The Executive Board and the Awards Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) announce the 2019 Achievement Award Winners. The Papanicolaou Award is awarded to Mary K. Schwartz, MD, the Cytotechnologist Award for Outstanding Achievement winner is Lynnette Savaloja Pineault, MS, SCT(ASCP) and the Excellence in Education Award is awarded to Eva M. Wojcik, MD.
Mary K. Schwartz, MD was raised in Hawaii, attended Stanford University and Washington University School of Medicine, and completed residency at Baylor College of Medicine where she stayed on as faculty and served as the Residency Program Director for over a decade.
Currently, Dr. Schwartz holds the Jack L. Titus Chair in Pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she serves as Director of Anatomic Pathology and of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship. She is also Clinical Professor of Pathology at Baylor.
Dr. Schwartz has chaired multiple ASC committees, been on the Executive Board, served as Co-Chair of the ASC Foundation Board, and is on the editorial boards of multiple journals, including JASC. She was a member of the CAP Cytopathology Committee and the LAST project, and is the ASC representative to the CAP-sponsored expert panel, which developed evidence-based guidelines for HPV testing in head and neck cancers.
Dr. Schwartz’s passions have been her family, education and patient care. She has mentored countless students, residents, fellows, and faculty. She has co-directed and participated in educational programs at the ASC and many other organizations. She and her colleague and dear friend, Dr. Dina R. Mody, have fostered the professional development of cytotechnologists at their institution and beyond.
She is deeply humbled and honored to receive the Papanicolaou Award.
Lynnette Savaloja Pineault, MBA, SCT(ASCP) is Anatomic Pathology Operations Supervisor at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, part of the Health Partners family of care. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cytotechnology from the University of North Dakota and her MBA with Specialization in Health Care Management from Capella University. Ms. Pineault completed her cytotechnology internship at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, where she was hired as a staff cytotechnologist in 1997. She left HCMC in 2001 to become the Cytopathology Technical Specialist at Regions, a position she held until 2013, when she was promoted into her current role. She has also served as clinical instructor and advisor for several Midwest cytotechnology training programs and was a consultant cytotechnologist for ASCT Services from 2005-2013.
Ms. Pineault has enjoyed the privilege of serving for many professional organizations. She has been a member of the ASC Executive Board, and was president of both the Minnesota Society of Cytology (MSC) and the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT). Ms. Pineault has held many leadership roles for these organizations and for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Joint Commission (TJC). She has participated in many multi-organization workgroups and consortiums, most notably serving as Co-Chair of the Future of Cytopathology Summit and White Paper, for which she was awarded the ASC President’s Award in 2010. She was also recognized for her contributions by the ASCT, that presented her with the Holmquist Cytotechnologist Achievement Award in 2009 and the ASCT President’s Award in 2011.
Ms. Pineault has authored and contributed to many presentations and publications with emphasis on the expanding roles of cytotechnologists and anatomic pathology management topics. She is currently a member of the ASC Scientific Program Committee, TJC Laboratory Accreditation Advisory Council and Pathology Technical Advisory Panel, and an advisor to the Appropriate Collection and Handling of Thoracic Specimens for Laboratory Testing guideline project, sponsored by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
Eva M. Wojcik, MD is currently the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and endowed Professor of Pathology and Urology at Loyola University Medical Center. Previously she also served as a Director of Cytopathology. In addition, before taking over the chairmanship position in 2007, she was the Director of the AP/CP Residency Program and Cytopathology Fellowship Program. Dr. Wojcik is a Past President of the American Society of Cytopathology and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. She serves on editorial boards of Diagnostic Cytopathology, American Journal of Surgical Pathology: Reviews and Reports and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Wojcik has been a frequent invited speaker at numerous international, national and regional forums. Most of her presentations are dealing with recent advances in urine cytology. She co-led international efforts to standardize reporting of urinary cytology that culminated with publication of The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology. She has authored and co-authored over two hundreds articles, book chapters and abstracts.
The President’s Award was established in 1992 and is presented annually to an ASC Member. The selection of the recipient is at the discretion of the ASC President. Dr. Syed Z. Ali has chosen Frances Burroughs, SCT(ASCP)IAC as the awardee for the 2019 President’s Award.
After receiving her baccalaureate degree from Rutgers University, Ms. Burroughs discovered the field of cytotechnology when she became the clerical supervisor of the division of cytopathology of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her discovery led to her attending the Hopkins School of Cytotechnology and her subsequent employment as a staff cytotechnologist. Later, after holding the position of quality control tech, she assumed the role of Education Coordinator of the Cytotechnology School and was later promoted to supervisor of technical operations, a position she held until her retirement in May 2013.
From the time of her graduation from Cytotechnology School, Fran has been active in the ASC. Several times, she was a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Scientific Meeting. She has also been the Director of the Program Faculty Seminar, a member of the 2001 Taskforce on Cytotechnology Education, and was the Chair of the Volunteer Committee when the 59th Annual Scientific Meeting was held in Baltimore. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and posters and has presented at local and national professional meetings.
In addition to her work with the ASC, Fran has been active in the ASCP, both as a member and chair of the Board of Registry Examination Committee (now the BOC) and as a reviewer for Laboratory Medicine. She was a member of ASCT, the Maryland State Council on Proficiency Testing, and the inner-city council education consortium.
In “retirement,” Fran became the Managing Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, a position that keeps her in touch with colleagues while serving the ASC in a new role.
New this year is the International Achievement Award, given to a cytopathologist or a cytotechnologist who has transcended geographical boundaries and contributed significantly to cytopathology education and research. The award honors individuals in leadership roles at an international level, known for their collaborative and organizational excellence in promoting the profession globally.
Philippe Vielh, MD, PhD, FIAC is the 2019 International Achievement Award recipient. Dr. Vielh directed the cytopathology unit at Institut Curie (Paris, France) for 13 years before moving to Gustave Roussy Cancer Center (Villejuif, France) where he headed the cytopathology unit from 2003 until 2015 as well as the histo-cytopathology unit of the translational research laboratory (2007-2014), and the institutional biobank (2011-2014). Presently, he works at the Laboratoire National de Santé (Dudelange, Luwembourg) where he is deputy-director of Pathology and in charge of Cytopathology.
He is particularly interested in the study of omics of breast and thyroid tumors and has authored more than 303 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 7 books and 22 book chapters. Dr. Vielh is on the editorial board and reviews for several national and international journals and holds a number of society memberships including the fellowship of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC).
Dr. Vielh is the recipient of the 2007 L.C. Tao “Educator of the Year” Award (Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology) and the 2014 Maurice Goldblatt IAC Award. He served as the President of the French Society of Cytology (SFCC) for 9 years (1996-2006), chaired the 31st European Congress of Cytology in 2005 (Paris, France), served as Secretary General of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS) from 2005-2012, chaired the 18th International Congress of Cytology (May 2013 in Paris), and served as President of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) from May 2013 until June 2016.