Suffern, NY-area Pathologist Honored for Professional Excellence

ASCP’s 40 Under Forty Program Recognizes Future Generation of Laboratory Leaders

Pathologist Rachel Hudacko, MD, FASCP, FCAPhas been named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) prestigious 40 Under Forty list for 2015 in recognition of her achievements in the medical laboratory field.  Dr. Hudacko is the Chief of Pathology/Laboratory Director at St. Anthony Community Hospital, Assistant Director of Pathology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and staff pathologist at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program shines the spotlight on 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.

“ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program is an opportunity to recognize the next generation of laboratory leaders from around the globe,” said ASCP President William G. Finn, MD, FASCP. “By providing support and encouragement to these young professionals, we aim to strengthen our current medical laboratory workforce and foster greatness in the profession during this period of historic change in healthcare delivery. We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals who are advancing their careers and helping shape the future of patient care.” 

The 40 honorees will each have the opportunity to share their knowledge about topics pertinent to pathology and laboratory medicine with a blog platform on ASCP’s ONELab website. Later this summer, ASCP will select the top five individuals from the 40 honorees, who will each receive free registration to attend ASCP 2015 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif., along with a $1,000 stipend toward airfare and lodging. In addition, the winners will receive free enrollment in Lab Management University, a collaborative educational initiative of ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation. The Top Five will also be recognized at ASCP 2015 during an evening reception, Mixology.

More than 100 pathologists and laboratory professionals applied for the 2015 ASCP 40 Under Forty program. Individuals were asked to submit a resume and write an essay addressing the most rewarding aspect of lab medicine, how they see themselves as a future innovator in health care, or bringing the clinical care team together to work towards a common goal. The selection committee included two individuals each from the ASCP Fellow Council, Resident Council, and Council of Laboratory Professionals, as well as 2014 40 Under Forty honorees.

ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program made its debut in 2014 and immediately garnered attention from around the globe when a 40 Under Forty honoree, a laboratory professional from Bahrain, was recognized at the 2014 Arab Health Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 40 Under Forty recognition also made a powerful impact on all of its honorees, ranging from pronounced recognition within their organization to exciting media attention.

“If you are a young professional who is passionate about pathology and laboratory medicine and you aim to be a leader among your peers, being named to ASCP’s 40 under Forty list is an honor,” says Patrick Reese, HTL(ASCP)CMQIHC, who was named one of the Top Five in ASCP’s inaugural 40 Under Forty program last year. “You are recognized by your peers and your name certainly becomes more visible to a greater audience.”