College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 26, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538

North Carolina Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian

Karlene Opal Hewan-Lowe, MD, FCAP, received grant to provide diabetic screening and testing to diabetic residents of eastern North Carolina.

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Karlene Opal Hewan-Lowe, MD, FCAP, of Greenville, N.C., was one of five recipients of the 2008 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will support Dr. Hewan-Lowe’s plan to provide diabetic screening and testing to diabetic residents of eastern North Carolina.

The Humanitarian Grant Award will allow Dr. Hewan-Lowe to provide diabetic screening and hemoglobin A1-C 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, N.C. to expand its diagnostic services and increase clinical awareness within the surrounding communities. “Funding from the CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant will be used to support the Hobgood Clinic, which provides free diabetes and hypertension screenings to a severely, economically depressed area of rural, northeastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Hewan-Lowe. Local health officials estimate that 40 percent of the population suffers from pre-diabetes or diabetes. The burden of managing diabetes is a significant hardship for non-affluent rural, North Carolinians.” Currently, Dr. Hewan-Lowe serves as an associate professor at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She was an associate

professor and assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and for fourteen years served as chief of Electron Microscopy and Morphometry at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She was a staff pathologist at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., and pathology instructor at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., as well as an emergency room physician at the Riverview Memorial Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

In addition to the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Hewan-Lowe is a member of many professional societies, including the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE Computer Society, Society for Ultrastructural Pathology, United States and Canadian Association of Pathology, and the American Society of Nephrology. She serves on a number of committees, including the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Personnel Committee. She has served as the dean’s appointee to the BSOM Promotion and Tenure Committee at East Carolina University. Pitt County Memorial Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine where she serves on the Credentials Committee and the Residency Training Committee of its department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

After receiving her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of the West Indies, she completed her pathology residency at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, and the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Hewan-Lowe also earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Dr. Hewan-Lowe is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.


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