Adrian Padurean, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Clinical Affairs
NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Myers, Florida
Welcome to this November edition of the FSP member spotlight. Every month we will highlight a different FSP member who is doing exciting things in the field of pathology. This month we are excited to feature Adrian Padurean, MD, who has been a member since 2017. Dr. Padurean has attended all FSP Annual Conferences since joining the society and most recently volunteered to serve as Mentor in the FSP Mentorship Program. He currently serves as Medical Director of Clinical Affairs at NeoGenomics Laboratories Inc.
What is your current role?
Medical Director, Clinical Affairs NeoGenomics Laboratories; Medical Director, NeoGenomics Atlanta Lab, and Hematopathologist.
What is the best part of your occupation?
Taking a good care of patients and contributing to the success of our company.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I wasn’t too much interested in pathology as much as pathology was interested in me! On a serious note, I used to work at Massachusetts General Hospital then later at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, in a very dynamic research group which had a pathologist as part of the team. It is this pathologist, Dr. Jay Fallon, who steered me toward pathology.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
Before moving to Florida almost four years ago, I had just been nominated as the Vice President of the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists, to me it was just a natural transition from one society to the other.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
There are plenty of benefits that come from being a member of this organization (great conferences, interaction with your peers, being continuously updated on what is going on in the regulatory and legislative field that has an impact on our professional life), but, as our late president John F. Kennedy said to not ask what the country can do for you, but what you can do for our country, I’m also interested to contribute to the success of our society (e.g. volunteered to serve as a mentor in the FSP Mentorship Program.)
What would you like to see occur in the field of pathology (i.e., scientific advances, greater awareness of the field, etc.) during your career?
What I think that medicine in general and patient care in particular, will benefit from the most, would be a greater collaboration between medical specialties. I see the need for doctors of other specialties that rely heavily on pathology services (e.g. oncology, surgery, etc) to be better educated on what pathology can or cannot do for them and to decrease their unrealistic expectations. They (doctors of other specialties) should also be made aware of the importance of sending the highest quality specimens to our labs. In my position as hematopathologist, every single day I come across suboptimal bone marrow specimens and the thought that the patient may have to go again through a bone marrow biopsy procedure makes me feel very uncomfortable
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Travel! It's the ultimate teacher, as Delta’s CEO points out at the beginning of one of their safety instructions before takeoff! Also, photography, history, collecting WWI and WWII airplane models, woodworking.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
Besides being a blood doctor from Transylvania, in my previous life I was a plastic surgeon doing mostly hand surgery and burns.
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