Carole Brathwaite, MD
Pediatric Pathologist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital
What is your current role?
I am a Pediatric Pathologist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, (formerly known as Miami Children's Hospital).
What is the best part of your occupation? Working with children and those dedicated to the well-being of children is a privilege I enjoy. I have never met a more passionate group of people than those devoted to the health of children. In addition to that I am constantly exposed to a diverse and unique array of rare tumors and challenging conditions.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I have always been fascinated by the workings of the human body. Understanding the genetic, molecular or physiologic basis of disease is a crucial step towards therapy and management. This is an exciting time to be in pathology. Targeted therapy and personalized medicine has put the pathologist in a key position to help coordinate effective yet compassionate patient care.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
As a pathology resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach, I was strongly encouraged by my program director to get involved with FSP, at that time Mount Sinai often hosted the meetings for the South Florida Society of Pathologists. Having a sponsorship to attend these highly informative meetings in a truly tropical haven was and still is added incentive for resident poster presentations.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?
As a practicing pathologist, the meetings provide clear and concise practical updates. Though my current specialization is in pediatric pathology, I ardently wish to keep up with adult pathology. FSP also keeps me informed with the business side of medicine, particularly pathology, which is essential to professional survival in today's environment.
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?
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy travelling, Pilates, listening to music and playing board games.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I have herpetophobia and ranidaphobia. Okay phobia might be too strong a word but in any event you can keep your snakes, iguanas and even small lizards as well as your pet frogs and toads to yourself, thank you very much! On a positive note, this cured me of wanting to become a Veterinarian, and helped me to discover the wonderful field of pathology.
Is there anything I did not ask you that you would like to mention in this article?
Despite my fear of reptiles, I was born and grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica (where lizards are abundant!) and obtained my undergraduate and medical degree from the illustrious University of Florida (Go Gators!).
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