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Monday, August 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Congratulations to ASCP's 40 Under Forty Honorees!

The ASCP 40 Under Forty program recognizes members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine. Pathologists, laboratory professionals, and residents are chosen annually through an application or nomination process.  The program has recognized worthy members of the laboratory team both nationally and internationally.

This year, three AAPA members have received this distinction!  We are proud to recognize N. Dominic Alessio, PA(ASCP)CM; Sarah Garner, MS, PA(ASCP)CM; and Cory Nash, MS, PA(ASCP)CM as 2019 honorees.

Show your support for your colleagues and cast your vote to help elevate them into the TOP FIVE.  Voting is open until Friday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. CT.


N. Dominic Alessio, PA(ASCP)CM

Dominic is a full-time pathologists' assistant at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, and clinical preceptor at Wayne State University, where he earned his pathologists’ assistant credential in 2016.  He credits his father, a pathologist, for nurturing his interest in the sciences.  His father often brought him to work and sketched diagrams of cells and tissue layers on napkins to show him what he was looking for under the microscope.  Dominic received several recognitions as a student, including the 2016 ASCP National Student Honor Award and 2016 Siemens-ASCP Scholarship. 

While he was a student, Dominic (along with his colleague Brittin Cavanagh) co-founded the AAPA Student Committee with the mission of connecting and supporting PA students across the nation, and the committee has now grown to reach hundreds of students from all PA training programs in North America.  In 2018, Dominic was a co-recipient of the AAPA Board of Trustees Award, in honor of his outstanding volunteer service to the organization and the pathologists' assistant profession.  He currently serves as chair of the AAPA Membership Committee and sits on the PA Program Advisory Board at his alma mater.

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Sarah Garner, MS, PA(ASCP)CM

Sarah is a pathologists’ assistant and Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine.  She has taught for seven years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of pathology and anatomy to students of all levels.  She teaches gross anatomy, histology, and pathology to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students.  In a clinical setting, she teaches pathology residents and fellows, PA students, and medical students.  This academic year Sarah was named as “Professor of the Year” at Tulane University School of Medicine and received the “Outstanding Teaching Award” in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  This July, the first volume was published of her five-volume book series, Garner’s Guide to Gross Anatomy, which she hopes will promote the unique knowledge of pathologists’ assistants. 

Sarah's love of teaching and pathology, combined with the lack of PA schools in the south, inspired her to start a new pathologists’ assistant program at Tulane.  As the founder and program director, she has been developing the curriculum for the first class, which will matriculate in January 2020.  The curriculum is personalized and flexible, with the ultimate goal of providing opportunities tailored to students’ interests and career goals so they can adapt to the expanding scope of practice of PAs.  She also continues to promote the PA profession by giving lectures on pathology careers at local high schools and colleges and through her instagram page, @passion4pathology.

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Cory Nash, MS, PA(ASCP)CM

Cory was trained as a medical laboratory scientist and now works as an ASCP board-certified pathologists’ assistant, specializing in surgical and gross pathology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  He is part of the patient care team and has an expertise in the macroscopic examination, dissection, and tissue submission of surgical specimens, ranging from biopsies to multi-organ resections.  He has a special interest in head and neck pathology, as well as bone and soft tissue pathology. 

After seeing the role that social media plays in laboratory medicine education, networking, and advocacy, he felt there was a void in the presence of pathologists’ assistants in this area.  So, he has become active using Twitter to fill this void – follow him at @iplaywithorgans!  His surgical pathology-focused account, specifically, gross pathology, has been well received.  Today, he writes a monthly post on ASCP’s online blog, Lablogatory, and is a contributor to the WebPathology.com photo database.  Cory has volunteered on the AAPA MarComm Committee since 2016 and was recently named Chair of the new Advocacy Subcommittee.  He has previously presented posters at the AAPA Fall Conference, authored an article for The Cutting Edge, and has volunteered at the AAPA booth for the 2016 Fall Conference and the 2018 ASCP Annual Meeting.

Click here to vote for Cory!

Click here to read about all the ASCP's 2019 40 Under Forty Honorees.

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