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Director, LHNCBC Training Program, and Staff Scientist
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Dr. Fontelo has been a Staff Scientist with the LHNCBC Office of High Performance Computing and Communications for more than ten years. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Biomedical Informatics Department of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).  He is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

His research interests include medical informatics training, telemedicine/telepathology/mHealth, digital pathology, molecular pathology, global health, Information access at the point of care and in low-resource areas, evidence-based medicine, mobile health, hematology, critical appraisal of the literature, translational research, and geographic medicine.

Dr. Fontelo is a retired Army pathologist. His last assignment was at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he was the Chief of Telepathology and Staff Pathologist in the Department of Gastrointestinal Pathology. Prior to that he was Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at USUHS, where he was Course Director for a number of years. He has also had numerous assignments in research and hospital pathology, including in Belgium.

  • MD, University of the Philippines, College of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology)
  • Medical license: District of Columbia
Professional Activities: 
  • Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Professional Organizations: 
  • 2003 to the present -- Member, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 1994 to the present -- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 2003-2009 -- Member, American Telemedicine Association and Special Interest Group in Telepathology
  • 1998-2006 -- Senior Research Fellow, Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • 1988-2005 -- Full-time faculty, Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University
  • 1995-1999  -- USUHS Committee on Medical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1983-1998 -- Fellow, American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • 1983-1998 -- Fellow, College of American Pathologists
  • 1995-1997 -- Original developer and Webmaster, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology World Wide Web server, Washington, DC
  • 1994-1997 -- Chief, Telepathology Division and Staff Pathologist, Division of Gastrointestinal Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC
  • 1994-1997 -- Member, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists
  • 1994-1997 -- Original developer and Webmaster, USUHS Department of Pathology World Wide Web server. Pioneered the use of the World Wide Web for delivering Category 1 AMA Continuing Medical Education credits (CME accredited 1994)
  • 1997 -- Course Director, Telepathology Workshop, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1997 -- Participant, WHO Consultation in Telematics, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1994-1996 -- Department of Defense Consolidated Genetics Process Action Team, Rockville, MD
  • 1991-1996 -- Member, Group for Research in Pathology Education
  • 1988-1996 -- Laboratory Coordinator, Pathology Course, Uniformed Services University
  • 1996 -- Course Director, Endoscopic Biopsies of the Gastrointestinal Tract, 1996 Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC
  • 1996 -- "DoD Telepathology Programs" Global Telemedicine and Federal Technologies Symposium and Exhibition, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "Telepathology at the AFIP," Seminar, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "The Internet and the Pathologist" and "Consultation System in the USA: Standard and Telepathology," International Academy of Pathology, Japanese Division and Japanese Society of Pathologists, Naha, Okinawa
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "The Internet: Practical Applications to Pathology" and "Telepathology at the AFIP," International Society of Ophthalmic Pathology and American Society of Ophthalmic Pathology, Chicago
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "Pathology Education and Consultation on the Internet" Third European Meeting in Telepathology, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1993-1995 -- Biohazards, Controlled and Dangerous Substances Committee, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1988-1994 -- Associate Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1993-1994 -- Lecturer, PA0502 Seminars in Pathogenesis, Graduate School Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1993-1994 -- Lecturer, PA0505 Recombinant DNA Course (Medical Applications of Molecular Probes) Graduate School, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1991-1994 -- Course Director, Continuing Medical Education courses for Pathology, 7th Medical Command, Europe
  • 1991-1994 -- Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Vibrio cholera (VC) Steering Committee, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC
  • 1991-1994 -- Laboratory Inspector, College of American Pathologists' Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • 1992-1993 -- Leader, Subsection on Computer-Assisted Instruction, Subcommittee on Current Experiments in Curricular Reform, Basic Science Curriculum Subcommittee, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1991-1993 -- Collaborative research with Dr. David Sack, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1990-1993 -- Course Director, Medical School Second Year Pathology course, Uniformed Services University
  • 1993 -- Collaborative research with Dr. Carmelita Tuazon, Department of Infectious Diseases, George Washington University
  • 1993 -- Course Director, Graduate School of Nursing, and Clinical Psychopharmacology Pathology Course, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1992 -- Organizer, Group for Research in Pathology Education, Winter Meeting, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1987-1988 -- Military Medical Science Fellowship, Walter Reed Army Institute of  Research, Washington DC
  • 1984-1987 -- Chairman, Infection Control Committee, 196th Station Hospital, SHAPE, Belgium
  • 1984-1987 -- Chief of Pathology, 196th Station Hospital, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE, Belgium
  • 1981-1984 -- Chief, Early Diagnosis, Division of Pathophysiology, US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD
  • 1980-1981 -- Fellow in Clinical Hematology, Howard University Medical Service, DC General Hospital, Washington DC
  • 1980-1981 -- Transfusion Committee, D.C. General Hospital, Washington, DC
Honors and Awards: 
  • 1997 Outstanding Overseas Alumni Educator, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  • 1991-1992 Outstanding Teacher Award, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
Publications/Tools by Paul Fontelo: 
Fontelo P, Nahin A, Liu F, Kim G, Ackerman MJ. Accessing MEDLINE/PubMed with Handheld Devices: Developments and New Search Portals. Proceedings of 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; 2005 Jan 3-6; Big Island, Hawaii; Track 6:158b. DOI Bookmark:
Fontelo P, Ackerman MJ. Evidence-Based Medicine Needs Easy-To-Use Handheld Tools for Universal Utilization. MedGenMed. 2004 Sep 21;6(3):53.
Fontelo P, Ackerman MJ, Kim G. Development of evidence-based medicine resources: Bridging clinical research to medical practice. In: Sprague RH, editor. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04); 2004 Jan 5-8; Big Island, Hawaii; Track 6: 7 pages. IEEE Computer Society.
Fontelo P. Mobile App: PubMed for Handhelds.
Fontelo P, Ackerman MJ, Kim G, Locatis C. The PDA as a Portal to Knowledge Sources in a Wireless Setting. Telemed J E Health. 2003 Jun;9(2):141-7. DOI: 10.1089/153056203766437480.
Locatis C, Fontelo P, Sneiderman C, Ackerman MJ, Uijtdehaage S, Candler C, Stensaas S, Dennis S. Webcasting videoconferences over IP: a synchronous communication experiment. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2003 Mar-Apr;10(2):150-3. DOI: 10.1197/jamia.M1170.
Locatis C, Fontelo P, Ackerman MJ, Sneiderman C. Feasibility Studies in IP Videoconferencing, Streaming, and Wireless Communication. AMIA Annu Symp Proc [Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium]; 2002 Nov 9-13; San Antonio, Texas. p. 1090.
Marcelo AB, Fontelo P. Web-based Health Applications on Handheld Devices. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2001 Aug;125(8):1015.
Marcelo AB, Fontelo P. A Pathology Report Metadata Registry: Framework for Semantic Interoperability Across Disparate Systems. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2001 Aug;125(8):1014-1015.
Marcelo A, Fontelo P, Parolan M, Cualing H. Effect of Image Compression on Telepathology; A Randomized Clinical Trial. AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2000 Nov 4-8; Los Angeles. p. 354-8.