Faculty Educator of the Month: September 2009

Dr. Sergej Konoplev

Dr. Sergej Konoplev, assistant professor in the Department of Hematopathology, has been named the September 2009 Faculty Educator of the Month.

During his time as a faculty member at MD Anderson, Dr. Konoplev has displayed a great deal of interest in and enthusiasm about education of trainees in the Department of Hematopathology. Specifically, he has created and led a series of orientation lectures for new fellows in the department. These lectures are given to trainees in the Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program at the beginning of every academic year.

In addition, Dr. Konoplev has assisted in the education of fellows in the Department of Leukemia by standardizing the method of presentation of cases by these trainees at the weekly Leukemia Planning Clinics. This standardization has enabled fellows to focus their presentations on the facts of their cases that are most relevant to the clinicians in the Department of Leukemia.

Dr. Konoplev also helps train Hematopathology fellows by giving them full responsibility for processing new cases and dictating pathology reports. Upon completion, he reviews each dictation, ensuring that the pathology report is clear, accurate and precise.

Furthermore, Dr. Konoplev trains fellows in practical hematopathology via instruction on microscopic techniques. He also works with fellows and observers in writing research articles, which is beneficial in instruction about clinical research projects.

Dr. Konoplev has also made educational contributions outside MD Anderson. Specifically, he has been an instructor for a sophomore-level course in pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Additionally, he has given poster presentations at meetings throughout the country and in Australia, and he has been an invited presenter at a seminar in Russia.

Dr. Konoplev received his M.D. degree from St. Petersburg State I.P. Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1990. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Konoplev completed a clinical residency in internal medicine at I.P. Pavlov State Medical Institute in St. Petersburg. Afterward, he served for five years as a hematologist in the Department of Adult Hematology at the Clinical Center for Advanced Medical Technologies in St. Petersburg.

In 1997, Dr. Konoplev received his Ph.D. degree in hematology from the Federal Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in St. Petersburg. He came to MD Anderson in 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow; he went on to serve as a research associate in the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation from 1999 to 2000.

In 2001, Dr. Konoplev moved on to the University of Cincinnati, where he was a clinical resident in anatomic and clinical pathology until 2003. He then completed a clinical residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2004. He returned to MD Anderson later that year, completing clinical fellowships in hematopathology in 2005 and advanced hematopathology in 2007. He was then named to his current position of assistant professor in the Department of Hematopathology.

Dr. Konoplev currently is a co-investigator for a funded research project in the Department of Pathology. Also, he is a collaborator for two other projects.

From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Konoplev was a manuscript reviewer for the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. In addition, over the course of his career, Dr. Konoplev has authored more than 20 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and several abstracts.