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Authors | Editor-in-Chief | Deputy Editor-in-Chief | Editorial Board | Resident / Fellow Advisory Board | Author Awards

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Our Philosophy

Our mission is to provide useful information, fast and free, to practicing pathologists; i.e. those signing out cases. Authors should be experts in what they write. Their task is to make each topic authoritative and at least as thorough as what would be found in a specialty textbook. Topics should use our standardized format. Let us know if you want to combine, split, add or remove topics.

Why Be An Author?

  • Author names and links are posted on the topics they write, on associated chapter pages and on the Authors page with an author photo and desired contact information. Authors for the past year will be acknowledged in a display at USCAP, a Blog post and in associated E-blasts.
  • Authorship can be highlighted on an academic CV as a book chapter publication with supporting website traffic to demonstrate national and international impact.
  • Your work helps the large number of pathologists who visit our website do a better job (see testimonials). Each topic lists the traffic for the current and prior year (click here). How else can you help so many pathologists throughout the world? (see traffic).
  • The best authors each year, as determined by our Editorial Board, will receive an Author award. This consists of a certificate, gift card, website acknowledgment, announcement via E-blast and displays at live conferences. Top authors may be invited to join the Resident / Fellow Advisory Board and Editorial Board and to submit their topics for invited reviews to the Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine.
  • There is no financial compensation for writing, similar to other academic writing.

Author Qualifications

  • Within the past 15 years, you must have published at least 5 first or last author journal articles other than case reports, in U.S., European or comparable journals, verifiable on PubMed, about the subspecialty in which you want to write. Authors are given a choice of topics based on our priorities and their publications.
  • You must either be on staff or have been on staff in the past 5 years in the clinical practice of pathology.
  • You must be fluent in written English as this is essential to follow author guidelines and we do not have staff available for language editing.
  • If you are from outside the United States, then your experience must be comparable to U.S. pathologists.
  • Fellows / senior residents or other staff must have their work co-authored by a pathologist who meets the staff pathologist requirements outlined above and the completed work must meet the same quality standards for our other writers.

Author Responsibilities

  • Authors must follow our procedures, which are regularly updated based on feedback from authors and website visitors. Before writing, you must sign the Author agreement form we send you and agree on a first topic. We do not accept unsolicited work. Authors typically work on one topic at a time. If you want to do things differently, you must get approval from us first. We regularly review the work done by authors to make sure that our high standards are maintained.
  • You should take pride in your writing, making sure it is thorough and authoritative.
  • You will need to thoroughly review the literature, obtain images, write and review your drafts and respond to correspondence from us.
  • You must be able to obtain, from your own collection or from others, representative microscopic or gross images of entities for the topics you write about. These images will be posted on our server so the links never disappear. Images should have a brief caption and a figure legend.
  • Although we will give you an opportunity to correct any deficiencies, work that does not meet our standards will not be published.
  • You must stay in contact with our staff until your topic is finalized. If you stop responding to us, we may assign the topic to someone else and remove your name.
  • After your work is published, please send us modifications for your topic (new information, images, references, etc) at any time and we will revise the content within a few weeks. In 2-3 years, we will contact you to ask if you would like to be the author of this topic for the subsequent publication edition.

Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

  • Selected by CEO, typically from Deputy Editors, for a 2 year term.
  • Senior authority on all matters of editorial policy decisions and scope of medical content, acting with impartiality and fairness. This includes textbook structure, content, topic templates, case of the month, What's New newsletter and decisions regarding Deputy Editors, Editorial Board and Authors, but excludes business issues.
  • Communicate regularly with CEO regarding textbook issues and business issues, as appropriate.
  • Communicate regularly with Deputy Editors to ensure progress is being made and any concerns are being addressed.
  • Attend quarterly meetings of the "Executive Committee", which consists of the Editor-in-Chief, the Deputy Editors and's senior staff.
  • Attend meetings of the Editorial Board.
  • Supervise Resident / Fellow Advisory Committee.
  • Liaison with pathology academic community and pathology organizations.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

  • Commit to a 2 year term, following a 6 month introductory "trial" term.
  • Help update topics in your subspecialty, either by proactively identifying authors for topics needing an update or by identifying topics for authors agreeing to write for the site.
  • After topics are initially posted in "draft mode", review them line by line to ensure they are following our format and that there are no errors. You can also note questions for the authors or deficiencies to correct. This role is different from the Editorial Board review, which is intended to focus on substantive content issues, although obviously there is overlap.
  • Attend quarterly meetings of the "Executive Committee", which consists of the Editor-in-Chief, the Deputy Editors and some of our senior staff.
  • Based on edited topics, suggest candidates for yearly author awards, Editorial Board invitation and Resident / Fellow Advisory Board.
  • Oversee Editors in the same subspecialty and assist them with their duties, which are as follows:
    • Review chapters within your subspecialty annually by updating their table of contents, listing recommended stains or IHC and listing recommended books. Suggest new topics ONLY if topical, compelling and of major interest to the pathology community.
    • Ensure that staging and classification systems are up to date.
    • Review topics written by other authors for any substantive content issues.
    • Review cases of the month.
    • Create a What's New newsletter every 3 years.
    • Participate in subspecialty editorial board meetings by telephone or video, attend Editorial Board meetings at USCAP if possible and schedule time at our booth to recruit authors.
  • This position is compensated.

Editorial Board Qualifications

  • Our existing Editorial Board or Dr. Pernick typically recommend current authors to be Editors.
  • You must have recently written 3-5 topics as an author, using our current templates and procedures and have been a "good fit" for our textbook.
  • You must meet the author qualifications and have demonstrated national impact within your subspecialty via publications, invited speaking and service.
  • You must be on the faculty at a medical school or its equivalent.
  • We prefer that you have fellowship training or certification and a practice focused in the intended subspecialty area(s).

Editorial Board Responsibilities

Main responsibilities:
  • Commit to a 2 year term.
  • Review up to 2-4 topics per month written by other authors in your subspecialty and suggest changes and corrections. Your name is added to the webpage of every topic you review.
  • Evaluate the table of contents for the chapter(s) within your subspecialty annually, suggest the highest priority topics to rewrite and indicate whether any topics should be deleted, merged or otherwise changed.

Additional responsibilities:
  • Participate in subspecialty editorial board meetings by telephone or video, attend Editorial Board meetings at USCAP if possible and schedule time at our booth to recruit authors.
  • Review Cases of the Month and Board Review questions in your subspecialty for accuracy.
  • Alert staff to important diagnostic stains within your subspecialty that should be listed in your chapters and in our Stains chapter.
  • Check that the book listings for your subspecialty are complete.
  • Ensure that staging and classification systems are up to date.
  • Create a What's New newsletter every 3-4 years for distribution to our 10,000+ subscribers, which you can distribute at conference talks you give.

  • Help a large number of pathologists do a better job.
  • We promote you, your contributions, your books and your publications via our website, our trade show booths, social media, E-blasts and an editor interview.
  • Network with other editorial board members.
  • Receive conference gift bags, typically with a baseball cap, pins (author / editor), editor breakfast, editorial board photo, laptop bag or Tshirt, edibles.
  • Use editorial board meetings and booth participation at meetings to leverage university business time away from the office.
  • Obtain external letters of recommendation for promotion and tenure from the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editors.
  • This position is compensated.

Resident / Fellow Advisory Board Responsibilities

  • Resident / Fellow Advisory Board members are nominated by our Editorial Board and must:
    • Participate in 2 - 3 annual resident / fellow specific conference calls to determine how well we are meeting resident / fellow needs and to help us communicate with residents / fellows.
    • Edit 1 topic per month within your subspecialty. Your name will be included in the topics you edit.
    • Attend Author or Editorial Board meeting breakfasts at USCAP and CAP if possible.
    • Participate in conference call Editorial Board meetings if possible.

Click here for our Author Procedure page.

If you are interested in being an author, please send your CV and a list of topics or chapters you are interested in writing / reviewing to Erin, our author coordinator at with any questions.

Author Awards

Best Author Awards for 2020

Award Winners

Anja C. Roden, M.D., Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester
    •Topic: Pleura - Diffuse malignant mesothelioma

Brian D. Stewart, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida
Alessandra F. Nascimento, M.D., Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine; University Hospitals, Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology
    •Topic: Soft tissue - Fibromatosis-palmar / plantar

Elham Nasri, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida
John D. Reith, M.D. (Senior Author), Staff Pathologist, Orthopaedic and Gastrointetinal Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    •Topic: Bone & joints - Anuerysmal bone cyst

Mahsa Khanlari, M.D., Hematopathology Fellow, Department of Hematopathology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jennifer Chapman, M.D., Director of Hematopathology Division, Hematopathology Fellowship Program and Anatomic Pathology Operations, University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital
    •Topic: Lymphoma - Follicular lymphoma

Best Author Awards for 2019

Award Winners (5 winners, some have Senior Authors)

Jayalakshmi Balakrishna, M.D., Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University / Wexner Medical Center / James Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elaine S. Jaffe, M.D. (Senior Author), Head, Hematopathology Section, Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research / National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health

Jesse Hart, D.O., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan) / Brown University

Farres Obeidin, M.D., Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center and Feinberg School of Medicine
Borislav Alexiev, M.D. (Senior Author), Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Andréanne Gagné, M.D. M.Sc., Anatomic Pathology Resident, Laval University
Philippe Joubert, M.D., Ph.D. (Senior Author), Quebec Heart & Lung Institute

Fenghua Peng, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chief Physician of Organ Transplant Center, The Second Xiangya Hospital (Changsha, China)
Jonathan E. Zuckerman, M.D., Ph.D. (Senior Author), Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Best Author Awards for 2018

Award Winners

Jalal B. Jalaly, MBBS, M.S., Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Krogh, M.D., Resident and Guang-Yu Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Lisa Rooper, M.D., Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bin Xu, M.D.,Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Honorable mention

Jessica L. Davis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
Jesse Hart, D.O., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan) / Brown University
Robert E. LeBlanc, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Omid Savari, M.D., Resident and Joseph F. Tomashefski, Jr., M.D., Chairman, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Kyle C. Strickland, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center
Simone B.S.P. Terra, M.D., Resident and Jennifer M. Boland, M.D., Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic
Brandon Umphress, M.D., Resident and Kruti P. Maniar, M.D., Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Best Author Awards for 2017

Top faculty author: Top trainee authors:
Awards were based on nominations by our Editorial Board and staff.
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