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The American Board of Pathology Begins Search for New CEO

TAMPA, Fla., ( Oct 1, 2019)- The American Board of Pathology (ABPath)’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rebecca L. Johnson has announced her intention to retire following her very successful 9-year tenure of leadership, effective December 31, 2021. The ABPath is the nation’s leading organization that certifies physicians in pathology. The Trustees of the ABPath are inviting applications and nominations for the CEO position.

Qualified applicants must be ABPath certified in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology. Applicants should have a broad range of knowledge and experience in the practice of pathology, graduate medical education, ACGME accreditation, and certification. Applicants must have significant experience in management and administration; excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of cooperating societies and national organizations; and the leadership skills to guide the organization through the successful ongoing improvements to the initial and Continuing Certification programs. The fulltime position requires the CEO to be based at the ABPath office in Tampa, Florida and to fulfill numerous travel and meeting obligations and speaking engagements. To facilitate a smooth transition, ABPath would prefer that the next CEO start no later than July 1, 2021, allowing a 6-month overlap with Dr. Johnson.

“During Dr. Johnson’s time with the ABPath, she has heightened the Board’s long-standing legacy of distinction with progressive certification programs to meet the needs of pathologists in an ever changing medical landscape,” states Dr. Susan Fuhrman, President, American Board of Pathology. “Her leadership and significant contributions have positioned the Board for future success in advancing the profession of pathology with a solid foundation and exciting opportunities for growth.”

Interested applicants should forward their curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and a letter detailing their qualifications and vision for the ABPath by electronic mail to Individuals may also nominate pathologists who they believe are qualified and interested; nomination letters should be sent by electronic mail to All applications and nominations must be submitted by March 2, 2020.


About the American Board of Pathology
The mission of the American Board of Pathology, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists. Founded in 1936, the ABPath accomplishes this mission by establishing certification and continuing certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to obtain voluntary certification in the specialty of pathology. For more information, visit or call (813) 286-2444.




Media Contact:
Bonnie A. Woodworth
Communications Director
American Board of Pathology
(813) 724-3707

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