The Papanicolaou Award, established in 1958, is the highest award given by the American Society of Cytopathology, presented annually to a physician or PhD member in recognition of meritorious contributions to the field of cytology. This year’s recipient is Ritu Nayar, MBBS, MD, MIAC, Professor and Vice Chair of Pathology Education and Faculty Development and Director of Cytopathology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Ritu Nayar graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, India, with an MBBS and MD (Pathology). She moved to the United States in 1991, completing Pathology Residency and a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at George Washington University followed by a Cytopathology Fellowship at University of Rochester. In 1997, she joined Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Nayar’s professional practice centers on clinical cytopathology, education, translational research and administration. She has published widely, with an emphasis on gynecologic and thyroid cytopathology and been involved in many national and international peer review activities. Her daily work and leadership style emphasize quality, compliance, standardization, communication, and mentorship.
Inspired by her mentors, she has been an advocate for our profession and active leader in organized Pathology for over 25 years, chairing and participating in committees in several organizations including the ABP, ASC, ASCP, ASCCP, CAP, IAC, NCI, PSC and USCAP. She has fostered intersociety and international collaboration and embraces shaping the future of cytopathology and progressive change. Currently she is a Trustee for the American Board of Pathology, Co-chair of the Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC), member of the Executive Council of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC), and a Co-chair/ASC representative for the ongoing ASCCP-NCI Risk-Based Management Guidelines Update.
An ASC member since 1992, Dr. Nayar has been closely involved with the Society in various capacities. A passionate teacher and organizer, she has presented and moderated many educational programs, served on committees, including as Chair of the ASC Scientific Program Committee and ASC President.
Dr. Nayar has concentrated her volunteer efforts on the development and dissemination of standardized reporting terminology in cytopathology/histopathology (Bethesda and LAST), guidelines for screening/ management of cervical cancer precursors, proficiency testing; continuing medical education and initial/continuing board certification for pathologists.
Dr. Nayar lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Rajeev. She loves travelling and exploring the world, entertaining, and cooking for friends and family in her home. Her motto is to work hard, play hard and try to make a difference.
The Cytotechnologist Award for Outstanding Achievement is presented annually to an ASC Cytotechnologist member in recognition of meritorious service or accomplishments to the field of cytology. Beverly Haigler-Daly, BS, CT(ASCP), the 2018 recipient, is celebrating her 50th year in a career dedicated to cytotechnology. She has evolved her passion for the field through positions of leadership, management, teaching and advocacy.
In 1968, Ms. Haigler-Daly graduated from Wingate University and completed her cytology training the following year at Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Cytotechnology. Attending her first ASC Meeting as a student, she met Dr. Koss and other cytology luminaries who inspired her to become involved with organizations like the ASC that are devoted to leading, growing and shaping cytology. Ms. Haigler-Daly later graduated Cum Laude from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health.
Since joining the ASC in 1970, Ms. Haigler-Daly has been actively involved. She became a Voting Member in 1980, was elected to the ASC Cytotechnology Advisory Committee in 1988, serving as its Chair from 1991-1992, and participated in the ASC Future of Cytopathology Summit in 2009. She has served on various committees: Scientific Program, Companion Society, Art for Advocacy, Membership, and Intersociety Workload Recording, among others. Since 1980, she has attended every Annual Scientific Meeting, volunteered at countless workshops and presentations across various cytology topics, and continues to mentor cytotechnologists through changes in their shared field.
In 2000, Ms. Haigler-Daly was named Executive Director of ASCT Services and is responsible for overall operations and manages CMS contracts secured under her tenure as well as other contracts from various organizations. She is the business liaison to the ASCT Services Executive Board and continues to work as one of the organization’s Survey Team Leaders, a position she has held since 1991.
Ms. Haigler-Daly has been a member of ASCP since 1970. She is a founding-year member of the North Carolina (NC) Society of Cytology (1970) and served two terms as the organization’s President (1981-1985, 2003-2007). She received the NC Society’s Exceptional Service Award in 2002. She is also a founding-year member of ASCT (1979) and was awarded the Marion and Nelson Holmquist Award in 2003. Since 1997, she has lectured and supported students in the Cytotechnology Program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Today, she regularly presents workshops and conferences on cytology issues for local, state and national organizations.
The Excellence in Education Award is presented annually to a cytotechnologist or pathologist in recognition of meritorious service or accomplishment in the field of cytology education. This year’s recipient is Claire W. Michael, MD, Professor of Pathology, Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program and Lead of Faculty Professional Development/Mentorship at the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is a certified Executive Coach by the Weatherhead School of Management and currently serves as the President of the Women Faculty School of Medicine Organization.
Dr. Michael received her medical degree from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, residency training at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan and Cytopathology Fellowship at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She served as the Director of Cytopathology at the University of South Alabama in 1993 and moved to the University of Michigan in 1995 as the Associate Director and then Director of Cytopathology Laboratory and Fellowship, 1996-2012. She trained over 40 fellows and supervised the training of hundreds of residents.
Dr. Michael is well published with 100 manuscripts, 18 book chapters and editor of two books on effusions. She is an Associate Editor of Diagnostic Cytopathology and member of the Editorial Board of Pleura and Peritoneum. She served as Chair or Member on numerous committees in the American Society of Cytopathology and Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology (PSC). She chaired the Progressive Evaluation of Competency (PEC) Exam Committee for seven years and served as the secretary of the PSC for six years. She is a well sought out speaker in about 150 National and International Conferences.
2018 ASC Foundation Annual Scientific Meeting Travel Scholarships
The ASC Foundation supports travel scholarships to the ASC Annual Scientific Meeting. Scholarships are awarded to Cytotechnologists Members who are in their first five years of membership and attending the Meeting for the first time, and to Pathology Residents or Cytopathology Fellows who are ASC Members.
2018 Annual Scientific Meeting Travel Scholarships for attendance at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC have been awarded to the following ASC Members – congratulations!
Cytotechnologists Travel Scholarships
Emily J. Almeter, MS, CT(ASCP)
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York
Lynsey Behning, BS, CT(ASCP)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
María D. Cintrón Lugo
University of Puerto Rico
Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
Karen Cormier, BSc, CT(ASCP)
Diagnostic Services Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Erika Patricia Escalante Pompilla, BS
Iris Juan, BSc, CT(ASCP)
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California
Jillian M. Schook, MS, CT(ASCP)
New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York
Erin C. Smith CT(ASCP)CM, MB(ASCP)CM
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California
2018 Fellows and Residents Travel Scholarships
Derek Allison, MD
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Rachel Jug, MD
Durham, North Carolina
Vincenzo L’Imperio, MD
Ospedale San Gerardo
Kelsey E. McHugh, MD
The Cleveland Clinic
Zhongbo (Jerry) Yang, MD, FCAP
University of Miami/Jackson Health System