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Dr. Kenneth R. Shroyer to Recruit Additional Subspecialists

Kenneth R. Shroyer, M.D., Ph.D., an expert in Surgical and Cytopathology and nationally recognized for translational studies in the development of novel molecular markers for treating cancer, has been named Chair of the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Appointed by Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Shroyer heads a program that provides clinical and laboratory services in areas such as cancer, infectious diseases, and immunology.

Involved in the cutting-edge of pathology research for the past 25 years, Dr. Shroyer's research is focused on the translation of discoveries in basic science to clinical application. He has conducted wide-ranging studies related to the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the unregulated cell cycle progression leading to cancer. The goal of these studies is to improve the accuracy and predictive value of the Pap test for cervical cancer. More broadly, Dr. Shroyer's biomarker research and techniques are applicable to the analysis of tumor biomarkers for other gynecologic cancers and for cancers of the upper airways, thyroid, pancreas, and colon.

"Dr. Shroyer has a remarkable track record as a leader in translational research," says Dr. Fine. "He will bring together the expertise of the department and work other faculty to seek ways to develop new medicines based on pathological findings."

"Stony Brook provides a rich environment in which I can help build translational and basic research programs," says Dr. Shroyer. "The institution's commitment to excellence in clinical services, education, and research, along with its affiliations with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory, make it an ideal location to develop research collaborations."

Dr. Shroyer's research will form the basis of a new core translational research program in the department. The Pathology Translation Research Laboratory will be equipped to conduct a wide range of studies based on the analysis of human tissues and other clinical specimens. Dr. Shroyer says the lab will be a resource to established investigators who are interested in translating discoveries in basic research to potential clinical application. The lab will also serve to foster the growth of junior faculty investigators, and as a resource to the department, school and entire university.

In addition to increasing translational research, Dr. Shroyer will build on the current strengths of the department, which provides comprehensive expertise and training in most areas of anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Shroyer plans to add experts in clinical chemistry, soft tissue pathology and other surgical pathology subspecialties. The scope of services for cytopathology, a branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level, will be increased to provide immediate on-site evaluation of diseased tissue. Dr. Shroyer also expects to establish a fine needle aspiration (FNA) lab at the outpatient Cancer Center, which will enable cytopathologists to perform FNAs of virtually any mass lesion for cellular analysis.

Dr. Shroyer comes to Stony Brook from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver, where he spent nearly 20 years. Most recently, he was Director of Anatomic Pathology and Medical Director of Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology at UCHSC. He held numerous leadership positions while there, including Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology, Director of the Histopathology Laboratory, and Co-director of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory.

Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology, Dr. Shroyer is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, the American Society of Cytopathology, and the International Society for Gynecologic Pathologists. He has served as a member of numerous National Institutes of Health grant review panels, has published widely, and is an active reviewer for many journals including the International Journal of Cancer and Cancer Research. He also serves on the editorial board of Human Pathology and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Virology.

Dr. Shroyer lives in Setauket with his wife, Laurie W. Shroyer, Ph.D., also newly appointed to Stony Brook. She will join the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine. The Shroyers have one son, Robert (21), a college student at the University of Utah.

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