James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP

Medical Director
Nebraska Medical Center
Clinical Laboratories
Omaha, Neb.

James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP, received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, Neb. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Doane College, Crete, Neb., and a PhD in physiology from Creighton University, Omaha. After completing his residency in combined anatomic and clinical pathology at UNMC, Dr. Wisecarver joined the Department of Pathology/Microbiology at UNMC as an Assistant Professor in 1990. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and to Professor in 2002. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director for the Clinical Laboratories at The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC), where he is also the Director of both the Histocompatibility Laboratory and the Human DNA Identification Laboratory.

"My involvement In ASCP dates back to the Council on Continuing Education when I became active with the section on diagnostic immunology and molecular pathology. Later, I was elected to the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry (now Board of Certification). While serving on the Board, I helped organize a new examination committee to develop the molecular biology examination and associated credential that is now offered through the ASCP Board of Certification."

Dr. Wisecarver has organized and presented molecular diagnostics workshops offered both through ASCP and the United States and Canada Association of Pathology (USCAP).

"I really enjoyed the time spent with the Board of Certification," he said. "What I have enjoyed the most is the people, not only the volunteers who give of their time and special talents, but also the ASCP staff. Their devotion to the advancement of the profession is what motivates me to remain active and involved."

Recently, Dr. Wisecarver celebrated 41 years of marriage with his wife, Patty. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, along with golfing, fishing, and hunting.