James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP, was installed as 2017-2018 President of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) during the Society’s Annual Meeting held Sept. 6-8 in Chicago.
Currently, Dr. Wisecarver serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and as Medical Director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Clinical Laboratories in Omaha, Neb. He also serves as the Director of the Human DNA Identification Laboratory at UNMC.
“I am truly honored to have been elected as an officer of ASCP, a society that represents the entire medical laboratory team and impacts health care around the globe,” he said.
Dr. Wisecarver received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Doane College, Crete, Neb., and a doctorate in physiology from Creighton University, Omaha. He completed a residency in combined anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and then joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology/Microbiology at UNMC as an Assistant Professor in 1990. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and to Professor in 2002.
His involvement in ASCP has included serving on the Council on Continuing Education, and later on the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry (now Board of Certification). While serving on the Board, he helped organize a new examination committee to develop the molecular biology examination and associated credential that is now being offered through the ASCP Board of Certification. He has also organized and presented molecular diagnostics workshops offered both through ASCP and the United States and Canadian Association of Pathology (USCAP).