Clinical Pathology; Hematology - Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology; Transfusion Medicine
As a pathologist in the Department of Pathology and Anatomic Sciences, my clinical and administrative duties span the arenas of anatomic and clinical pathology. I am a fellowship trained hematopathologist acting as the section director for Laboratory Hematology of the Kaleida Health System as well as the Medical Director for Laboratory Hematology and Transfusion Services at the Erie County Medical Center. My clinical practice at Buffalo General Medical Center involves the interpretation of cases from across the community including all Kaleida sites, as well as those from Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Erie County Medical Center. As such, I have the privilege of seeing cases from across a broad spectrum of clinical scenarios, and have had the opportunity to build relationships with hematologists and oncologists with a wide array of expertise. The scope of my diagnostic responsibilities includes the tissue diagnosis of lymphomas/leukemias and benign lymph node pathology, peripheral blood analysis including morphologic assessment, coagulopathy evaluation, and hemoglobiopathy identification, and oversight of transfusion practices including monitoring of compatibility testing and assessment of adverse transfusion reactions. I have developed a strong professional interest in medical education. Serving as the associate director for the pathology residency training program with a focus on clinical pathology, I facilitate the development of our trainees as effective laboratory consultants to our clinical colleagues and provide them opportunities to understand the responsibilities of the laboratory medical director. In addition, I am heavily involved in medical education at the undergraduate level. Currently, I give multiple lectures to the medical and dental student and am engaged in small group pathology activities across all organ systems. A current focus is the development of a didactic lecture series and elective pathology rotation that allow for a deeper understanding of concepts in laboratory medicine. The goals of this endeavor are to provide an opportunity for students to understand how the clinical pathologist oversees laboratory operations to ensure appropriate ordering practices, processing of specimens, analysis of these specimens, and how the results are reported. In addition, concepts including laboratory accreditation and quality assurance, specimen collection and mechanisms of testing interference, variability in testing between laboratories, reference ranges, and ordering practices/utilization as they pertain to diagnostic testing in hematology are also emphasized.