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
Carey August, MD, FCAP - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Guillermo G. Martinez-Torres, MD, FCAP - Past 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.
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.
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.
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 one 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, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Gail Habegger Vance, MD, FCAP
Dr. Vance brings her experience as a pathologist, clinician, laboratory director, and educator to the CAP Foundation Board of Directors. Currently, she directs the diagnostic genomics laboratories of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. She also directs 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 the 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.
CAP Board of Governors Liaisons
Alfred W. Campbell, MD, MBA
Dr. Alfred W. Campbell, MD, MBA, is chief of pathology at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he is a practicing general surgical and cytopathologist and director of transfusion medicine, histology, and point of care testing. He is the president of Celligent Diagnostics, LLC, an independent anatomic and cytology laboratory, and a member of the Carolinas Pathology Group board. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston McGovern School. He completed his pathology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and obtained his MBA from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business.
Among his numerous positions held in organized medicine and pathology, Dr. Campbell is a past president of the American Pathology Foundation, Virginia Society of Pathology, South Carolina Society of Pathologists, and the Roanoke Academy of Medicine. He has also served as second vice president of the Medical Society of Virginia. Within the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Campbell has served as sergeant at arms and secretary for the House of Delegates and as treasurer of PathPAC, as well as on numerous CAP committees. Currently he is a member of the CAP Board of Governors and the Panel of National Pathology Leaders, a think tank dedicated to advancing best practices and creating value-based business solutions for pathology groups.
Kalisha A. Hill, MD, MBA, FCAP
A practicing pathologist, Dr. Kalisha Hill is medical director of pathology and laboratory services and chief medical officer for Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois. There, she chairs several hospital committees, including the Hospital Quality Committee and the Safety and Utilization Management Committee. Dr. Hill is an independent private pathology practice owner and is a member of the Alverno Pathology Council. She is the immediate past president of the Illinois Society of Pathologists and previously served as treasurer and liaison board member of the Chicago Pathology Society. She received the CAP Distinguished Patient Care Award in 2018.
An Emory University alumnus, Dr. Hill attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Throughout her medical career, Dr. Hill has been actively engaged in community health related activities. She has sponsored various community events including the Cancer Support Center, Speaking of Women’s Health Conference, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Further, Dr. Hill has used her expertise in various public relations activities, serving as a physician panelist for nursing education and as a speaker for student career events. She also created the “Ask the Pathologist” group forums for Cancer Support Center patients and is a physician executive panelist for the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Careers in Medicine series. Additionally, she is a member of The Links, Incorporated, a volunteer service organization that focuses on community programs for youth, including educational and health services.
In her personal life, Dr. Hill is a wife and mother of twin college-aged girls.
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 4. The following timeline gives an idea of what to expect as far as the interview process and potential board commitments.
Director nomination period closes – October 31, 2021
CAP Foundation Governance Committee interviews nominees – November 2021
(Expect to speak to two Governance Committee members and the CAP Foundation Executive Director.)
Election takes place – early December 2021
Nominees notified – mid-December 2021
Orientation begins – January 2022 – series of one-hour Zoom video conference calls on Wednesdays
First Board Meeting – March 12, 2021 – Virtual
Second Board Meeting – June 25, 2021 – TBD
Third Board Meeting – October 9, 2020 – Las Vegas, before CAP20