John S.J. Brooks, MD, MASCP

2012 ASCP Mastership

“ASCP has that special feeling of being part of a large family and being part of an organization that cares about all of the laboratory people. The Society cares deeply about the nation’s patients.”
—John S.J. Brooks, MD, MASCP

Throughout his distinguished career, John S.J. Brooks, MD, MASCP, has made significant contributions to the profession, as an ASCP educator, public policy advocate, and leader. A former ASCP President from 2006 to 2007, Dr. Brooks first became involved in ASCP during his residency. He was later invited to serve on the Anatomical Pathology (AP) Council and to teach a three-day course on soft tissue pathology, which he did for 14 years.

Dr. Brooks has been active in numerous ASCP positions and committees, mostly related to education. He has chaired the ASCP Government Relations Committee, Educational Course Committee, the AP Council, and the Task Force on the Future of Pathology. He served on the ASCP Board when it generated the initial effort to train professionals overseas through the ASCP Global Outreach Program.  

ASCP is honoring Dr. Brooks with the 2012 ASCP Mastership for his dedication to advancing his profession and for his contributions to the Society.

“ASCP has that special feeling of being part of a large family and being part of an organization that cares about all of the laboratory people,” Dr. Brooks said. “The Society cares deeply about the nation’s patients.”

He is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, and Interim Director of Anatomic Pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Since 2004, he has been Chair of Pathology and Director of the Ayer Laboratories at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. At the University of Pennsylvania, he is part of a team working to implement a Center for Personalized Medicine, a new molecular laboratory that will be able to sequence patient tumors for all mutations that might help targeted therapy.

Among his proudest accomplishments, Dr. Brooks is a co-founder and Board member of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, an organization that advocates for research to find new ways to treat patients with this type of cancer.

Reflecting on his career, he said, “I get the most satisfaction out of knowing how much we contribute to the healthcare team and, specifically the patients, through our knowledge, interactions, and diagnoses rendered.”