LCOM & Department News

Fung Invested as Inaugural Korson Green & Gold Professor of Pathology ​

August 5, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur

Mark K. Fung, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, was invested as the inaugural Roy Korson, M.D. and Lorraine Korson, M.S. Green & Gold Professor of Pathology at a formal ceremony held in the Hoehl Gallery at the Larner College of Medicine on August 5, 2019.

Left to right: Larner Dean Rick Page; Korson Green & Gold Professor of Pathology Mark Fung; UVM Pres. Suresh Garimella; Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Debra Leonard; UVM Interim Provost Patty Prelock; UVM Foundation President/CEO Shane Jacobson.

Mark K. Fung, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has been invested as the inaugural Roy Korson, M.D. and Lorraine Korson, M.S. Green & Gold Professor of Pathology. The formal ceremony was held in the Hoehl Gallery at the Larner College of Medicine on August 5, 2019.

The professorship was established by the late Roy and Lorraine Korson, both of whom enjoyed long careers at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. Starting in the early 1950s, Lorraine was a researcher in the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology and authored or co-authored a number of papers on aspects of cellular metabolism.  After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII and the Korean War, Roy enjoyed a long career in clinical pathology at the UVM Medical Center and teaching in the Department of Pathology of the Larner College. He maintained an active and productive research program focused on the basic mechanisms of carcinogenesis.  In addition to his clinical work and research, Korson was recognized by his colleagues and students as an outstanding teacher and is remembered as one who embodied the College’s ideal of integrating teaching, research, and clinical care.

Fung earned his medical degree and doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  He continued his training at the Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before joining the Larner College faculty and Medical Center staff in 2004.

A nationally recognized expert in transfusion medicine, Fung is director of the HLA/Histocompatibility Laboratory and the Stem Cell Processing Laboratory in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the UVM Medical Center. He has been a consultant, co-investigator or principal investigator on numerous funded research projects and co-leads a team of eight international transfusion medicine faculty researchers as part of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative.  He is the editor-in-chief of the leading textbook in his field, has dozens of peer-reviewed publications, and has published six book chapters.

Fung also plays an active role in medical student and resident training. He makes educational contributions to numerous College of Medicine courses and was nominated three years in a row for the Silver Stethoscope Award by Larner medical students. A Master Teacher in the Larner College of Medicine’s Teaching Academy, he has also been the resident and/or career advisor for numerous residents and medical students. 

In addition to his research and teaching, Fung is recognized as an outstanding clinician and clinical leader. Over the past 15 years, he has taken on a number of progressively more substantial physician-leadership roles and responsibilities at the Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center, including past service as vice chair for quality and clinical affairs in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and president of the UVM Medical Center’s medical staff. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the UVM Medical Center and the UVM Health Network, on the UVM Health Network Medical Group Board of Directors.

UVM and the UVM Foundation hold investiture ceremonies to recognize the importance of endowed positions, convey that they are one of the highest honors the University can bestow on its faculty members, and thank the generous donors who make them possible. The August 5 investiture ceremony was attended by colleagues, friends, and family of Fung and the Korsons, and featured remarks by UVM President Suresh Garimella, Ph.D., Dean of the Larner College of Medicine Richard L. Page, M.D., and Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

Fundraising for the Larner College of Medicine is a major focus for the University of Vermont Foundation.  More than 75,000 donors gave gifts totaling over $581 million during Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont, a comprehensive fundraising campaign for the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center that concluded on June 30, 2019.  Of this, over $290 million was raised for the Academic Health Sciences (the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the UVM Medical Center). More information about the impact of donors and the work of the UVM Foundation can be found at www.uvmfoundation.org.

Department Highlights

Please join Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger in congratulating Allison Manuel and Evan Elko

Dr. Allison Manuel is a post-doctoral fellow in our group.  Her abstract to be presented at the American Thoracic Society conference was chosen to receive an Abstract Scholarship . The scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas, Texas.  

Evan Elko is a PhD student. He just received notice that his F31 NIH application entitled: “Role of peroxiredoxin-4 in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis”  will be funded.

Congratulations to Evan and Allison.

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Department alumni, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D. featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine. To read her story click on the photo below.

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Dr's Leonard and HuberA Remarkable Gift from Dr. Sally Huber, Ph.D.

At the end of last week's Research Day, Dr. Leonard gave a surprise announcement: a very generous bequethment of $5 million by research faculty emerita, Dr. Sally Huber! The funds will go toward two endowed professorships for junior investigators in our department. The endowments will be named for her parents, Elmer R. Huber and Blodwen S. Huber, and will support junior research faculty for five years.(9/2018)

This amazing support will allow junior faculty time and funds to gain independence while pursuing the milestone achievement of being awarded their first R01 grant.

Heintz Awarded 2018 Distinguised Graduate Alumni Award

Dr. Nick Heintz, Ph.D. received the 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award​, which is presented to Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the LCOM community.

He accepted his award at the college's Celebrating Research Excellence event at the end of October. (September 2018)

Kida Received Certificate of Commendation

Dr. Kida receives award from the State of Vermont...read more here. (August 2018)

Leonard and Committee Publish Through National Academies Press

Dr. Debra Leonard, along with a committee under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ​published "Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm" through The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Committee Member). (August 2018)

Excellence in Education

The Larner College of Medicine’s second year medical students nominate and elect faculty who they want to recognize for their outstanding teaching and support over their first years of the Foundations education. (February 2018)

Pathology nominees (winners in bold):

AMWA Gender Equity Award  - Pamela Gibson; Sharon Mount; Rebecca Wilcox

Dean Warhsaw Integration Award - Rebecca Wilcox

Silver Stethoscope Award - Scott Andreson; Maureen Harmon; John Lunde

Above and Beyond Award - Ronald Bryant; Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Course Director Award -Rebecca Wilcox

Outstanding Foundations Course Award

  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems: (Ron Bryant; Kelly Butnor; and Pam Gibson are the primary pathologists in each section of the course, respectively)
  • Nutrition, Metabolism & the Gastrointestinal System: Course Director is Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Teaching Award - Ronald Bryant; Pamela Gibson; Rebecca Wilcox; Christina Wojewoda

Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger Receives Patent

Yvonne Janssen-Heinger was awarded a patent on the ​concept that strategies to inhibit GSTP has utility for the treatment of patients with pulmonary fibrosis. Congratulations, Yvonne! (January 2018)

Drs. Bronwyn Bryant and Phillip Munson inducted into the Teaching Academy

Last week Bronwyn and Phillip were inducted into University of Vermont's Teaching Academy. The Teaching Academy sustains and supports an interdisciplinary community of educators who value the scholarship of teaching and learning while facilitating educator development; improve the efficiency and quality of medical education through collaboration and scholarship; and promote an academic environment that increases the value and impact of educators locally, regionally, and nationally. (January 2018)

Dr. Leonard Video Recording Available 

Dr. Leonard gives a series of talks on Genomic Medicine in Vermont for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)​. A video recording of the talk is available here >> (October 2017)

Department Members Took Part in the March For Science

Banner carriers: Dr. Debra Leonard, Sara Kwolek & Dr. Sharon Mount. Also, in view are Doug Taatjes,Ph.D., and Dr. Rebecca Wilcox. (April 2017)

Janssen-Heininger Featured Woman in Science

Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., was chosen as the featured ​Woman in Science by the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine! She got pretty colorful with some of her answers, so definitely worth a read. (March 2017) Read the story >>

Buskiewicz Publishes in Science Signaling

Dr. Iwona Buskiewicz, Ph.D., publishes study in Science Signaling, revealing potential key to alternative Lupus treatment.  (February 2017)

Genomic Medicine Laboratory Grand Opening (January 2017)
Larner College of Medicine Foundations Awards

Pamela Gibson, M.D. won the AMWA Gender Equity Award, which honors a male or female faculty member who promotes a gender-fair environment for the education and training of physicians and gender diversity in the field. Pam is Co-advisor of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. (January 2017)

Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. won the Foundations Course Director Award, and her Nutrition, Metabolism, and Gastrointestinal System (NMGI) course won Outstanding Foundations Course Award. Rebecca was also nominated for the Foundations Teaching Award. (January 2017)

Mark Fung, M.D., Ph.D. and Andy Goodwin, M.D. were also nominated for the Silver Stethoscope awards, which recognizes the faculty member who had few lecture hours, but made a substantial contribution to students’ education. (January 2017)