Ann Gronowski, PhD, Oree M. Carroll and Lillian B. Ladenson Professor in Clinical Chemistry, Pathology and Immunology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Division Co-Chief of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine, was recently named to The Pathologist‘s Power List for 2023. Dr. Gronowski was one of 25 individuals selected by a panel of experts for the list, which highlights moving stories from leading laboratory professionals.
“This is a great honor for me. I was nominated by people I have mentored, and I have already received emails from others in the field thanking me for being a role model. I have learned (and continue to learn) so much from the people I have mentored, and for that I am extremely grateful,” Dr. Gronowski said.
For the list, Dr. Gronowski shared her inspirational story about pursuing a career in laboratory medicine. When she arrived to train at Washington University School of Medicine in 1993, there wasn’t another woman in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine. Several years later when Dr. Gronowski joined the division as a faculty member, she only had one other female colleague. “I really wish there had been more senior, female role-models and mentors. I guess that is why I am passionate about mentoring – young women especially. There is nothing that gives me as much pleasure as watching the success of those I have mentored,” Dr. Gronowski said in her story for the Power List.
Dr. Gronowski has inspired countless trainees and young faculty since joining LGM, where she lends her expertise as co-director of the Clinical Chemical Fellowship. Dr. Gronowski also mentors individuals in her role as CLIA Medical Director for Barnes Jewish Hospital Pathology Services & Memorial Hospitals, contributing to her “long history of leadership” at Washington University School of Medicine and beyond, said Richard J. Cote, MD, FRCPath, FCAP, Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Immunology Pathologist-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
“Dr. Gronowski, along with her colleague Dr. Carey-Ann Burnham, initiated the Women in Pathology Seminar Series. Together, Dr. Gronowski and Dr. Burnham were the first vice-chairs of the Office of Faculty Mentorship and Development in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, which has had a tremendous impact, especially for our younger faculty. We are all so fortunate to be the recipients of Dr. Gronowski’s leadership and mentorship,” Dr. Cote said.