The American Board of Pathology Announces the Appointment of Qihui “Jim” Zhai to the Test Development and Advisory Committee for Anatomic Pathology

TAMPA, Fla., March 9, 2021- The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is pleased to announce the appointment of Qihui “Jim” Zhai to the ABPath’s Test Development and Advisory Committee (TDAC) for Anatomic Pathology for 2021. The TDACs are responsible for developing and reviewing the ABPath certification exam questions that assess and certify a physician’s education, knowledge, experience, and skills in order to provide high quality care in the pathology profession.

Dr. Zhai is a laboratory medicine and pathology professor at Mayo College of Medicine and a consultant pathologist and director of the FISH Laboratory at Mayo Clinic Florida.  He did his pathology residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester and an oncologic pathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He is extremely prolific; he published extensively original research and review articles.  He authored and edited numerous popular pathology textbooks, covering a broad spectrum of diagnostic pathology and quality management topics.  Dr. Zhai’s research has been focused on translating emerging molecular advances into diagnostic and therapeutic guidance in daily practice by integrating morphology, immunohistochemistry, and liquid biopsy.

Dr. Zhai is also an accomplished speaker internationally.  He has been a repeat USCAP short course faculty for more than a decade in several subspecialties, including Head and Neck, Thyroid, GU, and Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry.   He also taught for CAP, ASCP, and pathology societies.

Dr. Zhai has generously donated his time, efforts, and expertise to pathology societies.  He is a member of the Board of Governors and vice-chair of Council on Scientific Affairs of CAP, president of Florida Society of Pathologists, among many other contributions to state and national pathology organizations. 

To be appointed to a TDAC means a physician is an established subject matter expert in their subspecialty field and is current on the latest advances in the continually evolving field of pathology and patient care. TDAC committee members develop and review examination questions for statistical performance and relevance to current practice. They contribute to the validity of examinations by determining the content and distribution of items on examinations (exam blueprints).  The TDACs also advise the ABPath on issues in their subspecialty area of expertise. 

“As TDAC members, these physicians play a critical role in the development of the exams and are entrusted with maintaining the integrity of the board-certified designation. The appointment to a TDAC indicates the physician is highly regarded in the field of pathology and exemplifies the utmost standards of care,” states Rebecca L. Johnson, M.D., CEO of the American Board of Pathology.

Since 1971, the ABPath has appointed test committees for each specialty area of pathology. The committee consists of ABPath trustees and other pathologists or specialty physicians who are recognized experts in their respective disciplines. There are presently 14 ABPath TDACs.  They are: Anatomic Pathology, Anatomic Pathology CertLink®, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Chemical Pathology, Clinical Pathology CertLink®, Management and Informatics, Cytopathology, Dermatopathology (with appointees from the American Board of Dermatology), Forensic Pathology, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Genetic Pathology (with appointees from the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics), Neuropathology, and Pediatric Pathology.

About the American Board of Pathology

The mission of the American Board of Pathology, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists. Founded in 1936, the ABPath accomplishes this mission by establishing certification and continuing certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to obtain voluntary certification in the specialty of pathology.  For more information on ABPath, visit or call (813) 286-2444.



Bonnie A. Woodworth
Communications Director
American Board of Pathology
(813) 724-3707 

Publication Date: 
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 4:45pm