Get to Know Anthony Tuzzolo, MD August Member Spotlight

 

Anthony Michael Tuzzolo, MD
Chief Resident
University of Florida - Department of Pathology
Gainesville, Florida


What is your current role?
I am a third-year chief resident at the University of Florida.

What is the best part of your occupation? 
I have never met an angry Pathologist. Everyone sincerely loves what they do and is motivated to furthering the field, and that motivation is infectious.

How did you become interested in pathology?
During my first year of medical school, Dr. Robert Poppiti of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami gave a talk to my class about what it is like working as a Pathologist, and ended the talk by saying "if you want to make hypotheses, become a clinician. If you want to make diagnoses, become a Pathologist." Was hooked ever since.

How did you become involved with the FSP?
I went to my first FSP meeting in 2018 as a medical student and have attended every year since. As a resident, I have presented at the 2021 and 2022 annual conferences and most recently submitted an article for the newsletter going over some of the changes in the new 2021 WHO CNS guidelines.

Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?
Being a part of FSP has been fantastic with regards to providing me opportunities to learn from my Floridian colleagues through numerous resources both in and outside of conferences. It has also helped me tremendously in providing the same service to said colleagues as well, which is always gratifying.

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 think what we often struggle with as a specialty is a lack of bargaining power within our institutions. As such, I think increased awareness of Pathology's importance for both our clinical and administrative colleagues is necessary.

What are your hobbies outside of the office?
If there is something nerdy that exists, chances are that I do it; video games, tabletop games, model painting, reading schlocky sci-fi novels, and watching horror movies with my girlfriend to name a few.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
 I have a black belt in Taekwondo. Please don't let the fact that I got that when I was 13 and have not practiced the martial arts since cheapen this accomplishment; my fists remain deadly weapons.