Iredell Health System is pleased to announce that Georgia Olympio, MD,
of Piedmont Pathology Associates, has been named President of the North
Carolina Society of Pathologists (NCSP).
Olympio, who is board-certified by the American Board of Pathology, Anatomic
and Clinical Pathology, has more than 30 years’ experience as a
pathologist. She began her 2-year term as president of the NCSP at the
end of April, after previously serving as president-elect and vice president.
In her new role she is responsible for helping to grow the society’s
membership, acting as a support system for other pathologists, and leading
the NCSP’s educational efforts for legislators and the community.
Olympio would also like to see NCSP have an active role in influencing
youth behaviors, particularly tobacco use.
“If you can educate these youth and get to those kids when they’re
impressionable, it might make a difference,” she said. “That’s
where our Society is in a position to help. We see what happens to your
body in great detail when you use tobacco, and we’re hoping to use
that as a means to influence others and ultimately lead to a better, healthier
country by stopping these bad habits before they get started.”
Olympio also hopes to make the NCSP the number one resource for private
and academic pathologists, as well as pathologists in training. Different
issues affect each of the aforementioned specialists, but Olympio said
that doesn’t mean they need separate resources.
“We want to be advocates for all three groups,” she said.
“We want to be united so that everyone feels like they have a way
to address issues. We can help.”
In addition to her new role as president, Olympio will continue to work
for Iredell Health System. She currently serves as Iredell Memorial Hospital’s
Chief Pathologist and Laboratory
Medical Director. She is also the Chairman of the hospital’s infection
control committee; chair of the tissue and transfusion committee; chair
of the cancer committee; and an active member of the hospital’s
medical executive committee.
And, she said, she’s proud to be part of the Iredell Health System
family and is grateful for the support she receives from staff.
“We’re very community oriented and have very involved physicians.
That’s important in pathology because that communication helps me
tremendously in my daily work. We have a wonderful hospital.”