Faculty News Weekly Round-Up, August 11

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UVA School of Medicine Faculty News Weekly Round-Up
August 11

• US News & World Report Ranks UVA As No. 1 Hospital in Virginia

The 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” guide rates University of Virginia Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia and honors 11 UVA specialties as among the best in the U.S. This is the second consecutive year UVA tops the Virginia hospital list.

Six specialties are rated among the top 50 nationally:
– Cancer: 30th
– Ear, nose and throat: 32nd
– Orthopedics: 33rd
– Urology: 35th
– Diabetes and endocrinology: 44th
– Cardiology and heart surgery: 50th

Four additional specialties are recognized as “high-performing,” rating among the top 10 percent nationally of their respective specialties:
– Gastroenterology & GI surgery
– Nephrology
– Neurology & neurosurgery
– Pulmonology

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• UVA Researchers Publish Paper on Gynecological Carcinomas

“Mismatch Repair Status and PD-L1 Expression in Clear Cell Carcinomas of the Ovary and Endometrium” has been published in the journal Modern Pathology.

The paper describes the findings of a study detailing the relationship between mismatch repair and PD-L1 expression in gynecologic clear cell carcinomas, which represent a rare and difficult to treat subset of ovarian and endometrial carcinomas. The researchers identified tumoral PD-L1 expression in over three-quarters of clear cell cancers in the endometrium and nearly half of tumors from the ovary, suggesting that immunotherapy targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 axis may be of utility in these patients. Interestingly, PD-L1 expression was not exclusively seen in tumors with mismatch repair deficiency, suggesting that clear cell morphology may be a marker for immunotherapeutic response irrespective of mismatch repair status.

School of Medicine faculty contributing to the paper include the following:
Kristen A ATkins, Associate Professor of Pathology
Mark Stoler, MD Professor of Pathology and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anne Mills, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology

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• NBC 29 UVA House Call: Dr. Robin Felder on Salt Sensitivity

Robin Felder, PhD, Professor of Pathology, discusses salt sensitivity and how it affects people’s blood pressure.

Watch the interview:

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