Cytotechnology Director Busy with Publications

By Greg Peters, Communications coordinator
School of Health Professions

Marilee Means teaching 4 students in class

Marilee Means (standing, at left) answers a question from one of her students in the cytotechnology degree program at KU Medical Center.

Marilee Means, PhD, SCT(ASCP), program director and clinical assistant professor in KU's cytotechnology undergraduate program, has been busy this summer working on three writing projects.

Means and Dr. Ossama Tawfik, a professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, are co-editors of Atlas of Gynecologic Cytology,” which will be published by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

In talking about the book, the publisher’s website states, “This concise atlas evaluates the use of digital imaging technology, with emphasis on TelePAPology™, for the pathological examination of gynecological problems, specifically the PAP smear.”

Marilyn Davis, director of the Image Analysis and Automated Cell Imaging System in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Brian Potetz, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, contributed to the project.

A research paper written by Means will be published this fall in the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. The paper, titled, "Expanding the Entry-Level Competencies for Cytotechnology Programs: Broadening Horizons," describes the methods used to update new competencies required for graduating cytotechnology students throughout the country.

Means was also a co-editor of a book with Dr. Walid Khalbuss. “Gynecological and Breast Cytopathology Board Review and Self-Assessment,”  was published this summer by Springer Publishers.


Cytotechnology is one of more than 25 academic programs offered by the University of Kansas School of Health Professions on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The School is recognized for its highly ranked educational programs as well as the significant research and clinical service it provides in support of the local community and the State of Kansas.

Last modified: Sep 13, 2013