Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. This month we are pleased to feature Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD. Dr. Henderson-Jackson is associated with the Anatomic Pathology Department of the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Cell Biology Department of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She is also a member of the FSP Membership Committee and has served on the FSP Digital Poster Committee for the past two years. Today, August 10, is Dr. Henderson-Jackson's birthday, so please join us in wishing her a very special birthday!
Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD
Resident Program Director, University of South Florida
What is your current role?
I am the proud residency program director of the University of South Florida MCOM pathology residency program and work as a surgical pathologist/cytopathologist at Moffitt Cancer Center with subspecialty expertise in bone/soft tissue pathology and cytopathology. Depending on the needs of our department, I cover frozen sections and other subspecialty areas such as breast.
What is the best part of your occupation?
I enjoy working with pathologists within my department and various other affiliate sites (Tampa General Hospital, James A Haley VA Hospital, Bay Pines VA Hospital, One Blood, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, All Children’s Hospital and USF) to provide the best pathology education and patient care.
How did you become interested in pathology?
As a young child, I always loved science. Biology was my favorite subject and dissecting animals to understand the inner workings was exciting. At my school library, I researched upon doctors and different specialties and found that pathology was unique and just right for me. During high school, I decided I was going to be a pathologist. My family was supportive even though they did not know what that was.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
As a resident, my program director Dr. Jane Messina, encouraged me to join the FSP and I did. I attended every year for the most part. There are exceptional educational lectures, interactive workshops, and poster presentation. This is a wonderful meeting to network and build relationships with pathologists in Florida and beyond. I enjoy participating in the membership committee encouraging others to become part of FSP building relationships and supporting initiatives promoting our field.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP.
As a member I have an opportunity to gain new knowledge from experts at the meetings as well as exhibit scholarly work that I and my colleagues and trainees have produced. I get to meet with various vendors and observe new and improved technologies that are available in our field. I get to support our government initiatives. I love being a part of a society whose members are devoted to providing the best care.
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?
Unfortunately, during this COVID-19 crisis, there has been more use of virtual platforms and digital pathology. I would like to see the field of pathology take a big step and be the lead in digital pathology. We have the ability to connect across countries to aid in diagnosis and treatment. And with the combination of artificial intelligence, pathologists will improve patient care.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy activities with my young kids such as art and soccer. I play on an adult soccer league. My kids and I enjoy keeping up our vegetable garden as well.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
That I love to dance and continue to perform in areas of ballet and hip hop.
Is there anything I did not ask that you would like me to mention in the article?
Stay safe. Balance work and life. Enjoy every minute.
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