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 excited to feature Emily Volk, MD, who has been a Corresponding Member of the FSP since 2017. She has been a member of the College of American Pathologists and served on the Board of Governors since 2013. Dr. Volk was recently elected President-Elect for CAP this past September.
Emily Volk MD, MBA, FCAP
Senior Vice President of Clinical Services,
University of Texas Health System,
Assistant Professor, Pathology,
University of Texas-Health,
San Antonio, TX
What is your current role?
Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, University of Texas Health System, Assistant Professor, Pathology, University of Texas-Health and current President-Elect, College of American Pathologists.
What is the best part of your occupation?
Working with other physicians to find solutions to make it easier to provide excellent care to our patients.
How did you become interested in pathology?
Dr. Ed Friedlander was our course director for our medical school Pathology course at University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was and still is one of those professors that changes lives. Dr. Friedlander made it clear that a career in pathology would provide me an opportunity to impact many hundreds of patients each day and to make high impact medical decisions each day (think frozen sections) and to be an indispensable partner to many other specialists. How could I miss out on that future?
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I am a big believer in the advocacy power of State Pathology Societies. As a Texas Pathologist, I am very involved in the Texas Society of Pathologists. I also served as president of the Michigan Society of Pathologists during the time I lived in the Detroit suburbs about a decade ago. As an member of the CAP Board of Governors, I joined the FSP based on the reputation of the organization as a great example of an impactful state society with its own political action committee. Getting involved in the Florida Society and getting to know the members was a key part of my efforts to understand the state of the profession.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
I consider the networking with the engaged pathologists of Florida the best part of my FSP experience.
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'd like to see more pathologists ascend to leadership positions in healthcare organizations. In addition to the critical leadership pathologists provide to laboratories, on both local and national levels, pathologists are absolutely suited by the nature of our training and expertise to lead hospitals and physician organizations. We touch just about every part of healthcare and have a unique perspective on the delivery of medical and surgical care.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I really enjoy spending time with my husband and mostly grown children.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
Despite all of the traveling I do for the CAP, I really enjoy time at home, listening to music and cooking for my family.
Is there anything I did not ask that you would like me to mention in the article?
I encourage all FSP members to also join the CAP and the AMA if they are not members already. The more pathologists engaged in the state and national medical societies, the stronger our voices are to drive change that benefits our ability to serve our patients.
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