MICHAEL C. MONTALTO, PHD
Executive Director, Pathology & Clinical Biomarker Laboratories
Bristol-Myers Squibb
President, Digital Pathology Association

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF – WHERE YOU COMPLETED YOUR UNDERGRADUATE/POSTGRADUATE, FAMILY, WHAT A TYPICAL DAY LOOKS LIKE FOR YOU, ETC.
I received my PhD in tumor biology from Albany Medical College and completed post-doctoral training in anti-inflammatory drug discovery and whole animal physiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. I live on the New Jersey shore, where I’m in the ocean surfing most mornings before work. My wife and I have three children and we are extremely passionate about supporting them and helping them understand their true potential. I’m usually at work by around 8:30 a.m. (depending on surf conditions) but that’s about all that’s typical in any given day. I’m fortunate to be working in a cutting-edge field that is evolving alongside the growing demand for precision immuno-oncology medicine. I have the opportunity daily to explore technology platforms that have the potential to yield a complete picture of patient biology, help in the discovery of innovative biomarkers and, I hope, ultimately speed the delivery of medicines to more patients.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH DIGITAL PATHOLOGY?
I started my career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital in the lab of Dr. Lloyd J. Old, who is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern day immuno-oncology. It was here that I discovered my deep interest in pathology. We conducted monoclonal antibody screenings for different tumor types, and I often ran down to the operating room multiple times a day to collect patient samples in order to process them into histological slides for research. This hands-on experience motivated me to pursue a career in deconstructing the complexity of cell and tissue samples visually – and illustrated for me how pathology had not kept pace with technological innovations. I wanted to modernize pathology and bring the field to the digital age to enable scientists to see more and glean more insights.

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Michael Montalto | June 2018

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