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Pathology Faculty Awards

Every year, the Department of Pathology recognizes four faculty members for exceptional contributions in the areas of anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and experimental pathology.

Three of the awards are name in memory of: Joseph Holden, MD, William Roberts, PhD, and John WeisPhD, each of whom now remain with us through the impact they had on our lives.

In 2020, the Department of Pathology introduced a fourth award recognizing exceptional contributions in the area of education. This award is named in honor of Joseph Knight, MD.

2021 Pathology Award Recipients

    Dr. Moser is deeply involved in education for our medical students and pathology residents and fellows. In undergraduate medical education she serves as a course director for the Molecules, Cells, and Cancer unit for first-year medical students. This is an intensive 8-week unit that integrates molecular and cell biology with genetics, hematology, cancer biology and basic oncology.

    As a pathologist leader in the medical school curriculum, she is active in MedEdMorphosis, the current effort to refresh and unify the medical education program and more fully realize the exceptional learning experience at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is currently leading a team that incorporates current medical students into the process of curricular re-design.

    Dr. Moser also directs PATH 7020, our elective rotation in clinical pathology at ARUP for 3rd or 4th year medical students. These students are seeking core exposure to clinical pathology, which can be very limited at other medical schools, and most PATH 7020 rotators eventually apply to our pathology residency program. She is the rotation director for hemostasis/thrombosis rotations for residents and fellows and also works closely with residents and fellows on our hematopathology services.

    Dr. Moser’s contributions are an important part of the visibility of pathology in our medical school curriculum, the local pipeline into pathology, and the training of our current residents and fellows. She is incredibly smart but also has a natural gift for sharing knowledge with others. She follows strong guiding principles and helps other to develop their professional identifies. She is an all-around star!

    Dr. Elke Jarboe is a star among the anatomic pathologists at the University of Utah and highly deserving of the Joe Holden Award recognizing faculty excellence in Anatomic Pathology.

    Many people don’t realize that Elke started out her career in a clinical pathology discipline, microbiology, receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in microbiology at the University of Colorado. She stayed on for her medical school and residency training and was a proud post-sophomore pathology fellow at the University of Colorado. It was during her medical training that she found her true passion was instead in anatomic pathology and specifically in gynecologic pathology. Elke completed two highly prestigious fellowships in women’s and perinatal pathology and then cytopathology at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    The University of Utah was extremely fortunate to have attracted her to join our ranks after these 13 years of exceptional training. In 2008 she joined the Anatomic Pathology Division and has continued to garner many awards and accolades, including the prestigious Robert E. Scully Young Investigator Award in gynecological pathology in 2009, as only a first year Assistant Professor at that time. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016. Her publications have had wide-ranging impacts in gynecologic pathology and cytopathology.

    She is perhaps best known for her seminal and ground-breaking series of six publications that established the fallopian tube as the origin of serous carcinogenesis of the gynecological tract, a discovery that has changed clinical practice and our understanding of this devastating cancer. Dr. Jarboe has been a cherished educator by medical students, residents, and fellows alike, and an outstanding administrator as the 14-year Director of Gynecological Pathology and the 10-year Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of Utah. We heartily congratulate Dr. Elke Jarboe for her exceptional career and the 2021 Joe Holden Award for Faculty Excellence in Anatomic Pathology.

    Dr. Robert (Rob) Blaylock received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He performed his residency in Clinical Pathology and his fellowship in Transfusion Medicine also at the University of Utah. He is currently a Professor of Pathology in our department.

    For almost 25 years, Dr. Blaylock was the single medical director over transfusion medicine services for University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospitals. Under his leadership, the ARUP’s Blood Donor Service Center was created and became a world-class blood donor center that has facilitated the donation and processing of millions of blood products that have been used to treat and save the lives of thousands of patients in our region.

    Dr. Blaylock is known as one of the medical directors who is the most dedicated to patient care in the history of the department and ARUP. We are honored and proud to have Dr. Blaylock be a part of the long list of successful and dedicated clinical pathologists in our department.

    Dr. June Round joined our faculty in Utah in 2011 after obtaining her BS from California Lutheran Institute, her MS from the University of Pacific in Molecular Biology, and her PhD from UCLA. Later, she completed a postdoc at Cal Tech with Sarkis Mazmanian.

    She was named a Pew Scholar in 2013, awarded a DP2 innovators award from the NIH in 2014, and a Burrough’s Wellcome Investigator in Pathogenesis in 2017. In 2020, Dr. Round received the first Keck award that the U has received in 20 years. She also achieved a truly spectacular run of grants in 2020: an R01 on bacteriophage pathobiology of inflammatory bowel disease; another R01 on the mechanisms of fungal involvement during intestinal disease, a third on microbiota-immune interactions that promote intestinal homeostasis; and an R21 on microbiota pancreas interactions during cancer.

    Her success in grant funding is also reflected in her success with publications including an article in Nature in August of this year. While Dr. Round’s work is indicative of an outstanding researcher, perhaps her greatest achievement was reached with the birth of her daughter Capri this past summer.

    2020 Pathology Award Recipients

      Angelica Putnam, MD is the first recipient of the Joe Knight Award for Excellence in Education. Dr. Putnam, a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine, completed her residency and a pediatric pathology fellowship in the Department of Pathology, followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology at the University of Colorado. Her love for teaching and education was already evident as a trainee, and she has been a member of the University of Utah Alumni Association Mentoring Program since 2002. As a faculty member, she has remained active in teaching.  In 2017, she was appointed Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Pathology, followed by an appointment as the Pathology Core Educator for the School of Medicine. In this role, her key responsibility is to oversee pathology curriculum throughout the four-year medical school experience.

      Dr. Putnam’s course lectures, clinical and laboratory teaching assignments, small group teaching experiences, and service on curriculum committees occupy several pages on her CV.  She accomplishes all this while continuing to sign out pediatric surgical pathology cases at Primary Children’s Hospital, participating in the interdepartmental vascular anomalies study group, and serving as the co-director of the Pediatric Anatomic Pathology Quality Assurance Program and the Responsible Investigator for Pathology for the University’s grant from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Dr. Putnam is also internationally recognized as the co-author and major contributor to two atlases: Diagnostic Pathology: Pediatric Neoplasms, and Diagnostic Pathology: Non-neoplastic Pediatric Pathology; the first of which is in its second edition, and was recognized by the British Medical Association for their 2019 BMA Medical Book Award.  

      Dr. Kajsa Affolter first came to the Department of Pathology as a resident after completing medical school at the University of Kansas, later becoming chief resident. She was the first GI pathology fellow in the newly-established training program, and she joined the faculty in 2015. Dr. Affolter is highly respected for her expertise in GI, pancreatic, and liver pathology; her substantial contributions in clinical service have been complemented by administrative and leadership contributions. She is the current director of the GI fellowship program, director of the medical student clinical rotation in pathology, Clinical Service Director for pancreaticobiliary pathology and the inaugural director of the department’s post-sophomore fellowship program for medical students. Notably, she was successful in spearheading the approval for a Master’s of Science in Pathology degree, which will be awarded to medical students completing the post-sophomore fellowship, one of only two pathology student fellowships that offer a master’s degree in the USA.

      After obtaining his MD from Columbia and completing pathology residency in New York, Dr. David Hillyard came to Utah for research and clinical fellowship training in microbiology. He joined the faculty in 1984 and is recognized nationally and internationally for his deep expertise in molecular infectious disease testing. He has served on multiple national committees and advisory groups, including chairing the Infectious Diseases Division of the Association for Molecular Pathology and chair of the AMP Infectious Diseases Program Committee. Dr. Hillyard is a sought-after speaker and consultant for knowledge of the application of cutting-edge technology in infectious diseases molecular diagnostics. He has played a key role in the Department of Pathology and ARUP’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, guiding the selection, evaluation, validation, and trouble-shooting molecular testing technology for ARUP, the Department of Pathology; he has also served as an advisor to the State of Utah and to other Utah health systems.  On November 4th, 2020, Dr. Hillyard was honored by Utah Business Magazine with the Healthcare Hero Award, in recognition of his efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing testing capabilities and collaborating to improve community outcomes.

      Robert Fujinami, PhD, started as an undergrad at the University of Utah before receiving his PhD in immunology-microbiology from Northwestern University in Chicago, where he began his interests in animal models of MS. He was a star viral immunology postdoc with Michael Oldstone at Scripps Institute, before joining the faculty at Scripps. He moved to the faculty at University of California, San Diego for five years before being recruited as a full professor in the Department of Neurology and adjunct professor of Pathology at the University of Utah in 1990. In 2007, we were able to convince Dr. Fujinami to move his primary appointment into Pathology.

      Dr. Fujinami is internationally recognized for his many important contributions in viral immunology and autoimmunity. He has published ~250 research manuscripts, received multiple awards, served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in his field, and been a steady contributor through his service on NIH study sections and other grant review committees. He has made extensive contributions to the education mission, been thesis advisor for multiple masters and PhD students, and served as a mentor to undergraduates, grad students, postdocs, and junior faculty. His university citizenship and leadership have been exceptional, including service as President of the University Academic Senate and his current leadership role as Vice Dean of Faculty for the School of Medicine.