Faculty Profiles

Director

Ulysses J. Balis, M.D., FCAP, FASCP, FAIMBE
Professor of Pathology
Director, Division of Pathology Informatics,
Director, Computational Pathology Laboratory Section and
Director, Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program
Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School
 
ANN ARBOR, MI | ulysses@med.umich.edu
 
Dr. Balis (PI2017 Course Director) is a Board-certified Pathologist with subspecialty boards in Clinical Informatics, who has maintained longstanding interest in the intersection of engineering, computational approaches and the practice of medicine. He is a professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan and currently serves as the director of the Division of Pathology Informatics, in the Department of Pathology. This division is noteworthy for being one of the few such academic information technology divisions operating in support of pathology while being housed wholly within the pathology department itself.  He has active, NIH R01-supported research initiatives in several areas of pathology and medical informatics, including machine learning and use of encoded data, image-based analytics, machine vision tools for histopathology, image-based search algorithms and federated enterprise data architectures, with all of these areas serving as rich training substrate for a growing and thriving pathology informatics fellowship – one of only seven such programs in the U.S.  Dr. Balis has had a longstanding interest in pathology informatics education, and currently serves as a founding member on the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Boards Exam Committee (along with PI2017’s Co-Director, Dr. J. Mark Tuthill).  Dr. Balis is the author of over 100 publications, multiple patents, numerous book chapters and is co-editor of a contemporary text on the topic of Pathology Informatics (along with Drs. Mark Tuthill and Liron Pantanowitz).  He has delivered over 200 invited presentations, nationally and internationally, on various topics related to:  pathology informatics, pathology education, image analysis, data analytics, and automation.
 

Co-Director

J. Mark Tuthill, M.D.
Division Head, Pathology Informatics, Henry Ford Health System
 
DETROIT, MI | mtuthil1@hfhs.org
 
J. Mark Tuthill, MD, completed his pathology residency and informatics fellowship training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine-Fletcher Allen Health Care, where he worked to create and direct that department’s division of pathology informatics. Currently, Dr. Tuthill is head of the division of pathology informatics at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Some areas of practice interest include digital imaging and image databases, development of Internet applications for laboratory information services, anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory information systems, laboratory outreach technology solutions, electronic health records and informatics training and education. Active in organized medicine throughout his training and professional career, at present, he is an advisor to the ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee, Wayne County District Director for the MSMS, and Conference Director for the annual Pathology Informatics Summit. As a charter member of the Association for Pathology Informatics, Dr. Tuthill has worked enthusiastically for the API from its inception. He has served as president, chairman of the membership committee, as an education committee member, and participated in the organization’s original planning group.  
 

Planning Committee

Bruce A. Friedman, M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School; President, Pathology Education Consortium
 
ANN ARBOR, MI | friedman@labinfotech.com
 
Bruce Friedman is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a pathology residency in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, in 1971. In 1973, he joined the pathology faculty of the University of Michigan. He served on the faculty of the University of Michigan for 33 years, retiring in 2006.
 
He served as the Director of Pathology Informatics in the Department of Pathology and also as Director of Clinical Support Systems for the University of Michigan Health System.  He was a founder of the first pathology informatics conference in the country called AIMCL that was offered for 21 years in Ann Arbor beginning in 1983. In 2004, this conference was renamed Lab Infotech Summit and moved to Las Vegas for six years. This conference was merged with APIII in 2010 to form the Pathology Informatics Summit.
 
He is the founder of a blog named Lab Soft News that focuses on clinical lab software and the clinical lab industry. He was a founding member, and one of the two founding presidents, of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API). He served as the co-director of the Pathology Informatics Summit planning committee from 2010 to 2014. He continues to serve on the planning committee.

Anil Parwani, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice-Chair of Anatomic Pathology and Director of Pathology Informatics, Department of Pathology, Wexner Medical Center, the Ohio State University
 
COLUMBUS, OH | anil.parwani@osumc.edu
 
Dr. Anil Parwani is a Professor of Pathology at The Ohio State University. He serves as the Vice Chair and Director of Anatomical Pathology. Dr. Parwani is also the Director of Pathology Informatics and Director of the Digital Pathology Shared Resource at The James Cancer Hospital. His research is focused on diagnostic and prognostic markers in bladder and prostate cancer, and molecular classification of renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Parwani has expertise in the area of Anatomical Pathology Informatics including designing quality assurance tools, bio banking informatics, clinical and research data integration, applications of whole slide imaging, digital imaging, telepathology, image analysis and lab automation. Dr. Parwani has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals and several books and book chapters. Dr. Parwani is the Editor-in-chief of Diagnostic Pathology and one of the Editors of the Journal of Pathology Informatics.
 
 
Veronica Klepeis, M.D., Ph.D.
 Assistant in Pathology, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
 
BOSTON, MA | vklepeis@partners.org
 
Veronica Klepeis, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she is heading up implementation of structured data capture in anatomic pathology. Her main informatics interests are focused in anatomic pathology and include data quality, structured data, whole slide imaging and digital image analysis. She is a member of the College of American Pathologist (CAP) Pathology and Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee. Dr. Klepeis is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology and Clinical Informatics.
 

Faculty


Raymond D. Aller MD, LFHIMSS, LFCAP, FASCP, FACMI
Clinical Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California
 
Vista, CA | raller@usc.edu
 
Dr. Aller is a nationally known authority on the use of information technology to enhance and ensure patient safety and operational efficiency. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, his MD thesis was the design of the first online surgical pathology information system in the country, which became the prototype of the anatomic pathology automation software now used in most US hospitals. In several institutions, he has taught the use of information technologies to enhance the quality and safety of patient care processes.  He has practiced pathology in California, Utah, and the Southeast.  He led the team that built the automated disease surveillance system for Los Angeles County Public Health.  Dr. Aller has taught informatics to USC pathologists since 1982.   He helped create the first edition of SNOMED, and early versions of LOINC. For over 3 decades, he has edited clinical informatics content for CAP Today, the most widely read journal in clinical and anatomic laboratory medicine. In 1991, he launched the first effort to board-certify physicians in clinical informatics, which reached fruition with the first certification exam in 2013. Recently, he has focused his attention in two areas:  1.  a major unsolved problem in medicine: the definitive biological identification of the patient and the imperative to move from text matching to biometric-anchored identifiers, and 2.  how to facilitate implementation of comprehensive laboratory information systems in low income countries.   He has been elected Life Fellow of HIMSS and the College of American Pathologists, and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award/Honorary Fellow of the Association of Pathology Informatics (and served as President of API).   He has been actively involved in CAP, ASCP, and HIMSS for over three decades, and has served on several national committees with each organization.
 
Thomas P. Baker, M.D.
Senior Pathologist, The Joint Pathology Center
Defense Health Agency National Capital Region Medical Directorate

 
SILVER SPRING, MD | thomas.p.baker.civ@mail.mil
 
Dr. Thomas Baker is the Chair of the College of American Pathologists Cancer Committee which is responsible for oversight of the Cancer Protocols.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), the Executive Committee of the Commission on Cancer and on the Steering Committee for the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting.
Dr. Baker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He served in the United States Army for 28 years; retiring as a Colonel in 2015. During his time in the Army, he served in numerous diverse and challenging assignments all over the United States and the world. He has spent the last 12 years in the National Capital Region initially as the Chief of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. His final assignment was six years as the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Joint Pathology Center in Silver Spring, Maryland; the successor organization to the AFIP. Upon retirement from the Army, Dr. Baker took a senior staff position at the Joint Pathology Center as a GYN and Breast Pathologist and enjoys doing clinical work, resident education and research. 


Jason Baron, M.D.
Medical Director, Core Laboratory, Investigator, Pathology Informatics, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
 
BOSTON, MA | jmbaron@partners.org
 
Jason Baron, MD, is a medical director in the Core Laboratory and an investigator in Pathology Informatics within the Department of Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Baron's research interests are focused on clinical decision support for laboratory testing and the application of statistical methods, and "big-data" analytics to enhance laboratory diagnosis. He is particularly interested in the use of artificial intelligence to derive more precise and patient-specific, diagnostic, prognostic and prescriptive information from sets of routine "commodity" laboratory data. His clinical responsibilities include overseeing reference laboratory testing as well as advancing quality improvement and utilization management initiatives throughout the Core Lab.
 
 
Stephen A. Boppart, M.D., Ph.D.
Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Director, Center for Optical Molecular Imaging, Head, Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medicine, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
URBANA, IL | boppart@illinois.edu
 
Stephen Boppart is an Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medicine.  He is also a full-time faculty member at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.  His Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory is focused on developing novel optical biomedical diagnostic and imaging technologies and translating them into clinical applications.  Prof. Boppart received his Ph.D. in Medical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his residency training at the University of Illinois in Internal Medicine.  Since joining the faculty at Illinois in 2000, he has published over 300 invited and contributed publications and over 40 patents related to optical biomedical imaging technology.  He has mentored over 100 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate interdisciplinary researchers.  He was recognized by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine as one of the Top 100 Young Innovators in the World for his development of medical technology, and the Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award from the Optical Society of America for dedication and advancement in undergraduate research education.  More recently, he received the international Hans Sigrist Prize in the field of Diagnostic Laser Medicine, and the IEEE Technical Achievement Award.  Prof. Boppart has also co-founded three start-up companies to commercialize and disseminate his optical technologies for biomedical imaging.  He is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, AIMBE, and BMES.  He served as Director of a campus-wide Imaging at Illinois program for seven years to integrate imaging science, technology, and applications across multiple modalities and fields, and is currently Director of the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging supported by an academic-clinical-industry partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.  Prof. Boppart has been a strong advocate for the integration of engineering and medicine to advance human health and our healthcare systems, and is playing an active role in the visioning, development, and launch of a new engineering-based College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
 
Victor Brodsky, M.D.
Medical Director of Information Systems, Cedars-Sinai Medical Cetner
 
LOS ANGELES | vib9020@med.cornell.edu
 
Victor Brodsky, MD is a Medical Director of Information Systems at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Brodsky has served as the Medical Director of Informatics and Assistant Professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as the Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Prior to that position, Dr. Brodsky was the first Pathology Informatics Fellow in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after completing his Anatomic Pathology residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.  Dr. Brodsky has received his undergraduate and medical degrees by completing the combined seven-year medical program at Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine in 2005.
 
Dr. Brodsky is currently the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and the co-Chair of Health Level 7 (HL7) Orders and Observations Working Group, focusing on standardizing pathology ordering and reporting in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). Additionally, Dr. Brodsky has served as a liaison to HL7 from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), representing the Informatics committee of the college for over 7 years, and has been involved in the creation of the upcoming AUTO14 laboratory barcoding standard by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Dr. Brodsky has also been a part of Work Group 26 of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) since its inception in 2005, working to create digital imaging standards for pathology. Since 2012, Dr. Brodsky has served on Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Laboratory Reporting Workgroup preparing relevant guidelines for the US government’s Meaningful Use program and recently participated in FDA’s LOINC panel at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Brodsky is among the authors of the Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) curriculum (https://apc.memberclicks.net/m-pier ) and is the architect of the open source “Order” laboratory management web platform ( https://github.com/victorbrodsky/order-lab).
 
His past projects include implementing whole slide scanning and other pathology imaging, specimen barcoding and tracking, and microscopic image analysis software, as well as interfacing clinical systems, web development, and software engineering.

 
Keith Callenberg, Ph.D.
Director, Healthcare AI Group, UPMC Enterprises
 
PITTSBURGH, PA  çcallenbergkm@upmc.edu
 
Keith Callenberg is Director of the Healthcare AI Group at UPMC Enterprises. He started at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2015, developing an analytical platform for molecular pathology. He joined UPMC Enterprises in 2017 to lead design and delivery of machine learning models across many healthcare fields including digital pathology. Prior to UPMC, he led statistical design and machine learning for Interpace Diagnostics. He holds a Ph.D. from the joint Carnegie Mellon University-University of Pittsburgh program in Computational Biology. 


Sandra Camelo-Piragua, M.D.
 Associate Professor, Neuropathology, Department of Pathology, Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
 
ANN ARBOR, MI  | sandrdaca@med.umich.edu
 
Dr. Sandra Camelo-Piragua is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan. She is a practicing neuropathologist in a busy tertiary center with a robust in-house and consultation service in surgical and autopsy neuropathology. Dr. Camelo-Piragua is interested in the implementation of telepathology, WSI and new in-vivo imaging technologies. For the later, Dr. Camelo-Piragua has worked on Raman scattering microscopy intraoperatively to help guiding maximal tumor resection and providing pathologists with alternative imaging technologies for tissue diagnosis, quality assurance and research purposes. This effort has led to several major publications, previous and ongoing grant awards.

  
Alexis Carter, M.D.
Physician Informaticist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
 
ATLANTA, GA | alexis.carter@choa.org
 
Alexis Carter, MD, is the Physician Informaticist for the Laboratory at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  She is the first chair of the new Informatics Subdivision in the Association of Molecular Pathology and also serves as Test Directory Editor and a member of the AMP Governing Board and Publications Committee.  She is a past-president of the Association of Pathology Informatics and is a member of the Informatics Committee and Clinical Informatics Steering Committee of the College of AOKmerican Pathologists.  She is the immediate past-chair of the International Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Special Interest Group (IPaLM SIG) of SNOMED CT International which is the governing body for SNOMED CT Terminology.  She is the secretary for the working group on two-dimensional barcoding for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, is a section editor for informatics for Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics.  She is a faculty member for the Clinical Informatics Board Review Course presented through the American Medical Informatics Association.  She is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Clinical Informatics, and her clinical practice is in both clinical informatics and molecular genetic pathology.
 
 
Chakra Chennubhotla, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
 
PITTSBURGH, PA | chakracs@pitt.edu
 
Dr. Chennubhotla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  His group investigates the molecular and cellular origins of human epithelial malignancies (e.g., breast cancer, Barrett’s esophagus) through computational models. A major thrust of his research is in computational pathology and spatial tumor biology.
 

Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The University of Colorado School of Medicine; Medical Director of Informatics and Medical Director of the LIS for the University of Colorado Health System
 
DENVER, CO | toby.cornish@ucdenver.edu
 
Dr. Cornish is an Associate Professor of Pathology at The University of Colorado School of Medicine where he practices gastrointestinal pathology and serves as the Medical Director of Informatics for the department and Medical Director of the LIS for the UC Health system. In addition to clinical informatics, his interests include histologic image analysis, the application of digital pathology to education and clinical practice, and the development of mobile applications for pathology education.
 
Dr. Cornish has co-developed a number of software packages for biomarker quantitation including TMAJ/FrIDA, PIP, and HPASubC. Dr. Cornish is the co-author of several educational apps for the iPad: The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Pathology, The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Cytopathology, The Johns Hopkins Flashcards App and the iCarebook for Pancreatic Cancer, and he is the series editor for the ongoing Johns Hopkins Atlases of Pathology series of apps.
 
Dr. Cornish serves as co-chair of the Association of Pathology Informatics' Education and Training Committee. He is the Informatics Section Editor for AJCP, serves on the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Digital Pathology Committee and is a coauthor of the CAP Pathology Resource Guide: Digital Pathology. His is a member of Cerner's CoPathPlus Pathology Advisory Committee, Epic's Pathology Steering Board and Leica's Pathology Imaging Advisory Board.

 
Monica E. de Baca, M.D.
Pathologist, Medical Laboratory Associates
 
SEATTLE, WA | debaca@me.com

Dr. de Baca is a board certified AP/CP/Hematopathologist with longstanding interest in informatics. She has served on the SNOMED International Editorial Board, is a founding co-chair of the CAP Pathology Electronic Reporting Taskforce (PERT)(which creates electronic representations of the the CAP Cancer Checklists),  a member of the CAP Informatics Committee and is currently the president-elect of API.
 
 
Mary E. Edgerton, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Breast Pathology and Pathology Informatics, Pathology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
 
HOUSTON, TX | medgerton@mdanderson.org
 
Mary E. Edgerton, M.D., Ph.D. received her B.S. with Highest Honors in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. She was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to the United Kingdom, and subsequently received her PhD in Biophysics from the University of East Anglia. Following nearly a decade of research in the oil industry, Dr. Edgerton attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and after graduating completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to research in data mining, bioinformatics, and mathematical model of tumors, she has worked on the development of integrated information platforms for tissue acquisition, clinical annotation, and molecular profiling, and is internationally recognized in the field of tissue informatics. At MD Anderson she has worked on the development of an enterprise system for tissue banking across the institution and is currently working on a catalogue for searching biospecimen availability across the MD Anderson sister institution network. She is a member of the College of American Pathology (CAP) “Pathology Electronic Reporting Committee” (PERT) and is the PERT representative to the California Cancer Registry/California Society of pathology (CCR/CSP) project to automate acquisition of cancer case information by the registry.  In addition to her role with the California Cancer Registry Data Consortium Project, she is leading a committee within the Texas Society of Pathologists to assess the potential for automating cancer case reporting in Texas.

Soufiane El Hallani, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Fellow, Stanford University Medical Center

STANFORD, CA | soufiane.elhallani@gmail.com

Dr. Soufiane El Hallani is an Anatomical/Molecular Pathologist and Clinical Fellow at Stanford University. He completed a post-doctoral training at British Columbia Cancer Research Center (Vancouver, BC, Canada) working on the clinical validation of innovative technologies related to digital pathology and tissue imaging. Dr. El Hallani is a strong advocate for the integration of modern methodologies (clinical genomics and digital pathology) into the practice of anatomical pathology to achieve the vision of Precision Health and improve cancer detection and care. 

 
Michael D. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Pathology Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA |  feldmanm@mail.med.upenn.edu
 
My professional interests revolve around the development, integration and adoption of information technologies in the discipline of Pathology. One of my main areas of interest within this broad discipline has been in the field of digital imaging. We have been exploring pathology imaging on several fronts including interactions between pathology/radiology (High resolution MRI imaging of prostate cancer and breast carcinoma), development and utilization of computer assisted diagnostic algorithms for machine vision in prostate and breast cancer (Collaboration with Dr. Anant Madhabushi Rutgers). Application of multispectral imaging for the analysis of multicolor immunohistochemistry and immunoflourescence and the development of a quantitative system for scoring and analyzing at a cytometric level, multicolor immunostaining on surgical pathology slides. The efforts have been recognized by the national funding agencies which have award our group an SBIR and RO1 from NIH, Synergy award from DOD as well as two industry sponsored projects.


Jeffrey L. Fine, M.D.
Director, Subdivision of Advanced Imaging and Image Analysis (Pathology Informatics)
Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 
PITTSBURGH, PA | finejl@upmc.edu
 
Dr. Fine is a breast and gynecologic pathologist with research interests in optical coherence tomography (OCT), pathologists’ computer assisted diagnosis (pCAD), image analysis, 3D specimen imaging, whole slide imaging (WSI), telepathology and other related topics.  He strongly believes that in the future pathologists will no longer manually drive microscopes; rather they will be chauffeured by computer to important diagnostic decisions.


Thomas Flotte, M.D.
Medical Director, Pathology Research Core, Center for Individualized Medicine; Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, May Clinic
 
ROCHESTER, MN  | Flotte.Thomas@mayo.edu
 
Thomas Flotte is a practicing dermatopathologist, the Medical Director of the Pathology Research Core for the Center for Individualized Medicine, and the Program Director of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been interested in digital pathology for many years and has formed a machine learning group focused on pathology applications.


Thomas Fuchs, Dr. Sc.
Director, Computational Pathology and Medical Machine Learning Lab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Weill-Cornell Medicine/Cornell University
 
NEW YORK, NY | fuchst@mskcc.org
 
Thomas Fuchs heads the Computational Pathology and Medical Machine Learning Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and teaches biomedical machine learning as associate professor at Weill-Cornell in New York City. He is director of The Warren Alpert Center for Digital and Computational Pathology. His passion for the tremendous potential of artificial intelligence in medicine resulted in more than 90 publications spanning a range of topics from novel deep learning and Bayesian approaches for quantification to real-world applications in the clinic. Previously, Thomas was a rocket scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed autonomous computer vision systems for space exploration. He completed his Postdoc at the California Institute of Technology after receiving his PhD in machine learning from ETH Zurich.
 
 
Metin Gurcan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Wake Forest School of Medicine
 
WINSTON SALEM, NC | mgurcan@wakehealth.edu
 
Dr. Metin Gurcan is the inaugural Director of Center for Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the founding director of the Clinical Image Analysis Lab (http://tsi.wakehealth.edu/CIALab/). Dr. Gurcan received his BSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey and his MSc. Degree in Digital Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England. From 1999 to 2001, he was a postdoctoral research fellow and later a research investigator in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Then, he worked as a senior researcher and product director at a high-tech company, specializing in computer-aided detection and diagnosis of cancer from radiological images. Prior to joining the Wake Forest School of Medicine, he was Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pathology, and Director of the Division of Clinical and Translational Informatics. Dr. Gurcan is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and has two patents in computer-aided diagnosis in volumetric imagery. Dr. Gurcan is the recipient of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Organization Award, NCI caBIG Embodying the Vision Award, NIH Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) Award, Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, The OSU Cancer Center REAP Award, Pelotonia Idea Award, and is a senior of member of IEEE, SPIE and RSNA. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Pathology Informatics, Signal, Image and Video Processing Journal, Journal of Medical Imaging; and chairs the SPIE Medical
Imaging Digital Pathology Conference and Pathology Informatics HIMA workshop.
 

Daniel S. Herman, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Director of Endocrinology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA | daniel.herman2@uphs.upenn.edu
 
Daniel Herman practices clinical pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Endocrinology laboratory. In addition to his clinical chemistry efforts, he is leading projects to make better use of existing laboratory data in the form of live operational dashboards, test utilization reports, and identification of missing patient diagnoses. His research group has been developing EHR-based methods to improve population health screening, focused recently on improving population hypertension management by identifying patients with undiagnosed primary aldosteronism. He is also interested in the intersection of pathology and policy and recently served as junior member on the CAP Council for Government and Professional Affairs. Dr. Herman trained in Clinical Pathology at the University of Washington.
 
 
Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD
Head, Experimental Pathology Laboratory, Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute, National Institues of Health

 
BETHESDA, MD |  hewitts@mail.nih.gov
 
Stephen M. Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D., is a Clinical Investigator within the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute and serves as head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Stephen received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University, and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the NCI.  Dr. Hewitt is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry. Dr Hewitt has co-authored over 300 articles and servers on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals, and servers as the chair-person of the publications committee for API.

 
Keren Hulkower, Ph.D.
Clinical Informaticist, Structured Data Team
College of American Pathologists
 
NORTHFIELD, IL | khulkow@cap.org
 
Keren Hulkower earned a BS in biology from Cook College, Rutgers University and obtained his MS in microbiology and PhD in biochemistry from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  After post-doctoral positions at University of Pittsburgh and Hoffmann - La Roche, Dr. Hulkower worked at Abbott Laboratories as a Senior Research Pharmacologist in Immunoscience and Oncology drug discovery areas, and as a Senior Technical Specialist in diagnostic assay development.  Dr. Hulkower has served in senior R&D and technical management roles in start-up and early stage biotechnology companies, and as a patent search professional for an intellectual property law firm.  He joined the College of American Pathologists in 2011 and, since 2015, has been working to support the development of CAP eCC templates by the Structured Data Team where he currently serves as a Clinical Informaticist.
 
 
Brian Jackson, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor, Pathology, University of Utah,
Medical Director of Business Development, Support Services and IT, ARUP Laboratories
 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT | brian.jackson@ARUPLAB.com
 
Brian R. Jackson, MD, MS. is Associate Professor (Clinical), Deparment of Pathology, University of Utah, and also Medical Director of Business Development, Support Services and IT for ARUP Laboratories.   Dr. Jackson directs medical informatics functions at ARUP, including ARUP Consult®, charting, and software product management. Dr. Jackson's research interests include economic analysis of diagnostic testing and sustainable business models in healthcare. He is certified in clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology. 
 
 
Ji Yeon Kim, M.D., MPH
Physician Director, Esoteric Chem & Immunology, Special Coagulation, Lab Informatics
Southern California Permanente Medical Group Regional Reference Laboratories
 
LOS ANGELES, CA | Ji.Yeon.Kim@kp.org
 
JiYeon Kim, M.D., M.P.H., graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in anthropology from Boston University. She attended Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her residency and fellowship programs in clinical pathology, pathology informatics, and clinical microbiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kim works as a clinical pathologist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Reference Laboratories. She is the physician director for the esoteric testing departments, and provides strategy and oversight for the region's laboratory information systems that support testing for over 4.4 million members in Southern California.
 
Veronica Klepeis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant in Pathology, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
 
BOSTON, MA | vklepeis@partners.org
 
Veronica Klepeis, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she is heading up implementation of structured data capture in anatomic pathology. Her main informatics interests are focused in anatomic pathology and include data quality, structured data, whole slide imaging and digital image analysis. She is a member of the College of American Pathologist (CAP) Pathology and Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee. Dr. Klepeis is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology and Clinical Informatics.
 
 
Jonathan T. C. Liu, Ph. D.
Bryan T. McMinn Endowed Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Pathology; Director, Molecular Biophotonics Laboratory 

University of Washington
 
SEATTLE, WA | jonliu@uw.edu
 
Jonathan T.C. Liu received his B.S.E. degree from Princeton University in 1999, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2000 and 2005, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of electrical engineering (Ginzton Labs) and the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (2005–2009), and was later appointed as an instructor within the Stanford University School of Medicine (2009–2010). From 2010 to 2014, Jonathan was an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at SUNY Stony Brook. He is currently the Bryan T. McMinn endowed associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, with an adjunct appointment in the pathology department at the UW School of Medicine. Jonathan's laboratory for molecular biophotonics develops optical strategies for improving the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including the development of miniature in vivo microscopes and tabletop “open-top” light-sheet microscopes for slide-free nondestructive 3D pathology.


B. S. Manjunath, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California
 
SANTA BARBARA, CA | manj@ucsb.edu
 
Manjunath is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and the M.E. in Systems Science and Automation from the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests are in image informatics and in recent years he has focused on application to life and health sciences. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, inventor on 24 patents, and co-edited the book on MPEG-7 ISO standard on multimedia content description.

 
David McClintock, M.D.
Associate CMIO, Director, Digital Pathology, Associate Director, Pathology Informatics, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan
 
Ann Arbor, MI | dsmcclin@umich.edu
 
David McClintock, MD, is an Associate CMIO of Michigan Medicine (Pathology Informatics), Director of Digital Pathology, and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. His primary clinical interests comprise operational pathology and clinical laboratory informatics including workflow analysis, laboratory information system optimization, and improved integration of pathology and clinical laboratory data within the EHR and clinical research data warehouses. His research interests include understanding the role and effects of whole slide imaging and digital pathology within the clinical laboratories, the effects of computational pathology and machine learning on diagnostics testing and patient outcomes, and how to enable laboratory data analytics in order to provide both pathologists and clinicians opportunities to better optimize patient care and clinical decision-making. He is also currently serving as President of the Association of Pathology Informatics for 2018.
 
 
Richard Moldwin, M.D., Ph.D.
Lead Physician Informaticist, College of American Pathologists

CHICAGO, IL | rmoldwi@cap.org

Dr. Moldwin has worked in biomedical informatics for over 30 years.  His clinical training was in pediatric hematology/oncology, and his biomedical research focused on T cell immunology, leukemia, and stem cell transplantation.  His past bioinformatics projects have involved computation of protein structure, development of software for immunologic assay analysis, creation of databases for clinical management and biospecimen research, and the creation of clinical content management software.  Since 2006, he has worked at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) on the development of interoperable data representations for the management of cancer data, and he leads the development and implementation of CAP’s “electronic Cancer Checklists.”  As part of the effort to encourage widespread adoption of the eCC content and interoperability model, he works closely with collaborators from AJCC, ASCO, CDC, HL7/FHIR, IHE, NAACCR, NCI, NLM, ONC, and others, including many EHR vendors.  eCC implementations have been very successful in Ontario, and further eCC implementation work is now focused on the state of California, with a strong emphasis on streamlining data collection processes for cancer registries. The eCC team has been working with ONC and others to develop a closely-related interoperability model called “Structured Data Capture.”
 
Jordan Olson, M.D.
Director, Laboratory Preanalytics, Geisinger Medical Laboratories
 
DANVILLE, PA | jeolson@geisinger.edu
 
After growing up in northern Wisconsin, Dr. Jordan Olson did his undergraduate and medical schooling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went to Penn State Hershey Medical center and became fascinated with system-level changes and informatics. The department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine allowed him to gain the tools to work on system-wide issues. Dr. Olson completed a residency in clinical pathology and a fellowship in transfusion medicine while at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, focusing on informatics-related issues.
 
After Residency he joined the Geisinger Health System, where he is the Medical Director of Clinical Pathology Informatics. Dr. Olson performs clinical work on the transfusion medicine and apheresis services. He focuses on laboratory quality improvement and efficiency through informatics tools and automation. He also is heavily involved in developing reflexive testing algorithms to add value for clinicians, developing and maintaining the laboratory formulary, and improving laboratory utilization to ensure the patient gets the best test the first time while minimizing waste.
 
Liron Pantanowitz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology, Division of Pathology Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA | pantanowitzl@upmc.edu

Liron Pantanowitz is a Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA. He is the Director of Pathology Informatics and Director of the Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is also the Director of Cytopathology at UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Pantanowitz is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology. He is a past president of the Association of Pathology Informatics, serves on the digital pathology committee of the College of American Pathology and he is a member of the Digital Pathology Association board of directors. His research interests include cytopathology and informatics.

 
Jason R. Pettus, M.D.
 Pathologist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
 
LEBANON, NH | Jason.R.Pettus@hitchcock.org

Dr. Pettus is a surgical pathologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, with primary responsibilities in genitourinary, head & neck, and medical renal pathology. In the realm of AP informatics, he has interests in report standardization, structured data capture, and downstream utilization of AP data within the broader electron health record and research enterprises. Dr. Pettus is also a current member of the College of American Pathologists Pathology Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee.
 
Josien Pluim, Ph.D.
Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS | J.Pluim@umcutrecht.nl

Josien Pluim is professor of Medical Image Analysis at Eindhoven University of Technology, with a joint appointment at the UMC Utrecht, for one day a week. She is head of the Medical Image Analysis group (IMAG/e, www.tue-image.nl). Her research focus is on image analysis (e.g. registration, segmentation, detection, machine/deep learning), both methodology development and clinical applications. The latter in particular targeted at neurology and oncology. Most of the research is performed in cooperation with clinical partners and/or industry.
Josien Pluim is associate editor of five journals (IEEE TMI, IEEE TBME, Medical Physics, Journal of Medical Imaging and Medical Image Analysis) and a member of the Executive Board of the MICCAI Society. She was conference chair of SPIE Medical Imaging Image Processing 2006-2009, chair of WBIR 2006 and programme co-chair of MICCAI 2010.  She is a fellow of the MICCAI Society and of the IEEE.
 
Juan A Retamero, M.D., MSc
Pathologist, Granada University Hospitals
 
GRANADA, SPAIN | jaretamero@gmail.com
 
Dr. Juan Antonio Retamero is a specialist doctor in Anatomical Pathology. He practices at Granada University Hospitals, Spain, a fully digital laboratory since summer 2016. He played an important role in the transition to digital pathology and 100% digitization of their biopsy caseload. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a published author. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys playing the double bass in a popular music ensemble, and has played in an amateur symphonic orchestra. Other interests range from literature to seasonal sports, enjoying skiing as well as being a PADI-certified open water scuba diver.
 
Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, M.D.
Senior Pathologist, MedImmune
 
GAITHERSBURG,  MD | driguezcanalesj@medimmune.com
 
Dr. Jaime Rodriguez-Canales received his M.D. degree and Anatomic Pathology specialization at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  From 2002 he spent a 3-year fellowship in surgical pathology under the direct supervision of Dr. Juan Rosai (Department of Pathology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, and Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Milan, Italy).  During his fellowship with Dr. Rosai, Dr. Rodriguez was also certified in Anatomic Pathology by the European Board of Pathology (Utrecht, the Netherlands).  From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Rodriguez was postdoc visiting fellow and research fellow at the Pathogenetics Unit and LCM Core lab of the Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), where he worked in laser capture microdissection projects with Dr. Michael Emmert-Buck.  In 2012, Dr. Rodriguez joined Dr. Ignacio Wistuba’s lab at the University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center, being promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of the Immunohistochemistry & Digital Pathology lab at the Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX).  In August 2017, Dr. Rodriguez moved back to Maryland for a new position as Senior Pathologist at the Laboratory of Pathology at MedImmune, in Gaithersburg, MD.  During his time at MD Anderson and currently at MedImmune, part of Dr. Rodriguez focus has been on the optimization of multiplex immunofluorescence and multispectral imaging (Vectra/Polaris™, PerkinElmer) for immuno-oncology, in close collaboration with Clifford Hoyt from PerkinElmer’s team.
 
Eduardo Romero, M.D., MSc, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
 
BOGOTÁ D.C., COLOMBIA | edromero@unal.edu.co
 
Eduardo was born in Chinácota (Colombia-South America). In 1988 he obtained his diploma as a Medical Doctor from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and as a Magister in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in 1995. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2000. Between 2000-2002 he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Communications and Remote sensing laboratory (UCL - Belgium), in the group of Medical Images. During 2003 he was with the group of chemical sensors at the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (CNM - Spain). Currently he is full professor attached to the Telemedicine Centre of the Faculty of Medicine and leads both the Cimalab group (www.cimlab.unal.edu.co) and the Biomedical Engineering postgraduate program. He has been focused lately on computational models applied to develop metrics to compare complex biological patterns, in particular in some pathological structures.
 
Mohamed Salama, M.D.
Medical Director, Mayo Medical Laboratories
 
ROCHESTER, MN | mesalama@yahoo.com
 
Dr. Salama is currently the Medical Director of Mayo Medical Laboratories and member of Department of Pathology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. For the last 12 years Dr. Salama was a Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, Chief of hematopathology and Vice President of the Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) reference laboratories. Dr. Salama received his medical degree from Cairo University followed by a diploma of hospital administration and health care management from the American University of Cairo. Dr. Salama completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at Henry Ford Health System, followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at Stanford University and hematopathology fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Salama is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as hematopathology. Dr. Salama’s clinical interests span all aspects of hematopathology, including morphology, flow cytometry, molecular, and other specialized studies of bone marrow and lymph nodes pathology. Dr. Salama’s research work has focused on characterization and correlation of genetic / molecular aberrations and protein expression as well as morphometry using novel digital imaging tools.  Dr. Salama has special interest in developing innovative technologies and bringing these applications into the clinical laboratory. Dr. Salama has authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications, books and book chapters, most recently as a co-editor to the 7th edition of Hoffman’s Hematology; Basic principles and practice. Dr. Salama currently serves as the Chair of the Hematopathology Committee on Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium.
 
Kinjal Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director, Transfusion Medicine & Blood Banking, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
 
MEMPHIS, TN |  kshah4@uthsc.edu
Dr. Kinjal Shah is an Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director in Department of Pathology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of Miami.  She completed her fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Emory University.  She has a special interest in applying informatics to improve physician practices surrounding selection and transfusion of blood products to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
 
S. Joseph Sirintrapun, M.D., FASCP, FCAP
Director of Pathology Informatics, Diplomate, Clinical Informatics (ABMS), Assistant Attending
Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
 
NEW YORK, NY |  sirintrs@mskcc.org
 
Dr. Sirintrapun is the Director of Pathology Informatics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an Assistant Attending and member of the Warren Alpert Center for Computational Pathology. Dr. Sirintrapun is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Clinical Informatics. In addition to his work in informatics, he practices surgical pathology specializing in genitourinary tumors. Dr. Sirintrapun is an active member of API for over ten years, having served many years on the Membership Committee. He currently serves on the College of American Pathologists Pathology Electronic Reporting Committee and on the American Society of Clinical Pathology Pathology Informatics Committee. He is also section editor of Diagnostic Pathology.
 
Dr. Sirintrapun’s research interests are in anatomic pathology informatics, specifically image digitization, telepathology, data interoperability, and systems and network analysis. He is dedicated to better understanding for the cognitive and social impacts of technology on clinical practice. His strength and focus are on the “operationalization”, translating innovations in digital pathology and computational pathology to practice. His efforts have resulting in the large scale clinical utilization of digital glass slides and telecytology at his institution. Dr. Sirintrapun is also engaged in the cultivation of a medical and technological workforce to propel pathology informatics and computational pathology.
 
 
Jeroen van der Laak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Radboud University Medical Center

NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS | Jeroen.vanderLaak@radboudumc.nl

Jeroen van der Laak is associate professor in computational Pathology at the Department of Pathology of the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research group investigates the use of deep learning based analysis of whole slide images for different applications: improvement of routine pathology diagnostics, objective quantification of immunohistochemical markers, and study of novel imaging biomarkers for prognostics. Dr van der Laak has an MSc in computer science and acquired his PhD from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is member of the editorial boards of Laboratory Investigation and the Journal of Pathology Informatics. He is member of the board of directors of the Digital Pathology Association and organizer of sessions at the European Congress of Pathology and the Pathology Visions conference. He coordinated the highly successful CAMELYON grand challenges in 2016 and 2017. Dr van der Laak acquired research grants from the European Union and the Dutch Cancer Society, among others. He is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences.
 
 
Christopher L. Williams, M.D.
Director of Pathology Informatics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK | christopher-williams@ouhsc.edu

Dr. Chris Williams received a B.S. and M.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Prior to starting medical school, he worked as an Electronics Engineer (civilian) at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Williams received am M.D. from University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City in 2011 and completed training in Clinical Pathology at OU Medical Center in 2014. Dr. Williams joined the University of Michigan Department of Pathology in July 2015 for fellowship training in Clinical Informatics. Upon completing his CI Fellowship in 2017, he returned to OUHSC to lead informatics initiatives within the department of pathology and across campus. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology Clinical Informatics.