Department of Pathology

Gloria Ramos-Rivera, MD, Receives 2017 Ventana Fellowship

Gloria Ramos-RiveraGloria Ramos-Rivera, MD, chief resident of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Program at Montefiore, has been awarded the College of American Pathologists’s Ventana Fellowship. Funded by Ventana Medical Systems, the $5,000 grant will allow Dr. Ramos Rivera to participate in an advanced elective in translational diagnostics. She will travel to Tucson, AZ, in June, for the four-week training. 

The Ventana program offers pathology residents hands-on exposure to the how-to’s of developing novel histopathology-based diagnostic assays, and highlights the role pathologists play in the process. Participants experience the process of translating the most promising new scientific discoveries and hypotheses in molecular pathology and oncology into routine diagnostic, prognostic and companion diagnostic tests for use by anatomic pathologists. 

“Gloria is very deserving of the Ventana award,” says Samer Khader, MD, Dr. Ramos Rivera’s mentor. “She’s very bright, always presents novel viewpoints, and is highly communicative in sharing information, both with residents and faculty. She’s also patient and meticulous, which makes her exceptionally qualified for the practice of cytopthology.”

Dr. Ramos-Rivera is working toward a career in molecular pathology, in addition to cytopathology, with a focus on fine-needle diagnostics. “I’d like to work in an academic setting with patients and medical students and where I can collaborate with other researchers,” she says, adding that Montefiore’s “very diverse, challenging patient population provides a great learning environment.”

She has already made her mark as the first author on a case report published in Human Pathology: Case Reports (June 2016). “This study is the first to describe this unique translocation in the cytology literature,” says Dr. Khader, who served as senior author.

More recently, she collaborated with Dr. Khader and Amy Fox, MD, on a research project on HPV, which the authors have submitted for publication in Cytopathology.

“Gloria has become an integral member of our HPV research group,” says Dr. Fox, the study’s senior author. “Her initiative has expanded the scope of a key project which will inform how we diagnose patients. I’m proud and thrilled that she has received the Ventana Fellowship.”

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