Welcome to the first edition of the FSP member spotlight. Every month we will highlight a different FSP member who is doing exciting things in the field of pathology. This week we are featuring Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD. Dr. Bui currently serves on the FSP Board of Directors and has been an active member of the education committee for several years.
Marilyn M. Bui, MD, PhD
Senior Member, Departments of Anatomic Pathology & Sarcoma
Scientific Director of Analytic Microscopy Core
Section Head, Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology
President Medical Staff
Professor and Director of Cytopathology Fellowship
Departments of Oncological Sciences, Cell Biology & Pathology
Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida
What is your current role?
I am a FSP Board of Directors member and Education Committee member. I also serve as the Florida delegation chair of the CAP House of Delegates.
What is the best part of your occupation?
I am a critical and respected member of a multidisciplinary care team that is delivering high quality patient care by providing timely and accurate diagnostic, prognostic and predictive information. I contribute to cancer research, education, service and advocacy in a meaningful way which enhances my ability as a pathologist for better patient care in the era of precision medicine.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I was drawn to pathology because it is a truth-seeing science which involves interpreting and managing the pathology and laboratory data of patients to guide therapeutic decisions, investigating the unknowns to create new knowledge, and at the forefront to inspire and educate next generation physicians. After graduation from medical school and graduate school (PhD in Molecular Pathology & Immunology from University of Florida), being a pathologist was a natural progression. I graduated from the University of Florida (Jacksonville) with Anatomic & Clinical Pathology residency and Cytopathology fellowship. I have worked at Moffitt Cancer Center for the past 14 years. I am grateful that pathology is not just an interest, it is a passion and noble profession for me to help patients. It is not just a job but a career path that allows me grow professional and personally continuously.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
When Dr. Margaret Neal was FSP President, I met her at the CAP HOD meeting. She encouraged me to get involved with FSP and I am glad that I did!
Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP.
Networking and learning from pathologists of different practice settings. As a fellowship program director and the departmental educational lead, I am grateful for the opportunities FSP provides for our trainees, such as attending the wonderful educational conferences, fellowship fairs, poster awards, leadership opportunity at the board level and interaction with practicing pathologists. FSP better prepares them for real life experience after graduation. As the Florida delegation chair of the CAP House of Delegates, I am very proud that FSP has one of the most organized and effective advocacy efforts for pathologists.
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 think molecular pathology, digital pathology, machine learning and artificial intelligence are promising to maximize pathologists’ ability to deliver better patient care in the future. It is strategic for pathologists to drive these scientific advances and make our marks.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Wellness activities that will rejuvenate me to come back to work 100%.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
In 2019, I will have been in Florida for 30 years!
I have recently co-author a book called The Healing Art of Pathology. It focuses on the discipline of pathology as seen through the lens of art. Please check out The Healing Art of Pathology in the CAP bookstore.
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