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Department News

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Sarah Garner honored as a member of The Pathologist’s 2020 Power List - July 31, 2020

“I feel very fortunate to be able to impact patients’ lives; I can’t think of anything more rewarding,” says Sarah, pathologists’ assistant and Director of the Pathologists’ Assistant Program at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Dr. Philip J. Daroca, Jr. Has Retired - June 30, 2020

Dr. Philip J. Daroca, Jr. a member of the Tulane Pathology faculty for forty-five years, has retired. A native New Orleanian who graduated Warren Easton High School and attended Tulane University, Dr. Daroca graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1968.Read More...

From 1973—1975, he served his nation as a Major in the United States Air Force. He was a staff member of Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology, Division of Armed Forces, Institute of Pathology. In 1975, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology at Tulane Medical School. Six years later, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Daroca has been the recipient of three (3) Anatomic Pathology Resident Teaching Awards; five (5) Owl Club Awards including a Category 5 award; Five (5) Teaching Awards for Mechanisms of Disease., 2nd year course, and the Lifetime Teaching Award for Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. In 2018, Dr. Daroca was honored when the Donald and Donna Pulitzer Endowed Professorship in Pathology that was bestowed upon him. The Department of Pathology has even named a faculty award for him: The Philip J. Daroca, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Clinically, his reputation as an astute diagnostician garners consults nationally especially in the area of pulmonary disease.

For the span of his forty-five year-long career here in the Department, he has remained a cherished faculty member revered by faculty, fellows, residents, students, lab and Administrative staff. His constant humility, high degree of ethics and sterling reputation, combined with his brilliant medical mind and contributions have proven how special Dr. Daroca is. We wish him only the best for the future.

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Graduation and Annual Awards - June 16, 2020

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine began the 2019-2020 academic Year with a wealth of talented and dedicated Fellows; Residents; Master’s Program Students; and Pathologist Assistant Students, a newly formed program. Despite the extraordinary challenges brought about by the CoVid-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine, students, residents, fellows and faculty persevered and successfully achieved academic, medical and research goals. As the 2019-2020 academic year reaches its conclusion the Department of Pathology is proud to recognize the milestones achieved by faculty, fellows, residents and students.Read More...


The annual faculty and residents’ awards were presented at a ceremony at the end of the Academic year.

  • The Rokitanksy Award for Excellence in Autopsy, always awarded to a PGYI, was given to Dana Perez, M.D.
  • The Richard J. Reed Award for Surgical Pathology was bestowed upon Preeti Behl, M.D., PGY III.
  • The Nina Dhurandhar, M.D. Award for Excellence in Cytopathology was received by Nicholas Milligan, M.D., PGY II.
  • The Dr. George H. Hauser Award, in recognition of outstanding performance and excellence in the study of pathology by a student was awarded to Joshua D. Kirbens.
  • The Philip J. Daroca Award, given to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and voted for by the residents, was given to Dr. Shams Halat, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology.


  • Dr. Suzanne Lam, who finished her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, successfully completed her fellowship in Cytopathology under the mentorship of Dr. Krzysztof Moroz, Professor of Pathology. Dr. Lam has accepted a position with the Pathology Group of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Dr. Abida Kadi, after graduating from his residency in the Department of Pathology of Tulane University School of Medicine, successfully completed a Dermatopathology fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Alun Wang, Associate Professor of Pathology.


  • At the close of academic year 2019-2020, the Masters’ Program graduated its third class of students. It also celebrated marked success in helping students gain admittance to medical and dental schools. For all graduates who applied for medical school, the acceptance rate was over 71.4%. In addition, these graduates have been accepted to residency and fellowship programs and gained employment opportunities at university labs.
  • 2019-2020 graduates include: Whitney Phipps; Sadeq Rhadhi; Jessica Sedhom; Mary Margaret Strange, and Thanh Vo. Jessica Sedhom was accepted to both Tulane Medical School and the Ochsner-Queensland Program, and will remain in New Orleans at Tulane. Whitney Phipps was accepted to Howard University Medical School in Washington, DC.
  • Ilona Brumfield and Rida Sajid, students who graduated in 2018, were accepted this year by LSUHSC New Orleans MD/PhD program and Tufts Dental School respectively.

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Tulane receives $1 million gift to expand COVID-19 testing - June 8, 2020

Tulane University has received a $1 million gift from Elana Amsterdam and her husband Rob Katz to significantly expand its molecular pathology lab to increase COVID-19 testing capacity within the region.

Tulane's Molecular Pathology Lab is featured by ASIP in their series "Pathologists Fighting COVID-19" - June 8 2020

On April 1st, Molecular Pathology Laboratory (MPL) at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of Tulane University School of Medicine launched clinical testing for the COVID-19 virus. This test is based on the protocol developed by the CDC and has obtained emergency use authorization by the FDA.

Dr. Xiao-Ming Yin, Chair and Professor of Pathology and Dr. Di Tian, Associate Professor of Pathology honored by Tulane University as Heroes & Helpers - May 1, 2020

Drs. Yin and Tian are recognized along with Dr. Robert F. Garry Jr. for their swift, innovative and decisive actions setting up COVID-19 testing at Tulane University School of Medicine.

The Department of Pathology bids farewell to Dr. Byron Crawford as he departs Tulane Medical School after more than twenty years - April 27, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

As you all know, Dr. Bryon Crawford, after having been part of the Tulane family for more than two decades, will be leaving here by the end of this April to take the position of Chair of the Department of Pathology, LSU School of Medicine at Shreveport. Read More...

Dr. Crawford, who had served as Interim Chair of this Department for two times, is one of our well respected academic leaders in pathology and laboratory medicine field. At Tulane, he has also served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Director of the HCA-TMC Laboratories and Department’s Histology Laboratory, Vice Chair of the Department, Director of Anatomic Pathology, Co-Director of the Pathology Residency Program, Director of the PA program, and Course Director of Mechanisms of Disease for undergraduate medical education. He has left many positions to be filled in.

Dr. Crawford joined our Department in 1998 after a successful career in the private sector. His contributions to our Department are numerous, substantial and remarkable. In addition to the responsibilities associated with a variety of leadership positions mentioned above, he has devoted much of his efforts in medical education and quality improvement in clinical services. Dr. Crawford is the recipient of many regional and national teaching awards, including the prestigious national Michele Raible Distinguished Teaching Award bestowed by the Association of Pathology Chairs. He is a member of numerous national and international medical education committees and aided in the development of non-traditional teaching methods. As a sign of clinical excellence, Dr. Crawford has published numerous articles on GU pathology; GI pathology and bone pathology. As the team leader Dr. Crawford has led many CAP inspections for both the TMC laboratories and many other laboratories across the nation. Most recently he was the driving force for the successful implementation of Covid-19 testing at TMC.

Please join me in extending our complete gratitude for the remarkable accomplishments, leadership and service Dr. Crawford has given to our Department for many years. We wish Dr. Crawford a fond farewell and our sincere wishes for every success in his new position as Chair of Pathology, LSU-Shreveport.


Xiao-Ming Yin, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Pathology

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Dr. Tim Peterson, Director of Blood Bank, in the action: Second plasma donation in SELA done to help in COVID-19 fight - April 13, 2020

“He has antibodies floating in his blood and his plasma in these antibodies are believed to be very important when it comes to either preventing or fighting off the infection,” said Dr. Tim Peterson with The Blood Center.

School of Medicine launches COVID-19 testing lab to improve capacity - April 1, 2020

The Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine is offering clinical testing for COVID-19.

Newly approved testing at Tulane, UMC gives coronavirus results in hours - April 1, 2020

Medical staff say they can now get test results in a matter of hours rather than having to wait days to know if someone is infected.

New Fellows and Incoming Residents for 2020

Joining the Pathology Department for the next academic year 2020-2021 will be two new fellows and three new residents.

  • David Borzik, M.D., Cytopathology Fellow
  • Jonathan Shih, M.D., Dermatopathology Fellow

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