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 Qihui "Jim" Zhai, MD, FCAP. Dr. Zhai serves on the FSP Board of Directors and is currently President-Elect and Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Zhai is running for the CAP Board of Governors during this election cycle beginning July 23rd, 2019. We are proud to support his efforts joining CAP’s leadership. We are confident that Dr. Zhai is going to be a great asset to the missions of CAP. He will propel the members’ interests in education, career development, and advocacy. To learn more about Dr. Zhai’s priorities and vision for CAP’s future please visit his website here.
Qihui "Jim" Zhai, MD, FCAP
Professor of Lab Medicine and Pathology
Director of FISH Laboratory
What is your current role?
Currently I am a practicing Consultant Pathologist, Professor of Lab Medicine and Pathology, and Director of FISH Lab at Mayo Clinic Florida.
What is the best part of your occupation?
I love pathology! The most rewarding part is to see the positive impact on patients who find cure through my efforts. Bringing them hope and opportunities is my motivation to work tirelessly.
How did you become interested in pathology?
Pathology is at the center of patient care and that drives my passion. As a critical component in managing patients with precision approach, pathology many times guides the hands of surgeons and minds of oncologists in determining various treatment protocols. Every decision we make affects every other discipline and that level of responsibility is what attracted me to pathology.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I was invited to give lectures at the Florida Society of Pathologists summer meeting in 2012, by then Chair of Education Dr. Shuan Li. After some time, close interactions with Drs. Cantrell, Neal, and Martinez inspired me to become further involved with FSP education events.
How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
Being involved with FSP is one of the highlights of my career and personal life. We have a wonderful organization. Our FSP leaders are passionate about the pathology community in our state, dedicated towards education as well as towards advocacy. Our winter and summer meetings are absolutely remarkable. We have excellent venues, host many internationally respected and recognized speakers from all over the country, and allow for great personal networking with the warmest of people. Everyone is extremely informative and overall a fun group of individuals to spend time with.
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 absolutely love to see the adaptation of new technologies to aid our pathologists in our daily caring of patients, such as AI, digital pathology, and molecular pathology. These advances would enhance our pathologists’ efficiency in patient care.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I love soccer, biking and swimming.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I enjoy travelling to different places, experiencing different cultures, foods, and sceneries.
I work closely with caring physicians from other specialties such as surgery, radiology and oncology. Collaborations with them have made me a better pathologist and more importantly, I feel better service is provided to the patients. Finally, I’d like to mention that I have been involved with numerous national pathology societies such as College of American Pathologists (CAP), United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists (USCAP), etc., to educate and advocate for our profession and our pathologists’ livelihood. My dedication is demonstrated through my hard work and my efforts in improving education and payment practices will definitely continue
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