Get to Know Maryam Tahmasbi, MD August Member Spotlight



Maryam Tahmasbi, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

What is your current role?
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa.  After AP/CP residency, I completed fellowship training in Oncologic Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology at Moffitt Cancer Center.  My current academic assignment is 75% clinical (direct patient care), 15% administration and service, and 10% teaching.  In addition to daily surgical and cytology sign out, I direct and instruct pathology laboratories for first- and second-year medical students and serve on different institutional committees including MCOM Curriculum Committee as Pathology Integration Director.
What is the best part of your occupation? 
I like my occupation as pathologist for many different reasons.  Pathology serves a crucial role in diagnosing diseases and contribution to patient care.  There are lifelong learning opportunities and emerging technologies.  Pathology is a cornerstone in medical education.  And for many of us, a career in pathology has a good work-life balance.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I discovered my passion for Pathology during my third year of medical school in the Pathophysiology course.  The mesmerizing beauty of histology, with its mysterious patterns and vibrant colors, fascinated me.  As someone with painting talent and an eye for detail, I was able to accurately depict my microscopic observations, impressing my Pathology professor who kept my work as an outstanding lab observation notebook.
However, it was my experience as an observer in the surgical pathology department at Methodist Health System in Dallas, TX that solidified my desire to pursue Pathology as a career.  Working alongside skilled professors like Dr. Saad, I gained confidence in my decision to become a pathologist.
How did you become involved with the FSP?  
I joined FSP as pathology resident during my training at USF, and I am proud to have continued my membership to this day.
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP 
FSP membership offers numerous benefits like any other organization.  One of the most important benefits is professional development, having access to conferences and continuing education programs.  FSP annual meetings with outstanding speakers are great opportunities to stay updated in the field and improve expertise.  Networking, a sense of community and belonging are other great values of being a member of FSP.  In addition, the annual meeting’s proximity to Disney World makes it a highly attractive destination, particularly for families with young children.
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 would like to see automation and AI technologies to be widely used and easily accessible in pathology workflows, to enhance both efficiency and accuracy.  I hope for greater public awareness and understanding of the crucial role of pathologists in the healthcare system.  Finally, I look for continued advancements in education and training programs to ensure the next generation of pathologists is well-equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the evolving challenges in the field.
 What are your hobbies outside of the office? 
As a mother of two young children, ages 6 and almost 2, I actively participate in our local Persian community events to foster cultural understanding and promote the language and heritage of Iran, allowing them to develop a strong sense of identity and pride.  I’m involved in organizing parties and events, bringing children and their families together to create memorable experiences. In addition, I enjoy various activities such as cooking, arts & crafts, painting, singing, shopping, and traveling that bring me joy, fulfillment, and relaxation.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I have always been passionate about singing and vocal arts since a teenager, but recently, I decided to pursue professional training in Persian pop music to enhance my skills.  Last September, I had the exciting opportunity to demonstrate my talent during a stage performance in our community.  It was an incredible experience singing in front of an audience of more than 100 people.