OVMC Pathologist Named President of State Association

Friday, October 2, 2009

WHEELING—NasirA. Khan, M.D., Chairman and Medical Director of the Department of Pathology at Ohio Valley Medical Center inWheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, was recently electedto a two-year term as the President of the West Virginia PathologistAssociation (WVAP). He is the first pathologist from the northern panhandle ofWest Virginia to receive such a distinction.

The WVAP isthe professional organization for practicing pathologists in the state. Itspurpose is to improve the quality and delivery of medical laboratory servicesto patients, physicians and hospitals. The WVAP provides pathologists fromthroughout the state with a network for the exchange of information anddiscussion regarding difficult or unusual cases. Additionally, it gives thesephysicians, relatively few in number and vastly spread out across the mostlyrural state, an opportunity to brainstorm regarding issues that are related totheir field.

"One of thebiggest issues for pathologists in West Virginia is the fact that, relativelyspeaking, there really are very few of us," Khan explained. "Additionally, weare widely spread out and mostly in the larger hospitals and less rural areas."

Khan joinedthe staff of OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital in 1998 after completing aresidency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and a Fellowship in SurgicalPathology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.He joined the WVAP in 1992 and waselected to the board of directors in 1998. He is board certified by theAmerican Board of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

In additionto his responsibilities at OVMC/EORH, Khan is also the Medical Director of theLaboratory and Pathology Services at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, where he alsoserves as Chairman of the Infection Control Committee. He is an adjunctprofessor for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at West LibertyUniversity and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology atthe West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.