Oleksandr N. Kryvenko, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Urology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Program Director, Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Member, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
What is your current role?
I am currently a member of the FSP Board of Directors as an At Large Member. I am an attending surgical pathologist and Associate Professor of Pathology and Urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I also lead the Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship.
What is the best part of your occupation?
Having the opportunity to offer excellent patient care to the community I serve. Working with my colleagues and clinicians. Teaching residents and fellows. I enjoy everything my job offers me.
How did you become interested in pathology?
I went to medical school in Ukraine. The system is different there. My Dean, Dr. Alexander Gerasimenko, assigned me to Pathology. Both my parents are pathologists which had some effect on shaping my mind from youth. Now, I could not imagine myself doing anything else in medicine other than pathology.
How did you become involved with the FSP?
I have always believed in participation in Pathology community. When I was a resident at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, Dr. Richard Zarbo gave me an opportunity to be a Resident Liaison to the Michigan Society of Pathologists, which I really enjoyed. I knew that FSP was one of the strongest state pathology societies in the nation. As soon as I got my job offer from Dr. Andrew Rosenberg at the University of Miami, I was excited to contact Dr. Meg Neal, that time President of FSP. She gave me the opportunity to participate in FSP.
How do you benefit from being a member of FSP?
FSP gives me an opportunity to interact with my colleagues who work in the very different environments and learn about the challenges that confront us as a specialty. I particularly enjoy the political mission of FSP and its role in guiding the legislative aspects of the practice of medicine in our state. And sincerely, I feel inspired and energized after our biannual meetings and excited to implement the new things I learned into my practice.
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?
Although it may seem quite challenging, I would like to be able to provide Pathology services to very remote locations utilizing rapidly growing technologies of whole slide imaging, picture acquisition, and data transmission. Hopefully one day from my office at the University of Miami I can interpret a prostate biopsy from Europe or a fertility specimen from Australia.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Although Pathology takes most of my time and attention, and I regularly put 80 hours of work a week, I am thankful to those joyful moments I can share with my family or go to gym to lift weights.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I enjoy cooking –rare steak or salmon that I caught with Dr. David Nowak in Alaska this year, an experience that will make me go there again next fall.
I was lucky to be trained by individuals who distinguished themselves through their hard work and accomplishments. Dr. Jonathan Epstein supervised my final year of training in his fellowship at Hopkins and imparted strong work ethics and taught me how to manage a busy clinical service. Following his lead after 5 years at the University of Miami I have had success with academic growth and building up my consultation services. This year I provided my opinion on more than 5,000 consult cases submitted from Florida and outside.
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