Dr. Jacob Grange: Vernie A. Stembridge, M.D., Scholarship Award in Pathology

By Deborah Wormser

Dr. Jacob Grange
Dr. Jacob Grange

Since his decision to enter medical school, Dr. Jacob Grange’s two sisters have chosen nursing careers and his brother is thinking of becoming a doctor.

Dr. Grange hesitates at the trendsetter label, saying he was influenced by his mother’s love of her career as a nurse and her textbooks that were available for browsing at their home in Vancouver, Wash.

“I remember looking at the anatomy book with its clear overlays of the organ systems,” said Dr. Grange, the recipient of the 2013 Vernie A. Stembridge, M.D., Scholarship Award in Pathology.

The Stembridge Award was established by friends and colleagues of Dr. Stembridge, the former Pathology Chair who died in 2000. The $1,500 award is given to the most outstanding graduating medical student whose performance in the sophomore pathology course was exemplary and who is interested in a pathology career.

“It’s definitely exciting to win the award,” said Dr. Grange, who majored in biophysics at Brigham Young University, and was sure from the start that he would pursue either medicine or biomedical engineering. His father, a mechanical engineer, was another strong influence, he added.

“He’s got a wonderful, very disciplined intellect, impressive analytical skills, and a clear idea of the important role that pathology plays as part of a broader health care team,” said Dr. Dennis Burns, Professor of Pathology.

While at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Grange conducted research on kidney stones in the laboratory of Dr. Naim Maalouf, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship Program.

“It was the perfect learning experience for me to get to see what clinical research was like. Also, he was the perfect mentor. I feel I’ve been surrounded by good mentors here,” he said.

Dr. Grange said he fell in love with the microscope during his first-year cell biology course.

Dr. Grange, the father of a 2-year-old and a new baby born April 2, said he became interested in UT Southwestern because his wife, Tatia, is from Plano. A campus visit sealed the deal.

After graduation, Dr. Grange and his family will move to Charlottesville, Va., where he will begin a residency in pathology at the University of Virginia.


Dr. Burns holds the Jane B. and Edwin P. Jenevein, M.D., Chair in Pathology.