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.
 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 & Medical Director


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.

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


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.

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