Get to Know Jennifer Chapman, MD June Member Spotlight

 

Jennifer Chapman, MD
Director of the Hematopathology Division and Associate Director of the Oncology Cancer Line
for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami
Miami, Florida


What is your current role?
I am a Hematopathologist, Director of the Hematopathology Division and Associate Director of the Oncology Cancer Line for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami

What is the best part of your occupation? 
Contributing to the direct, immediate and endlessly consequential effect of accurate histopathologic diagnoses for our patients.

How did you become interested in pathology?
Towards the end of my third year in medical school, I had been through several clinical rotations and truly did not enjoy one minute of any of them. I was sitting in the back of a lecture hall contemplating finishing medical school and then applying to law school when in walked Carmen Gomez to give a lecture in Pathology. She was happy, smiling, calm, poised, well-groomed, discussed her children, her pager did not go off and she was able to give us a beautiful and complete lecture without distractions. After the lecture I ran down the lecture hall steps and asked her what she did every day in Pathology. We have been together ever since.

How did you become involved with the FSP?
I became aware of and started becoming involved in the Florida Society of Pathologists through my friends and colleagues in the Department of Pathology at the University of Miami, who have a long tradition of working closely with the Florida Society of Pathologists. We participate actively in the academic submissions, lectures, and Resident / Fellow recruitment activities of FSP.

Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?
Being a member of FSP provides an important niche for friendship, collegiality, and networking within the group of pathologists within Florida. This is fun and academically and clinically important and is a great way to build bonds and strengthen the collective fiber of the team of pathologists supporting Florida's patient population.

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?
It is critical for pathologists to continue to assert and defend the significant contributions of our work to global patient outcomes to legislative groups who affect our clinical practice. This should form a strong basis for continued academic and research pursuits, creating a feedback mechanism of improving outcomes for our patients.

What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world in southeast Miami. I am a Floridian through and through and therefore enjoy endless outdoor activities with my family, all of whom live nearby. We are mostly into ocean activities including boating, diving, snorkeling, fishing, and traveling throughout the Bahamian islands where time spent is never wasted.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
Hmmmm... I'm a pretty open book - not sure there is anything that my colleagues don't know about me!