August 7, 2009

Fogo named Shapiro Professor of Pathology

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Agnes Fogo, M.D.

Fogo named Shapiro Professor of Pathology

Agnes Fogo, M.D., has been appointed the next John L. Shapiro Professor of Pathology, succeeding Robert Collins, M.D.

The endowed chair was established in 1996 to honor the late John Shapiro, M.D., who chaired the Department of Pathology from 1956 to 1971, and who was known as one of Vanderbilt Medical School's “most effective” teachers.

Fogo, a professor of Pathology, Medicine and Pediatrics, “is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding renal pathologists in the world,” said department chair Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D.

“She has established a well-deserved reputation as a superb diagnostician, an outstanding investigator, and a talented teacher of medical students, pathology residents and renal pathology fellows,” Santoro said.

“It is an honor to follow in Dr. Collins' footsteps in this chair established in Dr. Shapiro's name,” Fogo said. “I was privileged to know Dr. Shapiro and be taught by him, as well as by Dr. Collins when I was a medical student here.”

A 1981 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Fogo joined the faculty in 1987. She directs the Division of Renal Pathology and Electron Microscopy, and the Research Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology, one of two such centers in the country.

Collins, the first Shapiro Professor of Pathology, received his medical degree from Vanderbilt in 1951 and joined the faculty in 1957.

Like Shapiro, Collins also is an extraordinary teacher. He has been invited by graduating seniors to appear on 36 consecutive class composites, and he has won numerous teaching awards, including on four occasions the graduating class' prestigious Shovel Award.