Developing sustainable histopathology and diagnostic laboratory services in resource-poor areas of the world since 1991...

...because without laboratories medicine is blind.

Congratulations to Dr. Hoenecke on his Retirement!

Pathologists Overseas, Inc. announces the retirement of Heinz Hoenecke, M.D. as President effective
December 31, 2017.  

Dr. Hoenecke founded Pathologists Overseas, Inc. in 1991 with the mission to help
improve pathology and clinical laboratory services in developing countries through efforts of volunteer pathologists, technologists, and laboratory scientists.  Between 1991 and 2017, projects of various types were undertaken in 14 countries, 9 of which are rated low income by World Bank. Site evaluations have been made in 13 additional countries, all but two of which rated as low or low middle income.

Over 250 volunteers have served with Pathologists Overseas since its inception. At least 11 have served on-site for 3 continuous months, or more. Some volunteers have served for 5 years! In December, a dinner was held to honor Dr. Hoenecke with testimonials from volunteers and health providers from around the world.

Pathologists Overseas Announces New President

Pathologists Overseas, Inc. announces that effective January 1, 2018 Tim Amukele, M.D., Ph.D. became President of Pathologists Overseas. 

Dr. Amukele is Chief of Pathology and Director of Clinical Laboratories at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital as well as the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Project laboratories in Uganda and Malawi.  Tim has been active in Pathologist Overseas since 2008.  He has established several Pathologists Overseas projects, and was co-director of clinical pathology programs prior to becoming President.

Volunteer opportunity for project in liberia

Pathologists Overseas and the American Society for Clinical Pathology are seeking board certified MD cytologists and credentialed cytotechnologists for deployment to Liberia in West Africa to assist with clinical service, teaching, and training of the Liberian workforce in diagnostic pathology services.

Liberia is engaged in an active workforce development program in all health sectors through a World Bank-funded program led by Mt. Sinai Hospital. The program will bring volunteers from all aspects of health care (physicians, nurses, etc.) across all specialties to Liberia for short and long term visits to train Liberia staff and provide clinical support.

The ultimate goal is a self-sustaining healthcare workforce in Liberia. For pathology,  the initial approach is through cytology using FNA to gather data on epidemiology of disease in Liberia as well as provide diagnostics for treatment. It is anticipated that the program will evolve to include standard histology services within the first year.

Pathologists Overseas is actively recruiting in-country volunteers in parallel with ASCP. ASCP is directly engaged with building out physical infrastructure including anatomic pathology laboratories, telepathology services, and technical support. 

Pathology volunteers will be asked to visit for a minimum of 2 weeks (4 to 6 weeks preferred). Housing, local transportation, and licensing costs are covered by the program. Airfare is at the volunteers expense but a 501(c)(3) letter for tax purposes can be provided.

If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering to visit Liberia and assist with training, please review our visitor’s guide and contact us for details and scheduling. If you want to support this project but cannot travel, please consider a donation to the ASCP Foundation or to Pathologists Overseas  directly.

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