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.
In 2008 Dr. Mullick was elected President of the International Academy of Pathology.
Each year USCAP honors the contributions and memory of Dr. Mullick with the Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award.
Gerardo Vides Almonacid, MD
2019 Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award
Dr. Almonacid was born on May 31, 1977 in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. His nuclear family includes a sister. He is married with a beautiful wife and two precious kids who are the light of his life.
He grew up surrounded by a medical environment where everything was related to cells and the human body because his father is also a pathologist. When he was six years old his father gave him his first microscope. He spent hours investigating slides from his father’s collection and realized that was the moment of his life when the fascination for pathology began. Since he was very young he wanted to learn how the human body works (he performed his first official Autopsy on a frog when he was 5 years old!)
Gerardo completed medical school in Buenos Aires in 2002 at the Maimonides University. In 2003 he started his residency in Anatomic Pathology at CEMIC (Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research) where the chairman and mentor was Dr. Boris Elsner. During that period, in 2005, he was accepted for an observer program at the Cleveland Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. John R. Goldblum which motivated his interest in Soft Tissue and Gastrointestinal Pathology.
He was always looking for a way to expand his knowledge by trying to learn from more experienced pathologists, and in 2007 he rotated at the Department of Pathology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, with Professor Mehrdad Nadji and Dr. Merce Jorda. In 2009 he was accepted as an observer in the Department of Pathology of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico DF, with Professor Jorge Albores Saavedra and Dr. Arturo Angeles.
In 2010, he rotated at the Department of Dermatopathology of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C. with Dr. George P. Lupton. In 2012 he completed yet another observership at the Department of Pathology of the Medical College of Wisconsin with Dr. Saul Suster.
In 2010 he was able to attend for the first time a USCAP meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and then promised himself never to miss USCAP meetings because he understood that USCAP was where he could continue learning the best knowledge of pathology.
In 2016 he was appointed USCAP’s first International Ambassador with great honor. This helped his career development and he was able to interact and connect with other pathologists of the world. In 2017 he completed his second Pathology recertification that was approved by the provincial recertification board.
He is currently a medical staff pathologist at the Maternal and Child Public Hospital in his State and was appointed for 2019 as Chairman of the Anatomic Pathology laboratory of the State Hospital in his Province.
He also works with his father at his private pathology laboratory and serves as head of the histology department at the Catholic University of Salta.