Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. This month we are delighted to feature Tim Allen, MD. Dr. Allen currently serves as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Allen is currently a Corresponding Member of the FSP and will be speaking at the FSP Summer Conference taking place on July 17-18 in Palm Beach, Florida.
Tim Allen, MD
Pulmonary Pathologist & Tenured Professor & Chair
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
What is your current role?
I am a pulmonary pathologist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
What is the best part of your occupation?
As a pathologist, I am inspired when patients thrive under my care. As an educator, I am inspired when my trainees succeed in our field. Through these venues, I feel I am doing my part to create a healthier Mississippi.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I went to medical school intending to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. I took every OB-Gyn elective available. I served my internship year as an OB-Gyn intern and found each day challenging and rewarding. However, halfway through my internship year, I did a month of OB-Gyn pathology, and there I found my calling.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I became involved with the FSP as I developed my leadership role in the Texas Society of Pathologists. I wanted to learn some of the FSP's methods and institute them at the TSP during my presidency. I also wanted to understand how the FSP handled its advocacy responsibilities.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?
I have received enormous benefits from my FSP membership. I have kept abreast of the FSP's continuing advocacy challenges and how it has responded to legislative and corporate threats to our payment and our professionalism. I have also benefited from the FSP's amazing lecturers at its great meetings. Finally, and very importantly, I have benefited from the networking opportunities an FSP member has afforded me. I have gotten to know folks I otherwise would never have met and never have developed collegial relationships with Florida pathologists that have now been ongoing for many years. I look forward to us getting past the COVID-19 pandemic and having our face-to-face meetings again so that I can visit with folks at the FSP in person.
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?
Pathologists must engage in the emergence of artificial intelligence in our laboratories and diagnostic processes. Pathologists must remain supportive of one another as we find ourselves in a continuing age of institutional mergers and acquisitions. It is our duty to ensure our trainees succeed in the dynamic world of medicine.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy taking walks around the neighborhood with my wife, Fran, each evening. This gives us a chance to relax and catch up on each other's day.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I am a 3rd-degree black belt in the Korean martial art, Hapkido.
Is there anything I did not ask you that you would like to mention in this article?
Thank you very much for providing me the honor of being this month's FSP Member Spotlight pathologist!
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