Episode 1:

The History of Digital Pathology

with Dr. Liron Pantanowitz

This episode's guest: Dr. Liron Pantanowitz

In this special first episode, we will be talking with Dr. Liron Pantanowitz, from the University of Michigan about where digital pathology has been over the course of the past 20 years, seminal developments and advances in whole slide image and image analysis. We will discuss why it is taking so long for the full scale adoption of digital pathology in the clinical setting. In addition, we will examine the parallels and differences between the specialties of pathology and radiology, the benefits of switching to a fully digitized system, and what are the practical considerations of going digital. We will also touch on regulatory concerns, the current state of AI applications, recent acceleration during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Dr. Pantanowitz sees the field evolving over the next 10 years and beyond.


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More About Dr. Liron Pantanowitz

Dr. Liron Pantanowitz earned his medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston followed by fellowships in hematopatholoy and cytopathology. He is also boarded in Clinical Informatics. During his career at Tufts University School of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center he has achieved regional, national and international recognition as a leader in the pathology field. As a leader in informatics with a particular interest in digital pathology he spearheaded landmark clinical guidelines for promoting adoption of digital pathology and developing a national pathology informatics curriculum. Dr. Pantanowitz is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics. He is widely published in the field of pathology informatics including digital imaging and its application to pathology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Pathology Informatics. Throughout his career he has linked his skills as a diagnostic pathologist to a lifetime commitment to educating others.