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 Ronald Giffler, MD, JD, FCAP. Dr. Giffler has been active member of the FSP since 2007 and is a regular FSP conference attendee.
Ronald Giffler, MD, JD, FCAP
President and CEO, FirstPath
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
What is your current role?
Currently I am the President and CEO of FirstPath, an independent medical lab. I am also President-Elect of the Florida Medical Association (FMA), the Treasurer of the FMA Political Action Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Resource Network.
What is the best part of your occupation?
The best part of being a pathologist is helping take care patients by making diagnoses. I also enjoying interacting with other physicians and being involved in educational activities.
How did you become interested in pathology?
Growing up I always liked science class. When I entered medical school, pathology seemed like a good blend of science, medicine, and the lab.
How did you become involved with the FSP? How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
Joining FSP made sense when I started practicing. I believe that everyone should join their specialty society. It is a great opportunity to network and interact with colleagues. FSP also offers great educational opportunities that help me stay on top of innovations in the field of pathology.
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 greater awareness of the role pathology plays in the treatment of patients. It is also important for there to be more advocacy for treatments covered by health insurers. This includes fair payment for pathologists and reimbursements for tests. There are always new tests coming out, and many times patients get denied coverage because the insurance company has not approved the test yet. Patients should not be denied a useful test because their insurance company is behind.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy playing the piano. I am also a member of an antique car club and own a palm tree nursery.
New pathologists should join the FSP, their county medical society, and the Florida Medical Association. It is important to join your specialty society along with the overarching societies. It is also important for pathologists to support the political action committees.
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