|What is your current role?
Currently I am the Chairman of the Arkadi M. Rywlin MD Department of Pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. I am also a Professor, and the Founding Chair, of the Department of Pathology at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
What is the best part of your occupation?
The best part of being a pathologist is providing patient care and being able to teach residents and students while doing it. Pathologists play a critical role in the medical field and I enjoy being able to teach the next generation of pathologists.
How did you become interested in pathology?
My father, the late Robert J. Poppiti, Sr. MD was the most dedicated pathologist I have ever met. He got me interested in the field of pathology. I knew what field I wanted to specialize in going into medical school.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
It was forced upon me by Dr. Rywlin when I joined Mount Sinai Medical Center! Involvement has always been, and hopefully always will be, MANDATORY once you join our department! FSP is a great organization and all pathologists in Florida should actively participate in the society.
How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
I feel I benefit most from the FSP educational conferences. FSP holds two conferences a year that allow me to stay on top of innovations in the field of pathology. More importantly being a member of FSP provides me with opportunities to network with my fellow Florida pathologists and residents.
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?
The field of pathology must embrace all things “molecular” now, and in the future. If we do not, most certainly someone else will.
It is essential that pathologists stick together, work together and step out from behind the microscope. We are a very small in number but play a major role in medical care. We need to do a better job championing and promoting our specialty and becoming actively involved in the FSP is a good way to start.