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Board and Founding Members


Board Members

Caral Ellis, MD, MS, Pathology: Anatomic

Carla L. Ellis, MD, MS, FASCP


Dr. Ellis is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed general pathology residency and two post graduate fellowships in medical renal pathology and genitourinary pathology, all at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine. She is a proud alumnus of Howard University where she was an award-winning athlete on the volleyball team. Fun fact: she was inducted into the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame, and her jersey is currently retired there in the Burr Gymnasium! Dr. Ellis is now the director of wellness, diversity and inclusion and the associate director of the renal pathology service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She serves as the treasurer of the renal pathology society and the past chair of the training committee. Dr. Ellis is the account administrator of the Instagram page for the genitourinary pathology society and a longtime member of the ASCP. Dr. Ellis has a passion for teaching residents and fellows, especially in her beloved subspecialties.


Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, FASCP

Vice President

Dr. Fitzhugh is an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is academically productive in her specialty areas of bone and soft tissue pathology and cytopathology, having authored many peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and a book (forthcoming). She is an invited member of the International Skeletal Society, a society of experts in musculoskeletal medicine which includes pathologists, radiologists, and orthopaedic surgeons. She is the Vice-President of the New Jersey Society of Pathologists and a longtime member of the ASCP. Dr. Fitzhugh also has interests in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Black and other underrepresented groups in medicine to pathology as well as racial disparities in treating patients and topics within social justice.


Oluwole Fadare, MD


Dr. Fadare is a Professor of Pathology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, and is the Chief of Anatomic Pathology for the University of California San Diego Health System. He obtained his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine (Washington, D.C.), followed by a pathology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and a fellowship in breast and gynecologic pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Fadare’s professional and research activities focus on integrating morphological, immunophenotypic, and molecular aspects of gynecologic tract neoplasms to optimize diagnostic, prognostic and predictive patient care. He has authored or edited 5 books and over 220 publications on these and related topics and has lectured around the world on them. He has been the recipient of several professional awards, including the 2018 Arthur Purdy Stout Prize. Dr. Fadare is an assistant editor for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, a section editor for the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and an editorial board member for several other journals, including the International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology, Human Pathology, Advances in Anatomic Pathology, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology, Archives of Medical Research, and Diagnostic Pathology, among others. Dr. Fadare is passionate about teaching and mentoring. He directs the Gynecologic and Breast Pathology fellowship at the University of California San Diego and is a member of the education committee of the International Society of Gynecologic Pathologists.


Nicole R. Jackson, MD, MPH, FASCP


Dr. Jackson is an Associate Medical Examiner for the King County Medical Examiner’s Office in Seattle, WA and is triple board-certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology. She completed her anatomic and clinical pathology training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, her forensic pathology fellowship training at the prestigious New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator and is a graduate of Duke University and Tulane University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She is a fellow in multiple professional societies including the National Association of Medical Examiners, the National Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology where she also serves as a mentor. Dr. Jackson’s interests include clinical and medico-legal autopsy, deaths in vulnerable populations, medical education, quality improvement, mentoring, community outreach, increasing the visibility of forensic pathologists as first responders to threats on our nation’s life expectancy, and using population-based data to reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Founding Members

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS, FASCP
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Founding Board Member

Oluwole Fadare, MD
University of California San Diego
Founding Board Member

Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, FASCP
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Founding Board Member

Nicole R. Jackson, MD, MPH, FASCP
King County Medical Examiner’s Office
Founding Board Member

Adebowale Adeniran, MD, FASCP
Yale New Haven Hospital

Michael Idowu, MD, MPH, FASCP
VCU Health

Michelle Reid, MD, MSc
Emory University Hospital and School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute

Jordan Reynolds, MD, FASCP
Cleveland Clinic

Kisha Mitchell Richards, MD, FASCP
Yale New Haven Health System

Marissa White, MD, FASCP
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Kathleen Whitney, MD, FASCP
Montefiore Weiler Hospital

Michael Williams, MD, MSc
Upstate Medical University