Dr. Becich received his bachelor’s, MD, and PhD degrees from Northwestern University, and undertook residency and fellowship training in anatomic pathology at Washington University in St. Louis. He advanced through the academic ranks at the University of Pittsburgh, and is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Director of Oncology and Pathology Informatics, and also Professor of Information Sciences and Telecommunications. In this capacity, he has had an important role in the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (CaBIG) and particularly the CaTissue application for research tissue banking.
In addition to his scholarly contributions, Mike Becich is best known for creating the Advancing Practice, Instruction, and Innovation (APIII) conference and the Association for Pathology Informatics (API). His nomination to the College notes that “Frustrated with the slow pace of adoption of informatics ideas in mainstream pathology, Mike took the bull by the horns and established these wildly successful subspecialty activities” and that “he is a deep thinker about the future of collaborative informatics and its role in personalized medicine.” Dr. Becich’s election to the College recognizes these diverse and sustained contributions to the field.