Association for Molecular Pathology                       
May 2009, Volume 15, Number 2 

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
• Economic Affairs Committee
• Membership & Professional
  Development Committee

• Nominating Committee
• Professional Relations Committee
• Program Committee
• Publications Committee
• Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
Special Features
• AMP Leadership Award

• Member Survey Report
• Web Editorial Board Report
• Show Me the Money!
• Announcements
• Career Opportunities
• Meetings and Upcoming Events
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees

2009 Recipient of AMP Leadership Award

Debra G. B. Leonard, MD, PhDThe members of the Nominating Committee and AMP Council are pleased to announce Debra G. B. Leonard, MD, PhD as the recipient of the prestigious AMP Leadership Award for 2009.  Dr. Leonard has held a faculty position as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and has served as Vice-Chairman for Laboratory Medicine and Director of Clinical Laboratories at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell campus since 2004. Her MD and PhD were received from New York University followed by a surgical pathology and post-doctoral research fellowship. Her first academic appointment was Assistant Professor of Pathology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in 1992, where she developed the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory. In 1996 she relocated to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory. During her professional career, Debra has emerged as one of the leaders in molecular pathology and molecular diagnostic testing in the United States.

Debra has contributed both time and effort to AMP in many significant ways: Chair of the first Clinical Practice Committee, President of AMP in 2000, leader in the effort for AMP’s first Test Directory, Chair of the Professional Relations Committee, an active participant at AMP Annual Meetings as a speaker and is presently AMP’s Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.  As one nominator wrote, “Her efforts in the broader molecular diagnostics community have been extremely important for the field.  Hers is a voice of reason in one side of the gene patents debate.  In her defense of her position, which many hold, she has never wavered.  She has provided the field a "seat at the table" during her tenure on SACGT and SACGHS.”

Congratulations, Debra.