2020 API Governing Council Election

President-Elect:  1-Year Term; 3-Year Engagement (Progression: President-Elect; President; Past-President)

Assist the President (who provides general direction of the affairs of the Association; serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Association; Chairs the Governing Council; presides over the annual business meeting of the Association); Chair the Nominating Committee.

Candidate:

S. Joseph Sirintrapun, MD

Associate Attending at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center



Dr. Sirintrapun is the Director of Pathology Informatics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and an Associate Attending and member of the Warren Alpert Center for Computational Pathology at MSKCC. 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 (CAP) Pathology Electronic Reporting Committee and Digital and Computational Pathology Committee, as well as on the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Pathology Informatics Committee. He also serves as a section editor of Diagnostic Pathology.

Dr. Sirintrapun efforts are in data and systems engineering as it relates to digital and computational pathology. He works towards a better understanding of the cognitive and social impacts of technology on clinical practice, and particularly on operationalization or the translation of innovations in digital pathology and computational pathology to practice. His efforts have resulted in the large-scale clinical utilization of digital glass slides and telecytology at MSKCC. Dr. Sirintrapun is also passionately engaged in cultivating a medical and technological workforce to propel pathology informatics and computational pathology into the future.

Personal Statement:  I am honored to be nominated for President-elect of API. Like all pathology informaticists, I believe in leveraging the enabling instruments of technology, data, and AI that hold great promise for the future of our field. Other industries have missed, however, in harnessing opportunities to engineer that promising future, with humans working more and more for technology, data, and AI.

As a mindful early adopter, I work to ensure technology, data and AI work for and with humans towards the betterment of our field and overall healthcare. Furthermore, I see the future built on an enabling computational workforce transformed from the workforce we know today.

I trust the power of forward-thinking and advocacy through leading pathology organizations in moving pathology forward. API is the pathology organization positioned to lead pathology through these transformative changes, particularly in recruitment, engagement, and sustainability of this future computational workforce.  If you believe as I do, help me as President-elect of API, operationalize this vision into the next era for pathology.



Treasurer:  2-Year Term

The Treasurer provides oversight and management of the Associations financial records in conjunction with the Executive Director of the Association and other Association staff. The Treasurer and Association Staff report on the financial health of the Association to the Governing Council no less frequently than once per month. The Treasurer is the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and is a voting member of the Governing Council and the Nominating Committee.

Candidate:

Bruce Levy, MD, CPE 

Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Geisinger Health


Dr. Levy is Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Education and Research at Geisinger in Danville, PA where he is Program Director for the Geisinger Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Associate Program Director for the Pathology Residency and a Professor of Pathology and Informatics at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He has served as Treasurer of API since 2015, represents API on the PIER Leadership Team and previously served as Co-Chair of the Training and Education Committee.

Personal Statement:  It has been my honor to serve API as Treasurer. In the past four years we have made great strides in reorganizing APIs finances and financial documents, organizing a Budget and Finance Committee, increasing our financial transparency, and starting to better organize a philanthropic arm for API. I ask your indulgence for one more term as Treasurer to complete this effort and prepare for a transition to a new Treasurer. Thank you for your support!



Membership Committee Chair: 1-Year Term

Make recommendations about strategies to increase and retain membership in the Association; propose and review member benefits; review membership statistics and report rates of new members, membership attrition, and overall membership by membership category to the Governing Council; Chair Membership Committee.

Candidate:

Mehrvash Haghighi, M.D.

Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY Dr. Haghighi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Molecular and Cell-Based Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital.


Dr. Haghighi holds American Board of Pathology certifications in Clinical Informatics, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology. She has been an active member of API for over seven years and currently serving her second year as Chair of the Membership Committee. Her research interests include the application of new information technology techniques to optimize and extend laboratory operations, digital pathology implication in cytology and quality improvement with a particular interest in advanced automation in anatomic pathology workflow.



Publications Committee Chair1-Year Term

The Publications Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the various publications of the Association including but not limited to the Journal of Pathology Informatics, the Association newsletter, and the Association Web site; oversees and makes recommendations about social media activities.

Candidate:

Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD

Head, Experimental Pathology Laboratory, Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research; National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health


Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, 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. He primary focus is on research, however he serves as an attending pathologist on the molecular and autopsy services at the NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Hewitt is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry and Associate Editor of the FASEB Journal. Dr Hewitt has co-authored over 300 articles and servers on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals, and served as the chair-person of the publications committee for API.

Personal Statement:

My  goal is to support the Journal of Pathology Informatics in reaching its maximum potential. The Journal has an outstanding editorial team, and the role of the Publications Committee is to support the journal with advice and as a conduit for communications with API. The Publications Committee is actively evaluating the optimal publisher relationship to grow JPI.



Training and Education Committee Co-Chair:  2-Year Term

Co-Chair the Training and Education Committee which works in partnership with the Pathology Informatics Summit Planning Committee and the Program Committee to ensure that content is developed that meets the educational needs of API members of all categories but particularly for Associate members; maintains primary responsibility for the Travel Award program which provides funding to Associate Members of the Association to travel to and participate in the Pathology Informatics Summit;  recruits Associate Members to become more involved in the organization and puts forward interested Associate members to chairs of other API committees as possible committee members.

Candidates:

Christopher Williams, MD

Director of Pathology Informatics at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center



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 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 and Clinical Informatics.

Personal Statement:

Due the altruism and benevolence of the API membership, I had the opportunity, by means of a travel award, to attend the API summit and experience the Informatics bootcamp as a resident. I believe this focused, educational effort directed at trainees and others interested in the field is a valuable service to the community and I have received great personal benefit from this effort. It would be my pleasure to serve within API and help continue this worthwhile endeavor.




 Ji Yeon Kim, M.D., M.P.H.

Physician Director of Laboratory Informatics, Esoteric Chemistry, Special Coagulation & Immunology, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, CA | ji.yeon.kim@kp.org


Ji Yeon Kim, M.D., M.P.H. received her B.A. in Anthropology with highest honors from Boston University, and received her joint M.D.-M.P.H. degrees from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.  She completed her residency in clinical pathology and fellowships in medical microbiology and informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital.  During her first few years at Kaiser Permanente (KP) Southern California, she managed the deployment and stabilization of a new lab information system (LIS) for the region's centralized reference lab, 14 hospital labs, and hundred-plus outpatient lab locations including phlebotomy sites.  She then co-led a project to bring the molecular genetics pathology lab from paper to their own LIS.  Dr. Kim designed a multi-year business intelligence strategy for the laboratory's many discrete IT systems, and was among the first in the KP enterprise to adopt a big data platform to integrate the pre-analytic, clinical lab, pathology, and genetics data sources.  She co-founded an interdisciplinary team known as P.H.I.T. (Public Health Integration Team), that brings together internal and external datasets to address community and public health-related issues, such as flu vaccine distribution to schools.  Dr. Kim currently chairs and sits in several committees that provide guidance on appropriate test use and laboratory IT projects. 

Personal statement:

I am interested in serving as a co-chair on the API Training and Education Committee, and in supporting and mentoring the next-generation of pathology informatics trainees.  One of my goals will be to help bring a slightly different perspective to trainees on the value of pathology informatics outside of the academic setting that they are typically familiar with.  For example, I might ask students how their research could affect primary care physicians or back-office support staff, who may have different needs from sub-specialty providers when looking at lab tests in the EMR.  This will also be an opportunity for me to learn from trainees on how they might address topics such as patients ordering their own lab tests, the growth in molecular point-of-care devices, EMRs data-sharing in the post-HITECH world, and others.  Thank you for your consideration!