FSP Member Spotlight
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 Jesse Kresak, MD, who has been a member since 2014 and is on the Education Committee of FSP. Dr. Kresak currently serves as Associate Professor, Director of Surgical Pathology and Associate Program Director, Anatomic Pathology at the University of Florida.
Jesse Kresak, MD
Director of Surgical Pathology
Associate Program Director,
University of Florida
What is your current role?
I am an associate professor of neuropathology and gastrointestinal/hepatic pathology at the University of Florida. I am the Director of Surgical Pathology and also the Associate Residency Program Director.
What is the best part of your occupation?
Tough question. I love the flexibility and variability that being an academic pathologist affords me. Some days I'm primarily an educator - guiding trainees, medical students, and undergraduate students in their own career paths. Other days, I'm a scientist- dabbling in research and expanding my own understanding of tumorigenesis. Some days, I'm an administrator- trying to maintain a division focused on best practices and patient safety. And yet on most days, my favorite days, I am a doctor. A doctor that has the critical, yet behind-the-scenes, role in patient care tasked with synthesizing clinical history, radiographic findings, laboratory studies, and microscopic findings into a useful diagnostic report for the treating clinicians. I love that every case is a new challenge and you never know what's going to end up on the other end of your microscope.
How did you become interested in pathology?
As a third year medical student, I was still trying to decide on a specialty. I liked nearly every rotation (especially OBGYN, ER, and family practice), but I didn't love anything. Then a friend's husband, who is a forensic pathologist, suggested I give pathology try. I said, "thanks, but no thanks, sounds really boring." He persisted and so I gave it a try. The first day of the rotation I got 'seasick' using the microscope, but by day 2 I was mesmerized at the little cells, and by day 3 I knew I had found my calling.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I began attending FSP conferences as a resident. I was fortunate to attend a program the encouraged and supported us to go.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
FSP is a wonderful organization for continued medical education. It is challenging to stay current in such an ever-changing field and FSP does a great job of brining relevant, up-to-date speakers to our region. Also, it is crucial for our profession to have a voice on capital hill and all of our members benefits from the advocacy provided by our dues and donations to the FSP.
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 our profession come out from the behind the scenes. I believe we need to have a proverbial seat at the table as decisions are made that impact our profession and our patients, such as molecular testing, reimbursement and more. Having a bigger presence will also help recruitment graduating medical students into our field as well.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
My husband and I have 3 sons. In the rare times when we are not at a baseball field, we can be found enjoying our boat in the Gulf of Mexico or rivers of north central Florida - fishing, scalloping, swimming in the springs. I also LOVE to travel and I'm an avid reader.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I worked in a automotive mechanic shop throughout high school and raced cars for a short stint. I still change my own oil.