New molecular road map for CRC

Dr. Stan Hamilton (right) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with George Chang, MD, MS, a professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology and chief of the section of colon and rectal surgery. The guideline on molecular biomarkers for the evaluation of colorectal cancer “has brought the quality control aspect [of testing] front and center,” says Dr. Hamilton.

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Dr. George Chang and
Dr. Stan Hamilton

With cloud computing,
sorting out pros, cons

“To a certain extent, we have had what you might call ‘enterprise computing’ within hospital organizations for at least two decades, because we’ve had shared storage drives and shared back-end storage systems,” says J. Mark Tuthill, MD, division head of pathology informatics, Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. J. Mark Tuthill

Primary aldosteronism:
diagnostic team lifts clinical practice

For decades, Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, chair of pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, has touted the value of diagnostic management teams, and in February he led the first conference dedicated to such teams, referred to as DMTs. There, Alison Woodworth, PhD, told the story of how and why she created a DMT for primary hyperaldosteronism, what it achieved, and where her DMT focus is now.

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Dr. Alison Woodworth

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