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.
Sofía Cañete-Portillo, M.D.
2018 Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award
Dr. Cañete-Portillo was born on January 3, 1986 in Asunción, Paraguay, to a family of five. Her research interests prophetically materialized at an early age when she and her brother experimented with “mixing things up” to determine their surprise outcomes. She completed medical school with honors in December, 2012, at the Universidad Católica de Asunción.
Her career was immediately energized in 2013 when she began working with Dr. Antonio Cubilla at the Instituto de Patología e Investigación in the area of genitourinary pathology, focusing on penile lesions. Initially she took photographs of penile lesions, then in 2014 began to assist Dr. Cubilla with editing papers. One of her first projects (among five) was presented at the USCAP Annual Meeting 2015, entitled “Continuous Spatial Sequences of Lichen Sclerosus (LS), Penile Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PeIN) and Invasive Carcinomas”. This afforded her the opportunity to attend her first USCAP annual meeting at which she was impressed by its myriad works, reinforcing her determination to develop a professional career in pathology. In 2015, she began her residency in Surgical Pathology at the Instituto de Previsión Social, and continued working on new (research) projects.
In 2016, she was selected by USCAP Foundation as a recipient of a global partner award which facilitated her attendance at the USCAP annual meeting in Seattle where she presented 4 posters. She was privileged to be selected for a clerkship program at the Cleveland Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Cristina Magi- Galluzzi which motivated her to continue her research interests. She also received the Mario Luna Award (2016) given by the Latin American Foundation for work presented at USCAP. Later that year, her first article as a first author was accepted to be published in early 2017, entitled “Medullary Carcinoma of the Penis: A Distinctive HPV-related Neoplasm: A Report of 12 Cases.”
This period was enriched by her continuous work with Dr Cubilla on papers, book chapters and projects to be presented at USCAP. She also had a clinical rotation at the Massachussets General Hospital with Dr Mai Hoang.
In 2017, she was promoted to Chief Resident and attended the Annual USCAP meeting in San Antonio, Texas. She influenced four co-workers, representing Dr. Cubilla’s research team, to attend the meeting and present four new posters.
She is grateful to the USCAP Foundation for being honored with the 2018 Florabel G. Mullick Award.