Emily Volk

Physician and Amateur Photographer

About Emily Volk

Emily Volk is a Physician leader for patient safety and quality, pathologist and expert in laboratory administration. Emily currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to this role, she served as the Chief Quality Officer at Baptist Health System in San Antonio. Prior to her role at Baptist Health in San Antonio, Emily Volk practiced anatomical and clinical pathology since 1999, with an emphasis in gastrointestinal pathology, transfusion medicine and laboratory administration. Emily has also served as a consultant to Tenet Healthcare as a physician advisor on the evidence-based blood utilization initiative since January 2014.

Over the past two decades working across the spectrum of the CAP organization, Emily’s responsibilities have included service on the Cytopathology Resource Committee, the Public Affairs Committee, the Editorial Board of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Engaged Leadership Network, the See, Test and Treat program and the House of Delegates. At the College of American Pathologists, Emily Volk is an elected member of the Board of Governors since 2013 and currently vice-chair of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs. Over the past two decades at CAP, she has served on the Cytopathology Working Group; the Public Affairs Committee and the House of Delegates. Emily was chair of the Patient Safety and Performance Measure Workgroup, where she participated in the creation of pathologist appropriate performance metrics for the Physician Quality Reporting System for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. She also served as member lead for the Measures & Performance Assessment Workgroup of the CAP’s Economic Affairs Committee.

From the beginning, Emily has advocated for both patients and pathologists. She has served as a volunteer CAP since 2000, working on the scientific side to help ensure access to high-quality proficiency testing materials. Through the Laboratory Accreditation Program, she has participated in and led numerous laboratory inspections. More recently, Emily’s focus has been on advocacy, working with both the state and federal government, as well as insurance carriers to spread awareness of the importance of patient safety.