Allison J. Zarbo
2013 ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology Award

Allison J. Zarbo

2013 ASCP Academic Excellence and  Achievement in Pathology Award

During her first year at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Allison J. Zarbo quickly distinguished herself as an accomplished young leader with a passion for pathology and academics research.

Her achievements are extensive. As the Class of 2016 Vice President on the Student Senate, she served as a liaison between her class of more than 300 students and the faculty. She co-founded the medical school’s Interest Group in Pathology, working to raise public awareness about pathology and connecting medical students with pathology mentors and research opportunities. Additionally, she served as webmaster for the American Medical Women’s Association and co-coordinator of My Health Report for Open Source Medicine, a group of medical students who use technology to improve patient care in the Detroit area.

“Allison’s long list of outstanding academic efforts and the recognitions she has received reflect her hard work and dedication,” says Wael A. Sakr, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, who recommended her for the 2013 ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology student award.  

Last year, Ms. Zarbo impressed an audience of pathologists and otolaryngologists with her presentation, “The Viral Epidemic of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma,” during a statewide event at which Dr. Sakr invited her to present her research.

Ms. Zarbo, who earned a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., continues to earn accolades for her extraordinary leadership. She has been presented the 2013 Dean’s Distinguished Medical Student Leadership Award, the 2013 Student Senate Leadership Award, and was nominated by her peers for the Aesculapians Honor Society.