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2013 TRAVEL AWARDS

Congratulations to the 2013 Travel Award Winners!




Srinivasa C. Chekuri, MD
Srinivasa C. Chekuri is a pathology resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He completed his medical training at Andhra Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India, followed by an MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) at the University of Southern Mississippi and an MS (Biomedical Informatics) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. His previous research endeavors include experience with different types of data using geographic information systems, image processing tools, and data mining techniques for genomic data. Dr. Chekuri is a member of many professional organizations, including the DPA, USCAP, CAP, ASCP, API, AMP, and the AACC trainee council. His current research interests include integrating clinical data, image processing data, genomics data and data from other ancillary studies to develop customizable decision support tools for pathologists.

Sharon Fox, MD, PhD
My interests are in both vision science and medical imaging. I received an AB from Princeton University, where I studied visual expertise, how we acquire it, and also how we can replicate this level of expertise with artificial intelligence. I went on to do further research involving vision, visual neuroscience, and imaging while at Harvard Medical School, and as a graduate student through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering PhD program. My training and research has involved the basics of a wide range of imaging modalities, in addition to work in vision and visual expertise.  My goal is to use similar methods (eye-tracking and optical imaging) to explore a wider range of questions relevant to pathology, with an emphasis on the use of eye-tracking in the analysis of whole slide images.



Andrew Johnson, MD
Andrew Johnson is in his 4th year of training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Minnesota, where he is serving as chief resident.  He has had a role in ongoing research related to digital pathology since completing a post-sophomore fellowship during medical school.  His work involves the digital annotation of whole-slide images of prostatectomy specimens.  This is a collaborative effort with colleagues at the university’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and pathology colleagues at the University of Washington.  Part of the goal is to correlate clinical and pathologic findings with prostate MRI data to better define characteristics of tumor aggressiveness.  He completed his other degrees at the University of Minnesota where he received his Doctor of Medicine and Bachelors of Biomedical Engineering.

Lori Dockstader Racsa, MD
I am currently a Clinical Chemistry fellow as part of my last year of Clinical Pathology training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  I will be heading to Emory University in July 2014 to complete a Medical Microbiology fellowship and have an interest in parasitology. Digital pathology is an interest of mine as a future educational tool for medical students and residents, alike.  In addition, I have hopes of taking digital pathology to medically underserved areas to help with diagnosing disease when there is not enough access to medical personnel.