Get to Know Sara Moscovita Falzarano, MD, PhD March Member Spotlight



Sara Moscovita Falzarano, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

What is your current role?

I am a clinical associate professor, the director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship and Genitourinary pathology section director in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Florida in Gainesville. I also serve as the director of the Immunohistochemistry Laboratory for UF Health Shands.

What is the best part of your occupation? 

I find teaching and, at the same time, continuous learning the best and most rewarding part of my profession. I love the challenge of tweaking the message to different audiences and the thrill it always gives me to be sharing one's knowledge, exploring its boundaries and eagerly peeking beyond them to further one's growth.

How did you become interested in pathology?

I realized that pathology was my destiny when as an intern in ob/gyn I found myself much more interested in following the specimens to the pathology lab, at the end of the surgery, and sticking around to observe prepping and later grossing. I thus decided that I wanted to be an integral part of this quite elaborate and somewhat mysterious process of providing answers, albeit perhaps not the "answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything", to say it with Douglas Adams.

How did you become involved with the FSP?

I joined UF in 2017 and, amongst the perks of the position, I received the annual FSP membership and all the advantages and opportunities that it entailed

Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP?

Some of the benefits that come to my mind right away are the variety of outstanding educational events that one can take advantage of by being an FSP member and the chance of expanding and strengthening one's network with Florida pathology professionals and beyond, as well as few other seemingly minor but just as advantageous benefits, like the professional CE broker account, which I keep discovering the practicality of every time I have to renew my license or fill in my MOC/CC reporting.

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 am a believer in technology advancement and the unceasing potential for it to make our lives (including our jobs) easier and increasingly more enjoyable. I see digital pathology made more widely available, user-friendly and universally affordable (with all the temporary drawbacks and variable shortcomings eventually worked out); I see the almost endless possibilities it opens up for us (some already probabilities and even actualities), such as remote viewing, one-click sharing, digital analyzing, just to name a few. I see it help standardization of quality with the best care offered to everybody, regardless of initial access. I see the exponential expansion of knowledge and sharing of such. Rather than as a threatening Pandora's box, I prefer seeing it as a Rubin's vase, the profiles of the users (both professionals and patients) facing and mirroring one another to build together the future of medicine.

What are your hobbies outside of the office?

I am an avid reader. As some of you may well know, all books are translated in Italy, some by illustrious Italian writers, who have been variously and with varied success challenged in rendering in Italian what an author would have meant in their original language. I have discovered the beauty and pleasure of reading English literature in English and one of my goals is to read (again but untranslated) the Ulysses by James Joyce.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?  

I lift weights. I climbed to Franco Cavazza mountain hut (2,587m / 8,490ft.) in the Italian Dolomites despite my fear of heights.