Get to Know Bruce M. Wenig, MD October Member Spotlight

Bruce M. Wenig

Department of Pathology, Chair

Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, Florida

What is your current role?
I am the current Chair, Department of Pathology Moffitt Cancer Center
Oncologic pathology diagnostician in particular Head and Neck - Endocrine Pathology  

What is the best part of your occupation? 
Being able to contribute to patient care by providing diagnoses on a wide variety of lesion types which in turn directly impact on treatment, prognosis and patient outcomes.

How did you become interested in pathology?
On entering medical school I truly had no idea/concept of what pathology was all about and/or what pathologists did. My expectation was to become a pediatrician. However, it became acutely obvious to me in the 3rd year of medical school that my interests lie elsewhere and gravitating to anatomy and pathology, as well as being a visual learner, I decided to become a pathologist. That decision was the single best one I made relative to my career choice.

How did you become involved with the FSP? 
My initial involvement (and familiarity) with FSP was as an invited speaker while practicing in New York City. Since moving to Tampa I have become a member of FSP and have participated in several educational programs at FSP.   

Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?
1) Strong branding impacting on State and Federal regulatory issues relative to medicine/pathology including but not limited to financial matters;  
2) Greater inclusion/participation of Moffitt Dept. of Pathology in FSP educational and/or administrative endeavors benefiting our staff but also beneficial for FSP and its members. 

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 do not feel that we (Pathology) sufficiently advocate for ourselves within and outside of our respective institutes. The lay public and sadly too many of our clinical colleagues view pathology as a black hole and are not fully aware of the extent to which pathologists and pathology departments contribute beyond a diagnosis (and this comment is not in any way minimizing our key role as diagnosticians). Too often, we are (inappropriately) viewed as only providing "service" and are treated as such. I would like to see greater advocacy of our field within our respective institutes but also extramural to our individual institutes to include developing pathology-specific presentations especially to the lay public highlighting all aspects of Pathology including but not limited to all of our advanced technological capabilities to potential grateful donors who need to be educated about the integral role of pathology/pathologists to patient care. 

What are your hobbies outside of the office?
All sports (watching; participating); travel; music. 

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I am a child of the 1960s. 

Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 11:45am