Dr. Dani Zander is the MacKenzie Chair of Pathology at the University of Cincinnati and serves as the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and UC Health’s Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Zander is a long-time member of the American Society for Investigative Pathology and has served in many leadership roles over the years. She is a long-time member of the ASIP Council, has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and is the current ASIP President. In 2019, Dr. Zander and her husband, Dr. Erik Zander (Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine) provided a substantial gift to the ASIP to establish the Dani and Erik Zander Junior Faculty Travel Award. This award will provide support for one or two young faculty members each year to attend ASIP Scientific Meetings.
Dr. Zander earned her MD at the University of Florida, completed an internship in Pathology at Cornell University Medical Center/New York Hospital, and then returned to the University of Florida to complete her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Zander has held tenured faculty and leadership positions at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Penn State College of Medicine, and the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, she completed the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. She has also served on many DOD and NIH study sections, and on editorial boards for multiple scientific journals, including a stint as Associate Editor for The American Journal of Pathology. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she spent almost ten years as Chair of the Department of Pathology at Penn State College of Medicine. She is the primary designer of the Pathology Leadership Academy, a national leadership course that she has directed and co-directed for several years, which is sponsored by the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC). Dr. Zander recently completed her term as the elected Chair of the Programmatic Panel for the Department of Defense’s Lung Cancer Research Program. She has also held multiple elected officer positions for the Association of Pathology Chairs and currently serves as the Chair of the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee for this organization.
Dr. Zander is an internationally recognized lung pathologist, and she maintains an active clinical practice in diagnostic pulmonary pathology and cytopathology. In addition, Dr. Zander enjoys her role as a teacher of residents and medical students, and continues to pursue research on lung diseases. She has authored >100 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters, primarily focused upon pulmonary pathology, including many dealing with lung cancer and lung transplantation. She has edited four books on lung pathology and molecular pathology, including the recent second edition of Pulmonary Pathology published in 2017.