Gordon F. Vawter Pathologist-in-Training Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize meritorious work of medical students, residents, and fellows. The winner must be the first author of a platform or poster presentation at an interim or annual SPP meeting. The work must have been identified as being in competition for this award by checking the appropriate box on the abstract form. The winner receives an illuminated certificate, a $500.00 cash award and recognition in the Society Newsletter.

Vawter Award Recipients

Year Name Title
1991, Fall Jo Ann Becker, M.D. Observations on an increasing incidence of Candida funisitis
1992, Spring Raj P. Kapur, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Use of a transgenic murine model to study congenital agarykimesis. 
1992, Fall Amy Pappin, M.D. Differing patterns of pulmonary hemorrhage in the presurfactant and surfactant eras. 
1993, Spring Gareth P Jevan, M.D. Analysis of lymph node DNA for possible bacterial agents of cat scratch disease.
1993, Spring Susan Coventry, M.D. Neuroblast colonization of the ileocecum in wild type and lethal spotted mice. 
1993, Fall Eduardo Zevallos, M.D. Demonstration of HIV-1 core protein antigens, sequences and GAG sequences in placentas of HIV-1 positive mothers. 
1994, Spring Brett Casey, M.D., Texas Children’s Hospital Mapping of a gene for familial situs abnormalities to human zq25-26. 
1994, Fall Luc Laurier Oligny, M.D. Ewing’s sarcomas: correlation between conventional cytogenetics and molecular genetics. 
1995, Spring Reem El-Bahtimi, M.D. Mechanisms of multidrug resistance in Wilms’ tumors. 
1995, Fall Glenda Hendson, M.D. Umbilical cord torsion in stillbirths. 
1996, Spring Zhengping Zhuang, M.D. Identical genetic changes are detected in different components of Wilms’ tumors. 
1996, Fall Russell Broaddus, M.D. PhD, Texas Children’s Hospital Dysregulated TGF-beta expression and basement membrane degradation in colitis-associated dysplasia and adenocarcinomas in G alpha 12 mice 
1997, Spring Patricia Aronica, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Detection of Neuroblastoma in the Bone Marrow: Biopsies versus Aspirates 
1997, Fall Anirban Maitra, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Expression of the RNA Component of Telomerase in Neuroblastic Tumors and Non-Wilms’ Pediatric Renal Tumors 
1998, Spring Michael P. Viglione, M.D., Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Limb-body wall malformation complex caused by an extra-amnionic umbilical cord. 
1998, Fall Maria Parizhskaya, M.D., University of Pittsburg Hemophagocytic syndrome presenting as acute hepatic failure in the infant: clinical overlap with neonatal hemochromatosis. 
1999, Spring Gail Deutsch, M.D., Brown Univ., Providence Pancreatic versus hepatic cell specification in murine endoderm cultures 
1999, Fall S. Wu, M.D., St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia Myocyte regression in cardiac rhabdomyomas (CR) is ubiquitin-mediated. 
2000, Spring M Arroyo, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Inst., Baltimore, MD Metanephric adenofibroma and related lesions: Clinicopathologic study of 24 cases. 
2000, Fall Sarah Chan, M.D., Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Adenovirus E1A is not detected in Ewing family of tumors. 
2001, Spring Csaba Galambos, M.D., St. Louis University Health Sciences Center Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) isoforms 164 and 188 are essential for fetal mouse lung development 
2001, Fall  Amy Heerema, M.D., University of California San Francisco Expression of beta-catenin in Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis. 
2002, Spring Torin D. Shear, M.D., University of Missouri Pathologic classification and p53 expression in Wilms tumor: a preliminary study 
2002, Fall Payal Kapur, M.D., Children’s Medical Center, Dallas MIB-1 labeling index predicts progression free survival in a large group of pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas. 
2003, Spring Malti Kshirsagar, B.S., Children's Research Institute, Columbus, OH Correlation of Genotype/Phenotype in a Nude Rat Model of Metastatic Rhabdomyosarcoma. 
2003, Fall Linda Ernst, MHS, M.D., Yale University PCR for 16S rRNA DNA not supportive of bacterial etiology for chronic villitis. 
2004, Spring Gino R Somers, MBBS, BMedSc, Ph.D., Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Association of drowning and myocarditis in a paediatric population: A clinicopathologic study. 
2004, Fall None None
2005, Spring Karen Eldin, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Polyomavirus Simian virus 40 positive lymphomas in children 
2005, Fall Portia A. Kreiger, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA Hamartomatous and other tongue lesions in children 
2006, Spring Bonnie L.C. Cole, M.D., Univ. of Washington, Children’s Hospital & Regional medical center, Seattle, WA Intestinal pseudo-obstruction in murine model of neuronal nuclear inclusion disease
2006, Fall Sara M. Duesterhoeft, M.D., University of Washington, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA Three cases of a single umbilical artery arising from the aorta, in support of the vascular steal phenomenon of caudal regression 
2007, Spring Mana M. Parast, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA  The placenta in trisomy 13: Overexpression of soluble VEGFR1 correlates with clinical pre-eclampsia and villous hypermaturity 
2007, Fall Jacqulin Cunningham, M.D., Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX A subset of cranial fasciitis is associated with dysregulation of APC/beta-catenin pathway
2008, Spring Tricia R. Bhatti, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Lymphocytic gastritis in pediatric celiac disease 
2008, Fall Erin Rudzinski, M.D., Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA PHOX2B immunolocalization of the putative retrotrapezoid nucleus in the human brain 
2009, Spring Alex K. Williamson, M.D, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA Chronic gastritis in children: A histologic definition and its clinical utility 
2009, Fall

Adrienne Carruth, M.D., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA

S. Alexandrescu, M.D., University of Texas & Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Mutations in Long-Chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA Dehydrogenase and Placental Maternal Floor Infarct/Massive Perivillous Fibrin Deposition. 

Persistent Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia of Infancy: Constitutive Activation of the mTOR Pathway in the Exocrine Pancreas with Histogenetic and Therapeutic Implications. 

2010, Spring Rebecca Buell-Gutbrod, M.D., The University of Chicago Chicago, IL FOXL2 and SOX9 distinguish the lineage of the sex cordstromal cells in gonadoblastomas
2010, Fall Jeremy K. Deisch, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX Immunohistochemical expression of SALL4 in Wilm’s tumors, nephrogenic rests, and fetal and postnatal renal cortices 
2011, Spring Karen Chisholm, M.D., Stanford University Stanford, CA Beta adrenergic receptor expression in pediatric vascular lesions. 
2011, Fall M. Kamran Mirza, M.D., University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL C4d Immunoreactivity and Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy Leading to Death in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients 
2012, Spring Rebecca Buell-Gutbrod, M.D., University of Chicago, Illinois The Sertoli cell associated Doublesex and Mab-3 related transcription Factor 1 (DMRT1) as a novel marker of Sertoli-cell lineage in gonadal dysgenesis. 
2012, Fall Kalyani Patel, M.D., Washington University, St Louis Prevalence of hepatic steatosis in stillborns delivered to women with diabetes mellitus 
2013, Spring Matthew Cain, M.D., University of Alabama Development of novel software to generate anthropometric norms at perinatal autopsy.
2013, Fall Karen Chisholm, M.D., Stanford University Stanford, CA Evaluation of serial urine viral cultures for the diagnosis of cytomegalovirus infection in neonates and infants. 
2014, Spring Barina Aqil, M.D., Texas Children’s Hospital Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Are micromegakaryocytes specific for refractory cytopenia of childhood (RCC)? A study of 38 pediatric patients with thrombocytopenia unrelated to RCC. 
2014, Fall Lauren Parsons, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee An evidence based recommendation for a standardized approach to detecting metastatic neuroblastoma in staging bone marrow biopsies. 
2015, Spring Archana Shenoy, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO Clinical targeted Next-Generation sequencing of malignancies in the pediatric age group: Spectrum of identified mutations 
2015, Fall Lea F Surrey, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Needle biopsy assessment of hepatic fibrosis in Fontan circulation and its association with clinical parameters 
2016, Spring Chrystalle Katte Carreon, M.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Histologic features of very early onset compared with older-onset inflammatory bowel disease 
2016, Fall Priya Skaria, M.D., Children's Mercy, Kansas City Kansas City, MO Role of HBME-1, Galectin-3 and CD56 in the Diagnosis of Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Children 
2017, Spring Tricia Petes, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Characterization of hepatoblastomas with HCC features 
2017, Fall Jeffery Goldstein, M.D., PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN Age-Specific Effects of Common Genetic Variants and Human Leukocyte Antigen Types 
2018, Spring Colleen D’Arcy, MBBS, BMedSc, PhD, FRCPA, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Concordance Between FISH and SNParray for Detecting MYCN Amplification and 1p Deletion in Neuroblastoma 
2018, Fall Jessica Saunders, MD, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada Loss of BRG1 (SMARCA4) expression in a non-CNS, non-renal tumor cohort 
2019, Spring Nya Nelson, MD, PhD, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Pediatric Mismatch Repair Deficient Solid Tumors Detected by Immunohistochemistry are Rare but Enriched in the Central Nervous System: Implications for Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy
2019, Fall Crystal Bokoven, MD, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL Detection of Viral Genomes in Chronic Villitis
2020, Spring Jie-Fu Chen, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO PD-L1/PD-1 Expression in Wilms Tumor: Analysis of 52 cases 
2020, Fall Catherine Gestrich, DO, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Correlation of Fecal Calprotectin Levels with Histologic and Endoscopic Findings in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2021, Spring Sami Bannoura, MD, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada Pediatric PLAG1-rearranged Fibroblastic/Fibromyxoid Tumors: A Novel Entity or Morphologic Spectrum of Lipoblastoma
2021, Fall Grace Neville, MB BCh BAO, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA Prior cesarean section correlates with higher invasiveness grade in patients with Placenta Accreta Spectrum: Questioning the concept of uterine scar dehiscence
2022, Spring Catherine Gestrich, DO, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA Papillary Hemangiomas Harbor GNA11 and GNAQ Mutations
2022, Fall Ariana Pape, MD, University of Washington FOXF1 Mutations in Three Fetuses with Patchy Distribution of Intrapulmonary Shunt Vessels: Insight into Progression of Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia with Misalignment of the Pulmonary Veins (ACDMPV)
2023, Spring

Kaitlin Weaver, DO, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Evolution in Infectious Causes of Death in Liveborn Children in a Major Tertiary Children’s Hospital: A Retrospective Autopsy Review of over 1200 Cases.
2023, Fall

Jolee Suddock, DO, University of Southern California

A comprehensive multi-omic diagnostic approach of pediatric choroid plexus tumors
2024, Spring

Yan Zhou, Boston Children’s Hospital

Molecular profiling in pediatric hepatocellular adenomas: does it help with the diagnosis and subtyping?