Meet Our Pathologists

Dr. Brad BakoticBradley W. Bakotic, D.P.M., D.O., Dermatopathologist & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Brad Bakotic graduated as valedictorian from the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1992. He went on to study Osteopathy at the University of New England where he matriculated cum laude. After completing a composite residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Tufts Medical School and Miami Mount Sinai, he traveled to Manhattan where he gained fellowship training in oncologic surgical pathology and dermatopathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology/Columbia University, respectively. He is currently board-certified in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, and is the only podiatrist in the nation to hold specialty board certification in dermatopathology.

Wayne L. Bakotic, D.O.‚Ä® DermatopathologistWayne L. Bakotic, D.O., Dermatopathologist & Bako Founder, Director ENFD Services

Dr. W. Bakotic has followed his older brother's career path in many respects. He was accepted, early entry, into Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine within which he completed his bachelor's degree and began his studies in podiatric medicine. He left podiatry training prior to graduation to study Osteopathy at Nova Southeastern University. His time within podiatry school, set the stage for an interest in podiatric pathology which remains today. After completing his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1998, he studied anatomic and clinical pathology at Emory University, where he remained for fellowship training in surgical pathology, cytopathology, and dermatopathology. He is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and dermatopathology.

Joseph Joseph "Jody" Hackel, M.D., Dermatopathologist

Dr. Hackel attended Mercer University School of Medicine where he graduated in 1995. Upon graduation he studied anatomic and clinical pathology at Saint Joseph's Hospital where he completed his training in 2000. In July of 2000, Dr. Hackel joined Dr. Bakotic at the prestigious Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology/Columbia University where he completed his fellowship training in 2001. He has been an important part of Dr. Bakotic's podiatric pathology team for most of their respective careers. Dr. Hackel holds specialty boards in anatomic and clinical pathology, and subspecialty boards in dermatopathology.

robert_alberhasky_mdRobert C. Alberhasky, M.D., Pathologist

Dr. Alberhasky was born in Louisville, KY. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. His medical degree, pathology residency, and fellowship training were completed at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Alberhasky has board certification in anatomical pathology, clinical pathology, and cytology. Dr. Alberhasky has been involved in podiatric pathology since 1986 when he started a specialty lab in Cleveland, OH to work with the podiatric profession. He is a published author and lecturer. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His personal interests include aviation, sailing, fishing, jazz, skiing, darts and cycling. He currently resides with his wife Teri in Alpharetta, GA.

Ralph F. Winkler, M.D.Ralph F. Winkler, M.D., Dermatopathologist

Dr. Winkler, a native of Indiana, received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and his MBA from the Kelly School of Business. His pathology residency was completed at Indiana University. He obtained his fellowship training in dermatopathology at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology/SUNY Downstate in New York City, New York. Dr. Winkler holds board certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology.

Dr. Scott M. AckerScott M. Acker, M.D., Dermatopathologist & Medical Director

Dr. Scott M. Acker graduated as salutatorian from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine in 1994. He went on to residency in anatomic pathology at Medical University of South Carolina and he continued there in his dermatopathology fellowship under Dr. John Maize. There he developed an interest in melanocytic lesions, image analysis, and technological development in teaching methods. After completing his residency he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he headed up development of their image analysis and laser capture microdissection core facilities. Next he went to lead both the Dermatopathology Fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham as well as a private Dermatopathology histology laboratory. He is currently board-certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology, and is one of the few physicians in the country with expertise in diagnostic confocal microscopy.

Jochen Schaefer M.D.Jochen T. Schaefer, M.D., Dermatopathologist

Dr. Jochen Schaefer received his doctorate in medicine in 2000 from Eberhard Karls University, Tubingen, Germany. After completing an appointment in general surgery at Yale University, he trained in anatomic pathology at the University of California San Francisco. He spent his last year of training with his mentor Dr. Cynthia Magro at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University. His academic journey continued to the University of Virginia, where Dr. Schaefer pursued a fellowship in dermatopathology and cancer immunology. At the University of Virginia, Dr. Schaefer was involved in several NIH funded research projects and was the first recipient of the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship Award. Upon completion of his training in 2010, Dr. Schaefer joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Department of Dermatology as an Assistant Professor. While at UCONN, Dr. Schaefer received the prestigious Dermatology Foundation Dermatopathology Research Grant in 2014. In fall 2014, Dr. Schaefer joined the Boston faculty at Miraca Life Sciences and was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University, Department of Dermatology. Dr. Schafer is double board-certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology.

Andrea L Volk, MDAndrea L. Volk, M.D., Dermatopathologist

Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Dermatopathology, Dr. Volk earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and her fellowship in Dermatopathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Volk has many years of experience in the practice of Dermatopathology with expertise in the diagnosis of skin cancer, inflammatory skin disease and other dermatological disorders. In addition, she has published several articles related to her specialty. In addition, she has presented lectures related to the field of Dermatopathology. Dr. Volk has been active as an inspector and spokesperson for the College of American Pathologists and served as a member of the Continuing Education and Research Committee of the American Society of Dermatopathology. Formerly, Dr. Volk served as a member of the American Society of Dermatopathology Journal CME committee. Dr. Volk is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Society of Dermatopathology.

Kim Whisenant, MDKim Whisenant, M.D., Dermatopathologist

Dr. Whisenant received her doctorate in medicine from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her Anatomic Pathology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her Dermatopathology fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Whisenant is currently board-certified in Anatomic Pathology and Dermatopathology.

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