Focus Groups

These are the core of PNPL’s research, focusing on topics of interest in pathology and laboratory management. They include national experts as well as member practices collaborating to produce practical deliverables.

Digital Pathology and AI

  • Chair Emeritus, Dr. Raj C. Dash
    • Vice-Chair, Pathology IT, Duke University Health System
  • Objective: to develop a "Toolbox" of documents designed to build the case for implementing Digital Pathology

Diagnostic Medicine

  • Chaired by Dr. Michael Laposata
    • Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston
  • Objective: publishing a research paper presenting successful models of integrated diagnostics

Corporate Social Responsibility 

  • Chaired by:
    • Dr. Cory Roberts, President of AP, Sonic Healthcare USA
    • Dr. Moira Larsen, Physician Executive Director, MedStar Medical Group Pathology
  • Objective: research on topics including “Green” Laboratories and Health Equity

Networking Teams

PNPL’s networking teams provide peer-to-peer forums for Members and Panelists. These committees share challenges and exchange best practices. Each session includes a tailored presentation by an industry expert, followed by a roundtable discussion.

Practice Leadership Council

  • C-Suite executives from geographically diverse practices meet bimonthly to exchange ideas and develop creative solutions
  • Topics range from Recruitment and Retention to Billing Issues and Hospital Negotiations

CFOs & RCM Directors

  • Networking of Financial Officers and RCM Directors
  • Topics include Data Analytics, Benchmarking KPIs, Third Party Strategies, and Incentives and Penalties for Billing Performance

Compliance Officers

  • Quarterly meetings to discuss current compliance issues and share documents, presentations, and templates
  • Topics include Cybersecurity, Surprise Billing, and HIPAA

Pathologists’ Assistants in Nontraditional Roles

  • Chaired by PNPL Technical Director, Heather Gaburo, who was selected as one of ASCP’s “40 Under Forty” honorees in 2022
  • Discussions focus on the contribution and value that PathAs provide in nontraditional roles


PNPL publishes its work products in a variety of formats.

Slide 1

“PNPL provides real-time value to critical issues in healthcare/laboratory. I appreciate their coverage of relevant topics far enough in advance of changes being enacted, allowing more opportunity to act in our ever-evolving, complex businesses.”

James Deluca
John Stokes, Chief Financial Officer
Dallas, TX

“The PNPL library contents and access to the PNPL membership have been invaluable resources as we navigate challenges around topics such as recruiting, hospital contract negotiations, insurer contracting as it relates to professional charges on clinical pathology work, and the implementation of digital pathology.”

Sam Dean
Kim Ginevan, MD, Assistant Managing Director
Spectrum Healthcare Partners
Portland, ME
Slide 3

“After Joining PNPL, our pathology group in Arizona (one of the largest in the nation) found expert advice on billing, coding and digital pathology, as well as suggestions and support for our negotiations with United Healthcare. The PNPL team is full of experts in the pathology space who are sharing best practices, tools and templates that allow for knowledge in the industry. I highly recommend joining this think tank and look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Lucy Crowe
Sarina Rodriques, Chief Operating Officer
Pathology Specialists of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
Slide 4

“Membership in PNPL has been extraordinarily valuable to PDPA by connecting us to a diverse group of thought leaders involved in the business of pathology and providing access to a curated reference library which has been very helpful in informing our decision making. We look forward to continuing our participation in PNPL.”

Farrah Lynch
Tarek Bishara, MD, President
Pee Dee Pathology Associates
Florence, SC
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“I value the access and information exchange with highly experienced and successful professionals in the pathology space.”

Jennifer Pinasco, MHA, Chief Executive Officer
Yosemite Pathology | Precision Pathology
Modesto, CA
Design Director
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“Membership in PNPL offers IU the ability to see the pathology field as a whole, rather than looking solely through the academic lens. The interaction with PNPL’s private practice groups allows me to understand their ‘pain points.’ Since our academic group includes community practices at the outlying hospitals, we too are feeling some of the same pain. Access to benchmarks from both academic and private practices has also been invaluable as I address issues on the academic side.”

Andrea Ligler, MBA, Vice Chair Clinical and Academic Administration
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN
Design Director
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