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Gustavo L. de la Roza, MD, professor of pathology, has been appointed director of the Anatomic Pathology Division in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He will continue to serve as director of Surgical Pathology. The announcement was made by Robert Corona, DO, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and vice president of Innovation and Business Development. De la Roza is an anatomic pathologist trained in oncologic surgical pathology and cytopathology with special interest in urological, musculoskeletal and breast pathology. He is board certified in anatomic pathology and cytopathology.

Jennifer Johnstone, MS, RN, NE-BC, has been named director of Professional Practice and Innovation for the Nursing Department, reporting directly to Nancy Page, MS, RN, chief nursing officer. Johnstone joins Upstate from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, where she served as director for Orthopedic and Spine Services. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Keuka College and her associate’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She is certified as a nurse executive through the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center and as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Visit Welcome to Upstate for a list of new employees who joined Upstate Medical University in May.

Upstate In the News

Upstate’s $48,200 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the She Matters program was featured June 18 on

Steven Blatt, MD, discussed the importance of keeping children hydrated in a story on a recent Harvard study that found a majority of U.S. children are dehydrated, leading to headaches, irritability or poor performance.

Also on, Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, discussed the positive effects to public health that will result when the FDA bans all trans fate by 2018.

Susan Keeter was quoted in a article about the importance of teaching reading skills to children and the Light a Candle for Literacy parade held in early June.

In Memoriam: Our Upstate Family

Visit In Memoriam for a complete list of current Upstate employees, retirees, volunteers, and students who have passed away.