Medical Leadership


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North Carolina
Joined in 1983

Women's Health
Surgical Pathology
GI Pathology
Urologic Pathology

James B. Cash, MD
President, Eastern Carolina Pathology PA

Dr. Cash is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with subspecialty board certification in cytopathology. He is also board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Cash's areas of interest include surgical pathology, women's health, GI pathology and urologic pathology. Dr. Cash, a co-founder and current President of Eastern Carolina Pathology, PA.

After earning a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Dr. Cash earned an MD degree in 1977 from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, where he also completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. Following his residency, Dr. Cash completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Barnes Hospital, Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO. He then returned to the University of Kentucky Medical School as Chief Resident and Instructor in Pathology, and later as Assistant Professor of Pathology.

Dr. Cash is active in a number of professional organizations, including College of American Pathologists (CAP), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), North Carolina Pathology Society, and the Wilson County Medical Society.

Dr. Cash currently also serves as Laboratory Medical Director of the Heritage Hospital, Tarboro, NC.

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North Carolina
Joined in 1991

Women's Health
Surgical Pathology
GI Pathology
Urologic Pathology

W. Edward Lewis, MD
Eastern Carolina Pathology PA
Medical Director, Eastern Carolina Pathology

Dr. Lewis is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with subspecialty board certification in cytopathology. He is also board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. His primary areas of interest are surgical pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, women's health and microbiology.

After receiving a BA degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Lewis received his MD degree in 1986 from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. He then completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, where he also served as Chief Resident in Pathology.

Dr. Lewis has been involved in several reserach projects and has received a number of awards. He is also a member of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), and the Wilson County Medical Society.

Dr. Lewis also serves as staff pathologist and Laboratory Medical Director of Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, North Carolina.

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Doctoral Scientists
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Colorado
Joined in 2009

Molecular Pathology

Deborah "Debs" Payne, PhD
Vice President of Molecular Services

Dr. Payne serves as Vice President of Molecular Services. Prior joining in 2009, she served as Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX where she was also Associate Professor of Pathology. She was also Director and a founding member of the Division of Molecular Diagnostics in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Payne received her PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; and performed part of her post-doctoral training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Dr. Payne is nationally recognized in molecular diagnostics, is an active speaker, well published and active member of numerous committees and industry organizations. She has held offices as the Chair of the Training and Education Committee for the Association of Molecular Pathology, as Chair of the Molecular Pathology division (2002-2003) for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), as the Co-Chair for the NACB Laboratory Practice Guidelines Committee on Pharmacogenetics, as the only U.S. member is on the Committee for Molecular Diagnostics for the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), and as member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Payne is also a member of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) committee on reference materials, an advisor for the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC). Dr. Payne also served as a voting member for the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Payne has authored or co-authored several book chapters, 55 manuscripts, and is on the editorial board for LabMedicine. She is certified as a clinical laboratory technologist in Molecular Biology MB(ASCP), and holds a Diplomate in Laboratory Management DLM(ASCP). She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (FACB), and is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in Molecular Diagnostics (DABCC) and by the American Board of Medical Microbiology (DABCC).

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