“The CAP Foundation gives pathologists an unequivocal opportunity to demonstrate how much they care for their fellow human beings and community at-large.”
— Karim E. Sirgi, MD, MBA, FCAP – Past President, CAP Foundation
Guillermo G. Martinez-Torres, MD, FCAP - President
Dr. Guillermo G. Martinez-Torres graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
Currently, Dr. Martinez-Torres is the president and chief executive of North Shore Pathologists, SC, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as the medical director of pathology and laboratory services for Ascension Wisconsin. He also serves as the chief of staff for the hospitals and clinics of Columbia St. Mary’s and as vice chair for the Ascension Wisconsin Foundation. He is immediate past-president of the Susan G. Komen affiliate in Wisconsin, as well as a past president of the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists.
Dr. Martinez-Torres serves on the CAP House of Delegates as delegate chair for Wisconsin. He is also state commissioner for the Laboratory Accreditation Program and is a member of the Council on Membership and Professional Development. He is furthermore a proud graduate of the CAP Advocacy School and the Engaged Leadership Academy.
Carey August, MD, FCAP - Vice President
Dr. Carey August currently serves as chairman of pathology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Having served as medical staff president of her hospital, she continues to be active on numerous hospital committees. Long dedicated to teaching, Dr. August is a clinical associate professor of pathology at Rosalind Franklin University in the Chicagoland area. As an active member of the CAP, Dr. August serves on the Professional and Community Engagement Committee, which she chaired for four years. She has served in the Engaged Leaders Network and the Council on Membership and Professional Development. To promote the “voice” of pathologists, Dr. August serves as faculty of the annual Engaged Leadership Academy, has answered numerous calls for interviews and video participation, and received the Outstanding Communicator Award at CAP16.
Dr. August has served as a member of the Gilda’s Club Chicago Associate Board of Directors since 2008, where she focuses her efforts on obtaining corporate sponsorships and donations for this charity, which provides free psychosocial services to people touched by cancer. She speaks to Gilda’s Club members about the role of the pathologist in cancer diagnosis and treatment on an annual basis.
A native of Connecticut transplanted to Chicago, Dr. August received her BS in Biology from Yale University, followed by her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her AP/CP training at Northwestern as well, where, upon completion of her residency, she served as attending pathologist and clinical assistant professor of pathology before joining the medical staff of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. August serves on the Board of Yale Women Chicago and is a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Christensen - Secretary Treasurer
As managing partner of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Rose Park Advisors in Boston, Matthew Q. Christensen adds value to the perspectives of the CAP Foundation board of directors.
With his firm’s strategic focus on “disruptive innovation,” Mr. Christensen identifies the ideas, technologies, issues, and trends that unpredictably impact a market—potential opportunities to capitalize on, or threats likely to affect established incumbents.
Earlier, as a senior associate at Innosight, LLC, in Watertown, Massachusetts, Mr. Christensen led engagements in the biotechnology, enterprise software, and financial services industries, among others. Mr. Christensen also worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where his projects served various industries, including specialty chemicals, telecommunications, technology, and industrial goods.
Mr. Christensen holds two degrees from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he also won a national basketball championship. Mr. Christensen also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jessica L. Dillon, MD, FCAP
Dr. Jessica L. Dillon is currently a gynecologic pathology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and vice chair of the CAP Reproductive Medicine Committee. She served as a CAP Residents Forum delegate and recently completed a two-year junior director term on the CAP Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Dillon received a Master of Science degree from the former University of Vermont College of Medicine (now The Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont) in 2009 and focused her thesis research on human papillomavirus infection.
Dr. Dillon is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and completed her AP/CP pathology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She plans to return to Dartmouth as an assistant professor of pathology, with focused interests in gynecologic and genitourinary pathology.
S. Robert Freedman, MD, FCAP
Dr. S. Robert Freedman is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist who has practiced community hospital pathology and nuclear medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area in California for over 40 years, including at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose and at El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos, where he has served as laboratory director. Dr. Freedman holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His postgraduate training includes the University of Illinois Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center, and Mount Zion/UCSF Medical Center.
He served as president of the California Society of Pathologists, and Western Pathologists Quality Assurance Association. He is presently Delegation Chair for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) House of Delegates, and is on several CAP committees, including the Accreditation Education Committee and the Federal and State Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Clinical Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee for the California State Department of Health. For many years he has been an inspector for the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program and has performed many international inspections. In addition, over the last 25 years, he has served with Pathologists Overseas as a volunteer pathologist in many African and Asian countries.
Wayne L. Garrett, DO, FCAP
Dr. Garrett is a native of Philadelphia and currently practices general surgical and cytopathology as a locum tenens pathologist. He received his undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in AP/CP in the Army at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and later in career a fellowship in cytopathology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After residency, he served for ten years as a staff pathologist in the US Army, both at the 34th General Hospital in Augsburg, Germany, and at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. After leaving the military, he entered private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area working in both the hospital and outpatient settings.
Dr. Garrett previously served as Chair of PathPAC, the CAP’s bipartisan political action committee that solely represents pathologists at the federal level. In addition, he is a member of the CAP Inspection Process Committee and is actively involved in the international accreditation program. Dr. Garrett is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with sub-specialty board certification in cytopathology.
Gerald R. Hanson, MD, FCAP
Dr. Gerald R. Hanson retired from practice as a pathologist after spending his entire career at a private university-affiliated tertiary medical center in Southern California. He was involved in clinical practice in anatomic pathology, hematopathology, and laboratory administration and education as a clinical professor of pathology at the University of California Irvine, his medical school alma mater, where he also did his pathology residency and fellowship training.
Dr. Hanson served on the California Society of Pathologists board for over 20 years and is a past president and life member. He also served on the American Pathology Foundation board of trustees for over 12 years and is a past officer. He has spent over 15 years in numerous CAP committee and work group roles, primarily in advocacy, economic affairs, practice management and membership areas, and in the House of Delegates. Most recently, he served as a governor on the CAP Board of Governors and as a liaison to the CAP Foundation from 2014–2018. Dr. Hanson received the CAP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Gail Janes, PhD, MS
Dr. Janes recently retired from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she served as a senior health scientist in the Office of the Associate Director of Policy, has worked broadly in the area of public health and health outcomes, and is a specialist in health data policy and evidence-based processes. She completed her doctoral studies at Georgetown University in cell biology and received an MS in biostatistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at CDC, she worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and its impact on public health programs and community-based services.
Marvin Kogan of Lincolnshire, IL, is president of Media Directions, Inc., a video production company. He is the Public Member of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors and serves as its Treasurer.
Founded in 1983, his company offers audio visual production services for purposes other than television production. Mr. Kogan has been instrumental in implementation of the 2006 Business Plan adopted by the Foundation, and he has also contributed to professionalism of fundraising and promotional materials.
Iris D. Martin, MD, MPH – Junior Member Director
Dr. Iris D. Martin is a third-year resident pursuing AP/CP training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After college, Dr. Martin worked in the School of Health Professions at Georgia State University and ultimately decided to pursue a career in medicine. She completed a post-baccalaureate program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and subsequently earned both an MD and MPH from Emory University.
Her previous involvement with the CAP includes serving as a Residents Forum delegate and member-at-large of the Residents Forum Executive Committee. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Martin will continue her training as a surgical pathology fellow at Stanford University.
Alvin M. Ring, MD, FCAP
Dr. Ring served as the Chairman of Pathology and Medical Director of laboratories with over 30 years of experience. He has held many academic positions at Stanford University, University of New York, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, where he is presently a clinical professor.
As the only physician executive at ESC, he was engaged in community work as a consultant with not-for-profit community organizations which included mentoring high school students, serving on the board of the Association for Brain Tumor Research, and an appointment to the resource committee for the Chicago Public Schools project. He serves the CAP as an inspector of laboratories and teaching institutions, is the Chairman of the Taskforce on Emeritus Members, and also served on the House of Delegates, PathPAC board, and various additional committees.
Sonia Robazetti, MD, CCRC
A physician by training, Dr. Sonia Robazetti originally hails from Venezuela. She is currently an assistant professor of OB/GYN at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She also serves as a co-chair of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
Dr. Robazetti has dedicated her career to research, especially in the field of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus. Her personal purpose is helping disadvantaged women get free cervical and breast cancer screening and organizing health screening events in Houston. She has been actively involved in the See, Test & Treat® program since 2011.
Nicholas T. Serafy Jr.
Nick Serafy Jr. is president/CEO of Proficiency Testing Service in Brownsville, Texas. The company specializes in providing quality management testing programs used by clinical laboratories and health care organizations to evaluate, monitor, and improve the accuracy and reliability of their diagnostic test results.
He is treasurer of International Medical Quality Improvement Systems (IMQIS) in Houston, Texas. IMQIS developed DigitalScope™, a technology for delivering multi-gigabyte whole slide digital microscopic images to thousands of concurrent users over the internet. He is also treasurer of SMC BioSolutions in Austin, Texas, which develops and manufactures biological products for External Quality Assessment/Proficiency Testing (EQA/PT) providers worldwide.
Mr. Serafy is chairman of the Cameron County Spaceport Development Corporation. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Bank of Commerce-Brownsville, on the University of Dallas board of trustees, and on the executive committee of the Texas Business Leadership Council, a statewide network of CEOs and senior business executives who advance a long-term vision of a prosperous Texas in a globally competitive business environment.
Mr. Serafy received his BA in microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He and his wife, Viveca, have four sons and five grandchildren.
Karim E. Sirgi, MD, MBA, FCAP - Past President
A board-certified pathologist in anatomic, clinical, and cytopathology, Dr. Karim E. Sirgi has additional fellowship training in surgical pathology. He also holds an MBA and has 30-plus years of practice and leadership experience in private and academic pathology practices, as well as state and national professional pathology and laboratory organizations.
Dr. Sirgi currently owns and manages health care consulting companies, including Sirgi Consulting LLC, which offers expertise to medical groups in organizational leadership, intra and inter group dynamics and communication, succession planning, governance structure, physician wellness, physician engagement, strategic planning, and group retreat facilitation.
Dr. Sirgi volunteers his professional expertise to serve as the medical director of The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science, a medical technology school based in Denver. He also serves on the advisory, trustees, and governance boards of established multi-million dollar companies and start-up ventures, as well as community-based and national philanthropic and non-profit foundations.
Gail Habegger Vance, MD, FCAP
Dr. Vance brings her experience as pathologist, clinician, laboratory director, and educator to the CAP Foundation board. Currently, she directs the Diagnostic Genomics laboratories of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, as well as the department’s Medical Genetics clinical program. She has previously worked with the CAP Foundation, serving as board liaison from 2010 to 2012, and is extremely active within CAP as a whole. She served on the CAP Board of Governors from 2005-2012, has served on numerous committees and advisory groups within the CAP, and has been a CAP laboratory inspector for over 15 years.
Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA, FCAP
A native of Salt Lake City, Dr. Ronald L. Weiss recently retired from active practice at the University of Utah, where he was a professor of pathology. He received his MD degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1980 and completed his residency training in AP/CP at the University of Utah in 1984.
After completing his residency, Dr. Weiss joined the University of Utah’s faculty, specializing in the practice of hematopathology while also pursuing his interest in laboratory management. He received his MBA degree from the University of Utah in 1989.
Dr. Weiss served in numerous management and leadership roles in the university’s ARUP Laboratories, including as president and chief operating officer for nearly six years. An active member of the CAP, he currently serves as a Utah delegate to the CAP House of Delegates and previously served as a member of the Federal and State Affairs Committee. He is a past president of the American Pathology Foundation and a former chairman of the American Clinical Laboratory Association’s board.
Dr. Weiss was a recipient of the CAP’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Service to Clinical Pathology (2007), the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists’ Gerald T. Evans Award (2000), and the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology (2014). He has served on a number of community service advisory boards and is currently a trustee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Utah Chapter.
Dr. Weiss is married to Peggy Ahlin and has two children and two grandchildren.
Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP
Dr. Wojcik is the Chair of the Department of Pathology and endowed Professor of Pathology and Urology at Loyola University Medical Center. She is a renowned pathologist who has a special interest in genito-urinary cytopathology. Dr. Wojcik is certified in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Wojcik is an immediate Past President of the American Society of Cytopathology and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. She serves on editorial boards of Diagnostic Cytopathology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Wojcik has been a frequent invited speaker at numerous international, national and regional forums. Most of her presentations deal with recent advances in urine cytology. She led international efforts to standardize reporting of urinary cytology that culminated with publication of The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology. Dr Wojcik is an active member of CAP and last year she organized the first in the Chicago land area See, Test & Treat. This year, again, she led the Loyola’s efforts to conduct another See, Test & Treat that was very successful. She is a contributor to PathPAC.
CAP Board of Governors Liaisons
Rajesh C. Dash, MD, FCAP
Bharati Suketu Jhaveri, MD, FCAP
If you’re interested in serving on the CAP Foundation Board of Directors, please fill out and submit the form below.
The CAP Foundation will begin nominee interviews the week of November 2. The following timeline gives an idea of what to expect as far as the interview process and potential board commitments.
Online nominations forms close – November 2, 2018
CAP Foundation Governance Committee interviews nominees – November 2–November 23, 2018
(Expect to speak to two Governance Committee members and the CAP Foundation Executive Director.)
Election opens – November 29, 2018
Election closes – December 4, 2018
Nominees notified – early December 2018
Orientation begins – late December 2018 through early January 2019 – series of one-hour Zoom video conference calls on Wednesdays
February Board Meeting – February 15, 2019 – Location TBD
June Board Meeting – June 7, 2019 – Chicago, IL
October Board Meeting – September 20, 2019 – Orlando, FL, before CAP19