Title: Professor of Pathology
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Suzanne Zein-Eldin Powell, MD, Professor of Pathology at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pathology and higher education.
A professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Texas A&M University since 2015, Dr. Powell has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience in her field. Alongside this role, she has also served as vice chair of education in the department of pathology at The Methodist Hospital since 2009, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Cornell University since 2009, and a clinical professor of pathology in the department of pathology laboratory since 2005. In addition, Dr. Powell has remained a member of the neuro-oncology tumor board in the departments of pathology, neurosurgery, and radiology at Houston Methodist Hospital since 2005, a consulting neuropathologist at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office since 2004, and a Core AP/CP residency and neuropathology fellowship training program director in the department of pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital since 2004.
In addition to the aforementioned positions, Dr. Powell has continued to act as an attending pathologist and member of the consulting staff at Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital since 1998, an attending pathologist at The Methodist Hospital since 1998, and a surgical pathology and neuropathology teacher of medical students on elective rotations and post-sophomore medical student pathology fellows at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine since 1998. Furthermore, she has been a consulting neuropathologist at the Medical Examiner’s Office of districts III and VII in the state of Florida since 1995. Locally, she has held the role of member of the board of directors of the Houston Children’s Chorus since 2012.
In preparation for her career, Dr. Powell pursued an education at the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1988. She completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Florida Health Science Center from 1989 to 1993, followed by a residency with the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the College of American Pathologists at the University of Florida Health Science Center from 1991 to 1993. From 1992 to 1993, she was the chief resident in pathology at the science center, and she was a fellow in neuropathology at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida from 1993 to 1995. She has since been licensed to practice medicine in the states of Florida and Texas, and she is certified in anatomic and neuropathology by the American Board of Pathology.
A leading voice in her fields of interest, Dr. Powell maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations. On the neuropathology test committee with the American Board of Pathology since 2016, she has served on the board of directors with the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists since 2015 and has been the chair of the neuropathology fellowship director section of the American Association of Neuropathologists since 2014. Likewise, she has been a representative for the pathology residency program directors council with the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists since 2013, the chair of the graduate medical education committee with the College of American Pathologists since 2012, and the working group for milestone development for fellowships in neuropathology and clinical informatics since 2012. In addition, she has been associated with the group of slide graders with the histotechnology committee of the College of American Pathologists, the working group for milestone development of pathology with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons since 2010.
Furthermore, Dr. Powell has been a member of the education committee with the American Association of Neuropathologists since 2010, the board of registry with the histology committee of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists since 2009, a member of the Houston Neurological Society since 2003, and a part of the pathology residency program directors with the Association of Pathology Chairs since 2001. Moreover, she has been a member of the Texas Society of Pathologists since 1999, the Harris County Medical Society since 1998, the Texas Medical Association since 1998, the American Association of Neuropathologists since 1996, and the Florida Society of Pathologists since 1993. A member of the Florida Medical Association since 1990 and the American Medical Association since 1989, she has also been a member of the College of American Pathologists since 1989, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists since 1989, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha since 1987.
A prolific author, Dr. Powell has penned more than 100 articles in professional journals throughout her career, including “Introduction to Glial Neoplasms in Cytology” in 2017 and 2014. She has further served as a coauthor of numerous more articles and has been on the editorial board of prominent journals, such as Ultrastructural Pathology, Academic Pathology, the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Advanced in Anatomic Pathology, and Modern Pathology. She has also been an ad hoc reviewer since 2002.
In recognition of her exceptional achievements in medicine, Dr. Powell has accrued several accolades during her impressive career. The recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the College of American Pathologists in 2017, she was also the Endowed Chair in Pathology education at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2017. The College of American Pathologists presented her with the Resident Advocate Award in 20111, and she was previously listed in Best Doctors in America from 2010 to 2012. Baylor College of Medicine named her Teacher of the Year in Anatomic Pathologist from 2000 to 2001, and the University of Florida Health Science Center gave her an Outstanding Teacher Award in Neuropathology in 1997 and 1998. Likewise, she was the recipient of the College for American Pathologists Foundation Scholars Program Fellowship Award in 1994 and 1995, the Alfred E. Lewis Memorial Award for Best Resident Scientific Paper from the Florida Society of Pathologists in 1993, and the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society Award for Excellence in Biology from West Virginia University in 1983.
Dr. Powell attributes her success to her immense drive to complete tasks from commencement to completion and her passion for education. She also credits a neuropathologist at West Virginia University, Dr. Sydney Schochet, who was instrumental in directing her toward where she is today. Looking toward the future, Dr. Powell hopes to continue making strides in her areas of expertise and mentoring other young physicians.
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