Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP

Peter M. Banks, MD, MASCP

2012 ASCP Mastership

"I had the pleasure of training with (Peter) as a fellow in Charlotte His impact on me was immense. He truly loves to share his interest in pathology, and his enthusiasm is infectious among his colleagues and trainees." —Dennis P. O’Malley, MD, FASCP

Peter M. Banks, MD, MASCP, has served a pivotal role in the development of the field of hematopathology. His training and subsequent relationships with European colleagues in the field have led to some basic steps in international cooperation in the field.

An avid educator, Dr. Banks has taught the lymphoma section of the ASCP gastrointestinal long course for many years. He also was co-director of the ASCP long course, “Contemporary Diagnostic Pathways in the Diagnosis of Hematologic Disorders.” He has served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and has been a member of the ASCP Educational Course Committee since 2002.  

He also has the distinction of being the “father” of the Revised European/American Lymphoma (REAL) classification. This international cooperative effort has served as the template for the previous and current World Health Organization classifications in the same area. He is being recognized with the 2012 ASCP Mastership, which honors distinguished ASCP members who have made significant contributions to the field of pathology and laboratory medicine and to ASCP. 

Recently retiring as the head of Department of Hematopathology at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., Dr. Banks maintains his appointment as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. Previously, he served on the faculty at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

“I had the pleasure of training with him as a fellow in Charlotte,” wrote Dennis P. O’Malley, MD, FASCP, a member of the ASCP Fellow Council and the ASCP Annual Meeting/Weekends in Pathology Committee. “His impact on me was immense. He truly loves to share his interest in pathology, and his enthusiasm is infectious among his colleagues and trainees.”

Dr. Banks was one of the founding members of the Society of Hematopathology and has served in several offices, including that of President. He has been an associate editor of Modern Pathology for 12 years and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.