Joseph Maleszewski, M.D., Consultant in the Division of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Melanie Bois, M.D., Senior Associate Consultant in the Division of Anatomic Pathology in DLMP at Mayo Clinic, are featured on the Top 100 "Power List" from The Pathologist. The "Power List" includes 100 of the best, brightest, and most powerful advocates of pathology.
Dr. Maleszewski also has a joint appointment in the Division of Clinical Biochemistry & Immunology and is a Consultant in the Department of Medical Genetics and Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Maleszewski studies acquired and congenital forms of heart disease. His primary research focuses include neoplastic heart disease as well as the genetics and proteomics of both cardiomyopathies and aortic disease. Dr. Maleszewski's research aims to improve the diagnostic and prognostic approaches to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. He is also a Professor of Laboratory Medicine And Pathology and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.
“Never has there been a more exciting time to be a pathologist,” says Dr. Maleszewski. “The molecular genetic era has ushered in a vast array of new technologies, which we are learning to leverage to better understand disease and create more accurate and expedient diagnoses while incorporating traditional techniques as well. As it always has been, diagnosis is everything. As the consummate diagnosticians in medicine, our work is central to developing care plans in nearly every patient.”
Dr. Bois completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wherein she received the Dr. Hobart K. B. Allebach Fellowship in Pathology Award and served as chief resident. Following residency, she pursued her passions of thoracic and cytopathology from the same institution. She completed her cardiovascular pathology fellowship with a pulmonary focus in 2017. The same year, she was recognized for her research by the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology and the Pulmonary Pathology Society, and was a Top 40 Under Forty Honoree with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She then completed her fellowship in cytopathology in 2018 with training by Drs. Michael Henry, the Cytopathology Director, and Yajue Huang, Program Director, and the Mayo Clinic Cytopathology section. Dr. Bois joined the staff at Mayo Clinic in 2018 and participates in the Cardiovascular, Autopsy, Transplant, and Cytopathology sections in the Division of Anatomic Pathology.
“When I decided to become a pathologist, people chastised me for hastening my own retirement by going into a field that would soon be overtaken by technology,” says Dr. Bois. “It’s been quite the contrary. I’ve been heartened that our field has embraced these novel methodologies (rather than being defeated by them) to enhance traditional diagnostic techniques, further our understanding of disease, and positively affect patient care and treatment.”