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College of American Pathologists awards WSU resident Kinda Hayek, M.D.

A Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Pathology fourth-year resident presented two posters at the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in September, earning a fifth-place finish for one abstract analyzing the use of the ovarian cancer grading system for uterine tumors.

Kinda Hayek, M.D., chief resident in the Detroit Medical Center-affiliated program, was one of five junior members recognized for outstanding scientific posters and original research at CAP 2012 – THE Pathologists' Meeting, held Sept. 9-12 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.

She also received a $500 cash award and a spot in the September issue of the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine for the project, “Is the 2-Tier Ovarian Serous Carcinoma Grading System Potentially Useful in Stratifying Uterine Serous Carcinoma? A large Multi-Institutional Analysis.”

The awards are a competitive program designed to promote a broad range of research in Pathology. It offers pathologists and research scientists the opportunity to submit original research to their peers in a poster presentation format. Editors from the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine evaluated the 560 eligible submissions.

In the abstract, Dr. Hayek explains that uterine serous carcinoma is a high-grade tumor with poor outcome. The study evaluated the potential use of ovarian serous carcinoma’s two-tier – high versus low – grading system for uterine serous carcinoma. It included 140 patients from WSU, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, also in Boston. Results showed that the two-tier grading system did not prove to be an independent prognostic variable but significantly correlated with stage and disease-free survival rates.

Dr. Hayek, who earned her medical degree from Aleppo University in Aleppo, Syria, presented a second poster, “The Role of Pap Smear and Colposcopy in Diagnosing Stage I Endocervical Adenocarcinoma,” at the meeting.

“I do have multiple abstract presentations, however, these are the first two I have my name on as the first author,” she said.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society with more than 18,000 physician members. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists.

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