Ljung’s critical influence changed my career focus to fine-needle aspiration cytopathology.”





Henry M. Rinder, MD, FASCP
Associate Director (Clinical Pathology) Pathology Residency Program
Yale University
Director, Clinical Hematology Laboratories, and Director,
Satellite Laboratory Services
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, Conn.
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Perfusion Program
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, Conn.

Honored as a teacher by the pathology residents at Yale University Medical School, Henry “Harvey” M. Rinder, MD, FASCP, seeks not only to share his extensive knowledge of pathology but also to continuously improve laboratory methods for enhancing patient care. He wears multiple hats, including Associate Director (Clinical Pathology) Pathology Residency Program, at Yale; Medical Director, Cardiovascular Perfusion Program, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.; and Director, Clinical Hematology Laboratories and Director, Satellite Laboratory Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“His dedication and his ability to inspire both his colleagues and his students are second to none,” wrote Michael W. Riben, MD, FASCP, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, on Jan. 28, 2011. Dr. Riben was among those who successfully nominated Dr. Rinder to receive this year’s H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Education. This prestigious award is given to an ASCP Fellow member who has an exemplary career in pathology and laboratory medicine, embracing education, research, and administration, as well as service to organized pathology.

“I feel this Award reflects the many and rich opportunities that medicine affords to its practitioners at all levels,” Dr. Rinder said. “Learning together with students, residents, and fellows is a constant privilege.”

Just as he moved up the academic ranks at Yale, Dr. Rinder progressed to responsible leadership positions through ASCP, which includes serving as a member and Chair of the National Resident In-Service Examination (RISE) Committee. “Through Harvey’s efforts over the past several years, I believe the quality and professional nature of the various ASCP in-service examinations has increased tremendously,” wrote Joseph A. Prahlow, MD, FASCP, Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 28, 2011.

Always seeking new challenges, at the Yale Department of Laboratory Medicine Dr. Rinder and his team are working out the best method to collect diverse patient data, particularly genomic information, and gather these into relevant, concise pathology reports to improve diagnosis and, ultimately, patient care.

Of his many honors through the years, he values the 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Yale University the most. “Pathology residents can always sense real effort, and it was an honor to be recognized by them,” Dr. Rinder said.



Benjamin Lichtiger, MD, PhD, MBA, FASCP, CQM/OE(ASQ)
Part-Time Clinical Professor in Laboratory Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center




A distinguished educator and pathologist in transfusion medicine, Benjamin Lichtiger, MD, PhD, MBA, FASCP, CQM/OE(ASQ), applied many of his skills to leadership positions with ASCP. He will receive the Israel Davidsohn Award for Distinguished Service. This award recognizes an ASCP Fellow who has made significant contributions to the Society by participating in several leadership roles throughout his or her career.

“I consider it an honor and an immense privilege being awarded this important recognition,” Dr. Lichtiger said. “In my years of service to ASCP, my objective was to direct all my contributions toward enhancing and making the Society more relevant, notable, and the best source of innovation and education for my colleagues in pathology and medical technology.”

His involvement with ASCP began in the late 1980s when John Milam, MD, FASCP, Director of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, urged him to join the Society’s Council on Transfusion Medicine. From there, Dr. Lichtiger moved to other important positions, including Chairman of the By-Laws, Finance, and Finance Investment committees, and served as ASCP Treasurer from 2001 to 2008.

For nearly 40 years, he has served on the faculty of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Currently, Dr. Lichtiger is a part-time Clinical Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine after semi-retiring in 2008.

Trained as a medical doctor in his native Argentina, he intended to stay in the United States for one year. The year was 1966. Dr. Lichtiger never left, settling in Houston.

“Houston is very special for me because I have had the privilege to work in an institution with the prestige of MD Anderson Cancer Center,” he said. “The opportunities to make contributions and participate in the most exciting developments in cancer care and therapy are invaluable.”

Through his expertise in pathology and transfusion medicine, Dr. Lichtiger has participated in the primary care teams of clinicians and nurses who oversee and manage complex cancer patient cases. “Every day, I gain new perspectives and experiences that lead me to being a better clinical pathologist and transfusion medicine doctor,” he said.

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