FSP Member Spotlight | Get to Know Nicole Riddle, MD

FSP Member Spotlight

Welcome to this 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 featuring Nicole Riddle, MD. Dr. Riddle joined FSP during her training and was recently appointed in February as an At Large Member to the FSP Board of Directors.

Nicole Riddle, MD, FCAP
Staff Pathologist and Educational Site Director, Ruffolo,
     Hooper, and Associates 
Assistant Professor and Program Research Liaison,
     Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, University of
     South Florida College of Medicine
Associate Residency Program Director, Department
     of Pathology & Cell Biology, University of
     South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida


What is your current role?  
I am a staff pathologist at Tampa General Hospital for Ruffulo, Hooper, and Associates.  I also serve as the Pathology Residency Site Director at TGH as well as Associate Residency Program Director and Research Liaison for the Pathology Department at the University of South Florida.

What is the best part of your occupation?
I love that almost every patient care decision has some input from the lab.  And when a team is looking for proper treatment it is based on what Pathology has to say.  Healing begins with the correct diagnosis.

How did you become interested in pathology?
Dr. Jim Crawford gave us a tour of the gross room during our second year medical school pathology course.  He still remembers me vividly exclaiming "This is so cool!" I did an elective as soon as I could and the rest is history.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
Training in Florida it was a no-brainer that I should be involved in FSP.  Having attended every summer meeting since starting residency, and each winter since moving back to Florida, it's clear that the education is top notch while you also get to see old friends. Why wouldn't someone be involved?!?
How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
Being a part of FSP not only allows you easier access to great educational courses at a very reasonable cost (including CMEs and SAMs), but also in a convenient (and often very nice) location.  The networking opportunity for pathologists across our large state is also priceless.
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?
I would like to see Pathologists embrace the concept of High Reliability Medicine and run their Laboratories the way airlines and nuclear power plants do.  Emphasis should be placed on patient safety and quality of care rather than turn around times (alone) and being lean. Other doctors cut things out of humans or give them poisons based on what we say, we should hold ourselves to the highest standards and be given the resources to do so.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I mostly spend time with my Husband and 8 year old daughter doing crafts or adventuring outdoors.  When being more relaxed, I like to watch TV and crochet, read, or do crosswords.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I am exquisitely sensitive to mistakes I make and they 'haunt' me forever if I don't get to right them. That often causes issues, because as people who know me well are aware, I often stick my foot in my mouth and then continually chastise myself....that often makes things worse by trying to fix them.  BUT, my heart is always in the right place!!!

Final thoughts?
As a relatively small medical specialty, we need to help each other be the best we can be as well as ensure our clinician colleagues and the public are aware of what we can do for them.