Dr. Jeffrey Myers was born in Bloomfield, Nebraska and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo and Moorhead State University and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, obtaining his B.A. in biology, summa cum laude. Jeffrey then attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and then obtained his MD from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.
He served as a resident in the Department of Pathology at Washington University and did an American Cancer Society Regular Clinical Fellowship in the Division of Surgical pathology at Barnes and Affiliated Hospitals. He then moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a Fellow in the Division of Surgical Pathology, where he also then served as a Fellow in Pulmonary Pathology under the direction of Dr. Anna-Luise A. Katzenstein.
After serving as an Assistant Professor at UAB he moved in 1989 to the Mayo Clinic as a Senior Associate Consultant in Surgical Pathology, then Consultant in Anatomic Pathology and up through the ranks to Professor of Pathology in 1996. He served as Chair of the Section/Division of Surgical Pathology and Chair of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at the Mayo. During his time at the Mayo he served in general surgical pathology, signing out/consulting on the entire panorama of surgical pathology, and of course, in pulmonary pathology too! During his time at the Mayo Clinic Dr. Myers served on a great many important committees, and led the campus-wide Mayo efforts in innovation as Chair of the Innovation Work Group.
In January of 2006 Jeffrey moved to the University of Michigan as the A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology. He also serves on the Executive Committee on Clinical Affairs for the University of Michigan.
Dr. Myers serves on the Editorial Board of multiple journals including: UpToDate in pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (for the American Thoracic Society), Advances in Anatomic Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Pathology, and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Myers is an outstanding pathologist with world-wide recognition as one of the greatest pulmonary pathologists, educators, and administrators. He has lectured world-wide and is one of the most requested lecturers on the circuit with over 250 world-wide lecturers/invited presentations/distinguished lectures in the last 20 years!
Dr. Myers has published 120 peer-reviewed papers, and another 20 papers, 14 chapters, and one textbook: "Thurlbeck's Pathology of the Lung" with Drs. A. Churg, H. Tazelaar, and J. Wright (Editors). He has published over 40 scientific abstracts at the USCAP. Dr. Myers is also one of the major "shakers and movers" of the Pulmonary Pathology Review/Blog (see Pathology Links: www.uscap.org and scroll down to Other Educational Materials: Pulmonary Pathology Journal Club Blog...)
Jeffrey is a member of the Council and President of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology.
Jeffrey Myers and the USCAP:
No one has contributed more to the USCAP and its educational endeavors in the last decade and a half than Jeffrey Myers. He has set the "modern" record for number of years on the USCAP Education Committee (13: first as a member (1995-1999) , then as Coordinator, Short Courses (1999-2003), then as Chairman (2003-2007); it is likely that he has also "set" the USCAP record, ancient and modern, of service on the USCAP Education Committee! He served on the faculty of Diagnostic Pathology for nine years (1995 - 1999 and 2005-2008) and was Co-Director of that summer review/update course from 1996-1998. Dr. Myers has served as Specialty Conference Moderator (Pulmonary) from 1996-1998, and has served multiple times as a faculty panelist on the Specialty Conferences. He has presented a bevy of Short Courses (the latest in 2001-2005; 2007-2010). Dr. Myers has served as a faculty member of several Companion Societies (2003, 2005). Importantly because of his extensive, up-close knowledge of Innovation (he served the
entire Mayo Clinic in this capacity) he was one of the two Directors of the USCAP's Long Term Strategic Planning Initiatives (Education) starting in 2002-2007. It is important to note that almost three-fourths of the goals/tactics suggested by this Strategic Planning Committee were executed. Dr. Myers continues to serve as Break-out Leader and Affinity Exercise Leader (and Innovator) in the second round of Long-Term Strategic Planning Initiative/President's Leadership Conference instituted this summer (08). Dr. Myers recently came to Augusta/The USCAP Office to head the Affinity Exercise of the Long Term Strategic Planning Initiative and did and incredible job bringing together diverse ideas and thoughts from the members of the Augusta USCAP Staff, Executive Committee members, and others. No one does this better. In addition, Dr. Myers has participated greatly/personally in the last three ACCME inspections, to help the USCAP continue to be a bonafide "provider" of AMA PRA Category 1 credit. As noted
above, we cannot mention or list all the things that Jeffrey has done for the Academy but just another example is that it was Dr. Myers and Ms. Jo Ann Johnson that first took a trip several years ago to Marathon, Inc (in Minnesota) to look at the possibility of "going paperless" with our submission of electronic scientific abstracts. It was also Dr. Myers (with Dr. Sylvia Asa) that convinced the Executive Director/EVP of the Academy that it was a good idea, for many reasons, to "go paperless" with our USCAP Companion Societies and our evening Specialty Conferences.
Internationally, Dr. Myers served the IAP Centennial Congress as a leader of the IAP Congress Symposia and Education Committee serving as Co-Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee for the IAP Centennial Congress Organizing Committee. Because of his interest and knowledge in pathology education and innovation, he is now a member of the IAP (overall IAP) Education Committee. Dr. Jeffrey Myers, in conjunction with his mentor in pulmonary pathology, Anna-Luise A. Katzenstein, will head the 2011/USCAP Centennial Long Course entitled: "Practical Solutions to Common Problems in Pulmonary Pathology".
From: Henry Appelman, Past President
Jeff Myers has the most organized mind I have ever encountered in pathology, which explains his amazing ability to develop programs such, as long range planning, and approach them systematically so as to emphasize the critically important aspects and leave the background noise of minimal issues in the background where they belong. He brought these capabilities to the Education Committee, which flourished under his leadership. As an aside, he is also a great colleague to have in the daily practice of pathology, partly because of the fact that he has a remarkable sense of humor, which allows him to survive with a smile. He deserves the President's Award and any other award we can think up for him.
From: Sylvia Asa, Past President
Jeff is an amazing guy – he takes my breath away! Before you start to think of inappropriate things, I will clarify:
Working with Jeff makes everything seem so obvious and the job at hand so easy. Whether it is surgical pathology or education committee work, USCAP Council or strategic planning, he presents issues clearly and concisely, he offers strategies to address problems and challenges, and in the end, he makes everyone feel that they accomplished something great, when actually he did all the work himself! A day or a weekend of strategic planning with Jeff is rigorous mental exercise, yet one comes out feeling elated rather than exhausted. And unlike the cynicism that so often permeates strategic planning, the plans usually come to fruition, because Jeff makes it happen.
With Jeff Myers in Pathology, I am optimistic that Pathology has a bright future!
From: Dr. Fred Silva, EVP
It is interesting how we, as a young species, label/codify individuals. Dr. Myers is obviously known as one of the world's greatest pulmonary pathologists, but what people not around him don't know is that, he is an expert in many phases of surgical pathology (e.g., breast) and "signs-out" all types of consults and specimens. No one works harder (and smarter). He is also a great mentor for all of us, at any age. "Extraordinary things are not done with ordinary efforts" and it is obvious that Jeffrey has done extraordinary things.
I have never seen anyone with the many extraordinary talents of Dr. Myers. His leadership in the USCAP Education Committee (13 years a record) and the continuing Long Term Strategic Planning Initiatives (2002-present) have been a thing of beauty. His ability to be innovative, think long-term, run "affinity exercises", run committees is second to none, and he certainly could have a full-time professional career doing these things (which at times he does, for the USCAP!). In that regards I've seen "experts" from major universities and companies run Strategic Planning Initiatives, and Jeffrey is singular in his multiple abilities to do so; they could learn a lot from him. No one has given more to the USCAP in the last 15 years or so than Dr. Myers (in fact I would place him in the same category as great leaders such as Maude Abbott, Kash Mostofi, Nathan Kaufman, David Hardwick). In sum, Jeffrey is the most extraordinary person I have ever seen and in my position I have had the great opportunity and honor to see and work with hundreds (maybe now in the thousands) of fabulous faculty pathologists and educators. Although I used in the past the term "extraterrestrial" for Jeffrey, it is now obvious to me and all others that Jeffrey should be codified as...."extragalactic"!!