The CAP Resident Advocate Award, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding contributions to and support of pathology residents and fellows.
Jae Y. Ro, MD, PhD, FCAP
The College of American Pathologists presents Jae Y. Ro, MD, PhD, FCAP, with the 2018 CAP Resident Advocate Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions and support of pathology residents and fellows.
Dr. Ro is not only a teacher but also a mentor to all residents with whom he comes in contact. Despite his many academic accomplishments, he values overseeing the education of the next generation of pathologists as his priority. His magnum opus has been the legacy of residents and fellows he has trained in the art and science of pathology. For the past 25 years, Dr. Ro has held his own one-hour, daily, multi-headed scope interactive session, training residents on normal histology, key features necessary to make a diagnosis (often in "triads"), rare and newly described cases, how to think like a pathologist, and how to do one's best. He faithfully attends every resident conference and consistently adds words of wisdom.
Dr. Ro's influence extends beyond his work at the Texas Medical Center in Houston due to his involvement in organized pathology. He exemplifies an ideal pathologist-scientist and has served in many professional organizations, including the Korean-American Society of Pathology (chairman, 1996–1998) and the Korean Society of Pathology (vice-president, 2004–2005). He currently serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Diagnostic Pathology and Human Pathology and on the Residents Affairs section of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Ro recently participated in developing the CAP’s Learning Competency Model by co-authoring the section on genitourinary pathology. He has published 700 peer-reviewed scientific papers, six textbooks, and approximately 30 book chapters.
Dr. Ro serves as professor and director of surgical pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University; adjunct professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; professor in the Department of Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea; and professor in the Department of Pathology at Ewha Women’s University College of Medicine in Seoul.