URMC Labs - Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Leadership Team

Bruce R. Smoller, M.D., Professor and Chair

Bruce Smoller MD Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Smoller is a widely published and respected clinician, teacher, and international expert in dermatopathology.

Dr. Smoller finished undergraduate studies at Dartmouth, earning his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati before completing an internship and anatomic and clinical pathology residency (including a turn as chief resident) at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School. In 1987, he went on to a fellowship in dermatopathology at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center.

Dr. Smoller's career has canvassed medical schools affiliated with Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, and the University of Arkansas. More recently, he served a term as executive vice president and secretary-treasurer for the 10,000-member United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology while simultaneously holding a faculty post at both Georgia Regents University (formerly Georgia Health Sciences University) and the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Smoller belongs to a number of professional societies, including the American Society of Dermatopathology, where he took a turn as president and as a board member; the American Society of Clinical Pathologists; and the College of American Pathologists. Smoller spent five years as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and is frequently tapped for input on editorial boards for other preeminent journals in dermatology, pathology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Smoller has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals plus 13 textbooks.

Dr. Smoller's primary research interests revolve around cutaneous T cell lymphoma and the role of immunopathology as a diagnostic tool.

Brendan F. Boyce, M.D., Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology

Brendan F. Boyce, M.D.Brendan F. Boyce, M.D. is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Boyce received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow Medical School in Scotland. He completed his pathology residency training at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland and is board certified in Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Boyce is a diagnostic surgical pathologist with a subspecialty interest in bone and soft tissue pathology and served as the Director of Surgical Pathology from 1999-2007.

Dr. Boyce is an internationally recognized expert in bone biology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. His research laboratory studies regulatory mechanisms controlling osteoblast and osteoclast function, in particular where there is the potential of opening up new therapeutic pathways for preventing or treating osteoporosis.

Neil Blumberg, M.D., Vice Chair of Clinical Pathology

Neil BlumbergNeil Blumberg, M.D. is Director of the URMC Clinical Labs and the Director of the Transfusion Medicine Unit, Blood Bank and Stem Cell Storage Facility and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Blumberg received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his pathology residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is board certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Blumberg has worked to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of transfusion services at Strong Memorial Hospital and across the broader medical community. His long-standing clinical and research interests focus on immune cytopenias, supportive care for patients with hematologic malignancies and the immunologic sequel of transfusion therapy.

David T. Strong, Vice Chair for Administration

David StrongDavid Strong is the Program Director for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music at Ithaca College, followed by his Bachelor of Science at the University of Rochester. In 2001, he received a Master’s of Science degree in Health Systems Administration and Organizational Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

David has extensive experience as a senior academic administrator in a variety of settings, having held positions at the University of Rochester in Psychiatry, Information Systems, Surgery, and the Cancer Center. Most recently, David held two important academic administrative leadership positions, as Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the Eastman School of Medicine from 1999 to 2007, and Associate Dean for Business Affairs at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration from 2007 until joining Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2010.

William G. Andrews, Director of Information Technology

William AndrewsBill Andrews is the Director of Information Technology for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As Director of Information Technology, Bill has oversight responsibilities for systems management, decision support, desktop support and applications development and support.

Bill received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at SUNY Brockport, followed by his Masters in Business Administration at Salem State College. In 2010, he received a Master’s of Science degree in Medical Management at the Simon Graduate School of Business. Bill has experience as an administrator in a variety of settings, having held several positions in the Boston area. He was the Director of Finance at Winchester Hospital from 1997-2001, before joining Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2001 as LIS Project Director.

Frances F. Gersonia, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

Frances GersoniaFran Gersonia is the Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In her role, Fran’s responsibilities include quality assurance, regulatory affairs and compliance for Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and Ridgeland Road.

Fran received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology and is a licensed medical technologist. She has valuable experience as a medical technologist and supervisor, having held positions at the University of Rochester Medical Center and ACM Medical Laboratory. Most recently, Fran held two administrative positions at ACM Medical Laboratory; as Quality Assurance Officer from 2003 to 2005 and Director, Clinical Trials Quality Assurance from 2005 until joining the department in 2008.

Nathan Loria, Director of Operations

Nathan LoriaNathan Loria is the Director of Operations for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In this position, Nathan’s responsibilities include clinical operations oversight, process improvement and standardization, new assay and technology implementation, customer service and pre-analytical operations.

Nathan received a Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Geneseo and is a licensed medical technologist. He gained technical and administrative experience while working as a medical technologist in the Automated Laboratory and has also worked as a Customer Service Coordinator in Outreach at URMC. Before being appointed to his current position as Director of Operations, Nathan was the Laboratory Operations Manager in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Kenneth A. McNeil, Associate Director of Finance

Kenneth McNeilKen McNeil is the Director of Finance for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In this position, Ken’s responsibilities include program-wide financial management and reporting, billing, budgeting (operating and capital), faculty practice plan, purchasing and materials management and grant financial management.

Ken received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Business Administration with a specialty in Medical Management from the Simon School of Business. Ken has extensive experience in accounting and finance, having held several positions in the Rochester area. Before joining the department in 2005 as Finance Manager, Ken was Director of Finance at ACM Medical Laboratory from 2000-2005.

Judith A. Sterry, Director of Strategic Development

Judith SterryJudy Sterry is the Director of Strategic Development for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In this position, Judy’s responsibilities include identification of new assays and technology, marketing and communications, clinical trials business development and administration, regional outreach, faculty entrepreneurial programs, research operational support and in general, all departmental entrepreneurial initiatives.

Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology at Rosary Hill College (Daemen College) and is a licensed medical technologist. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has earned a Health Care Leadership Certificate from the Simon School of Business. Judy has valuable experience as a medical technologist, lab manager and supervisor, having held positions in Buffalo and the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has administrative experience from previous positions as Laboratory Operations Manager in the Clinical Labs at URMC from 1998-2003 and Administrative Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University Hospital from 2003-2004. She returned to URMC in 2005 as Administrator for Faculty Practice and Academic Programs.

Tiina M. Walsh, Director of Human Resources

Tiina WalshTiina Walsh is the Director of Human Resources for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In this position, Tiina’s responsibilities include personnel management, recruitment and retention, training and development, graduate medical education administrative oversight and support staff management.

Tiina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at SUNY Albany and is a licensed medical technologist. She has earned a Health Care Leadership Certificate from the Simon School of Business and received her MBA from SUNY Albany. Tiina has valuable experience as a medical technologist, lab manager and technical supervisor, having held positions in Albany, Monroe Community Hospital and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Most recently, Tiina held two academic administrative positions, as Customer Service Coordinator in the Clinical Labs at URMC from 1997 to 1999, and Laboratory Business Manager/Assistant Program Administrator from 1999 until assuming the position as Director of Human Resources in 2011.

Rosemary A. Ziemba-Ball, Associate Director of Finance

Rosemary Ziemba-Ball

With over 30 years of extensive laboratory experience, Rosemary brings keen insight to her role as Associate Director of Finance. In addition to managing numerous operating and capital budgets, Rosemary works closely with department managers and directors to guide the business growth of the hospital’s clinical laboratories.

A licensed medical technologist, Rosemary began her career as a phlebotomist and bench medical technologist, and moved through supervisory ranks at major health centers such as Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center. Most recently, Rosemary served as Administrative Director for Clinical and Laboratory Services at Highland Hospital. Rosemary received a bachelor of science degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Rochester, and a master’s of science degrees in Business Administration-Medical Management, and MBA from the University Rochester’s Simon School of Business Administration.

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