Eight of the great lauded at CAP ’03 annual meeting
Votes counted and governors seated
Eight CAP members were honored at the CAP ’03 annual meeting in San Diego in September.
Kay Herrin Woodruff, MD, received the 2003 Pathologist of the Year Award for her leadership
and commitment to serving patients through the advancement of pathology
practice. Dr. Woodruff is a past member of the CAP Board of Governors
and past co-chair of the Council on Practice and Education. She
is a former CAP national spokesperson and former CAP state coordinator
for California. Dr. Woodruff retired in 2001 from the Doctor’s
Medical Center, San Pablo, Calif.
“In my 26 years of participation in the CAP, I have met hundreds of pathologists
whose goal—like mine—is to do as much good as they can,
all the time they can, for as long as they can,” Dr. Woodruff
said. “It gives me great joy to work with these wonderful
people, a joy enhanced now by this prestigious honor.”
Richard Friedberg, MD, PhD, SM, and Mark Synovec, MD, received the CAP Foundation Lansky
Award for their leadership in and contributions to pathology.
Dr. Friedberg chairs the CAP Patient Safety and Performance Measures Committee.
He was recognized by the College for, among other contributions,
his efforts to devise and implement methods to standardize health
care delivery and to identify avoidable dangers associated with
elective surgery. Dr. Friedberg is chair of the Department of Pathology
at Baystate Health System, Springfield, Mass., and deputy chair
of the Department of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.
Dr. Synovec, a Laboratory Accreditation Program inspector, chairs the CAP Professional
and Economic Affairs Committee and serves as a delegate to the CAP
House of Delegates and the AMA House of Delegates. In presenting
him with the award, the College acknowledged his commitment to laboratory
excellence and health care access for the poor. Dr. Synovec is president
of and associate pathologist with Topeka (Kan.) Pathology Group,
P.A., and president-elect of the medical staff at Stormont-Vail
Regional Health Center, Topeka.
For her efforts to clarify and enhance the image of pathologists, the CAP presented
Rebecca L. Johnson, MD, with the William L. Kuehn, PhD, Outstanding
Communicator Award. Dr. Johnson is an instructor in the College’s
“Speaking Before Groups” program and an LAP inspector.
She is chair of the Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories
at Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Mass., where she is also
pathology residency program director and medical director of the
School of Medical Technology. Dr. Johnson is also associate professor
of pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.
The College honored Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, with the Frank W. Hartman, MD,
Memorial Award for, in part, her dedication to producing the CAP
cancer protocols and creating cancer reporting checklists. Dr. Compton
is chair of the CAP Cancer Committee. She is professor in the pathology
department, professor of oncology, and director of the gastrointestinal
pathology elective at McGill University, Montreal, and pathologist-in-chief
for anatomic pathology at the university’s Health Centre hospitals.
“Ten years ago, I was invited to join the Cancer Committee of the CAP,”
Dr. Compton said. “Little did I know or suspect that my involvement
with the CAP would become the labor of love of my life.”
The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award was presented to A. Cesare Manetti, MD,
MPH, and Rosemary Edwards, MD. The award provides members of the
College with grants to fund pathology and medical services for patients
in underdeveloped areas of the world.
Dr. Manetti received the grant to assist him in bringing rural laboratories
in the African country of Eritrea up to modern medical standards
through the Eritrean Laboratory Project. Dr. Edwards’ grant
will help support the creation of a laboratory in Fondwa, Haiti.
Dr. Manetti, a retired pathologist, is past director of Northern Illinois Pathology
Medical Laboratories. He is also past director of the Department
of Pathology and past president of the medical staff at St. Anthony
Hospital, Rockford, Ill. Dr. Edwards is a staff pathologist, chief
of transfusion services, assistant chair of the Multidisciplinary
Cancer Committee, and co-chair of the Laboratory Task Force for
the Medically Underserved at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.
“Taking an active role in improving health care in the developing world
not only benefits the underserved populations with whom we interact,
but also those of us engaged in these endeavors,” Dr. Edwards
said. “In fact, many of the challenges we have faced in Haiti
have provided us with insight on ways to provide better care to
underserved populations in the Pittsburgh area.”
John D. Batjer, MD, received the Major General Joe M. Blumberg Award in recognition
of his service to the LAP. A past chair of the LAP, he has participated
in the program since 1979. Dr. Batjer, who is retired, is a former
attending pathologist at Swedish Medical Center, past medical director
of Laboratory of Pathology, past director of laboratories at Washington
Pathology Consultants, P.S., and former clinical professor in the
Department of Pathology at the University of Washington School of
Medicine, all in Seattle.
Anne Ford is CAPTODAY senior editor.