The Laboratory Report
Summer 2019
Welcome to the Summer 2019 Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine Newsletter: The Laboratory Report. If you have contributions or feedback for upcoming newsletters, please email us .
In this issue:
  1. Laboratory News
  2. New Faculty
  3. Trainee News
  4. Faculty Awards & Accomplishments
  5. Faculty Appointments & Promotions
  6. Conferences and Events
  7. Faculty & Trainee Publications
Laboratory News
HMH Diagnostic Microbiology Lab Introduces New Enteric Tests
The HMH Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory has introduced several new tests for gastrointestinal pathogens. The enteric bacterial panel identifies P. shigelloides Vibrio spp ., Enterotoxigenic  E. coli Y. enterocolitica Salmonella spp .,  Shigella spp .,  Campylobacter spp ., Shiga toxin-producing  E. coli  and  Shigella dysenteriae . The enteric parasitic panel tests for  Giardia lamblia Cryptosporidium   spp. , and  Entamoeba histolytica . The enteric viral panel tests for Norovirus, Rotavirus, Adenovirus F40/41, Sapovirus, and Human Astrovirus. None detects  Clostridioides   difficile , which can asymptomatically colonize up to 20% of acute care hospital patients. The lab also offers testing for fecal lactoferrin and fecal calprotectin, which were previously sent to a reference laboratory. The new enteric tests are performed daily and can be ordered in EPIC. 
New Assay at HMH Available for Quantitation of BCR-ABL t(9;22)
In July 2019, the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital went live with a new assay for the detection and quantitation of BCR-ABL t(9;22) major (p210) and minor (p190) transcripts. This assay supports the busy Hematologic Oncology service at Houston Methodist and provides timely and quality testing for our patients.
 
The new BCR-ABL t(9;22) Quantitative PCR test (BCRB) test utilizes two kits for quantitative RT-PCR-based measurement of the BCR-ABL t(9;22) transcript levels in peripheral blood and bone marrow specimens. BCR-ABL Major p210 transcript levels are reported on the International Scale (IS). For BCR-ABL major negative specimens, BCR-ABL t(9;22) minor p190 transcript quantitation is performed.
 
For any questions regarding this new test, please contact the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at 713.441.5727.
Dr. Andrea Diaz De Vivar ( left) and Donna Landrum ( right) with HMBH's new Faxitron imager.
New Faxitron Imager Acquired by the Growing Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital 
Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital (HMBH) proudly announces the opening of its newly renovated Cancer Center and its credentialing as a consortium site for clinical trials credentialed through HMRI, an accomplishment that will increase local patient clinical trial participation. Andrea Diaz De Vivar, MD, Acting Medical Director, and Gail Lumus, MT (ASCP), Director of Laboratory Services at HMBH are excited to be part of the hospital’s growth and tackle the challenges it presents. The laboratory has acquired a Faxitron PathVision for imaging breast specimens to accommodate the recent 50% increase in breast cases. The laboratory has seen a 12% increase in the volume of clinical tests compared to last year and has standardized equipment with the other HMH labs to include multiple state-of-the-art analyzers.
New Faculty
Our department welcomed Michael Greenwood, MD, as a staff pathologist at HMH. Following his pathology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Greenwood completed Molecular Genetic Pathology and HLA fellowships at HMH. His areas of interest include testing related to HLA and transplant immunology, as well as informatics.
Our department welcomed Elizabeth Jacobi, MD, as a staff pathologist. Dr. Jacobi completed medical school at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. After one year of general surgery residency in Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, Dr. Jacobi transferred back to Houston where she completed her AP/CP residency at UT Houston. After residency, she completed her surgical pathology fellowship at HMH, followed by cytopathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a native Houstonian, Dr. Jacobi is thrilled to be staying in Houston, and is honored to join the outstanding team at Houston Methodist.
Trainee News
New GU-Medical Kidney Fellowship Welcomes First Fellow
Our department’s new ACGME-accredited GU-Medical Kidney Fellowship welcomes Ziad El-Zaatari, MD, of the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine as the inaugural fellow; Dr. El-Zaatari is also a recent graduate of our AP/CP residency. Under the direction of Steven Shen, MD, PhD, and co-direction of Mukul D ivatia, MBBS, and Luan Truong, MD, the GU-Medical Kidney program provides a unique perspective not available in other fellowships, with opportunities for combined comprehensive training in both neoplastic and non-neoplastic aspects of the genitourinary system. We are excited to welcome Dr. El-Zaatari as the program’s inaugural fellow.
 
Congratulations to all on this milestone!
Welcome, New 2019–2020 Residents and Fellows!
Dyron Allen, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
PGY1 Resident
Renee Eng, MD
Rutgers University School of Medicine
PGY1 Resident
John Rogers, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center
PGY 1 Resident
Karen Thomas, MD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
PGY1 Resident
Guy Williams, MD
Howard University College of Medicine
PGY1 Resident
Fernando Zazueta, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
PGY1 Resident
David Joseph, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch
PGY2 Resident (Transfer from UT Southwestern)
Tiffany Sheu, MD
PGY4 Cytopathology Fellow

Jacob Armstrong, MD
PGY5 (Sel) Hematopathology Fellow
Andreia Barbieri, MD
PGY5 Hematopathology Fellow
Chief Fellow
Sahara Cathcart, MD
PGY5 Neuropathology Fellow
Jeffrey Conyers, MD
PGY5 Surgical Pathology Fellow
Daniel Duhon, MD
PGY5 Surgical Pathology Fellow
Ziad El-Zaatari, MD
PGY5 GU-Medical Kidney Fellow
Ghazaleh Eskandari, MD
PGY5 Clinical Informatics Fellow
Henning Gertz, MD
PGY5 Surgical Pathology Fellow

Daphne Massey, MD
PGY5 Surgical Pathology Fellow
Shima Mousavi, MD
PGY5 Breast-Gynecologic Pathology Fellow
Alejandro Perez, MD
PGY5 Neuropathology Fellow
Liye Suo, MD, PhD
PGY5 Cytopathology Fellow
Darshan Trivedi, MD, PhD
PGY5 Neuropathology Fellow
Fadi Alakeel, MD
PGY6 (Sel) Hematopathology Fellow
Joseph Annunziata, MD
PGY6 Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow
Paul Christensen, MD
PGY6 Clinical Informatics Fellow
V. Lakshmi Gali, MD
PGY7 Surgical Pathology Fellow
Shujuan Liu, MD, PhD
PGY7 Hematopathology Fellow
HMH Medical Laboratory Science Program
Celebrates Graduating Class
After a yearlong intensive course of study, the HMH Medical Laboratory Science Program graduated six students in a ceremony held the evening of July 26. Graduates Cattareya Farrar , Konnie Le , Kristy Nguyen , MaiAnh Nguyen , Julie Pham , and Phuong Truong also took the national exam given by the ASCP’s Board of Certification. 

Three students have accepted positions in the HMH laboratories: Cattareya Farrar (Core Lab), Kristy Nguyen (Transfusion Services), and Phuong Truong (Microbiology).

Congratulations to all six students for successfully completing the program!
HMH MLS students' first day!
HMH MLS students on graduation day 2019! Back row ( left to right): Cattareya Farrar and Carmen Golden (program instructor). Front row ( left to right): MaiAnh Nguyen, Konnie Le, Tatia Feltman, MEd, MT(ASCP)SM (Program Director), Becky Christensen (program instructor), Julie Pham, Phuong Truong, and Kristy Nguyen.
Faculty Awards & Accomplishments
Department Faculty Receive Teaching Awards at
HMH Residents’ and Fellows’ Graduation
A number of our department’s faculty members were recognized for their meritorious contributions to graduate medical education at HMH during the 14 th annual Houston Methodist Resident and Fellow Graduation ceremony, held July 14. Our award-winning faculty for 2018-19 are:
 
Exemplary Service and Commitment to Teaching Residents and Fellows:
 
Patricia Chevez-Barrios, MD (Ophthalmic Pathology)
Matthew D. Cykowski, MD (Neuropathology)
Blythe Gorman, MD (Cytopathology)
Christopher M. Leveque, MD (Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine)
Jae Ro, MD, PhD (Anatomic Pathology, Clinical and Laboratory Pathology)
Eric Salazar, MD, PhD (Anatomic Pathology, Clinical and Laboratory Pathology)
Mary R. Schwartz, MD (Surgical Pathology)
Arthur W. Zieske, MD (Hematologic Pathology)
 
Outstanding Service and Commitment to Teaching Residents and Fellows:

Mukul K. Divatia, MBBS (Surgical Pathology)
Arthur W. Zieske, MD (Anatomic Pathology, Clinical and Laboratory Pathology)
 
Congratulations to all, and thank you for your dedication to teaching the next generation of pathologists!
Dr. Powell Completes Physician Development Program at Rice University’s Business School
Suzanne Z. Powell, MD, recently completed HMH’s Physician Leadership Development Program through Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The semester-long course gave Dr. Powell and 28 other HMSPG physicians the opportunity to explore topics in modules including Competitive Strategy in Healthcare, Leadership and Team Effectiveness, and Healthcare Operations and Continuous Improvement. Dr. Powell stated that one of the greatest values of the program was the opportunity to meet and collaborate with physicians from other departments at HMH. Dr. Powell is excited to share what she has learned during this course with our department, especially as it relates to increasing efficiency and streamlining processes department-wide.
Association for Pathology Informatics 2019 Summit
Department members S. Wesley Long, MD, PhD , Randall Olsen, MD , Michael Thrall, MD , as well as Clinical Informatics Fellow Paul Christensen, MD, and PGY2 Resident Jim Hsu, MD, PhD, attended the API Pathology Informatics Summit 2019 in Pittsburgh this May. Dr. Christensen was the recipient of a travel award and gave a presentation entitled “Java versus Data Analysis Expressions (DAX): A Comparison of Programming Effort.” Dr. Hsu presented a poster entitled “Bag of N-gram Features as Supervised Classifiers of Cervical Pathology Specimens: A Retrospective Comparison of Cervical Cancer Screening Strategies,” for which he was awarded the Third Prize for Best Poster.
 
Congratulations, Dr. Christensen and Dr. Hsu!
Dr. Kachroo and Dr. Eraso Honored with Institute for Academic Medicine Award
Priyanka Kachroo, PhD, and Jesus Eraso, PhD, received the Institute for Academic Medicine Award for Excellence in a Peer-Reviewed Publication on June 27 for their paper “Integrated analysis of population genomics, transcriptomics and virulence provides novel insights into Streptococcus pyogenes pathogenesis,” published in Nature Genetics . The award recognizes new publications in high-impact journals and fosters innovative research.

Congratulations, Dr. Kachroo and Dr. Eraso!

(Dr. Jesus Eraso ( left ) and Dr. Priyanka Kachroo ( right ) with Dr. John Cooke ( center) at the IAM Town Hall Meeting on June 27.)
IAM Award
Faculty Appointments & Promotions
Arshad Khan, PhD, received faculty appointments as Assistant Research Member at the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI), Assistant Research Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at the Institute for Academic Medicine (IAM), and Assistant Professor of Research in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). Dr. Khan joined our department in January 2019 as a member of Dr. Chinnaswamy Jagannath’s research group. His primary research focus is the host-pathogen interaction during tuberculosis infection, with a special emphasis on studying the metabolic pathways of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the immune function of host cells during the dormant stage of infection.

Congratulations, Dr. Khan!
Conferences & Events
Upcoming Conferences
Schedule for 2019 Grand Rounds
September 4
S. Wesley Long, MD, PhD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Advanced Diagnostics in Clinical Microbiology

October 1
Dong Chen, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Hematopathology

November 5
Lester D. R. Thompson, MD
Woodland Hills Medical Center
Head and Neck

December 3
Steve Zhou, MD, PhD
Houston Methodist Hospital
TBA
Office of Academic Development News


The Office of Academic Development within the pathology department is available to assist department members with editing manuscripts, grants, posters, and presentations. Please contact Sasha Pejerrey at spejerrey@houstonmethodist.org or 713.441.5889 or Adrienne Winston at awinston@houstonmethodist.org or 713.441.3395. There is no charge for these editing services.

If you need help reducing percent overlap within a document for a specific journal requirement, please let us know! We have access to iThenticate and expertise in reducing overlap to whatever percent a particular journal may require. 

In June, the OAD welcomed Ms. Adrienne Winston as a full-time Scientific Writer. Ms. Winston comes to us from within HMH and brings an expertise in faculty appointments, newsletter production, and grammatical editing. We are thrilled to have her on our team and as a resource for our faculty and trainees.
Faculty & Trainee Publications
Ms. Monica Lemos and Dr. Ekene Okoye Celebrate Publication of Atlas of Surgical Pathology Grossing
Editors Monica Lemos and Ekene Okoye, MD, are pleased to announce the arrival of the first edition of Atlas of Surgical Pathology Grossing . Along with several collaborators from our department, Ms. Lemos and Dr. Okoye have created a unique surgical grossing atlas that allows readers to easily apply grossing procedures to specimens at the bench. Utilizing photographs of the actual grossing process, as well as sample gross dictations and useful tips, the atlas provides a comprehensive step-by-step approach to grossing. Ziad El-Zaatari, MD, HMH-GU Medical Kidney Fellow and an Atlas graphic editor, noted that the success of the Atlas is that “it illustrates that even entry-level trainees can learn how to gross with the excellence and expertise that exemplifies Ms. Lemos’ contribution to pathology. I have certainly benefitted greatly from her guidance.”
 
Learn more about the Atlas here
Marks, SM, Katz, DJ, Davidow, AL, Pagaoa, MA, Teeter, LD & Graviss, EA . The impact of HIV infection on TB disparities among US-born black and white tuberculosis patients in the United States. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2019 Feb 14. [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org/10.1097/PHH.0000000000000949

Li, J, Mai, J, Hinkle, L, Lin, D, Zhang, J, Liu, X, Ramirez, MR, Zu, Y , Lokesh, GL, Volk, DE & Shen, H. Tracking biodistribution of myeloid-derived cells in murine models of breast cancer. Genes (Basel). 2019 Apr 12;10(4):297. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10040297

Guha, A, Hannawi, B, Cruz-Solbes, AS, Nguyen, DT , Bruckner, BA, Trachtenberg, B, Graviss, EA , Bhimaraj, A, Park, M, Hussain, I, MacGillivray, TE, Suarez, EE & Estep, JD. Implication of Ventricular Assist Devices in Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation Patients Listed for Heart Transplantation. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019 Apr 26;8(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8050572

Brito, RM, Nguyen, DT , Johnson, JR, Lai, EJ, Castro, RE, Albert, AM, Barnes, AS, Graviss, EA & Suki, WN. Chronic kidney disease in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in an urban cohort. PloS One. 2019 Apr 17;14(4):e0215575. [eCollection 2019.] https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215575

Haspel, RL, Ali, AM, Huang, GC, Smith, MH, Atkinson, JB, Chabot-Richards, DS, Elliott, RM, Kaul, KL, Powell, SZ-E , Rao, A, Rinder, HM, Vanderbilt, CM & Wilcox, R. Teaching genomic pathology: Translating team-based learning to a virtual environment using computer-based simulation. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2019 Apr;143(4):513–517. [Epub 2018 Nov 30.]  https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0153-OA

Chan EY, Nguyen DT , Kaleekal TS, Goodarzi A, Graviss EA , Gaber AO, Houston Methodist Lung Outcomes Group. The Houston Methodist lung transplant risk model - a validated tool for pre-transplant risk assessment. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2019 May 10. [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.03.108

Qian, X, Nguyen, DT , Dong, Y, Sinikovic, B, Kaufmann, AM, Myers, JN, Albers, AE & Graviss, EA . Prognostic Score Predicts Survival in HPV-Negative Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer Patients. International Journal of Biological Sciences. 2019 May 12;15(7):1336–1344. https://doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.33329

Agarwal, S , Nguyen, DT , Lew, JD & Graviss, EA . Discordance between the QuantiFERON Gold In-Tube and QuantiFERON Gold Plus assays associated with country of birth TB incidence. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S:S2–S10. [Epub 2019 Apr 26.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.005

Dhandayuthapani, S, Actor, JK & Graviss, EA . Texas tuberculosis research symposium 2018: Research and clinical collaboration within the State of Texas - Moving towards elimination of TB. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S:S1. [Epub 2019 May 16.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.004

Gough, ME, Graviss, EA , Chen, T-A, Obasi, EM & May, EE. Compounding effect of vitamin D3 diet, supplementation, and alcohol exposure on macrophage response to mycobacterium infection. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S:S42–S58. [Epub 2019 Apr 30.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.010

Nguyen, DT & Graviss, EA . Diabetic trends and associated mortality in tuberculosis patients in Texas, a large population-based analysis. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S:S59–S65. [Epub 2019 Apr 26.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.011
Qian, X, Albers, AE, Nguyen, DTM , Dong, Y, Zhang, Y, Schreiber, F, Sinikovic, B, Bi, X & Graviss, EA . Head and neck tuberculosis: Literature review and meta-analysis. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S;S78–S88. [Epub 2019 May 3.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.014

Qian, X, Nguyen, DT , Albers, AE, Dong, Y, Lyu, J, Meng, QH, Bi, X & Graviss, EA . An eight-year epidemiologic study of head and neck tuberculosis in Texas, USA. Tuberculosis (Edinburgh). 2019 May;116S:S71–S77. [Epub 2019 Apr 26.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tube.2019.04.013

Guo, CC & Ro, J . The 58th annual symposium of the Houston society of clinical pathologists. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2019 May;143(5):548–549. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0236-ED

Cui, Z, Lin, D, Chongsuvivatwong, V, Graviss, EA , Chaiprasert, A, Palittapongarnpim, P, Lin, M, Ou, J & Zhao, J. Hot and Cold Spot Areas of Household Tuberculosis Transmission in Southern China: Effects of Socio-Economic Status and Mycobacterium tuberculosis Genotypes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 May 27;16(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101863

Victor, DW, Monsour, HP, Boktour, M, Lunsford, K, Balogh, J, Graviss, EA , Nguyen, DT , McFadden, R, Divatia, MK , Heyne, K, Ankoma-Sey, V, Egwim, C, Galati, J, Duchini, A, Saharia, A, Mobley, C, Gaber, AO & Ghobrial, RM. Outcomes of Liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) beyond the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) criteria: a single center experience. Transplantation. 2019 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000002835

Amin, SD, Vickers, A, Hong, BY, Ponce, CMP, Ibrahim, IF, Chévez-Barrios, P & Lee, AG. Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia-related vasculitis mimicking giant cell arteritis Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2019 Jun;54(3): e140-e145. [Epub 2018 Nov 24.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjo.2018.08.017

Tomsula, J , Meis, JM, Koy, RD, Monheit, J, Zieske, AW , Ro, J & Ayala, A . Crystal storing histiocytosis: Unusual clinical presentations in two patients. Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. 2019 Jun;40:13-17. [Epub 2019 Jan 17.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.01.003

Liang, M, Guo, Q, Huang, F, Han, G, Song, K, Luo, J, Cheng, H, Hu, H, Peden, EK, Chen, C, Mitch, WE, Du, J, Fu, X, Truong, L & Cheng, J. Notch signaling in bone marrow–derived FSP-1 cells initiates neointima formation in arteriovenous fistulas. Kidney International. 2019 Jun;95(6):1347–1358. [Epub 2019 Feb 21.]  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2018.11.027

Tavares, L, Rodríguez-Mañero, M, Kreidieh, B, Ibarra-Cortez, SH, Chen, J, Wang, S, Markovits, J , Barrios, R & Valderrábano, M. Cardiac Afferent Denervation Abolishes Ganglionated Plexi and Sympathetic Responses to Apnea. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 2019 Jun;12(6):e006942. [Epub 2019 Jun 5.] https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCEP.118.006942

Lin, M , Awalt, H , Ayala, A & Ro, J . Clear cell carcinoma of testis: A review. Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. 2019 Jun;40:26-29. [Epub 2019 Mar 20.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.03.002

Shen, S & Ro, J . Histologic diagnosis of renal mass biopsy. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2019 Jun;143(6):705–710. [Epub 2019 Apr 10.] https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0272-RA

Trottier, AM, Cavalcante de Andrade Silva, M, Li, Z & Godley, LA. Somatic mutation panels: Time to clear their names. Cancer Genetics. 2019 Jun;235-236:84-92. [Epub 2019 Apr 26.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cancergen.2019.04.065

Knight, RJ, Islam, AK, Pham, C, Graviss, EA , Nguyen, DT , Moore, LW, Kagan, A, Sadhu, AR, Podder, H & Gaber, AO. Weight Gain after Simultaneous Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation. Transplantation. 2019 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000002862

Jung MJ, Alrahwan D , Dubrovsky E, Baek D, Ayala AG , Ro JY . Solitary Fibrous tumor of breast with anaplastic areas (malignant solitary fibrous tumor): A case report with review of the literature. J. Breast Cancer. 2019 Jun 13;22(2):326–35. https://doi.org/10.4048/jbc.2019.22.e30

Do, H , Makthal, N , VanderWal, AR , Saavedra, MO , Olsen, RJ , Musser, JM & Kumaraswami, M . Environmental pH and peptide signaling control virulence of Streptococcus pyogenes via a quorum-sensing pathway. Nature Communications. 2019 Jun 13;10(1):2586. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10556-8

Haque W, Verma V, Hsiao KY, Hatch S, Arentz C, Szeja S, Schwartz M , Niravath P, Bonefas E, Miltenberg D, Brian Butler E, Teh BS. Omission of radiation therapy following breast conservation in older (≥70 years) women with T1 2N0 triple-negative breast cancer. Breast J. 2019 Jul 4. [Epub ahead of print.]  https://doi.org/10.1111/tbj.13443

Al-Sabeq, B, Shen, S , Reardon, MJ & Nabi, F. Lightning striking twice: Redo mitral valve replacement due to recurrent cardiac sarcoma using partial autotransplantation technique. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019 Jul;158(1):e1–e4. [Epub 2019 Feb 11.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.01.096

Lewis GD, Xing Y, Haque W, Patel T, Schwartz MR , Chen AC, Farach A, Hatch SS, Butler EB, Chang JC, The BS. The impact of molecular status on survival outcomes for invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast. Breast J. 2019 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org10.1111/tbj.13432

Do H , Makthal N , Chandranqsu P, Olsen RJ , Helmann JD, Musser JM , Kumaraswami M . Metal sensing and regulation of adaptive responses to manganese limitation by MtsR is critical for group A streptococcus virulence. Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Jul 22. pii: glz641 [Epub ahead of print.] https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gzk641  


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Srigley, JR, Delahunt, B, Samaratunga, H, Billis, A, Cheng, L, Clouston, D, Evans, A, Furusato, B, Kench, J, Leite, K, MacLennan, G, Moch, H, Pan, CC, Rioux-Leclercq, N, Ro, J , Shanks, J, Shen, S , Tsuzuki, T, Varma, M, Wheeler, T, Yaxley, J & Egevad, L. Controversial issues in Gleason and International Society of Urological Pathology (ISUP) prostate cancer grading: proposed recommendations for international implementation. Pathology. 2019 Aug;51(5):463-473. [Epub 2019 Jul 3.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2019.05.001

Zhan, Y, Debs, D, Khan, MA, Nguyen, DT , Graviss, EA & Shah, DJ. Normal Reference Values and Reproducibility of Tricuspid Annulus Dimensions Using Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2019 Aug 15;124(4):594–598. [Epub 2019 May 24.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2019.05.019
THE LABORATORY REPORT is a publication of the Houston Methodist Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
Editor-in-Chief
April Ewton, MD

Editorial Committee
Hazal Awalt, MD
Claudia Molina, MD
Seema Mullick, MD
Thu Ngo, MD
Steven Shen, MD, PhD
Editorial Coordinators
Sasha M. Pejerrey, PhD
Adrienne Winston

Department Chair
James M. Musser, MD, PhD

Houston Methodist Hospital
Mark Vassallo, MSN, RN
Manual Hinojosa, MHA
James Cook, MBA, MT(AS-CP) DLM