Thursday, August 14, 2014

Loyola University Medical Center pathologist honored for professional excellence

MAYWOOD, Ill.  (Aug. 14, 2014) – Dermatopathologist Jodi J. Speiser, MD, assistant professor of Pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) 40 Under 40 program for her achievements in the medical laboratory field.

ASCP’s inaugural 40 under 40 program recognizes 40 pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.

“The era of pathologists hiding behind their microscopes is becoming obsolete,” wrote Speiser in her award application essay.

“It is becoming increasingly important for pathologists to not only have effective communication with but also serve as thought leaders and consultants for their clinicians."

Speiser’s research interests include T regulatory cells in cutaneous autoimmune disease, teledermatopathology and high-risk squamous cell carcinoma. “I even occasionally examine patients myself in order to understand the clinical findings and correlate them with the histologic differential diagnosis,” Speiser said. “Pathologists need to come out from behind their microscopes and take an active role in patient care."

Award applicants submitted a résumé and an essay addressing their interests in lab medicine, the role of laboratory medicine in an evolving health-care landscape or the importance of the laboratory in the clinical care team.

“We are inspired by these young professionals who are passionate about the profession, driven to improve health-care delivery and doing amazing work for their institutions and beyond,” said Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP executive vice president.

Pathology is a research-intensive department at Loyola University Health System with nationally and internationally recognized scientists conducting basic science research into the mechanisms of disease. Anatomic and clinical pathologists, such as Dr. Speiser, conduct applied research to bring new technologies to market.

The 40 honorees each will have the opportunity to share their knowledge about topics pertinent to pathology and laboratory medicine with a personal blog. Read Dr. Speiser's blog.

Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is a medical professional society with more than 100,000 board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, laboratory professionals and students. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals.

The ASCP program reflects the extensive and diverse variety of interests, areas of specialty and improvements in health care that lab professionals are involved in, ranging from cancer therapy and the genesis of disease, to clinical trial design, genomics and personalized medicine.  

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.