Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. This month we are delighted to feature Ali Saad, MD. Dr. Saad is doing exciting things in Perinatal and Pediatric Pathology. He is relatively new to the state of Florida and FSP as a Professor and Director at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Ali Saad, MD,
Professor of Pathology,
Director of Pediatric and Perinatal Service,
Director of Pediatric and
Perinatal Pathology Fellowship Program,
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
What is your current role?
I am a Professor of Pathology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. My practice includes pediatric pathology and neuropathology. I also serve as director of Pediatric & Perinatal Pathology Service and director of Pediatric & Perinatal Pathology Fellowship Program.
What is the best part of your occupation?
What I like about my job is that I get to work with amazing people in the pathology department as well as in other departments. We have a healthy and collegial relations with the physicians involved in patients care. We meet regularly to learn from each other and to make sure our patients get the best care possible. That is what make my long hours at work very rewarding.
How did you become interested in pathology?
This was a case of love at the first slide. My plan was to become a surgeon. During my surgery internship, we had a combined Neurosurgery/Neuropathology tumor board. The presentation of cases, the interactions between various teams, and the important role that the neuropathologist played interested me. I asked for a month of elective in Neuropathology and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
Since I moved to Florida in 2019, I heard so many good things about FSP so I decided to participate and try to contribute to its mission as much as possible.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
FSP provides an excellent platform for pathologists to get to know each other. It also provides a good opportunity for collaboration at multiple levels including diagnostic expertise, research projects and general health care policies.
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?
Of course, my wish list is very long but, for all practical purposes, I would like to see pathology having more visibility as in integral component in patients care. Pathology, as a profession, would benefit from finding ways to communicate with the patients to answer some questions that only a pathologist can.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Cross country driving, discovering (tasting that is) authentic foods from different parts of the world, and collecting books and old guns.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I actually never work out.
Is there anything I did not ask that you would like me to mention in the article?
I would like to thank the leadership in the Pathology Department at the University of Miami for providing us with a work atmosphere that is supportive and collegial. I feel I have another family at work.
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