The Dr. L. Clarke, Jr. and Elaine F. Stout Award was established in 2015 by the generous support of Dr. L. Clarke, Jr. and Elaine F. Stout. This award will ensure that pathologists endeavoring to resolve scientific medical problems by studying their anatomic features are supported and appreciated in perpetuity. The Stout Award will provide recognition and an award of $3,000 to an individual for the best English language peer-reviewed publication in the previous calendar year, which resolved scientific medical problems by studying their anatomic features.
To apply for the Stout Award, applicants must complete the application form available on the USCAP website and electronically submit the application form along with a reprint of the publication to the USCAP Foundation.
Applicants must be the first author of the publication. The Academy does not sponsor travel or hotel accommodations for this award.
The selection is made by the Stout Award Committee.
Application deadline: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Natalia Rush, M.D.
Dr. Natalia Rush is a pathologist-in-training in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. She earned her Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Her academic interests are hepatic, gastrointestinal, and solid organ transplant pathology. Dr. Rush enjoys academic research and will continue her training as a fellow in liver and gastrointestinal pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Romil Saxena is her mentor who shaped her interests in hepatic and gastrointestinal pathology; together they have worked on several interesting clinicopathologic research projects. One such project led to the paper "Hepatic arterial buffer response: pathologic evidence in non-cirrhotic human liver with extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis" published in Modern Pathology (2016; 29:489-99), for which Dr. Rush is being honored by USCAP’s 2017 Dr. L Clarke Jr. and Elaine F. Stout Award.
Intricacies of the hepatic microvasculature and sophistication of its compensatory mechanisms make the study of hepatic vascular physiology and hepatic vascular diseases particularly challenging in human subjects. The hepatic arterial buffer response has been well documented in animals and has been demonstrated during surgery by imaging modalities in human subjects, but has persistently defied pathologic study. Using time honored principles of histopathologic observations and morphometric analyses, Dr. Rush and colleagues have provided pathologic evidence of a compensatory hepatic vascular physiologic response that is essential for maintaining whole body homeostasis. Their paper thus honors the Dr. L Clarke Jr. and Elaine F. Stout Award’s founding principle of "solving a medical problem based on anatomic studies".