FSP Member Spotlight | Get to Know Vatsal Patel, MD

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 Vatsal P. Patel, MD. Dr. Patel was recently appointed in February as an At Large Member to the FSP Board of Directors after many years of supporting the FSP through attendance at the FSP educational conferences.

  Vatsal P. Patel, MD

  Pathologist, KWB Pathology Associates
  Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of
    Medicine Biomedical Sciences, Florida
    State University
  Tallahassee, Florida

What is your current role?  
I am a Pathologist with KWB Pathology Associates in Tallahassee Florida.  I am also faculty at Florida State  University College of Medicine where I am involved with medical student education.   

What is the best part of your occupation?
Best part about my occupation is definitely the people I work with which range from laboratory technicians to other physicians.  Everyone is passionate about what they do and are all working for the needs of the patients.  I heavily rely on skillful technicians to do my job.  Without them, what we do would not be possible. 

How did you become interested in pathology?
My first clue that Pathology was a great fit for me was in my 3rd year of medical school.  I did not like it and wished I could go back to second year which was where we were first exposed to Pathology.  As I continued to explore the field, I learned that it was full of wonderful people who were passionate and satisfied with their career choice.  Furthermore, it provided a great work-life balance.   
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I first began attending the FSP meetings during my residency at the University of Florida.  I found FSP meetings to be much more enjoyable unlike CAP and USCAP meetings where it is very easy to sort of get lost in the shuffle.  I have learned a lot of practical things and the venue is always great!
How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
I value the educational mission of the organization the most.  FSP always has a great lineup of speakers and a good educational program.  It is a great place to meet and interact with other Pathologists from the state.   Also, through this organization, we have a voice at the state government level.
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 continue to lead advances in medicine.  This hopefully will create greater awareness and attract the best, brightest, and highly motivated individuals to our specialty.  On a global level, I would like to see more engagement from Pathologists with organizations such as FSP which lobby and promote our interests.  In this regard, I think we are far behind other specialties which have very active and aggressive organizations or lobbyists to promote their interests.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy learning about the stock market, reading fantasy novels, model railroading, fruit gardening, garage sales, spending time with family, and binge watching TV.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I have a good sense of humor.  

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:00am