The F. Stephen Vogel Award was established by contributions to a fund created by his family and friends. It is to be awarded in recognition of an outstanding paper by a resident or fellow published in one of the Academy journals, Modern Pathology or Laboratory Investigation, during the preceding calendar year. Thus, the 2019 award will be based on papers published during the calendar year 2018.
The awardee must:
(1) be a USCAP member, in good standing, at least one year prior to receiving the award;
(2) possess an M.D., or international equivalent, degree; and
(3) be a pathologist-in-training (resident or fellow) in a program accredited for training at the time the scientific investigation on which the article is based was initiated and substantially completed.
Applicants should be the first author or submit documentation of a significant contribution to the paper.
On papers with multiple authors, only one author is eligible, and only one paper per author may be submitted. The prize will consist of a check for $1,000 and a certificate. Applicants should complete the application form online and electronically submit the form along with a PDF reprint (or preprint) of their manuscript and a PDF of the signed VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FORM, available HERE. The Vogel Award Committee will select the awardee.
This award will be presented on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 during the USCAP Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Funds for travel are not included and the awardee does not have to be present at the meeting.
Kwun Wah Wen, M.D., Ph.D
2019 F. Stephen Vogel Award
Dr. Wen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 2004 with distinction in biochemistry and received many academic awards during this time, including the Ronald E. McNair Presidential Scholarship, American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award, and Phi Beta Kappa. During his Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), he discovered essential roles of heat shock proteins in Human Herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) viral oncogenesis and actively participated in the rationale design of recombinant viral vaccine for HHV-8 infection. As a result of these efforts in the laboratory of Dr. Blossom Damania, he was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Harold C. Pillsbury, M.D. Student Research Award, annual G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Excellence in
Research Award (for the most outstanding PhD thesis in microbiology and immunology at UNC), and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Fellow Award in Basic Sciences (for the best cancer biology research at UNC).
He was a resident in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2014 to 2018, and served as Chief Resident in Anatomic Pathology (2017-2018) which allowed him to play significant administrative and leadership roles. He completed Hematopathology (2016-2017) and Gastrointestinal (GI)/Liver Pathology (2017-2018) fellowships at UCSF. Thanks to the generous support from his Department during his Hematopathology fellowship, he spent 4 months of away-rotations at Stanford, NIH, and Johns Hopkins to hone his diagnostic skills in Hematopathology. Through the sponsorship from the Arthur Purdy Stout Stipend Award, he spent a month at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to gain more in-depth training in Pancreatobiliary (PB) Pathology during his GI/Liver fellowship. In addition, he has been an ASCP Resident Representative and a Resident Committee Member of the USCAP Education Committee since 2017.
Through research projects and various opportunities, Dr. Wen developed specific interests in immunophenotypic and molecular characterization of GI, PB, and hematologic neoplasms. He has published multiple first-author papers with his UCSF mentors, including Drs. Sanjay Kakar, Ryan Gill, and Won-Tak Choi. In particular, he gained expertise in DNA flow cytometric analysis of pre-invasive lesions (such as dysplasia) in the GI tract. His published paper (in Modern Pathology) on gastric dysplasia, written during his GI/Liver fellowship (submitted for this Award) exemplifies his research endeavors in this area. He was also a runner-up for the 2018 Gastrointestinal Pathology Society Abstract Award for another work in inflammatory bowel disease using a similar methodology.
As he embarks on his new career as an Assistant Professor at UCSF, the F. Stephen Vogel Award is a tremendous honor and encouragement to challenge himself to be one of the best academic pathologists in the country.