Diversify In Path

Diversify In Path

The diversify in Path podcast explores how investing in diversity can lead to a high return of investment in pathology and lab medicine by learning from the knowledge and experiences of diverse voices within in our field.


May 18, 2023 54 mins

 Ricardo Correa, M.D., Ed. D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.Q. is an Associate Professor of Medicine, the Program Director for Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship and the director for diversity in Graduate Medical Education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Staff Clinician and Researcher at Phoenix V.A.M.C. and health equity fellowship director for Creighton School of Medicine Phoenix.  He is an editor ...

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Dr. Riddle is a Senior Pathologist for Ruffolo, Hooper, and Associates, providing services at Tampa General Hospital / USF Health, where she is also the Pathology Residency Site Director. There she does General Anatomic Pathology with a focus in Bone & Soft Tissue, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Neuropathology, and Dermatopathology. She is also Associate Professor and Associate Residency Program Director for the USF Health Departm...

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Olivia O. Cardenas-Trowers, M.D., is a fellowship trained Urogynecologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida who specializes in treating female pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Cardenas-Trowers is a Senior Associate Consultant in the Department of Medical and Surgical Gynecology and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

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April 14, 2023 50 mins

Dan Tyrrell earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. in Integrated Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before completing postdoctoral training as a research fellow in the University of Michigan’s Department of Cardiology. Dan was recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Molecular and Cellula...

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Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. In 1994 he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS.) In 2012, he was chosen as one of the “Sensational Sixty” commemorating 60 years of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award.  In 2017, he was listed as an “Outstanding Graduates” in Biol...

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March 9, 2023 49 mins

Rondell P. Graham MBBS, is an anatomic and molecular pathologist with specialty interest in GI/Liver pathology and molecular oncology. His clinical focus includes:

  • Diagnosis of gastrointestinal and liver biopsies
  • Interpretation of molecular tests for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of various disorders
  • Development of innovative clinical test

Dr. Graham is active in research and has authored research publications in scientif...

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March 2, 2023 53 mins

I was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. I attended University of Illinois for undergraduate, then Northwestern University for MD/PhD training (MSTP). I matched for AP/CP at Northwestern University Department of Pathology, where I additionally served as Chief Resident during my PGY3 year. I continued at Northwestern for GI and Liver Fellowship training. I am currently Assistant Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University, where I...

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Taylor Harris is a Pathologists’ Assistant and proudly, has the honor of being the first African American/Black person to earn a Masters of Anatomic Pathology from Tulane School of Medicine. Taylor claims both West Tennessee and Central Illinois as home. Taylor obtained a BA in Biopsychology from McKendree University. Her journey in medicine/healthcare began as a Certified Nursing Assistant having worked ICU and Med/Surg. Following...

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February 9, 2023 51 mins

 Dr. Jan Gorniak was born and raised in Bronx, NY. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Dr. Gorniak is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and forensic pathology. She served as a Deputy Coroner/Forensic Pathologist for Franklin County, Ohio from July 2005 to January 2008. She is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, the International Association of Coron...

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February 2, 2023 44 mins

Dr. Kristinza Giese is a native of the Washington, DC area and is a graduate of Howard University. In 2006, she graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her post graduate medical training includes General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at University of Washington Medical Center. In 2011, Dr. Giese accepted a Forensic Pathology Fellowship at the Milwauk...

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January 26, 2023 59 mins
Ron Balassanian is a Professor of Pathology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) with an appointment in UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His clinical and research work focuses on fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy and general breast pathology, as well as patient communication and global health. Ron has led workshops on training pathologists to perform and interpret ultrasound guided FNA fo...
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 Juniper Fedor (he/him) is a pathologists’ assistant at the Dekalb County Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, and a recent graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Identifying as a gender diverse individual and part of the LGBTQIA+ community, Juniper has advocated for marginalized voices through his work with Wayne State University, as well as within the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants. H...

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A native of the sunny coasts of Puerto Rico, Roberto grew up in one of the best surfing spots in the island, Isabela. He earned his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla. Not long after, he completed his post-baccalaureate at The Ohio State University in Maize molecular genetics. His fascination with viruses led him to earn his Ph.D. at The University of Toledo,
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December 8, 2022 53 mins

Devon Jackson was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up as an only child but has a large extended family. He attended King/Drew medical magnet high school where he got his first opportunity to shadow in a hospital. This experience and words of encouragement from his former pastor who had Parkinson's disease motivated him to pursue medicine. He went on to attend Stanford University. After graduating from there, he got ...

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December 1, 2022 55 mins

Kamran Mirza is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education, and Applied Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health in Maywood, Illinois. He serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Stritch School of Medicine, Vice-Chair of Education and Academic Affairs in the Department of Pathology a...

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November 17, 2022 46 mins

Joseph S. Thomas, MD is an attending hospitalist physician in Buffalo, NY. He went to undergrad at University at Buffalo, and then stayed at what is now the Jacobs School of Biomedical Sciences for medical school. He then completed training at the University at Buffalo Internal Medicine Residency, finished off with a Chief Residency in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety through the Buffalo VA. He also serves as a Clinical Instr...

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Stephanie is the Executive Director of Pathology and Laboratory services, at a large health system in South Texas, and the podcast co-host of the weekly show “eLABorate Topics”. The “eLABorate Topics” podcast features talks related to the laboratory and leadership focused on helping listeners succeed in their professional lives. Outside of this work, she is a passionate and active leader for several professional organizations. Step...

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November 3, 2022 47 mins

Dr. Marques received her M.D. from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and trained in Internal Medicine at the same institution. She and her husband moved to the United States in 1986.  She spent 2 years at NIH and 5 years at Harvard Medical School as a research fellow before coming to UAB to train in Pathology.  She has been a faculty member since 1998 in the Laboratory Medicine sections of Apheresis, Coagulation...

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Carlo Ledesma is a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science resident at the Oklahoma City VA Health System. He is a certified medical laboratory scientist, a specialist in hematology, a qualification in laboratory safety, and a diplomate in laboratory management. He also serves as the program director for the Medical Lab Technology at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma. 

 His lab career started in Manila, Philippines where he...

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October 20, 2022 48 mins

Dr. Pouya Jamshidi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where he studied Russian literature and classical music. He played the Trumpet and French Horn in the Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra, advancing to becoming the youngest Assistant Conductor of the Orchestra at the age of 19. Upon immigration to the US, Dr. Jamshidi majored in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at the University of California-San Diego, where he also conducted ne...

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