Board of Directors

“The CAP Foundation offers pathologists new and exciting opportunities to advance the practice of pathology.”

— Carey August, MD, FCAP – President, CAP Foundation

Officers

Carey August, MD, FCAP - President

Carey August, MD, FCAP

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.

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. Previously, Dr. August also served as a member of the Gilda’s Club Chicago associate board of directors, focusing her efforts on obtaining corporate sponsorships and donations.

Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP - Vice President

Dr. Eva M. Wojcik is the chair of the Department of Pathology and an 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.

A past president of the American Society of Cytopathology, Dr. Wojcik is currently an associate editor of the society’s journal. She also serves on editorial boards for Diagnostic Cytopathology and the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Wojcik has been a frequent invited speaker at numerous international, national, and regional forums. She led international efforts to standardize reporting of urinary cytology that culminated with the publication of The Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology.

An active member of the CAP, Dr. Wojcik has organized multiple See, Test & Treat programs at Loyola University Medical Center.

Nicholas T. Serafy Jr. - Secretary Treasurer

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.

Directors

Timothy Craig Allen, MD, JD, FCAP

Dr. Timothy Craig Allen obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1984 and completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, subsequently serving on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine until 1995. He then attended the University of Chicago Law School and graduated with the degree of doctor of law with honors in 1998, subsequently practicing health care law and litigation.

In 2004, Dr. Allen completed a two-year fellowship in pulmonary pathology at the Texas Medical Center. He is currently a professor in and chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Outside work, Dr. Allen is a member of the Crime Prevention Research Center’s board of directors as well as their academic advisory board. He is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology, with added qualification in cytopathology. He is a past president of both the Pulmonary Pathology Society and the Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Allen has been heavily involved with the College of American Pathologists over the years. He is a former member of the Board of Governors and has been chair, vice-chair, or a member of several CAP councils and committees. Dr. Allen currently serves as a member of the Council on Membership and Professional Development and as chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Additionally, he is an associate editor of the CAP publication Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Allen has authored and coauthored numerous articles and book chapters on pulmonary pathology and medicolegal issues and has coauthored and co-edited several books on pulmonary pathology. He is series editor of the Molecular Pathology Library series.

Swikrity Baskota, MD, FCAP

Dr. Baskota was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is currently an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Department of Pathology and Cell Biology in New York.

Dr. Baskota is board certified in anatomic pathology with sub-specialty board certification in cytopathology. She completed her anatomic pathology residency and cytopathology fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2021. Prior to her training in the United States, she attended medical school at Kathmandu University and completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency training at the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Kathmandu. She practiced anatomic and clinical pathology in her home country for two years.

Dr. Baskota was honored by the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) with the 2020 Dr. Bernard Naylor Excellence in Cytomorphology Award. She also serves as a member of both the ASC eJournal committee and of the editorial board for The ASC Bulletin.

Within the CAP, Dr. Baskota currently serves as a House of Delegates alternate delegate for the state of New York. Previously, she served as a delegate on the Residents Forum and as a member of the Residents Forum-House of Delegates Action Group. She also served as a junior member on the Cytopathology Committee from 2019–2020. She is currently a member of both the Engaged Leadership Academy and the Engaged Leadership Network and was a panelist in a CAP21 webinar regarding pathology residency application.

Dr. Baskota’s prior involvement with the CAP Foundation includes mentoring a recipient of the 2019 Medical Student Travel Award.

Joanna Conant, MD, FCAP

Dr. Jo Conant is an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (UVM COM), covering hematopathology and genomic medicine services. She received her MD from UVM COM, where she also did her AP/CP residency. She completed fellowships in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Dr. Conant is interested in population health, particularly in how inequities and disparities impact health outcomes. She received a graduate certificate in population health management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and serves on UVM COM’s Gender Equity Steering Committee. She is also a member of her department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In these roles, she aims to increase the representation, advancement, and workplace satisfaction of underrepresented individuals within her medical community and to foster a safe, equitable, and just environment for the benefit of all community members.

A 2015 recipient of the CAP Foundation’s Leadership Development Award, Dr. Conant is a member of the CAP’s Engaged Leadership Academy/Network, and has served on the Foundation Grants Committee since 2016.

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.

Sara Herbek, Esq.

Sara Herbek is a corporate immigration attorney focused on providing strategic immigration advice regarding the movement of professionals throughout the world, including temporary and permanent work visas. She currently works as the managing partner of Global Immigration Associates, P.C., in Chicago overseeing a team of over 140 professionals.

She received her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her juris doctor degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. Ms. Herbek is licensed to practice in Illinois and has been admitted to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits as well as the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Herbek is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and routinely provides training and supplemental education through webinars and presentations to human resources and talent acquisition teams. Outside of work, Ms. Herbek enjoys playing with her puppy, Poppy, doing pilates, walking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Bharati S. Jhaveri, MD, FCAP

Dr. Bharati Jhaveri is a pathologist and past chair and medical director of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She served as a clinical professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. She also served as a member of the hospital foundation board for nine years.

Certified by the American Board of Pathology, Dr. Jhaveri has specialty boards in cytopathology. She received her medical degree from the University of Bombay, in Mumbai, India, and completed her pathology training at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Jhaveri has served on numerous committees and councils for the CAP. She served as chair of both the Council on Membership and Professional Development and the Council on Accreditation. She has served on several CAP committees including those for Accreditation, Finance/Compensation, and International Steering. She also represented Illinois on the House of Delegates and as a member of its Steering Committee.

Marvin Kogan

Marvin Kogan

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.

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, and Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine, 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 chairman of the Taskforce on Emeritus Members, and also served on the House of Delegates, PathPAC board, and various additional committees.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, FAMWA

Working with Indiana University’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber leads efforts to improve the health of Indiana women via an outreach program and statewide collaborations, as well as by influencing policy decisions. A professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has served in a number of leadership positions at health care and medical organizations. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), from 2015 to 2016, and was vice-chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Women’s Physician Section. She is an Inaugural Fellow of AMWA and is recognized for outstanding achievements in science, medicine, and academia.

Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the IUPUI Outstanding Woman Leader Award, the AMA Innovations in Medicine Award, the AMWA “Exceptional Mentor” Award, and the IU Trustee Teaching Award. She has been named one of Indianapolis Monthly’s “Top Doctors” and in 2017 the Indianapolis Business Journal named her a “Woman of Influence.”

An internist, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber’s clinical expertise is caring for adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She primarily cares for those with chronic conditions, including childhood cancer survivors. Her emphasis is on wellness and the prevention of disease. Prior to 2007, she was on the faculty at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Emory School of Medicine. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospital of Cleveland Case Western Reserve University.

Von Samedi, MD, FCAP

Dr. Von Samedi is currently an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, covering head and neck surgical pathology and cytopathology services. He is the medical director of the head and neck pathology service and the director of the pathology residency training program. As a medical educator, Dr. Samedi has a special interest in effective technology application for medical education. He has co-authored a book and written multiple book chapters on cytopathology and molecular pathology.

Originally from Haiti, Dr. Samedi got his BS in chemistry from Suffolk University in Boston. He then received both his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Following a year in internal medicine at New York Medical College in New York City, he completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in cytopathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Upon completion of his formal training, he served as an attending pathologist and eventually as vice chair of education at the University of New Mexico, before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Samedi has chaired various national committees addressing initiatives from global health (with a primary focus in increasing laboratory capacity in low- to middle-income countries) to increasing diversity and inclusion within the pathology workforce. As an active member of the CAP, he is currently serving on the Cytopathology Committee. In addition, he is serving on the ASCP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. He is the chair of the ASCP DEI education workgroup. Dr. Samedi also serves on the board of Funzeleo, a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring and preparing youth for high-demand science- and math-based careers in Africa.

Julianne Szczepanski, MD – Junior Member Director

Dr. Julianne M. Szczepanski is a second-year resident pursuing AP/CP training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended college at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, earning a BS in biomedical engineering while playing for the Division I varsity soccer team. From there she went on to attend the University of Michigan Medical School. Her interests in pathology include gastrointestinal pathology; education; mentorship; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

CAP Board of Governors Liaisons

Brad S. Karon, MD, PhD, FCAP

Brad Karon is a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is the chair of the division of clinical core laboratory services at Mayo Rochester. Dr. Karon was elected to the CAP Board of Governors in 2020 and currently serves as the chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs and as a member of the Board of Governors Executive Committee.

Dr. Karon’s primary academic interests are in clinical chemistry and point of care testing, and he has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in these fields. Dr. Karon has a significant interest in medical education and currently serves as the associate dean of academic affairs in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. He previously served as the residency program director at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Additionally, Dr. Karon is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Pathology Review Committee.

A. Joe Saad, MD, FCAP

A. Joe Saad, MD, FCAP, is chief of pathology for the Methodist Health System in Dallas and has been in private practice at Methodist for 29 years. He is also president-elect of the medical staff and an adjunct associate professor of pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Saad received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. After a research fellowship and internship in general surgery, he completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a fellowship in cytopathology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Within the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Saad is the vice chair of the Council on Professional and Government Affairs and a past chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee. He is also serving his first term on the CAP Board of Governors and has served as a Texas delegate to the CAP House of Delegates for many years.

Additionally, Dr. Saad is a past president of the Texas Society of Pathologists, and he chaired the society’s council on legislation for five years. He is also a board member of the Dallas County Medical Society, where he serves on the legislative council and as a delegate to the Texas Medical Association.

To Apply

If you’re interested in serving on the CAP Foundation Board of Directors, please fill out and submit the form below.

Nominee Information Form

The CAP Foundation will begin nominee interviews in fall 2022. The following timeline gives an idea of what to expect as far as the interview process and potential board commitments.

Director nomination period closes – August 2022
CAP Foundation Governance Committee interviews nominees – fall 2022
(Expect to speak to two Governance Committee members and the CAP Foundation executive director.)
Election takes place – prior to third 2022 board meeting
Nominees notified – mid-August 2022
CAP Foundation president sworn in as ex-officio officer of the CAP Board of Governors – CAP Annual Meeting (October 2022)
Orientation begins – November/December 2022 – series of one-hour Zoom video conference calls on Wednesdays