Save the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) sign now

The Honorable Anthony J. Principi
Chairman
Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202


Dear Chairman Principi,

I am writing to urge the BRAC to remove the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) from the list of military facilities slated for closure. The AFIP is an irreplaceable resource for disease research and patient care. This exceptional institution not only provides outstanding service to our nations military community, but also contributes significant knowledge and education to the broader medical fields understanding of human disease.

The AFIP tissue repository is a valuable national treasure that must remain accessible to researchers and experts in laboratory medicine. The AFIPs collection of specimens has helped medical professionals understand, develop vaccines and treatments for, and sometimes cure, often-fatal diseases. Access to both archived material as well as newly acquired specimens must be preserved.

Each year the AFIP issues hundreds of thousands of hours in continuing medical education to a diverse group of medical professionals that specialize in pathology, forensics, radiology, emerging infectious disease, renal disease, ophthalmology, and urology. In fact, over 7,400 medical and other health professionals alone were educated and trained in 2004 through a variety of AFIP-sponsored venues including live courses, seminars and Internet courses.

The AFIPs leadership in the area of education and training advances the knowledge base and ensures the competence of thousands of medical professionals. It would be a major loss to both military and civilian medicine, especially at this time, if AFIPs consultative services were discontinued.

Should the AFIP be forced to close, our nation would lose a valuable resource that plays a key role in the advancement of medicine and contributes knowledge to improve the health of our nations citizens. First, I respectfully request, that the BRAC eliminate its recommendation to dismantle the AFIP. Second, I urge the BRAC to ensure that the integrity of the tissue repository is preserved.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

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  • 01 March 2016900. Rodanthi Ckitridoumdfacpm
    Occupation Professor Emerita of Medicine AFIP has been an esteemed academic institution with resources available to other such institutions, especially medical schools, and it is a premier site of care for military personnel and of training for medical p
  • 29 February 2016899. Kudakwashe C
    I support this petition
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  • 21 February 2016897. Victoria Lim
    Occupation Pathologist AFIP is an irreplaceable and invaluable global resource
  • 09 February 2016896. George Pwysockiddsp
    Occupation Pathology Professor Emeritus The world needs the AFIP.
  • 03 February 2016895. Jonathan Tfairbankm
    Occupation MD-radiologist The AFIP is irreplaceable as a national institute and educational resource for physicians. The U.S. preeminence in medicine would be severely threatened by its absence.
  • 31 January 2016894. Robert Cl
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  • 15 January 2016891. Dr Mohamedmohamedo
    Occupation lecturer University of Khartoum,Faculty of Medicine interested in Histopathology.cytiology.Forensic Medicine
  • 13 January 2016890. Frederick B
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  • 04 January 2016888. Richard F
    Occupation Veterinary Pathologist This decision to close AFIP is diabolical
  • 04 January 2016887. Christopher J
    Occupation Radio dj Knowledge is power. They taught us that in elementary school.
  • 27 December 2015886. Dr Swarnalatag
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  • 13 December 2015881. Bente F
    Occupation Veterinary Clinical Pathology resident The AFIP also contributes significantly to the understanding of veterinary disease, the training of veterinary pathologists, and the field of comparative pathology.
  • 11 December 2015880. John L
    Occupation Engineering Please, remove the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) from the list of military facilities slated for closure.
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    Occupation Engineering Manager Save such institutions
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    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015877. Sookbin Wood
    Occupation oral pathologist The AFIP is a national and international treasure. There are few places in the world like it. It is a tremendous academic and research resource to the medical (not just the pathology community). Its loss would be incalculable.
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