USCAP Board of Directors Candidates

The USCAP Nominating Committee and Board of Directors request Regular and Trainee Members to select future Academy leaders for a three-year term on the governing Board, April 1, 2022-March 31, 2025.

Please review the biographies of the candidates and vote for up to three by Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:59 pm Pacific.

Results will be announced at the Business Meeting on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

 


Zubair Baloch, MD

Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Dr. Baloch received his medical degree from Liaquat Medical University in Hyderabad, Sind, Pakistan. After receiving his PhD in 1991 he joined the pathology residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. This was followed by fellowships in surgical pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York and cytopathology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia under the mentorship of late Dr. Prabodh K. Gupta. Dr. Baloch is currently a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine there. He has authored more than 200 peer reviewed publications in leading pathology journals on the subjects of endocrine and head and neck pathology, as well as book chapters and monographs. Dr. Baloch has delivered numerous lectures, workshops, and short courses at national and international meetings including USCAP, ASC, ASCP, CAP, ECC and IAP. He has co-authored 3 books and has served as co-editor of the most recent “Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytopathology”. Dr. Baloch has also served as the chair of the terminology and morphologic criteria committee of the 2007 NCI sponsored thyroid FNA initiative which led to the development of “Bethesda Thyroid FNA Classification Scheme”. Dr. Baloch also served on the international panel which recommended the renaming of encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma to non-invasive follicular tumor with papillary like nuclear features (NIFTP). Dr. Baloch is Editor-in-Chief of Diagnostic Cytopathology and member of the editorial board of Cancer Cytopathology, Cytojournal, Endocrine Pathology and Journal of American Society of Cytopathology. He has served on USCAP’s Education Committee, as chair of ASCP’s annual meeting program committee (2014-2018), a member of Papanicolaou Society’s scientific program committee, ASC’s Executive Board, as chair of ASC’s scientific program committee, and ASCP’s committee for continuing professional development. He has served on the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology’s thyroid nodule guideline task force, American Thyroid Association’s laboratory test committee and well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma management guidelines committee and currently is one of the editors of the WHO Classification of Tumors of Neuroendocrine Organs. Dr. Baloch has received many awards from University of Pennsylvania, Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, Philadelphia Pathology Society, and American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Meera A. Hameed, MD

Meera A. Hameed, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Hameed is Chief of Surgical Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Professor of Pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Training included Medical School (Madras University), Residency (Hahnemann University) and Fellowship in oncologic surgical pathology (MSKCC). Her academic career began at Montefiore/Albert-Einstein to Rutgers-NJMS, prior to MSKCC. She is also a molecular pathologist with leadership positions in this field at both Rutgers-NJMS and MSKCC (Program Director). As Chief of Surgical Pathology, Dr. Hameed’s vision is to incorporate the use of digital technology into diagnostic pathology. She is actively involved in the digitization, integration of workflow and consultative access, and the use of digital platforms for interfacing with other disciplines. She is also Co-Director of the Warren Alpert Center for Digital and Computational Pathology with over 4 million scanned images, has developed an infrastructure for deep learning and computational pathology at MSKCC. The Center also is paving the way towards utilizing new imaging modalities. Dr. Hameed is known for her expertise in bone and soft tissue pathology and has presented at national and international conferences. She served as a member of the Education Committee and Nominating Committees of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the Meritorious Award Committee of the American Society of Investigative Pathology. She is the Treasurer of the International Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology. She is a member of the International Skeletal Society and has served as Executive Council Member of that society. She serves on the Molecular Oncology Committee of the College of American Pathologists and has served on the Clinical Practice Committee of the Association of Molecular Pathology. She has authored over 160 publications as well as many book chapters and review articles. She has Co-Directed several short courses for USCAP. She serves as an Associate Editor of American Journal of Pathology and is an Editorial Board Member of Modern Pathology. In all these roles, she has focused on the continuing evolution of pathology in the age of personalized medicine. Her expertise in multiple aspects of modern pathology provides her with a unique perspective.

Eyas M. Hattab, MD, MBA

Eyas M. Hattab, MD, MBA

University of Louisville

Dr. Hattab is the AJ Miller endowed Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of Louisville. He obtained his medical education from Jordan University of Science and Technology before embarking on a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (University of Florida, Jacksonville). He pursued subspecialty fellowships in Neuropathology (Stanford University, CA) and Oncological Surgical Pathology (Ackerman Laboratory of Surgical Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University). In addition, Dr. Hattab holds an Executive Business of Medicine MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Dr. Hattab is an internationally recognized neuropathologist and a frequent invited speaker with expertise in the study of brain cancer and the characterization of its morphologic, immunohistological, and molecular features. His clinical practice also includes ophthalmic pathology, transplant pathology, and immunohistochemistry. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and contributed to many books. Dr. Hattab is a passionate educator and the recipient of multiple teaching awards with a long track record of promoting pathology training. He serves on many national and international professional societies governing the field of pathology, including being the Vice President for Professional Affairs, American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), and Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education, Association of Pathology Chairs (APC). Dr. Hattab’s contributions to USCAP are many and include serving as a speaker, panelist, and moderator with dozens of presentations to his credit. He currently chairs the Finance Committee and is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of USCAP. He is an avid runner and cyclist and enjoys international travel and fine dining.

Lakshmi Priya Kunju, MD

Lakshmi Priya Kunju, MD

University of Michigan

Dr. Kunju is Professor of Pathology, Director of Surgical Pathology and Urologic Pathology, and Medical Director of the Molecular Testing Laboratory of Michigan Center of Translational Pathology (MCTP) at the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from the Seth G.S. Medical College & King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Bombay, India in 1996. Her research interests are genitourinary neoplasms including morphologic and molecular underpinnings of prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers, and breast cancers with emphasis on morphology and molecular markers that predict breast cancer development. She holds numerous grants, has lectured widely, has accrued over 100 peer-reviewed publications, contributed three book chapters and is involved in more than 120 abstracts. She serves on the Education Committee of USCAP.

Shree G. Sharma, MD

Shree G. Sharma, MD

Arkana Laboratories/University of Arkansas

Dr. Sharma is the Laboratory Director and the Director of Contract Research and Clinical Trial Services at Arkana Laboratories (Little Rock, AR). He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Before moving to the United States, Dr. Sharma completed his pathology residency at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, New Delhi), India. After completing his anatomical and clinical pathology residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he moved on to Columbia University Medical Center (NY) as a fellow in medical kidney pathology. Dr. Sharma was a member, and subsequently became the Chair of the Informatics Committee at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). He was also a member of the Innovative Educational Products Committee at USCAP. He is co-director of KIDNEYcon, an annual international nephrology conference, and has presented at many national and international conferences. He holds a patent and has taken a lead in automating the grossing of small biopsy specimens. His team has won multiple business competitions and paved the path forward for the development of the project. Dr. Sharma has published multiple articles and book chapters and is passionate about educating residents and fellows. He has won numerous awards for his outstanding teaching, including the Top 5 of the 40 Under 40 awardees organized by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. His passion is to advance the field of anatomic pathology, and to integrate digital pathology and artificial intelligence in the day-to-day workflow.