2020 recipient of the Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship

Onur Kanisicak, PhD

Congratulations to Dr. Onur Kanisicak who is the recipient of the 2020 Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship. Dr. Kanisicak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.

The Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship Program provides funding for ASIP members who are in the early stages of their academic careers to travel and visit other departments/institutions to give one or more research presentations as a distinguished visiting lecturer. The primary goal of this program is to provide exposure of promising young faculty to members of the greater pathobiology research community, increasing their national recognition and reputation. Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lecturers benefit from national exposure and interactions with faculty at the host institution which may result in new collaborations that will advance research endeavors at both institutions and may generate other beneficial long-term relationships such as distance mentoring within their chosen field of study.

Dr. Kanisicak’s laboratory studies how tissue homeostasis is supported by resident cell types that are not traditionally considered part of the parenchyma: fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and stem cells. His research group has developed unique genetically-modified mouse models to interrogate these cells, including reporter lines that permit in vivo tracing of fibroblast activation and proliferation, as well as mouse models that allow for temporal-specific ablation of fibroblast as they transition from quiescence to activated states. Their work to date has revealed that fibroblasts, previously thought to occupy only a structural role in muscle tissue, are actually among the first responders to tissue damage and play a central role in tissue regeneration by providing crosstalk with the other cells of the tissue.

Dr. Kanisicak will utilize his Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship to travel to Baylor College of Medicine to deliver lectures in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Cardiovascular Research Institute.

ASIP members at academic institutions who are in the early stages of their career (Assistant Professors and/or Associate Professors who have not yet been granted tenure), are eligible for the Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship Program. Competitive nominees must have an established and productive research record and generally be a few years past their initial academic appointment. A nomination for the Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship program can be initiated by the individual researcher, their department chair, or the host department chair. Required elements of nomination packages can be found here. For more information on this program or to initiate a nomination, please contact wbcoleman@asip.org.

About Dr. Fred Sanfilippo

 Alfred P. (Fred) Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, is currently Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the Director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program, and Medical Director of the Marcus Foundation. Dr. Sanfilippo previously served Emory University as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Science Center, and Chair of the Board of Directors for Emory Healthcare. In his earlier career, Dr. Sanfilippo served as a faculty member at Duke University (where he became Professor of Pathology, Experimental Surgery, and Immunology), Johns Hopkins University (where he served as Chair of the Department of Pathology), and The Ohio State University (where he served as Dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health, Senior Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, and CEO of the OSU Medical Center). Dr. Sanfilippo’s well-funded research programs have focused on the immunopathology of allograft rejection, receiving >$30M in funding and resulting in 3 patents, >225 original articles, 54 reviews, and 35 book chapters published to date. Dr. Sanfilippo served the ASIP from 1993-2003 as a representative to FASEB, 1996-2004 as a member of the ASIP Council, and as ASIP President in 2002-2003.

About the Fred Sanfilippo-ASIP Visiting Lectureship Program

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In Memorium: Dr. Emanuel Rubin

Dr. Emanuel Rubin

Emanuel Rubin, an internationally recognized pathologist and leading innovator in education, died on February 13, 2021. Born in Brooklyn in 1928 and raised in Atlantic City, Dr. Rubin launched his exceptional academic career at Harvard Medical School (MD, 1954) after earning a BS degree from Villanova in 1950. He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1957, and he entered the field of pathology as a trainee in the Mt, Sinai pathology residency program from 1958 to 1962. Dr. Rubin joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 1962 and had a rapid academic ascension to the rank of professor in 1968, and subsequently, as Chair of the Department in 1972. Dr. Rubin moved to Philadelphia in 1977 as Chair of the Department of Pathology at the then Hahnemann Medical School combined with the Medical College of Pennsylvania (later Drexel University Medical School). He moved to become Chair of the Department of Pathology at Jefferson Medical College (currently Sidney Kimmel Medical College) of Thomas Jefferson University in 1986, in part motivated by the Dean’s efforts to enhance pathology education for medical students. In 1987 he received the status of Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rubin made seminal contributions to our understanding of liver function, both normal and abnormal. At a time when alcohol-induced liver injury was considered to be the result of nutritional deficiencies (so called “nutritional cirrhosis”), Dr. Rubin’s experiments in non-human primates and human volunteers changed the paradigm to demonstrate the hepatotoxicity of excessive alcohol consumption that was independent of nutritional status. He subsequently collaborated with scientists at the University of Barcelona to demonstrate that the cardiomyopathy resulting from alcohol toxicity was proportional to the cumulative dose of alcohol, and that liver and cardiac damage occurred synchronously. These seminal findings laid the foundation for Dr. Rubin to establish a well-funded alcohol research center at Jefferson.  Another highlight of Dr. Rubin’s career, following his arrival at Jefferson, is his rich legacy of educational contributions to the field of pathology. First and foremost is the Rubin’s Pathology textbook, the first edition launched in 1988 and now in its eighth edition. It is a global resource and has been translated into multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese. Dr. Rubin is survived by his wife, Dr. Linda Haegele, five of his six children: Daniel, a pathologist; Jonathan, a radiologist; Rebecca, a lawyer; Ariel, a musician; and Ethan, a graduate student. Tragically, his oldest son, Raphael, also a pathologist and a member of our faculty, passed away in September, 2011. Dr. Rubin is also survived by multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dr. Rubin’s awards include

  • American Medical Writer’s Award for Best Medical Textbook of the Year, 1989
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Barcelona, Spain, 1994
  • The F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award of U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology, 1996
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT Award, Bethesda, MD, 1996-2006
  • Tom Kent Award for Excellence in Pathology Education, Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE), 2001
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Republic of Italy, 2003
  • Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, Sbarro Health Research Organization, 2004
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of Pathology Chairs, 2006
  • Gold Medal Award, International Academy of Pathology, 2006
  • Gold-headed Cane Award (research), American Society for Investigative Pathology, 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2015
  • Robbins Distinguished Educator Award, American Society for Investigative Pathology, 2018
  • Honorary Distinguished Member of Faculty Award, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem