Richard J. Zarbo
Born: New York City, New York
- BA: The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1974
- DMD: The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, 1978
- MD: The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut, 1981
- 979 - 1981 Teaching Assistant, Department of Pathology, University of Connecticut
- 1981 Lecturer, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 1984 - 1985 School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut
- 1985 - 1991 Assistant Professor, then Clinical Assistant Professor (1987), and Clinical Associate Professor (1989), Department of Pathology, Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
- 1994 - 2004 Professor of Pathology, Vice-Chair (2003-2004), Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
- 2005 Senior Vice-President and Kathleen D. Ward Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan
- The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine
- The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
Selected Career Highlights
A dual-degree dentist-physician: Recipient of a DMD (oral pathology) from University of Connecticut.
Two decades of grant funding.
As Senior VP at Henry Ford Health System, he consolidated all laboratories across 6 hospitals and 30 delivery sites into one corporate business entity.
Created the Henry Ford Production System, which according to Jeffery Liker, author of The Toyota Way, is the closet thing to Toyota (lean management) that he has seen in healthcare.
Invented and developed (with Dr. Peter Howanitz) the College of American Pathologists' Q-Probes and Q-Tracks programs. Produced the anatomic pathology Q-Probes. Publication of these at the Annual USCAP meeting helped stimulate the creation of a new annual meeting abstract category, Quality Assurance (1995). The Q-Probes collaborative studies of laboratory quality have now produced over a hundred peer-reviewed publications. The Q-Tracks are the only currently available national set of pathology/laboratory quality measures validated to show quality improvement, overtime, in real practice settings.
Collaborates in a multi-site, multi-year study of patterns of diagnostic errors in pathology, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Over 200 poster and platform presentations at the USCAP Annual Meetings (from a total of almost 300 abstracts!).
Co-Director of the USCAP Long Course on Head and Neck Pathology (2001).
USCAP Education Committee member and Short Course Coordinator (1994-1999).
Chair, USCAP Publication Committee (2000-2004).
Recipient of the F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award from the USCAP (2006).
Author of 200 publications and over two dozen chapters/books.
Member, Editorial Boards of 10 journals including:
- American Journal of Clinical Pathology
- International Journal of Surgical Pathology
- Modern Pathology
- Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Head and Neck Pathology
- The American Journal of Surgical Pathology
- Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
President of the Michigan Society of Pathologists (2010).
Hobbies include repairing old cars (and Porsche's).