The Benjamin Castleman Award is granted for an outstanding paper in the field of human pathology published in English. Selections made by the Benjamin Castleman Award Committee will be based on the merit of the submitted paper, not on the entire career of the author. Please do not include additional supporting papers. Any optional information or letters from sponsors should be focused on the paper, not on the author’s qualifications. The 2020 award will be based on papers published during the twelve months preceding the application deadline. The subject may represent any topic in pathology, but must be directly relevant to human disease. On papers with multiple authors, only one author is eligible, and only one paper per author may be submitted.

The awardee must be a pathologist or a pathology resident or fellow who has not yet reached their 40th birthday at the time the paper is published.  Papers by pathology trainees are encouraged.The prize will consist of a check for $1,500 and a certificate. Funds for travel are not included and the awardee does not have to be present at the Annual Meeting.

Applicants should complete the application form online and electronically submit the form along with a PDF reprint (or preprint) of their manuscript. This award, financed by contributions to a fund established by former students and trainees of Dr. Castleman, will be presented on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 during the USCAP Annual Meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Note:  The deadline for The Benjamin Castleman Award is Friday, October 11, 2019. 

Sanjay S. Patel, MD, MPH

2019 Benjamin Castleman Award

Dr. Patel completed graduate training in immunology and public health at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, through which he obtained MSc and MPH degrees. He subsequently completed his medical training at the Saint George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Dr. Patel developed a passion for understanding the pathologic basis of disease during medical school, particularly in the area of hematology-oncology. This initial foray into hematopathology culminated in a brief review of primary effusion lymphoma, published in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. As a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, Dr. Patel pursued the study of mantle cell lymphoma, inspired by his mentor, Dr. David Yang. Their work, primarily using a tissue microarray for multiplex immunohistochemistry and digital image analysis, resulted in three USCAP abstracts, and provided Dr. Patel a significant introduction to this powerful and cutting-edge technology. Concurrently, Dr. Patel contributed to basic science projects centered on plasma cell myeloma (with Dr. Fotis Asimakopoulos, University of Wisconsin) and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma (with Dr. Ruben Carrasco, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), resulting in publications in Blood and Blood Advances, respectively. He also developed an appreciation for quality improvement in pathology and worked with Dr. Catherine Leith, and others, on a bone marrow biopsy quality improvement initiative, the findings from which were recently published in the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology.

As a clinical fellow in hematopathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Patel began working with Drs. Olga Weinberg and Robert Hasserjian to better understand the prognostic implications of various clinicopathologic and genetic parameters in de novo acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with mutated NPM1. As a part of this analysis, he identified a strong correlation between mutant allele burden at diagnosis and poor clinical outcome, and these findings resulted in a recent first-author publication in Blood. Moving forward, Dr. Patel and his mentors seek to further dissect the basis for their initial finding including analysis of mutant protein expression patterns and minimal residual disease, with the hopes of better risk-stratifying patients with this very common subtype of AML.

In the year following his clinical fellowship, Dr. Patel will assume a position as the first Geraldine S. Pinkus Fellow in Translational Research. During this year, he will be changing gears and placing a greater emphasis on the study of lymphoma biology and the tumor microenvironment (TME) under the guidance of Dr. Scott Rodig, using classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) as a model system. He ultimately aims to carry his experiences and training into a faculty position as a clinical hematopathologist, focusing broadly on areas of lymphoma- and leukemogenesis, while also maintaining a significant commitment to trainee education

Previous Award Recipients

2019 Sanjay S. Patel
2018 Nicholas P. Reder
2017 Carlos A. Murga-Zamalloa
2016 Benjamin H. Durham
2015 Mark J. Kiel
2014 Valentina Nardi
2013 Abner Louissant
2012 Daniel Winer
2011 Anthony Gill/ Jiaqi Shi
2010 Adeboye Osunkoya
2009 Kirsten D. Mertz
2008 Laurence de Level
2007 Adebowale Joel Adeniran
2006 Arul M. Chinnaiyan
2005 Andrew P. Weng
2004 Anirban Maitra
2003 Jerome T. O’Connell
2002 David G. Huntsman
2001 Todd Kroll
2000 Daniel J. Brat
1999 Irina Lubensky
1998 Jeffrey K. Taubenberger
1997 Sarah S. Frankel
1996 Frederic G. Barr
1995 Marc Ladanyi
1994 Cheryl Willman
1993 Timothy McDonnell
1992 Giorgio Ingrahami
1991 Peter Humphrey
1990 Ivan Stamenkovic
1989 Stephen Peiper
1988 John Anastasi
1987 James Kurnick
1986 Lawrence Weiss
1985 Ann Thor
1984 George Murphy
1983 Renatao Iozzo
1982 William Beschorner
1981 Roger Warnke