Thomas M. Sodeman, MD, was presented Sept. 27 with the Pathologist of the Year Award during an evening event at the CAP ’08 annual meeting in San Diego. He was given the award for his strong leadership during his 2005 – 2007 term as president of the CAP. Twenty-three others received awards during the annual meeting.
Before becoming president, Dr. Sodeman was chair of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs and a member and chair of numerous committees, among them the Laboratory Fiscal Management, Management Resources, Finance, Strategic Planning, and National Meeting Planning committees.
Through his service to the College, Dr. Sodeman has contributed his time to help improve the performance and management of laboratories and pathology practices. He chaired the Instrumentation Resource Committee during the development of linearity Surveys.
Dr. Sodeman is now chair of the Clinical Pathology Resource Committee and a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology Committee, and House of Delegates. He is also a member of the Membership Development Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Lab Quality and Improvements for the 21st Century.
Dr. Sodeman is the immediate past chairman of laboratory medicine at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Lake Success, NY.
James D. MacLowry, MD, received the Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award for his many contributions to the College, beginning in 1979 when he served as chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee. He later chaired the Surveys Committee and the Council on Scientific Affairs. He has served in other capacities—on the Archives Editorial Committee, the Internet Editorial Board, the Ad Hoc Committee on New Product Development, and the Internet Project Plan Committee.
Dr. MacLowry is a professor and vice chair in the Department of Pathology at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, where he also serves as a co-compliance officer and as medical director in the university’s laboratory medicine division.
Ronald B. Lepoff, MD, received the Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award for his exceptional and outstanding service to the program.
A CAP governor from 1999 to 2005, he had served before that as a state and regional commissioner, special commissioner for complaint investigations, and later as chair of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation. He served on many committees and councils and as secretary-treasurer from 2005 to 2006.
Dr. Lepoff is professor of pathology and medicine, vice chair of pathology and head of the section of clinical pathology, and director of clinical laboratories at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver.
Melinda Moore Lewis, MD, was recognized as Outstanding Communicator for her efforts in raising public awareness of the role pathologists play in patient care. She served as chair of the Public Affairs Committee from 2005 through 2007, having been instrumental in the creation of the patient Web site MyBiopsy.org and the American Way magazine campaign.
Dr. Lewis served as a member of the Council on Public Affairs and the Council on Membership and Professional Development, and she chaired the Medical Community Relations Committee and the PAPS Coalition. She participated in the See, Test, and Treat Program for Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention on the Rosebud Native American Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
She is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She has served as the director of cytopathology and of the fellowship program in cytopathology at Emory.
George F. Kwass, MD, was honored with the Public Service Award for his extensive contributions to organized medicine for more than a quarter of a century, including chairing committees of the CAP, Massachusetts Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He was recognized also for 24 years of service as a CAP inspector.
At the CAP, he began as a member of the Reimbursement Committee and then later was its chair. He served on the Council on Government and Professional Affairs from 1989 to 1997 and again from 2006 to the present. Dr. Kwass is now the chair of the Economic Affairs Committee.
He is chair of the Department of Pathology at Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill, Mass. He is also the laboratory director at Pentucket Medical Associates, Haverhill.
Kim A. Collins, MD, receved two awards: the Distinguished Patient Care Award and the CAP Foundation Lansky Award. The first was for her commitment to helping patients by sharing her own breast cancer survival story with millions of people in dozens of broadcast and print interviews. It was also for her dedication in insisting that all nine of the firefighters who died in a nationally spotlighted fire in Charleston, SC, remain together, which meant she did not go home until all nine autopsies were completed, and for her dedication to organ and tissue procurement and transplantation. She also helped create MyBiospy.org.
In addition to her active involvement in the CAP Spokespersons Network, Dr. Collins is a member of the Public Affairs Committee, an advisor to and immediate past chair of the Autopsy Committee, and a fellow member delegate to the CAP House of Delegates.
The CAP Foundation Lansky Award was for her contributions and demonstrated leadership to the science and education of pathology. She is past president of the South Carolina Society of Pathologists and an active member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is a member of the Medical Examiner and Coroner Advisory Committee for the Musculoskeletal Tissue Foundation, and this year she is program director for the pathology biology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the forensic section of the International Academy of Pathology. Her interest in the areas of elder abuse and geriatric forensics has led to speaking engagements and her involvement in research, educational programs, and publications.
Dr. Collins now works with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, Atlanta.
Francis E. Sharkey, MD, received the Outstanding Service Award for his contributions to the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation as state commissioner for several areas of Texas since 1990 and as regional commissioner for the Mid-South Region from 1996 through 2004. Dr. Sharkey assumed the position of education commissioner in January 2005 and became vice chair of the commission in 2006. He serves as chair of the Accreditation Education Committee and as editor of the Laboratory Accreditation Manual.
Dr. Sharkey is a tenured professor of pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a consultant to the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital, San Antonio.
James P. AuBuchon, MD, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions during the past 20 years to the CAP Transfusion Medicine/ Transfusion-Transmitted Diseases Resource Committee, as member, vice chair, chair, and advisor; coordinator of the Platelet Serology Survey; and CAP liaison to the Blood Filter Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Dr. AuBuchon served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in several positions for the American Association of Blood Banks, and as chair of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative, an international research group dedicated to improving transfusion safety and efficacy.
He is the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle, and has an academic appointment at the University of Washington.
Eleven members were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. They are:
Richard W. Brown, MD, for his service as member, vice chair, and chair of the Surgical Pathology Committee; chair and member of the Histotechnology Committee; and member of the Archives Editorial and Surveys committees. He currently serves as an associate editor of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and is a systems inspector for the Laboratory Accreditation Program and a former deputy commissioner for LAP Region XIV.
Dr. Brown is medical director, System Laboratory Services, for Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Houston, and president of Memorial Pathology Consultants.
Edward P. Fody, MD, for his current role as member of and advisor to the CAP Membership Benefits Committee. In addition, Dr. Fody chaired the Insurance Committee and the Conjoint Committee on Pathology Enhancement, as well as the Patient Preparation and Specimen Handling Committee, of which he also served as member. He was a member of the Council on Education and Membership Services, Recertification Task Force, Publications Committee, and Council on Laboratory Management. Dr. Fody was a deputy regional commissioner for the CAP accreditation program for the South Central Region, and he served as a delegate to the House of Delegates.
He is the director of pathology at Holland (Mich.) Hospital.
Bruce Allen Jones, MD, for his service as member, advisor, vice chair, and chair of the Quality Practices Committee, and as member of the Council on Membership and Professional Development, the Safety Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Gynecologic Cytopathology Monitoring Improvement. Dr. Jones has also contributed extensively to the Q-Probes and Q- Tracks studies.
Dr. Jones is associate residency program director and senior staff pathologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, as well as laboratory director at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Cottage Hospital, Henry Ford Pierson Clinic Laboratory, Henry Ford Columbus Center, and Henry Ford Farmington Road Clinic.
Frederick L. Kiechle, MD, PhD, for his distinguished service as member and chair of numerous committees, among them the Patient Preparation and Specimen Handling Editorial Board, the Publications Committee, the Chemistry Resource Committee, the Special Chemistry Resource Committee, and the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Editorial Board. He has edited the last six editions of the CAP publication, So You’re Going to Collect a Blood Specimen, and is now editor of the Q&A column in CAP TODAY.
Dr. Kiechle is medical director of clinical pathology in the Memorial Healthcare System and a member of Pathology Consultants of South Broward, Hollywood, Fla.
Anthony A. Killeen, MD, PhD, for his service as member, vice chair, and chair of the Chemistry Resource Committee; member of the Instrumentation Committee; and a Laboratory Accreditation Program inspector. He also has served as chair or as a member of several ad-hoc CAP committees.
Dr. Killeen is director of clinical laboratories at the University of Minnesota, Fairview, and a faculty member in the university’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
George G. Klee, MD, PhD, for his service as member, vice chair, and chair of the Special Chemistry Committee and member of the Instrumentation Committee.
Dr. Klee is a clinical pathologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is chair of Mayo’s Division of Experimental Pathology.
Robert W. Novak, MD, for his service as vice chair and chair of the Hematology/ Clinical Microscopy Resource Committee, member and chair of the Hematology Cluster, member of the CAP Spokespersons Network, and member of the Surveys Committee and the Council on Scientific Affairs.
Dr. Novak is chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the medical technology program at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. He is a professor of pathology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, where he is chairman of the Department of Pathology.
Richard M. Nunnally, MD, for his service as member and chair of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs; member of the Insurance, Finance, Strategic Planning, and Constitution and Bylaws committees; and member of the Board of Governors.
Dr. Nunnally is president of Pathology Laboratory Consultants (APMC) and director emeritus of Pathology and Nuclear Medicine Laboratories at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La.
James M. Small, MD, PhD, for his service as chair of the Public and Patient Relations Committee and as member of the Internet Editorial Board, the Council on Public Affairs, and the CAP Spokespersons Network, as well as his humanitarian work to see, test, and treat patients in Juarez, Mexico. He has also served as member and vice chair of the Informatics Committee.
He is an associate pathologist with the UniPath group in Denver.
John Carson Hay Steele Jr., MD, PhD, for his service as member, vice chair, and chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee; member of the Council on Scientific Affairs and the Quality Practices Committee; and a longtime inspector.
Dr. Steele is clinical service chief for clinical pathology, medical director of the clinical pathology laboratory at MCGHealth, vice chairperson for academic affairs in the Department of Pathology, and Walter L. Shepard professor of clinical pathology at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.
Raymond R. Tubbs, DO, for his service as member, vice chair, and chair of the Immunohistochemistry Committee; member and vice chair of the Molecular Oncology Committee; and member of the Surveys Committee and the Archives Editorial Committee.
Dr. Tubbs is a professor of pathology and section head for molecular genetic pathology in the Cleveland Clinic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He has a joint appointment at the Brain Tumor Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in the Department of Cancer Biology of the Lerner Research Institute.
Five members were given CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Awards. They are:
Karlene Opal Hewan-Lowe, MD, for her dedication to providing diabetic screening and testing to diabetic residents of eastern North Carolina. The award will allow Dr. Hewan-Lowe to provide diabetic screening and hemoglobin A1c testing to diabetic residents, as well as to offer diabetic education and training on lifestyle modification to better manage diabetes. Funding will allow the Hobgood Clinic in Halifax County, NC, to expand its diagnostic services and increase clinical awareness within the surrounding communities.
Dr. Hewan-Lowe is an associate professor at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville.
Heng Hong, MD, PhD, for his commitment to providing universal HIV screening tests for pregnant women in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The funds from the Foundation grant will allow Dr. Hong and pathologists at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville to collaborate with Dr. Yuping Sun at Xinjiang Medical University in China through the Red Cross Society of Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang, China, to provide universal HIV screening tests for all pregnant women in Burqin and Jeminay Counties of Altay Prefecture. Funding is needed to purchase HIV testing reagents, to prepare multilingual educational material, and to cover expenses for Dr. Sun to travel to these counties to provide local supervision.
Dr. Hong is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
Robert B. Lorsbach, MD, PhD, for his commitment to improving laboratory services in Haiti. The award will allow Dr. Lorsbach to purchase laboratory equipment and reagents to improve laboratory services delivered through the Visitation Hospital Foundation Clinic, Petite Riviere de Nippes in Haiti. The funding will provide additional critical pieces of laboratory equipment and testing reagents for the clinical laboratory.
Dr. Lorsbach is associate professor and director of hematopathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.
Jan Anthony Nowak, MD, PhD, for his commitment to assisting one of the most impoverished regions in the United States with blood glucose screening and monitoring. The award will allow Dr. Nowak to support enhanced blood glucose screening and monitoring for the Tutwiler Clinic in Tutwiler, Miss. Funding will also be used to establish in-house HbA1c testing at the clinic.
Dr. Nowak is medical director of the ACL Illinois Central Laboratory and medical director for its molecular pathology laboratory, both located in Rosemont, Ill. He is also an associate pathologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., and an associate professor of pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Drucilla J. Roberts, MD, for her efforts to recruit a pathologist for the Adwa Clinic in northern Ethiopia. The Foundation grant will provide a scholarship and educational funds to recruit and maintain a locally trained clinical pathologist to run a local laboratory capable of processing more than 200 specimens per day. This will be the first and only pathologist in the region and has the possibility of providing direct outreach service to a needy population.
Dr. Roberts is the head of perinatal pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.