The medical magazine The Pathologist has highlighted Dr. Rashna Meunier ’07 as a rising star of pathology and lab medicine, awarding her a spot on its 2016 Power List.
Nominated by her peers and named to the list by an esteemed panel of judges, the magazine notes Meunier’s interests in surgical pathology, dermatopathology, and the liver and gastrointestinal tract. The award also cites her service work as vice chair of the CAP Residents Forum and her membership with the original 2015 USCAP In Situ Pathologists livetweet group. Her Twitter account, which she uses to share educational materials and case studies, has more than 2,500 followers.
“I’m honored to be on the Power List,” says Meunier. “The pathologists on this list are working hard to spread the word about the role of pathologists as an important part of a patient’s medical team.”
Meunier practices at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y. “As a pathologist, I’m the physician that ensures you have the correct diagnosis. Most of my day is spent looking at slides under the microscope, determining if a patient has a cancer, what type, and how advanced it is. I like my job because I’m a very visual person and I use pattern recognition to make the correct diagnosis.”
Meunier earned a medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, performed her residency training in pathology at Brown University, and completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Massachusetts.
At HWS, Meunier majored in biology and minored in public policy with a concentration in health care. She conducted an Honors project with Associate Professor of Biology Kristy Kenyon, studying bat vision. As part of the Honors work, Meunier sliced frozen tissue very thinly with a machine known as a cryostat.
“Little did I know, this process is performing a ‘frozen section.’ As a pathologist, I perform ‘frozen sections’ nearly every day. Thanks to my Honors project, I was one step ahead of my colleagues, already able to perform a frozen section on my first day of training,” she says.