2020 API Governing Council Election Winners

President-Elect:

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.



Treasurer:  

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.



Membership Committee Chair: 

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 Chair:  

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.



Training and Education Committee Co-Chair:

 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.