USCAP Honors

Dr. Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award
YearAwardee
2017Maria Frances Bukelo
2016Ann Margaret V. Chang

The Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Florabel García Mullick, M.D., ScD, F.C.A.P. The award was funded by friends and family of Dr. Mullick, and ensures that pathologists from under-served countries can attend the USCAP Annual Meeting with a travel grant of $2,500.

Dr. Mullick was a Diplomate of The American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and a distinguished graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious rank of Meritorious Executive by the President of the United States. In 1993 and in 1999 she received the Distinguished Executive Award, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in the US federal government.

Her visionary support and tireless efforts in establishing a Telepathology Program at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology led to the formal dedication in 2005 of "The Florabel G. Mullick, M.D., Video teleconference Center."

In 2007 Dr. Mullick became the first civilian Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Each year USCAP honors the contributions and memory of Dr. Mullick with the Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award.

Most-Recent Awardee

Maria Frances Bukelo, MBBS, M.D.

Dr. Maria Frances Bukelo was raised in the coastal town of Mangalore, South India. Her keen interest in biology secured her admission to the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences where she earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees from St. John's Medical College in Bangalore. She completed her residency training in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology from Fr. Muller Medical College in Mangalore during which she conducted a clinicopathological study of Multiple Myeloma for her M.D. dissertation. On obtaining her M.D. Pathology degree she joined the Department of Pathology at St. John's Medical College, Bangalore and has been working as Lecturer of Pathology since October 2013 and was just promoted to Assistant Professor of Pathology.

Since her undergraduate days Dr. Bukelo has shown keen interest in research and is currently the recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Research Training Fellowship. She is working on the genotypic characterisation of Hirschsprung’s Disease in the Indian cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Usha Kini, a pioneer in diagnostics of Hirschsprung’s Disease in India. Dr. Bukelo also spends part of her time at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore where she carries out her genomicsrelated work at Professor Sudhir Krishna's laboratory.

In addition to her professional achievements, she maintains a huge rare Medical Philately collection which has been on exhibitions. On a personal note, she is honoured to be the second recipient of the Dr. Florabel G. Mullick Award. "I thank the USCAP Foundation for enabling pathologists across the globe to witness cutting edge pathology, in its endeavours to reach out to areas of need. I remain grateful to all those who have mentored me in my career path and to all who have challenged me to grow and reflect in new ways about clinical diagnostics and laboratory research. This award is dedicated to my parents for their unconditional love and constant encouragement to push boundaries and offer my best."

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