Columbus, OH, February 22, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Leona W. Ayers is a renowned professional with over forty years’ experience in education.
She studied for her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Duke University in North Carolina and graduated in 1962. She stayed on to study for her medical degree at the Duke School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors in 1967, and for her postgraduate internship and residency at Duke Medical Center where she specialized in clinical and anatomical pathology. She completed her residency at the University Hospitals of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, a medical center where she would go on to enjoy a long affiliation.
Dr. Ayers went straight from training to join the faculty at the Ohio State University Medical Center, where she began as assistant professor and attending pathologist within the Wexner Medical Center. From 1971 to 1994, she worked in clinical pathology, and from 1994 to 2015 she divided her time between transfusion medicine at the Wexner Medical Center and clinical pathology and transfusion medicine at the James Cancer Hospital.
In 1997, Dr. Ayers became a full professor at the Ohio State University, a role in which she has remained for the last twenty years. She has taught medical students and medical technology students, pathology interns and residents, and has directed twenty-six graduate and professional students. She has also lectured in East, West and South Africa through funding by the National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH). She is a member of The Ohio State University-Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSU-CCC). Throughout her career, she has maintained a focus on infectious diseases pathology and HIV/AIDS-related cancers in her research.
Dr. Ayers has been affiliated with the College of American Pathologists (CAP), The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), the International Society Biology and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), The American Association of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She was recently inducted into the Duke University School of Medicine Half Century Club. She has co-authored over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, fourteen book chapters and articles as well as more than two hundred abstracts/posters presented at national and international meetings over the course of her career.
A highly respected authority in her field, Dr. Ayers has been the recipient of many awards over the years. She was named Outstanding Microbiologist of the Year 1982, Foundation Leader of the National Foundation for Microbiology Lectures Program from 1998 to 2000. She was presented with the Earline Kutscher Memorial Lectureship in 1991, Designated Physician Scholar in 2015, was elected for the OSU Emeritus Academy in 2014, and was featured on the Reuters Billboard in Times Square in 2015.
When not working, Dr. Ayers enjoys keeping up with colleagues on social/professional media sites.