Meet Our
Medical Staff 

Elisabeth Shearon, MD

Elisabeth Shearon, MD

Medical Director at Alverno Laboratories

Dr. Shearon is a board-certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist and was fellowship-trained in breast pathology at The Lynn Sage Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is certified in Breast Predictive Factors Testing through the College of American Pathologist’s Advanced Practical Pathology Program and performs breast prognostic marker testing at Alverno Laboratories. She attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Judy Lyzak, MD, MBA

Judy Lyzak, MD, MBA

Vice President of Medical Affairs for Alverno Laboratories

Judy Lyzak, MD, MBA is the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Alverno Laboratories for the Franciscan Alliance hospital system.  This role is instrumental in identifying best practices in laboratory medicine and facilitating implementation of those practices throughout the hospitals PCI serves.

Dr. Lyzak is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She received her BA in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University and attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, and the University of Chicago. She subsequently completed her MBA at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Philip McGuire, MD

Philip McGuire, MD

Medical Director of Cytopathology at Alverno Laboratories

Dr. McGuire a board-certified cytopathologist, fellowship-trained at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. He received his MD at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He then completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Jie Song, MD

Jie Song, MD

Dermatopathologist at Alverno Laboratories

As Alverno Laboratories’ dermatopathologist, Dr. Song uses a comprehensive immunohistochemistry panel for skin pathology diagnosis, and molecular testing for malignant melanoma.

Dr. Song is a board-certified dermatopathologist, fellowship-trained at the University of Chicago. He received his medical degree at Beijing Medical University. Prior to his dermatopathology fellowship, he trained in anatomic and clinical pathology, and clinical dermatology. Dr. Song also has Master’s degrees in biochemistry / molecular biology and computer science.

Bing Zhu, MD, PhD

Bing Zhu, MD, PhD

Interprets flow cytometry and FISH studies for complete hematopathology diagnostics

Dr. Zhu is a board-certified hematopathologist, fellowship-trained at University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her residency at Northwestern University and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.  Dr. Zhu also completed a fellowship in genitourinary pathology and obtained her PhD in pharmacogenetics. 

Janis Atkinson, MD

Janis Atkinson, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs, Alverno Laboratories for Presence /AMITA Health Ministries | Medical Director, Laboratory, AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston

Janis Atkinson, MD, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs of Alverno Laboratories for the Presence / AMITA Health hospital system. The purpose of this role is to identify and promote best practices in laboratory medicine.

Dr. Atkinson is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology. She received her BA in Biologic Sciences from Loyola University of Chicago, a Master’s of Science in Immunology from the University of Chicago, and her Medical Degree from Rush University College of Medicine. She trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at Northwestern University.