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Top ASCP Resident Leaders Find the Broader Vision for Pathology

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Two high-achieving, broad-minded pathology residents will receive the Resident Leadership Representative Award at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 19–22, Las Vegas. Stephen Hammond, MD, fourth-year resident in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology at Boston Medical Center, Boston, and Lili Lee, MD, third-year resident in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, will be this year’s recipients.

The Award recognizes up to two residents each year who demonstrate leadership and promote ASCP membership and resident activities. “The Resident Leadership Representative Award honors outstanding resident members of ASCP who have served as liaisons for their training programs,” said Christopher Cogbill, MD, ASCP Chair Elect. “These representatives are vital to ASCP's efforts to work at a grassroots level, as well as to disseminate important information and resources to members across the United States and Canada. Dr. Hammond and Dr. Lee have established themselves as highly effective leaders.”

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Dr. Hammond came to the United States in 2008 for his residency to study both clinical and anatomic pathology, which have to be studied separately in his native country. He discovered an innate talent for dermatopathology and has accepted a Fellowship in the specialty at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, New York.

Dr. Hammond
Dr. Hammond’s involvement with ASCP began in 2009 after his research of pathology organizations revealed the Society had a singularly global view of pathology within health care. “I really wanted to dive in the deep end of pathology,” he said. “I persuaded other pathology residents to subscribe to fantastic ASCP resources such as Daily Diagnosis, to apply for ASCP subspecialty grants, and to join the ASCP residency program.”

Through his years as an ASCP Resident Representative, Dr. Hammond has learned how important it is to belong to the larger pathology community and “not have a myopic vision.” He enjoys networking for new ideas, not just to meet new people, to become a better pathologist.

For the future, Dr. Hammond has a passion for how digital pathology can transform diagnoses in developing countries. He hopes to perform secondary consultations overseas and expects the upcoming presentations, by such luminaries as Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting will be inspiring.

A native of New York City, Dr. Lee prefers to stay close to home, earning her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, New York, and medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. Her residency at New York University Langone Medical Center, a private hospital, allows her to rotate at two other locations—Bellevue Hospital Center and the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital, which are city and federal government facilities.

Dr. Lee
“I was attracted to the opportunity to see three very different patient populations and interact with faculty in three different hospital settings,” said Dr. Lee, who is interested in the subspecialties of gastrointestinal and liver pathology.

She was drawn to ASCP’s unique opportunity to allow residents to network and study in the areas of both anatomic and clinical pathology.

Based on her experience at the 2010 ASCP Annual Meeting, San Francisco, she said, “The opportunity to network is critical, and the number of lectures at ASCP tailored to residents is unmatched by any other organization. Only when we are aware of how the specialty of pathology is practiced nationwide and the challenges it faces, can we start to improve the future of pathology for residents as they become attending pathologists.”