Richard Levenson and Bennet Omalu, pathologists in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, are among the 100 trailblazers named to The Pathologist’s 2019 Power List for their breakthroughs at the laboratory bench and in the clinic.
Levenson, a professor and vice chair for Strategic Technologies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is recognized for developing Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE). The technology obtains high-resolution images of biological tissue specimens without first requiring the time-consuming preparation of thin sections mounted on glass slides. UC Davis also recognized Levenson with a 2018 Innovator of the Year award.
Omalu is a volunteer clinical faculty member at UC Davis Health with expertise in forensic pathology and neuropathology. He was the first to identify and describe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes in 2002. He provided the first evidence that American football can cause permanent brain damage. He has since campaigned to raise awareness of CTE, leading the National Football League to make rule changes to protect players.