Faculty Educator of the Month: March 2009

Dr. Jeffrey L. Jorgensen

Jeffrey L. Jorgensen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program, chief of the Section of Immunology (Flow Cytometry) and assistant professor in the Department of Hematopathology, has been named the March 2009 Faculty Educator of the Month.
In directing the two-year Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program, Dr. Jorgensen oversees the academic training of physicians in all areas of hematopathology and establishing their eligibility for the American Board of Pathology’s special competency examination in hematology. Specifically, in year one of the program, fellows receive training in several facets of laboratory hematology, including collecting, preparing and interpreting specimens; performing diagnostic procedures; and managing laboratories. In year two, fellows apply their training by spending about half of their time in clinical rotations and the remainder performing basic science or clinical/pathologic research projects with guidance from a faculty mentor. The Hematopathology Fellowship is the largest in the country, with six fellows.
Dr. Jorgensen also participates in direct training of fellows at MD Anderson and visiting residents and fellows from other institutions in the Texas Medical Center on hematopathology slide services and flow cytometry rotations. Teaching on these rotations takes place at sign-out, as he and the fellows examine pathology specimens under the microscope or evaluate flow cytometry dot-plots. Dr. Jorgensen “closes the loop,” providing detailed feedback on the fellows' dictations to help prepare them perform at a high level in their future careers.
Over the past several years, Dr. Jorgensen has mentored several fellows performing clinical research studies, many of whom have presented their findings at annual United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology meetings. Additionally, he is a lecturer at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, where he provides an introduction to clinical flow cytometry. Dr. Jorgensen has also been an organizer and presenter or lecturer for several courses and training programs at Baylor College of Medicine and has served on one advisory committee and directly supervised one postdoctoral research fellow and several clinical residents and fellows at MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Dr. Jorgensen’s educational contributions were recognized with the Fellows’ Teaching Award from the MD Anderson Hematopathology Leukemia Service in 2006-2007. In addition, he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Clinical Pathology from Baylor College of Medicine in 2001-2002.
Dr. Jorgensen received his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1994. He then went on to complete a clinical residency in anatomic pathology (1994-1998) and clinical fellowship in hematopathology (1996-1997) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Jorgensen then received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1999.
In 1998, Dr. Jorgensen came to Houston when he was named an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine. During his time there, he also served as medical director of the Flow Cytometry Laboratory in the Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. He stayed at Baylor until 2003, when he moved to MD Anderson as an assistant professor in the Department of Hematopathology and chief of the Section of Immunology (Flow Cytometry). He became director of the Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program in 2007.
Dr. Jorgensen serves in several capacities other than those described above at MD Anderson. Specifically, he has been the medical director for operations and process improvement in the Department of Hematopathology since 2004, and he serves on the Graduate Medical Education Committee and Graduate Medical Education Institutional Review Subcommittee. Also, during his time in Houston, Dr. Jorgensen has been an adult lymphoma pathology consultant for several institutions within and outside the Texas Medical Center
Over the past decade, Dr. Jorgensen has given presentations at several meetings, seminars and conferences throughout the country and in Puerto Rico. He also has been a co-investigator for a funded research project. Since last year, Dr. Jorgensen has been a section editor for the journal Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an editorial board member for Cytometry Part B: Clinical Cytometry. Finally, over the span of his career, Dr. Jorgensen has authored more than 35 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, three invited articles and one book chapter.