The Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award was established in 2015 to honor the memory of Florabel García Mullick, M.D., ScD, F.C.A.P. The award was funded by friends and family of Dr. Mullick and ensures that pathologists from under-served countries can attend the USCAP Annual Meeting with a travel grant of $2,500 or more.

Dr. Mullick was a Diplomate of The American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and a distinguished graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1992, she was awarded the prestigious rank of Meritorious Executive by the President of the United States. In 1993 and 1999, she received the Distinguished Executive Award, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in the US federal government. Her visionary support and tireless efforts in establishing a Telepathology Program at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology led to the formal dedication in 2005 of “The Florabel G. Mullick, M.D., Video teleconference Center.”

In 2007 Dr. Mullick became the first civilian Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. In 2008 Dr. Mullick was elected President of the International Academy of Pathology. Each year USCAP honors the contributions and memory of Dr. Mullick with the Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award.

Erisa Kola, MD

2022 Florabel G. Mullick Travel Award

Dr. Erisa Kola is a young pathologist currently practicing at the Gjirokaster Hospital and GeniusLab in Albania. She joined the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology as a Global Partner in March 2019.

Erisa attended medical school at the University of Medicine in Tirana, Albania and graduated with honors in 2012. She worked for 3 years in the emergency department and volunteered as an active member of MAYA (Medical Association Youth Albania). In 2015 she started her residency in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Medicine in Tirana which she completed with honors in 2019. Her dissertation was in “Oral and Maxillofacial Malignancies, emphasizing squamous cell carcinoma. A 10-year retrospective observational study across two institutions in Albania”. During the first year of residency, she went to Athens, Greece to do a hands-on 8 month training in Surgical Pathology at Hygeia Hospital, Athens. She is an active member of European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer – Melanoma Group as an early career investigator since 2018. After completing her residency, she went to the US to attend several seminars from Moffitt Cancer Center, followed by a one month observership in the Head and Neck Pathology Department. While working in Albania, she continued to look for training opportunities in Pathology and was accepted to attend a Pathology Seminar from Vienna University and Cleveland Clinic in 2018 and 2021. She completed an observership at the Dermatopathology Department at Weill Cornell University in NY in which she had a special interest. She’s also been part of several research projects in Albania and co-authored 35 papers published in medical journals in Europe and US, being the corresponding author in 12 of them. Due to her interest in academics she’s an Editorial Board Member of several medical journals and Lecturer of Pathology at Albanian University in Tirana.

“I believe that no matter where we live or study, there are always new opportunities to expand our knowledge to continue learning and be the best version of ourselves, to benefit our patients and our country. The most rewarding aspect is knowing that the right patient care starts with the correct diagnosis, and I want to be able to provide that.”

Previous Award Recipients

2021 No award given.
(virtual meeting)
2020 Marie Claire Ndayisaba
2019 Gerardo Vides Almonacid
2018 Sofía Cañete-Portillo

2017 Maria Frances Bukelo
2016 Ann Margaret V. Chang