Department of Pathology

2016 Residents/Fellows Farewell Dinner

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Bidding Farewell to Our Pathology Residents and Fellows

On Thursday, June 1, 2016, the Department of Pathology bid farewell to 13 outstanding residents and fellows at a graduation dinner held in their honor at the Westchester Country Club, in Rye, New York.

After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served outdoors on a beautiful spring evening, Pathology Department chairman Dr. Michael Prystowsky lauded the outstanding trainees and wished them much success in the next phase of their careers.

“Montefiore is a special place to train made evident by its residents and fellows going on to great positions,” he said. “It’s a happy event to see you all finishing, but a bit sad that we’re going to miss you.”

Residency director Dr. Jacob Steinberg and Dr. Tiffany Hebert presented gifts and parting words to the four outgoing Pathology residents. Drs. Jose Mantilla Arango, Hannah Jarvis, Adriana Knopfelmacher, and James Szymanski - who graduated in December and hiked over 700 miles of the Appalachian trail this spring - are all going on to prestigious fellowships (see below).

Next, the directors of the pathology fellowship programs presented gifts to this year’s nine outgoing trainees. Drs. Junaid Ibrahim and Amit Kumar (Cytopathology, Dr. Samer Khader, director), Kirsten Fleming and Julia Wu (Dermatopathology, Dr. Marc Jacobsen, director), Deborah Nautsch (GI/Liver, Kathryn Tanaka, director) Giorgi Berulava, Zhonghua Li and Michael Licata (Hematopathology, Dr. Yanhua Wang director), Ronald Rice (Molecular Genetics Pathology, Dr. Rizwan Naeem, director) and Yumei Fu (Women’s Health, Dr. Kathleen Whitney, director), were lauded for their dedication and outstanding work in the department. Some of the trainees will move on to other fellowship programs and others will begin their careers as attending pathologists (see below).

The 2016 Davidoff Society Student Awards were presented by Drs. Moshe Sadofsky and Tiffany Hebert to Drs. Jose Mantilla Arango, Lauren McLemore and James Szymanski for their outstanding contributions to education.

In turn, chief residents Drs. Evan Himchak and Etan Marks presented this year’s Clinical Teaching Award to Dr. Samer N. Khader, director of the Cytopahtology Fellowship program and Dr. Ding Wen Wu, an attending in the Blood Bank.

A special thanks to Residency Program Administrator Zudith Lopez for planning an amazing evening that was enjoyed by all!


The residents and fellows are going to the following prestigious institutions:


  • Dr. Adriana Knopfelmacher: Surgical Pathology Fellowship at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC (2016-2017); Blood Bank Fellowship, MD Anderson, Houston, TX (2017-2018).    
  • Dr. Hannah Jarvis: Forensic Pathology (2016-2017); Forensic Neuropathology & Forensic Cardiovascular Pathology (2017-2018), Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York 
  • Dr. Jose Mantilla Arango: Surgical Pathology Fellowship (2016-2017); Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology (2017-2018), University of Washington, Seattle.  
  • Dr. James Szymanski: Transfusion Medicine Fellowship (2016-2018), NIH, Bethesda, MD. 


  • Dr. Kumar Amit (Cytopathology): Surgical Pathology Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 
  • Dr. Giorgi Berulava (Hematopathology): Cytology Fellowship (2016-2017), NIH, Bethesda, MD. 
  • Dr. Kirsten Fleming: To be determined 
  • Dr. Yumei Fu (Women’s Health): Staff Pathologist, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. 
  • Dr. Junaid Ibrahim (Cytopatholgy): Surgical Pathology Fellowship, Johns Hopkins, MD. 
  • Dr. Zhongua Li (Hematopathology): Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, PA. 
  • Dr. Michael Licata (Hematopathology): Staff Pathologist AP/CP, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma. WA. 
  • Dr. Ronald Rice (Molecular Pathology): Dr. Rice is entertaining offers from several institutions as attending pathologist. 
  • Dr. Julia Wu: To be determined 
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Department of Pathology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave.
Belfer, Room 711
Bronx, NY 10461

Tel: 718.430.2828
Fax: 718.430.8541

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 | 6:30 PM
Residents & Fellows Class of 2018 Graduation
Other Building, 1st Fl

Thursday, June 07, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Pathology Department Annual Retreat
Other Building, 1st Fl

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