Faculty Leadership Bruce R. Smoller, M.D., Professor and Chair 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 for Anatomic Pathology Brendan F. Boyce, M.D. is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Vice Chair 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 for Clinical Pathology Neil Blumberg, M.D. is Vice Chair 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. Scott A. Kirkley, M.D., Vice Chair for Pathology Education Scott A. Kirkley, M.D. is Vice Chair for Pathology Education, Associate Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service and Program Director of the URMC Pathology Residency Training Program. He serves as Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His clinical interests include establishing transfusion protocols and helping coordinate laboratory services in support of organ transplantation programs at Strong Memorial Hospital. He is accredited in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Anatomic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology; and in Internal Medicine by American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kirkley received his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, after earning a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Syracuse University. His post-doctoral training includes a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati, OH, a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA, and a residency and internship in Internal Medicine at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Dr. Kirkley’s research has focused on the suppressive effects of allogeneic (homologous) blood transfusion on the immune system, and comparing the effects of allogeneic, autologous, and leukoreduced transfusions on immune function. Luis De Las Casas, M.D., Professor and Director of Cytopathology Luis De Las Casas, M.D., is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Cytopathology. Prior to joining URMC, he served as Director of Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru and completed his pathology residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at East Carolina University. He is board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology. His main clinical interests include Cytopathology and Oncologic pathology. Dr. De Las Casas brings a great deal of experience in interventional cytopathologist-driven clinical services, having performed more than 800 ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies. His research will focus on cytologic evaluation of tumors as the first step in the diagnostic process, through a multidisciplinary approach to personalized patient care. David T. Strong, Vice Chair for Administration David Strong is the Vice Chair for Administration in 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 Music 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.